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  • Abernethy, John Tait

     M --- Cadet  John Tait Abernethy 
     flag scotland  b. 30 Nov 1915, Glasgow  2 Aug 1942 to Nov-42 



     [Contract Terminated by ATA - held responsible for accident to Hind 25 Oct 1942: stalled whilst landing]


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  • Abney, William Edward Charles Wootton


    2nd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    William Edward Charles Wootton 'Bill' Abney 
     flag england b. 7 Jan 1921, Upminster  19 May 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata william abney HB HB



    ata william abney tv 1979



     son of Henry Charles Wotton Abney (1881-1953)

    Address in 1944: West Lodge, Upminster, Essex

    prev. RAF, and An Actor:

    [Wikipedia: He "played Reverend Copley on Coronation Street in 1977, and Jim Lorimer in 1980. His other television credits include The Adventures of William Tell, Crossroads, Special Branch, Play for Today, All Creatures Great and Small, Robin's Nest and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

    Abney was educated at Cranleigh School and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

    As a film actor, Abney appeared in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), Two-Way Stretch, (1960), Cone of Silence(1960), The City of the Dead (1960), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), The Legacy (1979), North Sea Hijack (1980) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).

    As a writer, Abney wrote the story for "Poor Butterfly" (1969), an episode of Journey to the Unknown (TV series).]

    Ferry Pool: 9

    d. 26 Jun 1997 - Lambeth

    from The Times, Tuesday, 8 July 1997: "Deaths: Abney, William, suddenly and peacefully on June 26th. Much loved friend of Barry and dear brother of Annabel and uncle of Robin Dewhurst and family. Service at Mortlake Crematorium, July 15th."



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  • Acton, Wilbur Washington

     M.561  First Officer Wilbur Washington 'Bee' Acton 

    flag usa

     b. 23 Dec 1915, Xenia, Ohio

    16 May 1941 to 15 May 1942


    12 Aug 1943 to 8 Jul 1944



    ata bee acton 1941

    Montana Standard et al, 1941



    Father: William Albert Acton, 120 W 3rd St, Xenia, OH (later moved to Dayton, OH)

    Mother: Irene [Reece]

    Ed. Xenia High School

    prev. airplane sales, charter work for Dave Peterson Charter Service in Wichita, Kansas

    prev. exp. 360 hrs on Beechcraft F17D, Culver Cadet, Cessna C145-165, Stinson, Cessna T50

    Address in 1941: Wichita, Kansas

    "Disregarding the fate of his friend, Bee Acton, of Wichita, Kan., has signed up for a year's service ferrying bomber and fighter planes from Canada to England [sic]. Acton, a commercial pilot, joined up shortly after his friend, Jim Wright, also of Wichita, was reported killed when a submarine sank the ship on which he was returning [sic] from England." 

    At the end of his first contract the ATA described him as "a keen pilot competent to fly all types of single engne and light and medium7 twin aircraft. He proved a good type of officer and his behaviour was quite satisfactory."

    His second contract was for 18 months with a "cessation of hostilities" clause included.

     janes anson

    d. 8 Jul 1944 (Died in ATA Service) in Anson NK773 which was in a mid-air collision with Oxford X7134 and crashed at Rodbourne, 5 miles NE of Hullavington.

    Pilot Flt Lt. Bernard N Phillips [RAF Serial No 45885] and passenger Sqn Ldr William A. Law [79047] in the Oxford were both killed.

    The accident report says "Whilst the Anson was flying just below the cloud base an Oxford aircraft, piloted by an RAF pilot, came out of the cloud and struck the tail plane of the Anson. Both aircraft crashed in a field and were destroyed, all three occupants being killed."

    "Neither pilot is held responsible for this accident."

    headstone bee acton

    Buried Maidenhead Cemetery (Section C, No 14KK).

    The wording on the memorial is from Tennyson's poem 'Crossing the bar':

    I hope to meet my pilot

    Face to face

    When I have crost the bar

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  • Adams, Albert Ernest

     M--- Cadet  Albert Ernest Adams 
     flag england   b. 23 Aug 1916, Dudley 5 Jul 1943 to Sep-43 


    ata albert adams




    prev. a draughtsman, then Fleet Air Arm, 1942-3

     hawker hart

    d. 6 Sep 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Hart K6526, heavy landing at Thame on a training flight, 2 Sep 1943. The aircraft somersaulted onto its back and caught fire; Albert suffered extensive burns and was taken to RAF Halton hospital. He did not wish his wife informed 'as she is expecting a baby some time this week'.


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  • Adams, Charles Arthur

     M.351  First Officer  Charles Arthur Adams
    flag england   b. 8 Jan 1906, East Ham, London  25 Mar 1941 to 11 Nov 1941

     ata charles adams 1926 1936



    prev. a London Transport driver, later inspector

    RAF from Jun-40 to Mar-41 (Sgt, Link Trainer instructor)

    Address in 1941: 51 Wilson Rd, East Ham, London E6

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. Dec 1957  - Lambeth ?

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  • Adams, John Henry

     M --- Cadet   John Henry Adams
       b. 20 Jan 1921, London  29 Apr 1942 to Jun-42




    prev. a General Clerk, then RAF from 1941-2

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Unsuitable]



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  • Agazarian, Marie Monique Jacqueline (W.143)

     W.143  3rd Officer Marie 'Monique' Jacqueline Agazarian 
     flag england   b. 17 Jul 1920, Carshalton Surrey 18 Oct 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

     ATA Monique Agazarian 




    Ed. Sacred Heart Convent, Roehampton

    prev: Apr-41 VAD attached to RAF

    [ab initio trainee]

    d. 3 Mar 1993


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  • Akerman, Jean (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet   Jean Akerman
     flag england  b. 17 Dec 1922, Camberley 8 May-44 to 3 Jun-44 




    [ab initio]

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]



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  • Aldrich, Wilfred Hector

     M.1142 *

    3rd Officer 

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Wilfred Hector Aldrich
    flag england  b. 1 Sep 1919  5 Sep 1944 to 30 Apr 1945 




    d. Sep 2000 - North Somerset

  • Alexander, Susan Mary Aurea (W.163)

     W.163  3rd Officer  Susan Mary Aurea Alexander
     flag england  b. 20 Apr 1920, Horncastle Lincs 8 May-44 to Sep-45 




    Ab initio pilot

    prev: WAAF

    d. 2000



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  • Alexander, William Hamlet

     M.--- 2nd Officer  William Hamlet 'Bill' Alexander 

    flag usa

     b. 13 Oct 1894, Paterson New Jersey  12 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata bill alexander 1940 2 1940      


    Ed. Harvard Medical School

    WWI, 1917-18

    "First Great War flyer and pilot on the first New York to Bermuda flight in 1930"

    d. 6 Oct 1979 - Iron Mountain, MI 


  • Alington, Cyril Geoffrey Marmaduke

     M.---  First Officer Cyril Geoffrey Marmaduke Alington 

    flag england

     b. 19 Aug 1914, Richmond, London  4 Oct 1939 to Nov-41 


    ata cyril alington




    The youngest of four brothers.

    In 1933, a public schoolboy in Hythe, Kent; by 1936 a student at the de Havilland Technical School.

    ATA Contract Terminated 4 Aug 1940; he then continued as a part-time pilot until 10 Nov 1941.

    later, a test pilot for Fairey.

    d. Aug 1987, Poole

    Schlesinger Race in 1936 

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  • Allen, Helen Naomi (W.70)

     W.70  First Officer Helen 'Naomi' Allen 
     flag england   b. 25 Jun 1913, Folkestone 24 Feb-42 to Oct-45 


    naomi heron maxwell 1934

    RAeC 1934



    née Heron-Maxwell

    Mrs Allen from 1938-Jan 39 (husband died)

    prev: Secretarial / Lecturing on Gliding and Parachuting

    Mrs Thomas from 1957

    naomi heron maxwell 19342 1934

    with Cobham's Flying Circus:

    1935 parachuting naomi pulloff bw touchedwide 


    Allen Naomi 1 

    1942 ata naomi jean bird 1 bw5900 

    with Jean Bird in a taxi Anson, 1942 [photos with thanks to Nicholas Thomas]

    ...In 2013, when my mother-in-law was 96, (so her memory wasn't perhaps what it had been), I mentioned I was going to the ATA Museum.

    She said "I met a ferry pilot a few times, she was Mrs Allen, and she flew planes across the Atlantic".

    "Oh yes", I said, thinking "there weren't any ATA women ferry pilots who actually did that, but anyway"...

    "Yes, she came to visit her sister-in-law who was our neighbour, Kitty Allen. This was when my sister worked at Bletchley Park."

    "Right", I said, thinking "OK, there were 2 Mrs Allens in the ATA..."

    "Yes, it was terrible how her husband died. It was after an operation. Apparently it was quite a straightforward operation, he woke up, said 'Hello Darling' and then promptly had a heart attack and died".

    "OK", I thought, Helen Naomi Heron-Maxwell's first husband Mr Allen died in... let me see... January 1939, after they were married in... March 1938..."

    "Maybe Helen or Naomi Heron-Maxwell?", I said.

    Allen Naomi 2 ATA

    "That name sounds familiar. Her family were very upper-crust, you know. Very well-connected. And another thing, who was it lived at Sissinghurst?" (Which I think signified the end of that part of the conversation).

    So, I searched the Times Archive. Sure enough, in 1939, 

    "ALLEN. On January 23rd 1939, in Austria, following an operation, FRANCIS CECIL HOWARD, adored husband of Naomi (nee Heron-Maxwell) and son of Mrs WHR Allen of Periwinkle, Long Acre Lane, Sisley, Sussex, aged 34"

    And moreover, I discovered that Naomi moved to Los Angeles in 1948, married again, divorced and then moved into Leisure World in Laguna Hills, California, dying there in 1983.

    Which is exactly when we lived in Mission Viejo, California - a few miles from her. If only I'd known!

    (Mind you, Owen Cathcart Jones only lived a few miles in the other direction - if only I'd known, again!)

    So there you go. (Nearly) a brush, or two, with dramatis personae... 


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  • Allen, Joan Mary (W.91)

     W.91  First Officer

     Mrs Joan Mary Allen

     flag UK b. 4 Dec 1914, Shillong India   15 Jul-42 to Sep-45

     ata joan allen ATA



    née Stapledon

     prev exp: 34 hrs 30min in Malaya


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  • Allen, Myrtle Rita (W.106)

     W.106  2nd Officer  Myrtle Rita 'Mikki' Allen 
     flag usa  b. 26 Nov 1916, Paterson NJ  12 Aug-42 to 11 Feb-44 

     ata myrtle allen 1945 1945




    Father: William A Allen, mother Jeanette

    Ed; Hawthorne High School, American School in Tokyo, Columbia University, NYC

    prev. Mechanical Dept, Curtiss Propeller

     One of the original members of the 99 Club of women aviators.

    She and her mother had visited the UK, in 1930

     prev. exp. 325 hrs

     Address in 1942: 70 Warren Ave, Hawthorne, NJ

    Postings: 15FPP

    One accident:

    - 12 Sep 1942; she overshot her landing in a Hart, applied the brakes too harshly and the aircraft turned over.

    Off sick from 22 Sep to 5 Oct 1942 with bronchial catarrh, and 18 Nov 1942 to 7 Feb 1943 with 'post-operation debility'

    m. 23 Aug 1945 in St Louis MO, Major Joseph Watkins Carter, US Army Signal Corps. They met in London and had been engaged since Christmas Day 1942.

    They divorced sometime before 1953.

    After ATA, Myrtle served with the WASPs.

     ata myrtle allen WASP https://twudigital.contentdm.oclc.org

    but went to stay with her husband in Italy from 5 Nov 1946 to 14 May 1947, and then spent two years in Japan, 1951-53

     m. 1953 in Paterson., NJ, Carl Henry Willer

    Later a secretary with the US Treasury Dept; moved to Florida in 1965 from Washington DC.

    d. 10 Jun 1966 - Tampa, FL (Age 49)



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  • Allen, Raymond Sylvester

     M.---- First Officer  Raymond Sylvester Allen 
     flag usa   b. 15 Jan 1921, Bristow Oklahoma 22 Mar 1941 to 21 Mar 1942




    Father: Joe Allen, mother Agnes [Johnson]

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Homer Edward Anderson (M.496), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Blecker Makepeace, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531) and Emmett Chaffin

    Later flew 'The Hump' with CNAC - see CNAC Captain Raymond S. Allen


    d. 5 Aug 1999, Bristow OK

  • Alsop, Howard Charles

     M.163 First Officer   Howard Charles Alsop

    flag england

    flag usa

    b. 21 Mar 1909, Manchester  19 Oct 1940 to Feb-41 



    (Naturalised 1916)

    Address in 1940: 41 Clifford St, Hartford, CT

    prev. pilot; 3 yrs in 118 Observation Sqn, Connecticut NG, 4 yrs AAA Aerial Survey

    Sailed to Liverpool to join the ATA, arriving 11 Nov 1940, with fellow American pilots Charles Smith, Donald Annibal, Francis Bender, Robert Gragg, Dan Jacques, Malcolm Stewart and Roy Wimmer.


    Later joined Eastern Airlines

    d. 1979

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  • Anderson, Homer Edward

     M.496  First Officer Homer Edward Anderson 
    flag usa  b. 30 Jan 1918, Terre Haute, IN

    13 Mar 1941 to 16 Mar 1942

     [368 days]




    Ed. Indian State High School, Terre Haute; W.C. Bryant Grammar School, University of New Mexico

    Next of kin: (Mother) Mrs F R Jones, 3405 Wabash-Terre Haute, IN

    prev. a trainee for Sears Roebuck & Co, Chicago IL.

    Address in 1941: 922 Gordon Terrace, Chicago IL

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Emmett Chaffin (M.568), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Bleecker Makepeace, Raymond Sylvester Allen, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531)

    Later flew 'The Hump' with CNAC - See CNAC Captain Homer E. Anderson, Jr.

    Joined Consolidated Airways Inc. (Convair's own transport service, which used B-24s to carry personnel and cargo, and delivered aircraft, to the Pacific Theatre), and moved to San Diego then Santa Cruz, CA.

    m. Marilyn [Richardson] of Jacksonville, FL. Their son Homer Edward Anderson III was born in Santa Cruz, CA on 6 May 1944.

    d. Sep 1973, Seattle WA

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  • Anderton, Sylvanus

    M.378   First Officer  Sylvanus 'Syl' Anderton

    flag england

    b. 21 Jul 1907, Bolton 25 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata sylvanus anderton 1938 1938



    prev. A motor trader and motorcycle racer; he and his brother James founded Anderton Bros. Motor Cycles Ltd. in Bolton, Lancashire in 1935.

    Served for 6 months in the Civil Air Guard, as a Unit Leader.

    Address in 1941: 18 Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever, Bolton

    Postings: 3FPP, 14FPP

    In September 1944 his CO, Stan Ogden, wrote "Has been a member of this Pool since Dec 1942. He has proved a willing worker. He uses his head as a pilot and does not attempt to fly in weather beyond his capacity. His discipline has been a good example to more junior members of this Pool."

    Syl Anderton 1949 1949

    from http://triumphtiger100.blogspot.pt/

    Wikipedia: "In 1949 he competed in his first Isle of Man TT event with brother James in the pits. He also competed in the Ulster Grand Prix 1949 to 1951."

    Owned G-AMZI, a 1953 Auster J-5F Aiglet Trainer.

    d. Dec 1983  - Bolton

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  • Anding, Elbert Beard

     M.316 First Officer  Elbert Beard 'Tex' Anding 

    flag usa

     b. 11 Apr 1905, Rosebud, TX  26 Sep 1940 to Aug-41 

     ata elbert anding ATA      


    Address in 1940: 2 Anding Ave, Merrick, Long Island New York

    Joined the engineering staff of the Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corp, Baltimore, in 1929

    Operated the E.B. Anding Flying Service in Haiti; had also done crop dusting

    prev. exp. 4,980 hrs

    "A sound and intelligent pilot."

    Seconded ("Loaned") to Atlantic Ferry Organisation (Atfero), 20 Mar 1941

    ata elbert anding danny dugan atfero

    left, with Al Torrey (?Eaglerock) of Atfero

    B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    d. 14 Aug 1941 - one of four ATA pilots, travelling as passengers, amongst the 22 killed in the crash of Liberator AM260 when taking off from Ayr.

    The others were Philip Lee (M.228), Buster Trimble and Martin Wetzel.

    The cause of the crash was that "the pilot in command [Cpt Richard Charles Stafford of BOAC] started the take off procedure from runway 06 which was not suitable for the takeoff as it was too short for such aircraft."

    In October, his wife Jessie wrote bitterly to the ATA:

    "Dear Sir,

    I have in my possession a check for $1,005 as full settlement of my late husband's salary. I feel there has been a mistake in the amount, which I sincerely hope was not intended by the ATA.

    Although it is to no avail to blame anyone for the accident I cannot help feeling that to a certain extent it was nothing more than 'manslaughter'. Capt. Stafford on two occasions at St Hubert airport in Montreal almost let his ships get away from him. Both occasions Capt. Anding was in the ships and I have heard my husband and other pilots discuss the fact that Capt. Stafford was not capable of flying the ships assigned to him. Of course "mere Americans" to even dare assume that an Englishman couldn't out-fly them would be something short of "treason".

    and his brother-in-law added: "... in conversation with [Elbert] I learned there were only two things he was afraid of, Fire and Capt. Stafford - he met both."

    Jessie had suffered financial hardship as a result of her husband's death (he had no insurance), but refused to cash the cheque for some months in protest at what she regarded as the shabby treatment handed out to her and the other families.

    Eventually, on 16 July 1942, an ex-gratia payment of $4,000 was agreed for Jessie, with a further $4,000 in War Bonds in the name of their 9 year-old daughter Mary Anne.

    Jessie wrote back to say she was "... greatly pleased. Might I add that any sarcasm I have shown in past correspondence has not been towards any one individual but to all those who from lack of foresight failed to realize the value and ability of other mankind."


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  • Andrews, William Arthur

     M.202  First Officer William Arthur Andrews 

    flag UK

     b. 2 Feb 1906, Gibraltar   28 Dec 1940 to Apr-43



    Educated at King's College School, Wimbledon

    prev. RAF 1925-29: Short Service Commission as Probationary P/O & to CFS Upavon, 26 Sep 1925; Confirmed as  P/O, 26 Mar 1926. 19 Sqn, 30 Sep 26; F/O, 12 Apr 27; 23 Sqn, 12 Mar 28; 41 Sqn, 18 Aug 28.

    On the 3 Apr 1929, he was fined £15 for being drunk at the wheel of a motor vehicle & £5 for driving in a dangerous manner at West Side, Wimbledon Common. When told that he would be arrested, he replied "I have been on the loose. I have had 15, or maybe 17, whiskies with a friend".

    Possibly as a consequence, he resigned his Short Service Commission on the 31 May 1929.]

    [details thanks to Steve Brew]

    Then to National Flying Services Ltd, Hanworth Pk, in Oct 29.

    Pilot for Air Commerce Ltd, Sudan, 1937

    Address in 1940: The Croft, Sandown, I.O.W.

    Postings: 3FPP, 4aFPP, 8FPP

    "A capable pilot on heavy aircraft, does not like flying single engined aircraft... nice personality but apt to be forgetful."

    Resigned from the ATA in Apr-43

    d. Mar 1977 - Isle of Wight

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  • Angus, Alexander Norman

     M.942 * 2nd Officer  Alexander Norman Angus 
    flag england   b. 11 Jan 1911, Welling, Kent 12 Jul 1943 to 31 Aug 1945 

     ata alexander angus 1939 1939 



    father: Arthur James Angus, mother Lilian Clara [McNally]

    prev. a cycle mechanic

    Address in 1939: 'Hillcrest', 15 Orchard Terrace, Upper Wickham Lane. Welling, Kent

  • Annibal, Donald Lee

     M.165  Flight Captain  Donald Lee Annibal

    flag usa

    b. 7 Nov 1915, Stroh, IN  12 Oct 1940 to Jul-42 



    A Commercial pilot - in June 1940 he made a 'perfect' forced landing on the riverbank of the Los Angeles River.

    Address in 1940: c/o his father Lee H Annibal, 2482 Tyler Ave, Detroit, MI

    Sailed to Liverpool to join the ATA, arriving 11 Nov 1940, with fellow American pilots Howard Alsop, Charles Smith, Francis Bender, Robert Gragg, Dan Jacques, Malcolm Stewart and Roy Wimmer.

    Postings: 2FPP, 14FPP

    m. Apr 1942 in Bristol, Glos, Patricia M [Harris], 1 child

    "An excellent pilot. Discipline above reproach."

    B 25 Mitchell

    d. 23 Feb 1943 when a member of RAF Ferry Command, in Mitchell FR148 lost out of Gander

    Commemorated at Runnymede

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  • Ansley, James Whitaker

     M.511 First Officer  James Whitaker 'Whit' Ansley 
    flag usa  b.4 Jul 1908, Marshallville, GA 

    17 Mar 1941 to 22 May 1943

     [796 days]


    ata whit ansley 1942

    News-Press Fort Myers, 20 Jun 1942



    Father: Joseph, a Baptist Minister

    Ed. Fort Myers High School

    m. 1940 Mary Louise [Foxworthy d. 2008], 1 daughter (Margaret Louise [Loy] d. 2015)

    prev. Circulation Manager, News-Press Fort Myers 1925-41

    Address in 1941: Apt 6-2010 Jackson St, Fort Myers, FL

    Postings: 2 FPP, 14FPP, 3FPP, 1FPP

    "A very good and careful pilot. Navigation very good; keen but inclined to be a little nervous of our weather. Conduct very good."

    He told the Fort Myers News Press: "Can't say how I came over from England except that I didn't swim or use a rowboat... After this job is over, maybe I can tell a few stories. That's one reason I came back to the States for a visit. I was hungry for a few good American jokes. The English are a good lot but not too long on humor."

    "Sure we have plenty to eat in England. The English people are long on morale. You can believe all you have read about the big raids on Germany. England has plenty of planes and with the help of the American Air Force there is no limit to the damage that can be inflicted on Germany from the air. The big show is terrific and no country can stand up under bombing of thousands of planes at one time. We ferry pilots don't do that kind of flying but we do handle plenty of ships that have been over the Channel."

    "Whit grinned and denied that he came across the Atlantic with Churchilll. He did admit to having seen Churchill on a couple of occasions. 'That guy gets around', said Ansley."


    In 1944, he was one of the pilots sent to look for Austin Drumm (see above), who had bailed out of a B-24 near Georgetown, British Guiana and spent about 2 weeks in 'the roughest jungles in South America'. They had travelled to the UK together in 1941.

    d. 3 Nov 1971, Tampa: "Mr. Ansley had lived in Tampa for the past 17 years and was associated with the Coates Oil Equipment Co. Prior to World War Two he served as a ferry pilot with the ATA in England and served as a pilot with the US Navy during World War Two and the Korean War as a Lt. Commander."

    "After the war he returned to Fort Myers and for a time was manager of Page Field after the government turned it over to the county... About 3 years ago he retired as sales manager of the Coates Oil Equipment Co. of Tampa when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Since the accident he had been an invalid and entered Bay Pines last Saturday when stricken with pneumonia."

    buried Myrtle Hill Memorial Gardens, Tampa.

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  • Arckless, Irene (W.47)

     W.47 2nd Officer   Irene Arckless
     flag england  b. 28 Dec 1915, Uppingham 1 Aug-41 to Jan-43 

     irene arkless 1937 RAeC 1937

     ata irene arckless MUWW    


    Prev. Exp: 53 hrs solo

    Irene was one of those ordinary working-class girls who, by sheer enthusiasm and determination, and with the help of the subsidised Civil Air Guard Scheme, learnt to fly in the years before WWII. She managed to amass over 50 hours solo between 1937 and 1939. Amy Mollison (Amy Johnson as was, and she were only the daughter of a fish merchant in Hull) once snootily dismissed someone as "the typical CAG Lyons-waitress type".

    You've probably met someone like Irene; bubbly, a bit cheeky, innocent, irreverent - 'high spirited', if you like that sort of thing, a complete pain if you don't - and probably exactly the sort of person who would get right up Captain The Hon. Margie 'Mrs Cold Front' Fairweather's nose. Which she indeed did - and of that, more later.

    Anyway, in her first letter, dated 11 Mar 1941, having heard Lord Londonderry's appeal on the wireless the night before, she applied: "I wish to put forward the following for your approval, and I will be most grateful to hear from you if you think that my services could be of use in connection with the ATA... I was studying for my 2nd class navigators certificate and intending to take a 'B' licence but the war stopped all that I'm afraid.

    I am 25 years of age, height about 5ft 4. I would very much like to get into the ATA, particularly as my fiancé is a prisoner of war in Germany (Flt Lt lockyer) and as he is no longer able to fly his beloved spitfires, if I can carry on his good work I would love to do so. I am swotting up all the information I can get hold of with regard to v.p. airscrews, superchargers and boost pressure, as we did not have any of those on our poor old gypsy moths, hornet moths etc!"

    She closed by "Hoping I can do my bit for our dear old country."

     They invited her for a flight test, and on the 31st March she wrote:

    "Dear Mr Wood
    First of all I better give you an explanation of this letter! A few days ago I wrote to W/Cdr G. Tuttle asking if he could tell me anything about the prospects of the A.T.A. I had already submitted my application to them, and have since had a letter asking me to go to Hatfield for a flight test. I have arranged to attend at Hatfield on Tuesday, April 8th at 10-00.
    I have had a letter from Geoffrey today, and he gave me your name and address, and told me to write to you, so I trust you will forgive the liberty I am taking.
    What I want to know at the moment, and before I go to Hatfield next Monday - I am travelling down to London on the 7th instant, is - I might as well come straight to the point! - do you know what kind of machines they are using at Hatfield for the flight tests? I would be most grateful if you could drop me a note and let me know what to expect to handle - 'cause I want to be as well prepared as possible. I have handled Gipsy II, Hornet Moths, Fox Moth, and several of the ultra light types, such as Pragas, Taylor Cubs etc. I am hoping I don't have to do the test on a completely strange machine - if they have Tiger Moths there I shall be quite happy, as they are very similar to Gipsys as you know. If it will be in order for you to inform me what I will be most likely take the test on, I shall be most grateful to you."

    He sent a telegram back which (even before the days of auto-correctign smartphones) managed to read "Tiger Mothers for initial test".

    She was well into her stride now. Here she is, writing to ATA Adjutant Kitty Farrer on the 9 Apr 1941:
    "Dear Madam,
    First of all I would like to say how pleased I am that I was successful in passing my flight test yesterday, and that I am looking forward very much to coming down to take up duty. I already feel I shall be very happy with you all, as everyone was very nice to me yesterday. I do sincerely hope it will not be long before you send for me - you know I am honestly very anxious to get down to what I term 'a real job of work'.
    There was one thing I forgot to ask you yesterday, a rather important one as well! The question of salary!!
    I know the rates as published in 'Flight' but whether these apply to male and female, or only the former, I do not know, will you be kind enough to tell me exactly what the scale is?
    From what you said yesterday, I gather I shall be at Hatfied 'under training' for about a month, & during this time I take it flying pay will not be applicable. I should like to know just how I shall be fixed as regards salary, so that I can make necessary arrangements here before I leave, i.e. (so that if necessary I will have sufficient cash to last me until I draw my first pay).
    I am asking you this because I have recently transferred my Bank balance to War Bonds, & naturally do not want to have to 'cash in' on these if not necessary. I think you will quite understand my asking - I hope so anyway.Further, if there are any special subjects I can 'swot' meantime, will you send me a list? I am swotting up Met: Navigation, etc, and also my morse - I don't know whether the ATA ever have need to use the latter, but it may be useful at some time or other.

    Believe me Mrs Farrer, this job of work I am going to do, & I shall do my utmost to do it well, means an awful lot to me, I told you my fiancé F/Lt Lockyer is a prisoner of War, & to me now, every 'plane we can deliver to the Great Lads of the RAF, means one day nearer to the time he will be home, & everyone carefree & happy again. You don't know Tommy, but he is a grand fellow, & a damn good pilot, he has over 3,000 to his credit! My record is a mere detail beside that isn't it?
    To me, however, his 3,000 hours means an awful lot, & whenever I fly, I always try my best to do it well, I've his good reputation to uphold you see. You'll probably think that a very sentimental reason, on the other hand, maybe you'll understand what I mean.
    By the way, I think I could get off with a fortnight's notice, so if perchance if I could start with you in May, will you let me know. Here's hoping I can start then.

    Forgive me for taking up so much of your time with this letter please, I started it with the intention of being very business like! but I'm afraid it's got to be a personal letter in the end - hasn't it?

    Hoping to be with you all very soon.


    She wrote back to Mr Wood to say thank you, and that "I passed the flight test successfully - in fact, I did very well indeed, so I was told by the Adjutant afterwards - she said "Your test was excellent". So you may guess I felt quite proud of myself!
    Actually I surprised myself I must admit, because after being 'off' flying since the outbreak of war, I thought maybe I'd have forgotten a few things - however I hadn't, thank goodness! because this job means rather a lot to me as I told you."

    Nothing happened...

    20th April 1941, to Kitty:

    "Dear Mrs Farrer,
    Many thanks for your letter of the 14th instant. You know you make me feel very much at 'home' the way you write, and I know that I will be very happy with you all when I come to join you.
    I think I told you I am at an E.F.T.S. at the moment, and British Air Transport, who are running the School, have a scheme for training boys to become engine experts! (we hope!) so after office hours, I am an apprentice! I am trying to put together all the numerous parts which go to make up an aircraft engine!!
    I suppose I will be reaching the 'watchmaker' stage before too long - you know - one piece over! Where the heck does this go?!! I have learned quite a lot about 'twin' types, and already, in theory! I think I could fly 'em!! That remains to be seen, but I hope one day soon I shall be flying twin, or even more than twin types.
    Optimistic aren't I! Strange to say though, right from childhood I've always felt more at home 'upstairs' than on the ground.
    Here's hoping you will soon require some more pilots Mrs Farrer, I'm an awful pest aren't I? but I'm just longing to get started you know."

    Nothing continued to happen...

    5th June to Kitty:

    "Dear Mrs Farrer,
    Yes, it's that Arckless pest again! I am going to ask you something point blank, and leave it to you to decide what happens!
    As so far there seems no possibility of me coming down to join you in the immediate future on the flying staff, I wonder if in the meantime there is any chance of a Ground appointment, either as a typist or clerical staff.
    If there is any opportunity of work of this nature in the meantime, I would be perfectly willing to come down, and then later, when a vacancy exists for a pilot, I could be transferred to that vacancy.
    I feel sure that I could make myself quite useful if there are any openings in this direction, but of course, as you will understand, I naturally want to start on flying duties as soon as possible.
    I am sure you will think I am an awful nuisance, but as you have been so kind, I hope you will forgive me troubling you again. To be perfectly honest Mrs Farrer, this is between you and I entirely -  I am sitting in the office here doing practically nothing all day and I don't like it!
    You see, as Mr Brown, our Accountant, knows I am leaving to come to A.T.A. sometime, he has taken on someone else who is taking over my job, and the point is, that I am left without anything to do, except to watch that my job is done correctly by someone else!
    Well, there you are, thats the position, and if you are able to help me, I shall be most grateful to you.
    Thanking you in anticipation of your reply, Very Sincerely, Irene"

    Nothing still continued to happen; eventually Irene took herself off to another job, so she must have been amazed to finally get the call to report on 1 August 1941.

    She completed training (although she bumped into another aircraft when landing on the 11th August, due to 'bad airmanship'), went on to ferry work, and progressed through the ranks; she was promoted to Third Officer on 5 Feb 1942, then Second Officer on 1 Jul 1942.

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    On the 24 Feb 1942, ATA Senior Commander Pauline Gower invited Irene into her office to discuss a rather delicate matter. Irene was typically... forthright:

    "Interview with 3rd Officer Irene Arckless
    To Pauline Gower Dear Madam,
    Further to interview of this morning, I would like to place the following statement on record as I feel it would be more satisfactory from my own personal view point. The matter being to me of a very serious nature, and effecting my good character, as such it has always been to date.

    Reference the accusation made, and presumed to concern myself i.e. that at a certain aerodrome (unnamed) an unnamed duty pilot is reported to have said to me - when I requested the delivery chit to be signed - "I will, if you give me a kiss first".

    I wish to emphatically deny these words, as never, on any occasion, has such a familiar attitude been adopted by any duty pilot wherever I have been.
    Further, I would like to place on record that far from adopting a familiar attitude myself - I get my chits signed as soon as possible, and depart from the duty pilot's office.
    Having served six months in H.M. Forces prior to joining A.T.A. I consider, that as an Officer and I trust, a lady, I know how to conduct myself both in and out of uniform.... "

    Irene demanded a full and detailed enquiry, and went on,

    "I would like to add that recently at a number of aerodromes visited, & by a number of people, I have been mistaken for another female member of the ATA, whether there proves to be any connection with the charge made & the above - will do doubt, after investigation, come to light.
    I an Madam, Your Obedient Servant, Irene

    Pauline (no doubt muttering under her breath 'For goodness' sake, calm down, woman'), replied:
    "With reference to your letter to me of today's date, I would point out to you that you have not been charged with any offence. Certain matters have been brought to my attention and I took the course of discussing these with you in order to clear them up.
    Under the circumstances I shall make a further investigation but in the meantime I am fully prepared to take your word concerning the particular instance mentioned in our conversation this morning."

    ... and that appears to have been the end of that.

    The very next month (March 1942), however, a more serious matter came up, and she was grounded. Without boring you with all the tedious details of 'She said to me, so I said to her', etc, what happened was this:

    On the 15th March, Irene ferried an aircraft from Catterick to Prestwick, via Carlisle. As she landed, who should be watching but Margie Fairweather, and she was not pleased by what she saw; "I noted the circuit and approach of the machine which ultimately turned out to be piloted by 3rd Officer Arckless. The final turn into the slight wind which was blowing, was done in a series of jerks, in the nature of flat turns, and the machine was then under-shooting by several hundred yards. The engine was now used to recover, and height was again gained. Thereafter the machine made a perfectly good landing on the grass. I was shocked to discover the pilot was 3rd Officer Arckless who is known to have some experience."

    Margie confronted Irene, criticised her turns, the height at which she circuited the aerodrome, minutely cross-examined her on her knowledge of the valley, and queried Irene's explanation of a fuel leak for the large quantity of petrol taken on at Carlisle; (she asked for a 'Snag Report' and said "If it's found to be alright, it will be too bad for you", or words to that effect"); she also told Irene she clearly didn't know how to work an altimeter. Margie summed up her opinion of Irene in no uncertain terms: "Her whole bearing during our conversation convinced me, that her extreme confidence in herself as a pilot has no justification."

    Irene, in turn, wrote, "Personally I feel that there is some personal prejudice existing in the whole of Captain Fairweather's attitude" and ended her report by stating, "my one ambition is to be an asset to A.T.A. and not a menace!"

    As it happens, Irene came up with convincing arguments against all Margie's criticisms; nevertheless, she was sent back to School for a Check Flight, with the Chief Instructor, no less. I wonder if she could resist a slight smirk when the report came back:

    19 Mar 1942
    T/O I. Arckless
    We have duly received your report dated 15 March regarding the above Officer, and thank you for writing.
    Miss Arckless has had a flight check with the Chief Flying Instructor who has given us such a good report that we have no alternative but to return her to full flying duties.
    Her explanations on your various points seem fairly satisfactory, but we shall, of course, keep this Officer under observation.

    To be fair to Margie, she was just doing her job, and she was absolutely right to be concerned; the 15th of March 1942 was one of the worst days of ATA's existence, with 6 people dead in 4 separate crashes. Plus, Margie was a very experienced pilot and instructor; if she had concerns about the way Irene was flying, she was aprobably right. But in any case Margie and Irene's personalities and backgrounds were so different, they were perhaps bound to clash.

    Pauline thought it best to transfer Irene anyway, with this note in her file:

    "Miss Arckless suffers from over confidence and I am not at all satisfied with her ability as a Class I pilot. I should be grateful therefore if you would keep a careful check on her flying and general airmanship."

    Irene's next mishap turned out entirely to her credit; on the 20 Aug 1942 she took off in a Mk I Hurricane, and the port undercarriage leg failed to retract. She wrote "I flew around for about 30 minutes trying to get port leg up, or starboard down, by the emergency methods... nothing happened, in any of these directions, the port leg remained down and starboard up.

    After this I circuited the aerodrome, wiggled my wings, and made very amazing other actions. By amazing actions I mean: I trimmed aircraft to fly hands off as well as was possible under the circumstances, took both hands off and feet off everything and tried brute force to move the selector lever... during this period the aircraft certainly appeared to perform some remarkable antics!

    I then did a further circuit and went in to land. Port wheel fortunately retracted and I made a normal crash landing."

    She went back to School, but this time on a conversion course. Her final report was, again, positive:

    "from A G Head, Temp. O.C. Training Pool
    "a keen and safe pilot who has shown considerable initiative and resourcefulness. A likeable personality who is inclined to be rather high spirited but whose work is of a high standard. An extremely good navigator who will make a most useful ferry pilot.She had to cope with a difficult problem in a Hurricane with undercarriage selector trouble recently, and belly landed it with less damage than the Engineer Officer of the Station had ever seen before with similar circumstances. She was exonerated by the Accidents Committee, thus proving her School reports to carry considerable weight.All her work in Training Pool has been very satisfactory."

    She had another accident, on 21 Dec 42; her Airspeed Oxford developed low oil pressure in its starboard engine and she had to force land. The incident was investigated and she was found 'not to blame'.

    Sadly however, her next accident - less than 3 weeks later, in the same type of aircraft - was fatal. On the afternoon of Sunday 3 Jan 1943, her Oxford V3888 crashed onto a house on the outskirts of Cambridge when an engine cut during take-off. She was taken to Addenbrooks but pronounced dead.

    airspeed oxford

    I don't think Pauline Gower ever warmed to her, actually; rather than the usual fairly positive summary, she managed to damn Irene with faint praise: "her conduct and general character was satisfactory and she performed her duties conscienciously"

    Buried Stanwix Cemetery, Carlisle. ATA pilot Ronald Porter (q.v.) is buried in the adjacent plot.

    ata irene arckless grave     ata_irene_arkless_ronald_porter_graves

    The Inscription reads:


    Treasured Memories of 


    Second Officer ATA Ferry Pilot who was accidentally killed

    at Cambridge while on Service 3 Jan 1943 Aged 27 Years

    Beloved Daughter of William and Fanny Arckless

    Also William Arckless Dearly Loved Husband of Fanny

    Who Died 18 Dec 1965, Aged 74 Years

    Also Fanny, Beloved Wife of William

    Who Died 11 April 1987, Aged 92 Years"


     The ATA Benevolent Fund went to visit her parents, to offer assistance, but reported back:

    "Mr Arckless is an ordinary working man, being an organ-builder by trade and I understand that in recent years he has not been fully employed, hence the reason that I deemed it advisable to interview the deceased's parents on the question of the Fund.

    Both Mr. and Mrs. Arckless have requested me to thank the Organisation and the Committee for the consideration shown to them, but they feel that, although their daughter contributed considerably to the home, they cannot under the circumstances avail themselves of any monetary allowance which the Committee may have sen fit to grant them as they feel there must be many more deserving cases, namely young widows left with small children."

    Cairns Post, 15 Jan 1943; "Irene Arckless, daughter of a Carlisle organ-builder, was known as "the flying school-girl." She realised her school-girl ambition to emulate Amy Johnson. She made her first solo flight when she was 21. She was killed on the day after her 28th birthday [sic]. She had just returned to her station from four days leave. She was engaged to Flight-Lieutenant Thomas Lockyer, a prisoner of war in Germany.

    Lockyer's father said last night "Tom and Irene had known each other since childhood. She took flying lessons as soon as she left school. When Tom joined the RAF, she was determined to get her 'wings as soon as he.”

    She joined the RAF ferry service in October, 1941 [sic], after she heard that Lockyer was a prisoner. 'One of us must keep flying, she said'.”


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  • Armstrong, Henry Michael Andrew

     M.748 First Officer   Henry Michael Andrew Armstrong
       b.19 Feb 1906, Lacock, Wilts 10 Jun 1942 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ATA Henry Armstrong ATA

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  • Armstrong, Oliver Eric

     M.101  Commander Oliver Eric 'Paddy' Armstrong 

    flag eire

    b. 19 Mar 1903, Dublin  27 May 1940 to Nov-45 



    prev. RAF Sgt Pilot 1919 to 1931

    "Isle of Man Airways pilot before the war and later Officer Commanding the Belfast Ferry Pool; one of the best-known characters in the ATA - and in many a corner of his native Ireland." - BG


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  • Arnette, Kenneth Russell

     M.334 First Officer   Kenneth Russell Arnette
     flag usa   b. 31 Aug 1912, Rutherfordton VA  25 Jan 1941 to Jan-42

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    Married, no children

    prev. Barnstorming; Arnette's Air Show (Stunting shows)

    Address in 1941: Henderson, NC

    Next of Kin: c/o Arnette's Ice Cream Co., Richmond, Virginia

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP

    "A sound and experienced pilot and in every way satisfactory."

    Killed in action in the India-Burma Theatre 4 Feb 1945

    buried Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery – St. Louis, Mo.

    "Learned to fly at the Meyer Airport near Hendersonville, N.C. A graduate of Hendersonville High School where he was an outstanding athlete, he is survived by his mother and four brothers. James Arnette Jr served in the US Navy, Sgt Roy A Arnette with the AAF in France, W C Arnette with the Seabees in the Aleutians, and Milton Prince Arnette, who lives in Hendersonville."

    His brother Roy owned Arnette's Ice Cream Co; he was killed when 3 armed men robbed the company in 1974, hit him on the head and shot him in the arm.

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  • Arthur, Joan Henrietta (W.166)

     W.166  3rd Officer Joan Henrietta Arthur 
     flag england b. 5 Aug 1919, Ealing  8 May-44 to Sep-45 


    joan arthur 1945 

    RAeC 1945


     Ab initio pilot


  • Artindale, William Anthony

     M.245  First Officer William Anthony Artindale 

    flag england

      b. 21 May 1904, Sheffield  26 Aug 1940 to Aug-45

     ata william artindale 1935      


    prev. a horticulturalist

    [Contract Terminated, but re-engaged 3 Feb 1941]

    d. 1991, Bournemouth

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  • Ashburner, Lionel Hector Tracey

     M.340 *  2nd Officer Lionel Hector Tracey 'Ash' Ashburner 
     flag england  b. 17 Jun 1899, Seaford, Sussex  27 Mar 1941 to 30 Jun 1945 

     ata lionel ashburner ATA ATA

     ata lionel ashburner 1971 Flight 1971  ata lionel ashburner 1977 Flight 1977 (both 'Flight')  


    father Rev. William Ashburner, [Rector of Dodington], mother Georgiana Alder [Rinder]

    m. 1926 Gladys Violet [Sheriff]

    prev a Planter in the West Indies

    The Imperial War Museum has a 1971 audio tape of him: "REEL 1 Aspects of training as officer cadet with Royal Flying Corps, 1917: early interest in flying; period in army, 1917; basic training at Hastings; technical training at Denham. Period on flying training at RAF Eastchurch, 3/1918: reaction to former Royal Naval Air Service; first flight in Avro 504 K, 20/4/1918; opinion of instructors during dual flying training on DH6 and Avro 504 K; story of nearly throwing instructor out during loop; first solo in Sopwith Pup, 13/6/1918; influenza attack; first solo on Sopwith Camel, 28/7/1918; course as flying instructor at RAF Manston. Period as flying instructor at RAF Eastchurch, 1918: story of nearly flying out in loop; two-seater Sopwith Camel; method of recovering from spin. Demobilisation, 1919.

    Period as sugar planter in British Guiana, 1920-1929. Passing air license during membership of Bristol and Wessex Flying Club, Filton and Whitchurch Airfields, Bristol area, 1929-1930. Period as rancher in British Guiana, 1930-1935. Period as member of B&WFC and Leicester Flying Club, 1935: aircraft flown; flights to various flying club airfields; Armistice celebrations, 11/11/1918-12/11/1918; development of commercial flying using flying boats in British Guiana; story of giving parents flights. Period prospecting for gold in British Guyana, 1935 -1938. Period flying with B&WFC, 1938-1939: failed attempt to rejoin RAF; question of communicating with control tower. Period as air traffic control officer at Croydon airport, London, 1938-1939: prior training course; question of competition between Imperial Airways and other airlines; types of passenger aircraft; use of Morse code to communicate with aircraft; use of map and pins to record aircraft position; method of landing aircraft by ear; flights of Air France aircraft in bad weather.

    Period at Heston airport, London, 1939: review of services and aircraft; army cooperation exercises. Period as air traffic control officer at airfields at Perth, Aberdeen and Whitchurch, 1939-1943: initial rejection due to reserved occupation prior to acceptance on unpaid part-time basis as Class 1 aircraft ferry pilot with Air Transport Auxiliary, 4/1941; opinion of various aircraft flown. REEL 2 Continues: opinion of various aircraft flown; conversion course as Class II aircraft pilot; opinion of Spitfire; story of arrest by military police due to lack of uniform; near accident due to fatigue whilst flying Spitfire and consequent end of control tower duties, 9/1943. Period as fulltime ferry pilot with ATA, 1943-1945.


    Postings: 2FPP

    1977, "Flight"; "Lionel Ashburner from Sywell, Northampton was awarded the John Player Award for Achievement in General Aviation trophy and a £350 cheque for long service in Air Traffic Control. 'Ash' officially retired as an airways controller at Preston in 1963, but then became controller at Sywell, a post he held full-time into his seventies, becoming part-time only this year. He has long been known for an almost magic ability to talk 'temporarily uncertain' pilots into Sywell, aided only by his keen knowledge of Midlands geography."

    d. 9 Feb 1986 - Bristol

    See also http://www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/

  • Austin, James Stanley

     M.---  2nd Officer  James Stanley Austin

    flag england

     b. 7 Apr 1890, Glastonbury 30 Apr 1941 to 21 May 1941 

     ata james austin 1938 1938


     prev. a Mining Engineer, then a Motor Engineer

    Royal Navy from 1915-18  then Army Air Corps to 1919

    Address in 1938: "Alclutha", St George's Rd, Sandwich, Kent

    d. 7 Mar 1982, Exeter

  • Avery, Philip de Walden

     M.453  2nd Officer*  Philip de Walden Avery

    flag england

     b. 5 May 1909, London  16 May 1941 to 19 Nov 1942

     ata philip de walden avery 1931 1931


     Educated at Harrow

    Pre-WWII amateur aviator who had owned:

    - a 1930 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-AAZD; 

    - a 1931 DH.60G Gipsy Moth, G-ABPT, and

    - a 1933 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-ACML

    He also entered (the one and only) Comper Streak, G-ACNC, for the 1935 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start.

    m. 1939 Ilona de Walyel

    A Company Director (Minox Ltd)

    Address in 1941: Old Mill Cottage, Wargrave, Berks

    Postings: 1FPP

    "An average pilot, with not too good a sense of discipline"

    [* First Officer from 14 Aug-42 but demoted to 2nd Officer 2 weeks later for flying in bad weather, supposedly for a period of 3 months. However, his contract was terminated before this period ended.

    The accident which caused him to be demoted was on the 15th August 1942, when he 'abandoned a Spitfire after running out of fuel through flying in bad weather'. The final straw was when, on the 16th November, he forgot to lower the undercarriage of a Hurricane when landing.]

    In his defence, he did successfully force-land a Short Scion in September 1942 after engine failure; on the other hand, the Hurricane was the second aeroplane in which his cockpit drill had missed out this rather important item - he had also landed a Blenheim with its wheels up on the 30th August...

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 'due to the number of at-fault accidents' (actually, the Hurricane was his 5th)]

    Address in 1967: The Garth, Wellingore, Lincoln and Kafue National Game Park, Zambia"

    d. Mar 1985 - Lincoln

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  • Ayres, Ronald Wilfred

     M.667 * First Officer  Ronald Wilfred Ayres 
    flag england    b. 27 Jan 1919, Huntingdon 23 Sep 1941 to 31 Oct 1945 

    ata ronald ayres MAMM

    Manx Aviation & Military Museum



    prev. an insurance company clerk

    d. May 1998, Huntingdon

  • Bach, Denis George

     M.---- 2nd Officer Denis George Bach 
    flag england b. 22 Dec 1911, Birmingham   19 Aug 1941 to 23 Sep 1941

    ata denis bach 1939 1939



    Prev. a Technical Engineer

    Address in 1939: 16 Holly Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham

    One accident:

    - 20 Sep 1941, in a Magister; "Pilot got lost and then took off after forced landing, contrary to existing regulations. Wheels of aircraft struck the top of the small hedge and the machine hit the ground."

    Contract Terminated 23 Sep 1941

     d. 4 Jan 1985 - Santa Barbara, CA

  • Back, Charles Lionel Griffiths

     M.341  First Officer Charles Lionel Griffiths Back 
    za-1928flag  b. 23 Dec 1913, S Africa 6 April 1941 to 10 Apr 1943 

     ata charles back 1933 1933



    Educated at St Andrews, Grahamstown, SA

    Arrived in the UK in 1928

    prev. RAF (Pilot Offficer) 1935-37

    Address in 1941: Newton House, Barn St, Marlborough, Wilts

    Postings: 2FPP, 8FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP, 15FPP

    He was described as 'a very capable and experienced pilot, and in every way satisfactory', but had a couple of problems during his ATA career, being placed on a weekly salary basis after writing cheques with insufficient funds to cover them in May-42, and suspended without pay for 3 days in Jan-43 for 'failing to surrender clothing coupons'.

    kenneth mackenzie and patricia 7 jun 1941 Kenneth and Patricia [Pruett], 7 Jun 1941

    He then 'committed misconduct' in Luton with Patricia, the wife of Flt Lt. (later Wing Cmdr) Kenneth Mackenzie DFC, while the latter was away as a wartime guest of the Germans. The divorce judge said that it was "a most lamentable feature of the case that a man who was an officer in the RAF should commit misconduct with the wife of a brother officer who was a prisoner in German hands."


    Later a de Havilland test pilot

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  • Badhe, Ramchandra Murlidhar

     M.560  2nd Officer Ramchandra Murlidhar Badhe 
     flag british india  b. 7 Aug 1905, Saugar C.P., British India 24 Jun 1941 to Jan-43 


    ramchandra badhe 1938




     Address in 1941: 19 Hartington Rd, East Feltham, Middx

    Next of kin: (brother) Vishnu Badhe, Kelibag, Mahal, Nagpur, India

    M.Sc., then an aircraft assembler fitter for Heston Aircraft Co, Hounslow. From whom he received this slightly awkward endorsement:

    "I would say that Mr R M Badhe has been in our employ for about three years, and we have always found him to be a first-class reliable man from every point of view, and although it is always difficult to get under the skin of certain classes of Indians, I had no hesitation whatever in recommending him for a commission in the RAFVR, and in your case also I feel that he will give you excellent service... He has always conducted himself here in a very correct and respectful manner."

    However, his instructor's report in October 1942 was less complimentary:

    "A keen pilot whose assessment can only be judged by his ability to use his intelligence, which is below average. It was necessary to reprimand him for gross carelessness and lack of airmanship and he has been told that if on any future occasion his airmanship is proved to be lacking, his contract will most probably be terminated."

    Actually, he did have a few accidents...

    - Jul-42, he had a burst tyre on landing a Spitfire (not to blame).

    - Sep-42, he landed an Oxford in the wrong direction and collided with another Oxford, severely damaging both (pilot to blame);

    - Nov-42, he taxied of the perimiter track (to avoid some cyclists, he said) and nosed over in the soft ground (pilot to blame);

    Hawker Henley TT III target tug in flight c1938 

    d. 20 Jan 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Henley L3408 crashed in trees on Ulpha Farm nr Meathop, Westmoreland, while attempting forced landing due to engine failure (suspected to be due to water in the petrol system).

    Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 26 Jan 1942:

    ata badhe cremation

    "He was billeted with us... he made many friends amongst my gentlemen, he was a gentleman in every possible way and we shall greatly miss him"


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  • Bailey, Mary (W.---)



     W.---  2nd Officer

    Hon. Lady Mary Bailey CBE 

    née Westenra

    flag england

    1 December 1890, London  15 Feb 1940 to 29 Mar 1940 

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     photo: 1927, aged 37

    Born in London but brought up mainly in County Monaghan, Ireland.

    Her family's home was Rossmore Castle, which was a grand affair built in the 1820s, with turrets, a vast drawing room and servants' quarters, not to mention about 20 cottages on the estate:

    rossmore castle www.monaghan.ie/museum

    Here she is, with her brother Willie, and parents (Mittie and Derry) on a set of steps by the house, in 1913:

    mary bailey rossmore steps Throttle Full Open

    I visited County Monaghan in 2014 and asked in the local museum if they knew where the house was. 'Oh yes' they said, 'but it was demolished forty years ago'. It seems that it became severely infested with dry rot in the 1940s, was abandoned and, indeed, demolished in 1975.

    Anyway, here's all that's left of it now:

    rossmore steps    rossmore walls

    Mary married South African mining magnate and white suprematist politician Sir Abe Bailey in September 1911 (so, she was 21, he was nearly 47; his first wife had died in 1902 and he already had two children). They then had five more children - 2 boys and 3 girls.

    She learnt to fly at the London Aeroplane Club in 1926. She was the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea 'by the long route' from Chester to Dublin, the following August.

    The following March (1928) she began a solo tour to Cape Town, via Malta and then Cairo. Here, her plane was locked away by order of the Governor-General of the Sudan to prevent her from continuing alone, so she contacted Dick Bentley (who had flown to the Cape a few weeks before) to escort her in his own aeroplane over the "dangerous area of the southern Sudan". She then crashed in Tanganyika, writing off her aeroplane (she said it was her fault), but Abe made arrangements for a replacement Moth to be delivered from Pretoria and she continued, despite having 'flu. Abe was there to meet her when she arrived at the end of April. 

    The return journey was made via the western 'French' route - the Belgian Congo, Angola and the French Congo. She finally arrived back at Croydon on 16 January, 1929, 10 months after she left. It was "undoubtedly one of the finest performances ever put up by a woman pilot." 

    Lady Bailey was "so modest, so vague and so charming", and was "surprised that anyone should make a fuss about her journey". 

    A Director of National Flying Services in 1929, (with Frederick Guest, Colonel the Master of Sempill, Alan Cobham, etc); she was also awarded the Brittania Trophy by the Royal Aero Club, and then made a Dame of the British Empire in 1930 for "services to aviation".

    Mary Bailey in 1930 At the Chateau d'Ardennes in 1930

    She was a guest at Amelia Earhart's reception at the RAeC in May 1932 - photo here.

    In early 1933 she gave everyone a scare by disappearing for several days on another solo flight to Cape Town; thankfully, she had only got lost, run low on fuel and landed safely in the Sahara. [Bert Hinkler, who disappeared at about the same time, was killed in the Alps]. She then flew back to England and almost immediately went down with a bout of typhoid, but recovered in time to compete in the King's Cup later in the year.

    Mary Bailey3

    After that, she concentrated on looking after their horses, giving and attending loads more balls and receptions, and marrying off their many children.

    When Abe died in 1940, she settled near Cape Town (still keeping a house in Rutland) and died there 29th August 1960 aged 69.

    King's Cup in 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933

    Lady Mary's aeroplanes were:

    a 1926 DH.60 Moth (G-EBPU),

    a 1927 DH.60X Moth (G-EBSF, the one she crashed in Tanganyika),

    the replacement DH.60X Moth (G-EBTG, which Abe bought in Nairobi);

    a 1928 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AABN);

    a 1929 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AAEE) and

    a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth, G-AAYA. 


  • Baines, Rita Pauline (W.146)

     W.146  3rd Officer Rita Pauline Baines 
     flag england  b. 13 Nov 1921, Stoke-on-Trent 28 Dec-43 to 30 Sep-45 

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    RAeC 1945



    Ed. Felixstowe College

    prev: Rootes Securities Ltd, (a 'shadow' aircraft factory at Blythe Bridge, near Stoke-on-Trent); MAP from Nov 1942

    Ab initio pilot cadet

    Postings: 15FPP

    Later 'Star Girl No. 2', air hostess for British South American Airlines: (see also Mary Guthrie , who was 'Star Girl No. 1)

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    m. 1946 Captain David Colby, an ex-Pathfinder Squadron Leader

     ata rita baines marriage 1946The Tatler


    There was a sequel to an air romance at Trentham Parish Church on Saturday when a former transocean passenger air-liner hostess was married to a pilot in the employ of the British and South American Airways. The bride was Miss Rita P. Baines, the 25-years-old daughter of Mr. C J. Baines, head of Messrs C. J. Baines and Co. Ltd . colour manufacturers, of Stoke, and of Mrs, Baines. The Woodlands. Trentham. and the bridegroom. Mr. David Colby, the 26-years-old son of Mrs Colby. Oulton Broads. Norfolk, a former R.A F. squadron-leader and the holder oi the D.F.C.

    The couple met last January when Miss Baines travelled as air-hostess and made a call at the Gambia (British West Africa) station of the airways company. of which Mr. Colby was station manager." Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 30 November 1946

    [David d. 30 January 1948 (age 27) in the crash of British and South American Airlines' Avro Tudor IV G-AHNP 'Star Tiger', lost on a flight between the Azores and Bermuda. 6 crew and 25 passengers died.]

    m. 1949 Christopher Johnson, MD of Johnson Bros Ceramics

    "The marriage took place at the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield. London, on Monday, of Mr. Christopher Johnson. younger son of Mr and Mrs Frank Johnson. Kniveden Hall. Leek, and Mrs Rita Colby, daughter of and Mrs. C. J Baines. Woodlands. Trentham. and widow of Squadron-Leader David Colby. D.F.C. After the reception at the Dorchester Hotel. Mr and Mrs. Johnson left for their honeymoon, which is being spent in Italy." Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 20 August 1949

    d. 2007 - Newcastle Staffs


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  • Baker, John Robert

     M.--- 2nd Officer   John Robert Baker
     flag england   b. 26 Jun 1915, London  26 Sep 1941 to Nov-41


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    prev. an electrician for the Borough of Stepney from 1932

    prev. exp 25 hrs solo

    L/AC in RAF 22 May - 4 Oct 1940. His 'reference' from them to the ATA says "After being reported extremely backward this ex-pupil was tested on 29th Aug 1940 after 5 hours dual on Oxfords, when it was found that he was definitely below average and completely lacking in air sense. His reactions were extremely slow, flying rough, cockpit drill hazy and judgement bad. He was therefore withdrawn from flying training. It is considered that this ex-pupil is entirely unsuited for the work of a Ferry Pilot".

    Even his ATA flying test reported him as "keen, but painfully slow at times" and "very lacking in common sense".

    Nevertheless, he was taken on as a Cadet.

     ... And died a few weeks later, in a flying accident.

    Miles M.2H Hawk Major G ACYO W.Waltham 03.06.53

    d. 20 Nov 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Miles Hawk Major DP848 (ex G-AENS) on training cross-country flight ran out of fuel and hit hill nr Priddy Wells Somerset in bad visibility.



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  • Ballard, Edwin Dana

     M.579 First Officer  Edwin Dana 'Eddie' Ballard 

    flag usa

    b. 7 Sep 1913, Holyoke, Mass.  5 Jun 1941 to 23 Jan 1945 




    Father: Harry Earl Ballard, mother Caroline S [Evans]

    Ed. Highland Grammar School, Holyoke; Augusta Military Academy, Long Island, NY

    prev. 1933-34 US Army 62nd Coast Artillery, Private First Class;

    Operator, Valley Air Sales, Springfield, Mass.; Paper Maker. Purchasing Agent

    prev. exp. 470 hrs

    Address in 1941: Leahey Ave, South Hadley Center, Mass.

     Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP

    Reprimanded in Aug-42 for 'flying at low altitude', and suspended for 1 week in Feb-43 for 'taking off in Spitfire with hood open'

    2 accidents, one his fault:

    - 12 Apr 1942, his Spitfire nosed over after taxying into an unmarked soft patch, and

    - 9 Feb 1944, when his Anson developed an engine problem and he did a precautionary landing, but then took off again even though there was a 200rpm mag. drop. Again, the engine misbehaved, so he had to do another forced landing. "It is considered that the pilot made an error of judgement in deciding to take off in the circumstances."

    "A capable and hard working pilot who makes a good officer if he watches his tongue" "His flying is good and his keenness to take on any work at any time cannot be considered anything but first rate"

    "He talks too much and too loudly and appears to have a profoundly irritant effect on many of his colleagues. He is, however, good natured and quick-witted."

    He sailed back to the US on the 11 Jun 1942 with fellow US pilots Marshall Milton, William Byrd Lee Milton, Eddie Grundstrom, Alexander Wilson, Manley Fairbrother, and Harry Kindberg.

    m. 1942 Ethel (Ruth) Lambton, also of the ATA and Edwin then spent September 1943 to January 1943 in the USA.

    In September 1944 Edwin, Ruth and her son Peter Lambton, age 9, sailed to the USA.

    In January, Ruth and Edwin were hauled before a disciplinary court for 'drinking during an unauthorised period in spite of a warning by a senior officer' and 'insubordination'.

    The Court was inclined Not to overlook the offences. "After considering the evidence, and after hearing verbal evidence given by Commander Whitehurst and Captain Rome the Court reached the conclusion that the charges were fully substantiated, and after reviewing the record of both these officers, who as pilots have undoubtedly done a good job, the Court nevertheless came to the conclusion that their disciplinary record throughout, as disclosed by the History Cards, has left a great deal to be desired, despite repeated warnings, and that this incident is so bad as to warrant their instant dismissal".

    Ruth and Edwin were duly dismissed on the 23rd January 1945. 

    They sailed to the USA on the 21 Feb (to Edwin's home town of Hadley, MA), had 2 more children and then moved to Nassau, Bahamas in 1950 where Eddie took a job as a pilot for Bahama Airlines.

    ATA women in Nassau 1957 

    Ann Wood-Kelly, Lettice Curtis, Ruth Ballard and Winnie Fair, in the Bahamas in 1957 (ELC)

    d. 1978 - Nassau

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  • Bambridge, Frederick Edward Arthur

     W.51 Flight Captain  Frederick Edward Arthur 'Bam' Bambridge 

     flag england

     b. 7 Mar 1897, London

    8 Apr 1940 to 31 Mar 1943 (as pilot)

    to 30 Nov 1945 (as Flying Control Officer) 

      ata frederick bambridge BG 2 BG      


    Ed. Marlborough

    Royal Field Artillery, RFC, RNAS in WWI

    As a Flight Sub-Lieut. in the RNAS, he was seriously wounded in April 1918, and in March 1919 he relinquished his commission on account of ill-health (caused by wounds) but was permitted to retain his rank. 

    In July 1919, Flight said that "Lieut. Bambridge, who had the distinction of losing the tail of his machine at 15,000 ft. in France, and descending on the top plane more or less successfully, was in charge of the ground operations" for an air display in Liverpool.

    m. 1926 Vera M [Fullick]

    vera fullick bambridge Vera

    His patent No 338,495 for 'Improvements in or connected with Braking Means for Aeroplanes and the like purposes" was published in December 1930:

    ata frederick bambridge 1930 patent

    "The braking force is applied directly to the landing wheels and undercariage.... My invention admits of several modes of application and according to one embodiment a bracket or like device having slots in angular or other suitable relation is employed in co-operative relation with and at each end of the axle of the landing wheels."

    ata frederick bambridge fiona

    Address in 1940: Waimate, Gordon Rd, Whitstable

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP, 4bFPP

    Suspended in Jan 1941 for nine days for 'Accumulative Misdemeanours'

    Suspended for 7 days in May 1941 for 'disregard of flying regulations at 33 MU Lyneham'

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 18 Jun 1941, the wheels of his Anson got clogged in long grass, 'which prevented the pilot obtaining sufficient height to clear an obstruction'.

    "This officer though limited in his flying activities for medical reasons has more than made up for it by his energy and organising ability in the Operations Room where he has proved himself a very great asset."

    Transferred to ground duties 31 Mar 1943.

    "Is a very conscientious officer. Unfortunately he is not good at handling his staff, and does not acieve a good team spirit."

    "A first class organizer and highly efficient Chief Flying Control Officer."

    In September 1945 as the ATA was being disbanded, the Air Movements Flight held a 'Farewell Dinner'. The menu, and a 'poem' in the form of an ABC, have survived:

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    People mentioned: 

    Aubrey Bower [M.758]

    Bill [Guy] Harben [M.18]



    Toni Combi [M.588]

    Diana Hutchinson [W.107]



    Ian Forbes


    Ireen Garge

    Groupie Hill

    Georgei Hayman

    Harry Hamilton

    Jack Hollande

    Harry Harrison

    Johnny Jordan

    Joesph Smallbone

    Johnny Scarborough


    Les Kemp

    H. C. Mason




    Stan Pigott

    Tom Preston


    Eulalia Rodd



    Becky Sharp

    Len Thornhill




    d. Dec 1966 - Elstree, Herts

    His grand-daughter Fiona kindly tells me that "Bam's mother, Caroline Charlotte Anna Siebert-Charters, was a German aristocrat. His father, Arthur Leopold Bambridge, was an artist who exhibited several times at the Royal Academy and was a Member.

    Bam's parents divorced when he and his elder sister Emily were small, in 1904. It was his mother who filed for divorce; she took Emily to Germany with her, leaving Bam with his father in England, apparently so that he did not get naturalised to being German.

    Bam went to primary school locally in Wiltshire, then later went to stay with his uncle William, who was a Professor of Music and organist for Marlborough College. Bam spent 2 years at Marlborough, although not very successful academically I was informed by their archivist.

    He joined the RFC in 1915, then RNAS. He was shot down twice in France, once whilst his passenger took aerial photos; the passenger was sadly killed, Bam was injured and thereafter always walked with a limp.

    Bam met Vera when he retrieved her Alsatian dog after it had run off in fields near Shoreham airport. When he inherited his mother's money, he and Vera lived the high life - skiing in Switzerland, Cannes for the casinos (Bam loved gambling), and were friends with the Benetti brothers (racing cars). 'Bam' worked as a stunt pilot, carpenter, admin for BOAC in a London office, and also sold sun lamps. 

    Bam and Vera had four children, Angela, Anthony, Brian and John. John became a pilot in the RAF and also flew privately. My aunt, Angela, is the last one still with us

    Bam joined up in the early days of the ATA; a friend of his from Whitstable, Herbert Mason (q.v.) was joining so he applied. At first he flew planes, then later was promoted to Flight Captain. You can see his name in the marvellous poem written at the end of the war for their final evening dinner party.

    Bam and Vera separated around 1940, and divorced after the war. Bam remained in Maidenhead (near the old White Waltham ATA base), living in a small flat,  and used to visit the old ATA base, by then an Aero Club. He also avidly read flying magazines sent to him by his sister Emily. Bam died of tuberculosis in hospital in Herts in 1966.

    He was in contact with some of his relatives during those years including his cousin Philip whose wife told me how Bam lived a very simple life - "one plate, one cup,"less washing up", he said. He was fond of her small children, he was always a gentleman, had twinkly eyes and a lively smile.

    The ATA ladies, Joy Lofthouse and Mary Ellis both told me in 2011 that Bam was a gentleman. He was often to be seen standing at the end of the runway at White Waltham, looking up into the sky." 

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  • Banister, Eirene Rosemary (W.119)

     W.119 3rd Officer   Mrs Eirene Rosemary Banister
     flag england  b. 20 Jul 1919, Budleigh Salterton 12 Jul-43 to Sep-45 


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    RAeC 1939



     née Whittow

    Mrs Banister from 1940

  • Barker, Albert

     M.506 First Officer  Albert Barker 
     flag england   b. 16 Apr 1908, Shipley 6 Jun 1941 to 31 Oct 1945 

     ata albert barker 1935 1935

     ata albert barker ATA    


    Educated at Shipley Central School

    m. 1934 May [Jackson]; 1 child

    prev. Company Director, Valley Road Motors (Shipley) Ltd;

    RAF Jul-40 to Apr-41, AC/2 Cadet

    Address in 1941: 6 Hilton Ave, Frizinghall, Bradford

    Postings: 7FPP, 8FPP

    Off sick from 2 Dec 1942 to 23 Feb 1943, following a crash-landing in Wellington W5587 after complete failure of the port engine.

    Suspended for 1 day in Dec-43 for Loss of Ferry Pilot's Notes;

    Aug-44, reprimanded for low flying: "This pilot has not settled down at this pool, I have recommended C.O.O. to post him [back to 7FPP]. O.C. 8FPP

    "An excellent Officer who, by his good flying and behaviour, has been a real asset to the Pool."

    d. Mar 1981 - Staincliffe, N Yorks


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  • Barnato, Diana (W.59)

     W.59  First Officer  Diana Barnato
     flag england  b. 15 Jan 1918, London  2 Dec-41 to Aug-45


    diana barnato walker ATA 




     [Severely Reprimanded May-43: Appeared at Windsor Races wearing trousers and side cap] 

    Wrote "Spreading My Wings" (1994)

    d. Apr 2008

      0398 0272a

     Receiving the Lennox Trophy from Lord Brabazon, 1963 [RAeC]

    Oxford DNB: "Walker, Diana Barnato [née Diana Barnato] (1918–2008), aviator, was born on 15 January 1918 at 39 Elsworthy Road, Hampstead, London, the younger daughter of Woolf Joel Barnato (1895–1948), financier and racing driver [see under Bentley Boys], and his American first wife, Dorothy Maitland, née Falk (1892/3–1961). Her father, who was a captain in the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War, had inherited, at the age of two, the millions accumulated by his father Barney Barnato, the South African diamond magnate. After the war he became one of the celebrated ‘Bentley boys’ (he also bought a majority share in the Bentley company, of which he became chairman in 1925), and a highly successful racing driver, winning the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1928, 1929, and 1930. During the Second World War he served as a wing commander in the RAF, with responsibility for the defence of airfields in southern England.

    Diana Barnato and her sister, Virginia, enjoyed the pleasures of high society, though Woolf separated from their mother when Diana was four. While their mother brought the girls up she maintained an amicable relationship with their father (who had two sons with his second wife, and married a third time shortly before his death). Diana was educated at Queen's College in Harley Street, London, until 1936, when she came out as a débutante and ‘did the season’. Disenchanted by the social rounds, she invested her allowance in flying lessons at the Brooklands Flying Club in Surrey at £3 per hour, rather than learn with the Civil Air Guard for a mere 7s. 6d. per hour. She wrote, ‘I was far too much of a snob to go to learn to fly with what I thought would be the hoi polloi’ (Spreading my Wings, 34). Having gone solo after six hours on a de Havilland Tiger Moth she ran out of money and had to stop.

    Following the outbreak of the Second World War Diana Barnato worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse and with the Red Cross, but was attracted by the chance of flying with the Air Transport Auxiliary, although she had only ten hours' flying experience. She was tested by the chief flying instructor, but a riding injury then laid her up for six months. Meanwhile the AirTransportAuxiliary had set up a training programme, and after another test in December 1941 she became one of fewer than 170 ‘Atagirls’ (of whom sixteen were to lose their lives during the conflict).

    The ATA's pilots ferried all types of military aircraft, from trainers to bombers, from factories to RAF stations or from maintenance units to squadrons. They had minimal pilot's notes and no radios, and often flew in marginal weather conditions. Barnato flew such aircraft as the single-engine Spitfire, Hurricane, Defiant, Mustang, Avenger, Wildcat, Vengeance, Firefly, Barracuda, and Tempest, and twin-engine types like the Oxford, Anson, Wellington, Warwick, Mosquito, Hudson, and Mitchell. She had her share of incidents. While flying a Supermarine Walrus air-sea-rescue amphibian, her least-liked aeroplane, from Cosford to Eastleigh on 19 September 1944, the windscreen was obscured by oil from the failing engine as she approached the Southampton balloon barrage at 1500 feet. Without power she could only push down the nose to prevent a stall and make a steep descent into the sea fog. Luckily she missed the balloon cables and emerged from the cloud a few feet above Eastleigh's grass airfield.

    Three weeks after Barnato first met the battle of Britain fighter ace Squadron Leader Humphrey Trench Gilbert in 1942 they became engaged, but days later he died in a flying accident. Two years later, on 6 May 1944, she married another pilot, Wing Commander Derek Ronald Walker, and was docked three months' pay for making an unauthorized honeymoon flight to Brussels four months later in a Spitfire, accompanied by her husband in another. Derek Walker was killed in a flying accident shortly after the war's end, on 14 November 1945.

    After the war Diana Barnato Walker, as she was now known, studied for the exams for a commercial pilot's licence, in company with the racing driver and industrialist Whitney Willard Straight (1912–1979), a naturalized American and former RAF air commodore. This led to a thirty-year relationship, and a son, Barney, was born in 1947, though Straight never left his wife, nor did Diana ask him to: ‘I was perfectly content. I had my own identity’ (The Times, 19 Nov 2005). Having gained her commercial licence she became a pilot for the Women's Junior Air Corps, giving the cadets air experience and training flights at weekends and accumulating many hours in the corps's Fairchild Argus and Auster aircraft. She had just taken off in the newly acquired Argus on 11 July 1948 when it burst into flames. Rather than bale out and lose a valuable aeroplane, she switched off the fuel and glided back to the airfield, where the flames were put out. In 1963, for her work with the corps, she was awarded the Jean Lennox Bird trophy, presented annually to a British woman pilot. On 26 August that year she became the first British woman to exceed the speed of sound, and the fastest woman in the world when she attained Mach 1.65 (1262 mph) in an English Electric Lightning T.4 trainer version of the RAF's front-line fighter. Shortly after this she won a battle with cancer.

    In later years Diana Barnato Walker took up sheep farming and was master of the Old Surrey and Burstow foxhounds for thirteen seasons, while continuing to fly for the Women's Junior Air Corps (renamed in 1964 the Girls' Venture Corps). She also became commodore of the Air Transport Auxiliary Association. She died of pneumonia on 28 April 2008 in a hospital near her sheep farm in Surrey, and was survived by her son, Barney."


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  • Barrington, Edward Leslie

     M.699 *   Edward Leslie Barrington M.C., D.F.C.
    flag england b. 23 Jun 1895, Harborne, Stafford 4 Feb 1942 to 19 Oct 1943 




    Awarded the Military Cross 26 May1917 as a 2nd Lieut (temp Captain) in the Devon Regiment, "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He succeeded in establishing telephonic communication with the front line almost immediately the objective was reached. He set a splendid example of courage and determination."

    Later joined the RFC and RAF.

     Flt-Lt in RAF in 1924, later Sqn-Ldr

    One accident:

    - 27 Jul 1943, in Hellcat FN324; "during take-off the aircraft swung to port and sruck the marking post on a cart working out of sight over the crest of the runway"

    d. 1976 - Cheltenham, Glos

  • Bathurst, Benjamin Ludlow

     M.689 * Senior Commander 

    Hon. Benjamin Ludlow 'Ben' Bathurst

    2nd Viscount Bledisloe 

    flag england   b. 2 Oct 1899, Westbury, Wilts 1 Dec 1941 to 15 Dec 1945

     ata benjamin bathurst 19281928



    Ed.  Eton, Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A.)

    2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in WWI.

    prev. a Barrister at Law; Squadron Leader in the RAF.

    m 1933 Joan Isobel [Krishaber]

    Postings: before Apr 43, ATA Chief Establishment Officer; from Apr 1943 Director of Services and Personnel

    "In early 1944 [6 Apr] the ATA were called in to collect a Hudson from Holmsley South in the New Forest, which had been flown in from the Middle East and had been landed, one must suppose, at the first airfield in England that came into view. The task fell to Ben Bathurst, one of the senior members of the headquarters staff, who had only recently completed his Hudson conversion course. Nobody at Holmesley South had ever seen a Hudson but eventually, the crew satisfied themselves as to the serviceability of the aircraft and made their departure.

    The runway at Holmesley South was a long one but even so, the Hudson even with full engine power refused to become airborne and the take-off ended in an adjacent field minus wheels and engines.Ben and his flight engineer were indeed lucky to escape."

    "During the next few months three Hudsons were lost in similar circumstances, in each case the crew being killed. It was at this stage that Coastal Command put in hand an investigation which showed that all four Hudsons had recently returned from the Middle East where they had been parked out in the tropical sun. The sun and heat, it was decided, had split the rubber of the wing leading-edge de-icing boots causing a breakdown of the air over the wings. After this the rubber was replaced by metal sheeting." ELC

    He also had another accident on 2 Jan 1945, when his Stinson Reliant FB669 landed at White Waltham minus an escape hatch, which must have blown off in flight, "probably due to insecure fastening."

     ata ben and joan bathurst 1946

    "The Hon. and Mrs Benjamin Bathurst" Tatler, 1946

    d. 17 Sep 1979

    see his entry in  https://en.wikipedia.org

  • Baugh, Robert Edward

     M.559 First Officer  Robert Edward Baugh 
     flag england  b. 30 Nov 1900, Birmingham 18 Jun 1941 to 15 Mar 1944 




    Father: Robert Baugh, [d. 1946 in Rome], Mother Fanny Dingley [ d. 1935]

    Ed. Kings Norton Secondary School, Birmingham

    m. 1930 Hilda [Thomas]; 2 children [Samuel b. 1934, Miranda b. 1943]

    RAF 1920-24, Flying Officer

    prev. a Representative for Osmond and Sons, Ltd, Grimsby (a Cattle Medicine Manufacturer)

    Address in 1941: Dorrington, Shrewsbury

    Postings: 12FPP, 5FPP, 7FPP

    He was a passenger in the crash of Anson N4929 at Scorton airfield on 18th November 1941. "The tail wheel appears to have jammed on landing and caused a swing to develop on the ground, the swing was uncontrolled and the starboard undercarriage leg appears to have collapsed resulting in the aircraft skiding to a halt with the starboard wing and aileron being listed as damaged."


    Off sick 6 Feb to 9 Mar 1942 with dental caries;

    Off sick 12 Sep to 30 Nov 1942 with concussion.

    "His progress through the School was very slow, due partly to a long period of sickness, and a tendency to lack confidence. He is of a somewhat nervous disposition... as a pilot, he is about average."

    "He is a modest man with a likeable personailty and the makings of a good officer."

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 15 Mar 1944]

    Post-WWII, he worked in Kenya (see below) and travelled back to the UK from Mombasa, alone, arriving on the 28 Nov 1958.

    Hilda had travelled back to the UK, alone, in Aug 1956.

    On 9 Dec 1959, he wrote to Diana Barnato Walker this sad little letter:

    "Dear Mrs Barnato-Walker,

    You may possibly remember me in the old A.T.A. days - but it is a long time ago. I was at St Pauls on Remembrance Sunday this year and saw you there, but did not have a chance to speak to you as I had to leave directly the service was over.

    The purpose of this letter is to ask you if you can help me to get a job in Africa where I believe you have large interests. I have been in Kenya for the last few years doing irrigation and development work and planting. Before the war I was cotton-growing in the Sudan and Egypt. In Kenya I was in a government department working in the Northern Frontier Province, but in 1958 the scheme I was engaged on was abandoned owing to the financial recession, and I became redundant. I stayed on in Kenya for some time with friends hoping to get another job but there was nothing doing; during this time I had the misfortune to have a riding accident in which I fractured my skull and broke my hip-bone, and as I could not afford to pay the hospital fees out there I had to return to this country for treatment.

    I am quite better now but have no qualifications for a job in this country, although I have tried very hard to get work I have had no luck. My money ran out some time ago and I have been (and am) living on a very small allowance from the National Assistance Board, which just pays for my cheap lodgings. I am most desperate to get work, and if you can put me on to anything I shall be more than grateful.

    Yours Sincerely, Robert E Baugh

    p.s. I am perfectly willing to do anything and go anywhere."

    Diana passed the letter on to Mr Moore, who was the ATA contact point, and added:

    "4 Jan 1960

    Dear Mr Moore,

    Here is the letter that I spoke to you on the telephone about. If you can do anything right away for him perhaps you will let me know?

    I have no contacts now in South Africa, but suggest that when you have contacted Baugh re his present position, that I send his letter on to Mr and Mrs Alan Butler - she was Lois Butler of the ATA - & see if they have any ideas, or offers of employment. For they have a considerable estate in Nairobi.

    Unfortunately they are away until mid February."

    ... And that is all I know, so far... (sorry)


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  • Baxter-Jones, Victor Richard

     M.585 First Officer   Victor Richard Baxter-Jones
     flag england b. 7 Jun 1918, Wells, Somerset  15 Jul 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 

     ata victor baxter jones 1936 1936

     ata victor baxter jones ICCL  ata victor baxter jones 1947 1947  


    Educated at Jordan Hill College School, Glasgow

    gertrude eklid 1939 Trudy's 1939 RAeC Cert photo

    m. 1940 Gertrude 'Trudy' [Eklid], 1 daughter

    RAFVR Mar-Nov 1937

    prev.  Ground Engineer for Bristol Aeroplane Co

    Address in 1941: 7 Market Hill, Calne, Wilts

    d. 31 Jan 2014, Gainesville GA

    "Mr. Baxter-Jones also became the senior concierge at Maxim's de Paris in Palm Springs, Calif. He was loved by all the hotel guests for his English appearance, accent and manners.

    When World War II ended Mr. Baxter-Jones worked for the De Havilland Aircraft Company. This career took him from England to the United States in 1957. He lived in Rockford, Ill., Plymouth, Mich., San Antonio, Texas, and Palm Springs, Calif., until moving to Georgia in 1992. He loved the friendly people and beauty of the state of Georgia especially the birds, the wildlife and the climate.

    He met the love of his life, Trudy at a flying club in England at the beginning of World War II. She had learned to fly and had made a solo flight before they married. He felt that it was too dangerous for a woman to fly during the war so she never flew again.

    Mr. Baxter-Jones wished to be cremated and his ashes returned to his birthplace, in Wells, Somerset, England. A memorial service will be performed at a later date in his beloved Wells Cathedral. 
    Mr. Baxter-Jones is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Steve McMillian, Gainesville; granddaughter and husband, Shea Jaworski, North Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Vincent and Anna Jaworski; and his niece, Penelope Baxter-Jones, Hampshire, England. 

    See http://www.legacy.com/obituaries


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  • Bayliss, Peter Wellburn

     M.257  First Officer Peter Wellburn Bayliss 
    flag england b. 17 Jul 1915, Wolverhampton  18 Feb 1941 to Aug-45 

     ata peter bayliss 1939 1939



    educated at Charterhouse

    an Iron Founder (Bayliss, Jones & Bayliis Ltd, Wolverhampton)

    Address in 1941: 'Woodthorne', Tettenhall, Staffs

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, 12FPP, 14FPP

    "A good pilot of sound average ability", but he was:

    a) severely reprimanded and given 2 extra duties for 'Neglect of Duty' in Jun-43; "When detailed for night duty pilot and fire-watcher, he left the airfield on two occasions without permission" and

    b) reprimanded in Feb-44 for taxiing a Proctor so carelesslythat the port wing hit a gate post.

    He seems to have settled down later; his discipline was regarded as "satisfactory" by late 1944.

    aline johncelyne bayliss 1946

    m. Aline Johncelyne Spiers (nee Pickin), also an aviator, in 1946

    Flew Proctor II G-AKXZ in the 1949 Goodyear Race

    He took out a patent in 1956: "Improvements in or relating to vices" (not that sort of vices, silly).

    Later Director and Secretary of Brockmore-Bede Aircraft of the Brockmoor Foundry Co., Brierley Hill, W. Midlands.

    d. 14 Nov 1992 - Titley Kington, Herefordshire

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  • Bayly, John

     M.59 Flight Captain  John Bayly MBE 

    flag england

     b. 23 Feb 1911, Leominster  29 Apr 1940 to Aug-45 

      ata john bayly 1935      


    Ed. Winchester, then BA from New College Oxford

    prev. Coldstream Guards 2nd Lieut. 1929-31

    a Timber Merchant

    Address in 1940: Amberde House, Taunton

    prev. exp. 540 hrs. Owned 2 aircraft:

    - G-ACRD, a 1934 BA Swallow 2, and

    - G-AEUX, a 1937 Miles Whitney Straight.

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP, 7FPP, 9FPP (also seconded to AFTS, Air Ministry and RAE Farnborough)

    "An excellent ferry pilot, an admirable officer and a charming person. If his reactions to a situation are not always conventional, they are always sound and sensible."

    Feb-45: "His qualities are such that he has been appointed acting second-in-command of No. 9 Ferry Pool". 

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  • Beaumont, Edith (W.138)

     W.138 3rd Officer  Edith 'Ditty' Beaumont 
     flag switzerland + flag germany ->flag UK  b. 24 Aug 1917, Berne, Switzerland  20 Sep-43 to Sep-45 

      ata edith beaumont

    via Michael Mackenzie

     edith beaumont 1945 RAeC 1945    


    Mother (Emily) and father both German.

    After Edith was born in Switzerland, she and her mother Emily moved back to Bavaria, then Emily married, in 1920, RAF Flying Officer (Later Air Commodore) Frank Beaumont (prev. RFC, PoW in WWI, 1935-38 Air Attaché, Prague, 1942-45 Director of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison, 1945- Air Attaché, Belgrade)

    Ed. Heathfield School, Ascot

    British Nationality 1936

     prev. private secretary to the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia

     ata edith beaumont june cole 1945 

    with June Cole in 1945 (with thanks to Michael Mackenzie)

    Gave up flying in about 1947, after a leg problem.

    m. 1948 Dr. Charles Petri (divorced)

    m. 1953 James Young Mackenzie (2 sons)

    d. 1 Dec 1991

    Her son Michael kindly tells me that "Our mother told my brother that there was a fellow pilot in whom she was interested and on good terms with. One day, she went into the Mess and, while talking to somebody else, saw this man across the room and said, “Ah there is XXXX. I must go and say hello”, whereupon the person to whom she was talking said words to the effect of “But do you not know? He died in a crash.”

    "Our mother was not given to drama, indeed quite the contrary." 


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  • Bebb, John Lloyd

     M.57  Junior Captain John Lloyd Bebb 

    flag wales

     b. 23 July 1901, Aberystwyth  29 Apr 1940 to Jan-42 


    john bebb 1932




    prev. Farming, Engineering and Aircraft Operator

    prev exp. 700hrs

    He owned:

    G-AAHE, a 1929 Avro 594 Avian IV (which competed in the King's Cup, 1931);

    G-ACFH, a 1933 Avro 640 Cadet, and G-ACPB, a 1934 Avro Cadet, which he offered to the ATA.


    Commended by his C.O. in June 1941 - "outstanding... always willing to start at any time of the day for any destination.  One of our best."

    curtiss hawk

    d. 30 Jan 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Curtiss Mohawk AR671 stalled attempting forced landing at Pershore Aerodrome following engine failure.

    buried Capel Madog. 

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  • Beckton, John Anthony Harkness

     M.1009 3rd Officer  John Anthony Harkness Beckton 
     flag england  b. 16 Jul 1917, Brighton   4 Oct 1943 to 30 Jun 1945

     ata john beckton ATA

     ata john beckton MAMM MAMM    



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  • Bell, Betty (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet  Betty Bell 
     flag england  b. 23 Sep 1919, London  1 Apr-42 to 2 May-42




     [Contract Terminated by ATA]


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  • Bell, Dorothy Ritson (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Dorothy Ritson Bell 
     flag england b. 27 May 1920, Carlisle   8 May-44 to 25 May-44

     dorothy bell ata




    prev: Secretary

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]



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  • Bell, Frank William

     M.489  First Officer Frank William Bell 

    flag england

    b. 7 Jun 1903, Lincoln  10 Jun 1941 to 12 Jul 1945 

     ata frank bell 1930 1930

     ata frank bell ATA    


    Educated at Gresham School, Holt then New College Oxford.

    Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, in 1929

    Father: William Thomas Bell

    prev. an engineer for Robey & Co., Lincoln and an Inspector in the Lincoln City Special Constabulary from Aug-39

    Address in 1941: Hillside, South Park, Lincoln

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP, 5FPP

     "A capable pilot and a good officer. With the exception of the Fulmar accident [when an undercarriage leg collapsed on landing] all his Training Pool work has been satisfactory".

     Lincolnshire Echo, 16 Sep 1942:

    "Ferry Pilot To Pay Damages

    An accident near Saxilby Bridge on June 28 was referred to at Lincoln County Court when Frank William Bell, ferry pilot, South Park, Lincoln, defended an action for damages for negligence brought by Charles Freeetone Cansdale, fitter and erector, and his wife, Olive May, Bell St, Lincoln, who were given judgment for £98 3s 10d, and costs.

    It was stated that a collision occurred just after Cansdale, who was riding a motor-cycle with his wife on the pillion, emerged from Mill Lane on to Saxilby Rd. Cansdale said that when he reached the junction of the lane and the road he stopped, looked both ways, and not seeing any traffic, went on the main road intending to turn right and go over the bridge.

    He was almost on the crown of the road when he saw Bell's car come over the peak of the bridge. He (Cansdale) drove to his correct side of the road, and was straightening up when he saw Bell's car coming over the white line to his side of the road. In an effort to avoid the car he drove so that half the cycle was on the pavement. The car hit the rear of it. His wife was injured, and he was was off work two weeks.


    Bell said he was travelling at about 30mph. After crossing the bridge he could see the motor cycle in Mill Lane. He expected it to stop when it reached the main road, but it did not. He braked hard, and went over to his offside to give the motor cycle a much space as possible. He did not agree that part of the motor cycle was on the pavement when the impact occurred.

    P.C. Gough said there was a brake mark 69ft long caused by the car, commencing 8ft 9ins from the offside and ending close to the curb on its offside.

    Judge Lanaman said that in swerving to the offside Bell made an error of judgement, but the degree of negligence was small."

    d. Sep 1963 - Lincoln

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  • Belville, Rupert

     M.2*  First Officer Rupert Bellville 

    flag england

    b. 28 Dec 1904, Lubenham, Market Harborough, Leics.  1 Feb 1940 to Nov-40 


    ata rupert bellville 1946




    His family had made their fortune in the mustard trade.

    Ed. Eton (left in 1921)

    Height: 6ft 4½ in. Fair hair, blue eyes.

    In 1931, he was Venetia Montagu's personal pilot when they decided to tour Persia and Russia in her DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-ABFW. They left Heston on March 27th, reached Budapest on April 1, made a forced landing at Nisch, Jugoslavia, but were able to fly to Constantinople on the 13th April. 20 days later on May 2nd, "when flying from Teheran to Moscow, their machine crashed near Sabzawar, Persia, and, although the machine was burnt, they were both unhurt.”

    It only took her a couple of weeks to find another aeroplane, however; she purchased a ‘Moth‘ in Iraq, and left for Astrabad, on the Russian frontier, on May 16. They arrived in Moscow from Tashkent on June 1st, and left for Berlin on June 3rd.

    In 1934, he was described as "a very well-known air pilot, of Papillon Hall, Market Harborough, Leicestershire".

    He was fined £10, plus 3 guineas costs, in 1936 for persistently smoking on board the Imperial Airways airliner 'Heracles'. He said at the time "I shall smoke if I like, I have always done so". The Times reported that Mr Bellville had joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1926 and had flown "all over the Continent and all over Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Persia, India, Siam and China". The court was thinking about letting him off with a warning, but were put off by what they described as his "defiant attitude".

    In late August 1937, he got himself into the Spanish Civil War (on General Franco's side) and was briefly taken prisoner by the republicans. Apparently, he had (wrongly) heard that Santander had fallen to the nationalists, so he flew himself and the head of the Gonzales Byass sherry firm there, with "a few cases of sherry for the officers of the victorious troops". When they landed at the airport, he discovered his mistake and was taken prisoner and forced to fly to Gijon, while his passenger was held as a hostage. I don't know what happened to the aeroplane... or the sherry!

    Rupert was released 10 Sep, 1937, prompting a question in the House of Commons as to "in what circumstances, on whose authority, and at what cost a British destroyer was dispatched" to rescue him.

    papillon hall advert rupert bellville

    He sold Papillon Court the following year and thereafter gave his address as "White's Club, London."

    His son Hercules ** was born in San Diego in 1939 (Rupert's then-wife was American).

     He resigned from the ATA on 19 Nov 1940.

    He gave his profession in 1946 as (trust me) "a bullfighter".

    He was declared bankrupt in 1955.

    d. 23 Jul 1962, London

    His obituary said "Rupert's death will leave a gap in many places. He had a host of friends in London, Paris, New York, Spain, and wherever else his wanderings took him and these friends were of all sections of the community.

    Rupert's tragedy was that he was born in the wrong age. He would have been an ideal companion for d'Artagnan or would have been in his element helping Francis Drake to singe the King of Spain's beard. These things being denied to him in this material age, he nevertheless contrived to find adventure in every walk of life. He fought bulls in Spain and became a brilliant air pilot in the years before the war. He also took part in the Spanish Civil War. He loved to gamble and some of his happiest hours must have been spent at backgammon tables all over the world and at the bridge table.

    There were times, perhaps, when the world became too much for him but his many friends will remember him for his cavalier qualities and his companionship. To paraphrase the words from which his great friend Ernest Hemingway took the title of a book, "... never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee".

    ** His son Hercules, who became a famous film director and producer, died of lung cancer on 12 Feb 2009. 


  • Bender, Francis Everett

     M.122 * First Officer  Francis Everett Bender 

    flag usa

     b. 1904, Lopez Sullivan Pennsylvania   c. 20 Oct 1940 to 3 Aug 1941



    Address in 1940: Union NY

    Arrived in the UK 11  Nov 1940 on the SS Duchess of Atholl, with his fellow ferry pilots Howard Charles Alsop (M.165), - Donald Lee Annibal (M.163), Robert Olyn Gragg (M.173), Dan B Jacques, Charles John Smith, Malcolm F Stewart and Roy Edwin Wimmer.

    Postings: 14FPP

    DB7 3

     d. 3 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service) in Havoc AH463 which crashed In bad visibility into hills New Cumnock Ayrshire

    ata francis bender grave findagrave.com

    buried Monkton and Prestick Cemetery


  • Bennett, John Leslie

     M.1049 3rd Officer  John Leslie Bennett 
     flag england b. 17 Oct 1914, Manchester  29 Jan 1944 to Sep-45 


    ata john bennett 1945



    prev. Sales Mgr for BO Morris, Birmingham, then a Sergeant in the RAFVR Oct-39 to Apr-41

    His grandson kindly tells me that "Your website has prompted a conversation with my Mum (his daughter) regarding my Grandfather's life in the war - She informs me that that she thinks he had wanted to be a pilot in the RAF but had not passed the necessary exams, so instead became a rear gunner/bomber in Lancasters.  

    He spoke very little of his time in the RAF, but did regale a story of almost falling out of the gunning position in the Lancaster (through the floor), and of dropping bales of propaganda leaflets over Germany - they were supposed to cut the strings to let them flutter down, but instead just through them out in hope they would land on a German's head!  

    There is then a period of time that is unaccounted for, but my mum wonders if he had had some sort of breakdown from some comments he made very late in his life about spending some time in hospital.  Then he spent 18 months in the ATA - my Mum remembers him talking about flying with the instruction manual on his knees as he flew all sorts of different planes!"


    ...and here are some of the photographs his grandson sent me:

    John Leslie Bennett 1944 45 ATA A Magister   John Leslie Bennett 1944 45 ATA Spitfire2

     ata John Leslie Bennett   ata John Leslie Bennett 2



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  • Bennett, Margaret Ellen (W.45)

     W.45  First Officer Margaret Ellen 'Faith' Bennett 
     flag england

    b. 12 May 1900, London

    (1903 on RAeC Cert) 

    8 Jul-41 to Jul-45 



    margaret bennett 1934

    RAeC 1934


    ata faith bennett 



    faith bennett 1944




    née Margaret Ellen Riddick

    She married Hollywood film writer Charles Alfred Seiny Bennett in 1930, and calling herself 'Faith Bennett', was an actress pre-WWII -  firstly on the London stage and then in films. Known (apparently, according to iMDB) for 'Seeing Is Believing' (1934), 'Master and Man' (1934) and 'Eyes of Fate' (1933), although I've seen references to other films e.g. 'Love In The Air' and 'Atlantic Crossing.'

    At the same time, she took up flying and passed for her 'A' Licence in 1934.

    Anyway, in May 1941, she decided to 'do her bit': "Faith Bennett, actress and writer, is flying to England to ferry 'planes for the Royal Air Force [sic]. Mrs Bennett was born in London 30 years ago [sic]. Flying is her hobby. She holds both American and British licenses. ''One of my brothers died in the last war, another is in the Royal Navy, my sister is a censor at Bermuda - they are all doing their bit, and I want to do mine,' she said."

    And indeed she did; she served in the ATA for over 4 years.

    Post-WWII, she married Herbert Henry Newmark who, as it happens, was also an ATA pilot:

    herbert newmark 1938

    d. 1969 in London.


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  • Bennett, Philippa Mary (W.1)


     Flight Captain


    Philippa Mary Bennett 

    flag england

    b. 22 Nov 1919, Birmingham  26 Jun-40 to Nov-45 


    Philippa Bennett 1937 

    RAeC 1937



    Class 5 (4-engine) pilot


    Mrs Booth from 1947

     Philippa Bennett 1946 RAeC

    26 March 1946:

    "26-year-old Miss Philippa Bennett has been flying planes ever since she was 17. For 5 and a half years she flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary service, when she piloted all types of planes from 4-engined bombers to Spitfires. She got her B Licence in 1938. Now she is proposing to make a business out of what was her hobby and her war work; she has bought two high wing monoplanes with which she is starting her own air taxi service at Southampton Airport. She hopes to specialise in aerial photographic work.

    Photo Shows: Miss Phillippa Bennett in her taxi monoplane at Southampton Airport"

    d. 2007 


  • Bergel, Hugh Charles

     M.307  Commander Hugh Charles Bergel OBE 

    flag england

     b. 19 Nov 1905, London 7 Oct 1940 to 30 Apr 1945 

     ata hugh bergel 1928      


    Educated at Rugby School

    m. Priscilla M Baumer, in 1930; 2 children before joining ATA

    A "well known member of the gliding community" with his great friend Philip Wills (q.v.); in 1930 he received the Dent Cup ("in memory of Mr. David Dent, who did such good work for gliding in general"), for the year's outstanding performance, for his cross-country flight to Hornchurch, Essex, made with very little previous soaring experience.

    Here he is in 1938 with Capt. Harold Balfour, the Under-Secretary of State for Air, in a Falcon III glider:

    ata hugh bergel and harold balfour glider 1938 Flight

    prev. an advertising copywriter with WS Crauford Ltd. From 1938, Sales and Advertising Manager for Desoutter.

    Address in 1940: Stamford Brook House, London W.6

    Postings: 1FPP, 16FPP, 6FPP, 4FPP, 4aFPP, 2FPP, 9FPP

    'A keen and competent pilot, and an able and hardworking administrator.'

    From 16 Jul 1942, ran No 9 FPP Aston Down 'in an eminently satisfactory manner'.

    "He leaves ATA with an excellent record behind him." (Gerard d'Erlanger, O.C. ATA)

    Wrote "Fly and Deliver - A Ferry Pilot's Log Book" (AirLife, 1982)

    d. Jan 1986, London

    [His elder brother Jack also joined the ATA in 1941, but died the same year in a flying accident]

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  • Bergel, John Graham

     M.264 First Officer  John Graham 'Jack' Bergel 
    flag england   b. 1 Mar 1902, London 2 Mar 1941 to Nov-41 


    ata john bergel 1934



    ata john bergel




    prev. a journalist for the 'London Evening News' from 1925; "no previous employment"

    His brother Hugh said: "Jack was nearly four years older than I was, so that we never overlapped at school, and were never quite as close to each other as I would have liked. All his working life had been spent on the London Evening News, which he joined as a cub reporter. By the time he left to join ATA he was, or had been, wireless correspondent, motor-racing correspondent, music critic, Rugby football correspondent, aviation correspondent and writer of the Diary. But for years his main job had been that of Dramatic Critic, and there must be some who can still recall the reviews he wrote over the initials J.G.B."

    prev exp. 160 hrs

    He originally applied in July 1940: "My brother Hugh tells me that the A.T.A. is still anxious to recruit ferry pilots. As I am despairing, after ten months, of getting into the RAF in any capacity - I've seen three [selection] boards who all lose interest when they find I'm over 30 and wear glasses - I would like to know if I am any good for your service - which sounds disrespectful, I'm afraid, but isn't meant to be."

    He added: "I'm nothing like as good a pilot, naturally, as Hugh, but I can find my way; it always was my one aeronautical talent."

    [hugh bergel 1928

    His brother Hugh had learnt to fly in 1928, and had already joined the ATA]

    However, when he turned up for a flight test in September 1940, the report was that "this applicant's standard of flying is so low that he cannot be accepted for ATA duties even on light types".

    By January 1941 the ATA had realised that it needed more pilots, even if they had to train them themselves. Accordingly, a second test was arranged for the 19th January; this time he was accepted, and duly started on the 3rd March.

    By the 7th November, when he was posted to No 6 FPP, he had satisfactorily passed training courses on Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 aircraft. Sadly, he was killed a week later.

    blenheim hendon

    d. 15 Nov 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Blenheim Z6080 stalled on landing approach to Oulton. He "made his final approach too slowly, particularly having regard to the fact that it was a fully equipped Blenheim IV, with inner and outer tanks full."

    [Hugh attributed the accident to a faulty air-speed indicator reading, "caused by water in the system, which in turn was caused by aircraft having to live their lives out in the open through all weathers."]

    His mother said of him "Jack's happiest months were spent in the ATA".

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  • Berry, Nathaniel Addison

     M.499  2nd Officer Nathaniel Addison Berry 
     flag england  b. 31 Aug 1905, London  10 Jun 1941 to Mar-42 


    ata nathaniel berry 1930


     ata nathaniel berry ATA    


    prev. director and factory manager, Nathaniel Berry & Sons Ltd, piano manufacturers

    janes hampden 2

    Died in ATA Service - flying as 2nd pilot with F/O Thomas Bray (joined 1940) in Hampden X3130 which went missing 18 Mar 1942 after taking off from Kirkbride. Their bodies were later washed ashore - Nathaniel's was found on 11 Jul.


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  • Berry, Simpson Fernald

     M.589 3rd Officer   Simpson Fernald Berry
     flag usa b. 7 Nov 1905, Boston MA   26 Jul 1941 to Feb-42




    prev. 'Civilian Military Training Camp from Aug-Sep 1925. Rank Private' (that appears to be it)

    also, testing refrigerators and ferrying 'new small aeroplanes'

    Contract Terminated by ATA - Failure to reach required standard (3 pilot-at-fault accidents), coupled with disobedience of ATA Standing Orders by repeatedly flying above heavy cloud.


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  • Bertram, Neville Vezey

    M.652  First Officer Neville Vezey Bertram 
     flag england  b. 23 Dec 1910, Birmingham  25 Jul 1941 to Jan-42 




    prev. RAF 1929-34, No. 12 Bomber Squadron, R.A.F., Andover, Hants.

    declared bankrupt in 1934, then went into advertising

     m. Joan Grumbar in 1935

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary reasons]

    d. 1956, London


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  • Bertram, Peter Andreas

     M.619 First Officer  Peter Andreas Bertram Jr 

    flag usa

      b. 28 Dec 1919, Mattoon, IL 31 May 1941 to 30 Mar 1945 




    father: also Peter Andreas Bertram [originally from Denmark, naturalised 1922], owner and operator of the Mattoon Butter Co., d. 1965

    Ed. High School, Monmouth IL

    m. 1945 Ellen Rose [Huckleberry], 1 daughter (Linda Lee)

    prev. a ferry pilot and inspector at Piper Aircraft Corp. Lock Haven , PA

    Address in 1941: 846 4th St, Charleston, IL

    d. 24 Feb 1989 - Fort Myers, FL

    ata peter bertram grave buried Mattoon, IL

    "Peter A. Bertram Jr, moved here 17 years ago from Charleston, Ill, and he had owned and operated the Beach View Cottages on Sanibel Island. He served as Captain in the Air Transport Auxiliary of the RAF of England from 1940 to 1945 [sic]. Mr. Bertram was a  member of the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron, and was a former member of the Sanibel Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel and Motel Assoc of Lee County, and the Charleston Rotary Club of Charleston, Illinois."

    News-Press, Fort Myers FL

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  • Beverley, Charles Robertson

     M.1123 * 2nd Officer  Charles Robertson Beverley 
    flag scotland  b. 5 Mar 1899, Keith, Bannfshire, Scotland 3 Jul 1944 to 31 Mar 1945 

    RAeC 1935 [photo missing]



    prev. an Engineer

    Address in 1935: 212 Wilmslow Rd, Cheadle, Cheshire

    d. 17 Jan 1963 - Cheshire 

  • Beverley, Patricia Gladys (W.93)

     W.93  First Officer  Mrs Patricia Gladys Beverley
     flag england  b. 22 Aug 1910, Egham Surrey  29 Jul-42 to Oct-45


    patricia beverley 1945





    [husband Robert Lewis Beverley]

    prev: Driver

    d. 27 Feb 1948 in an air accident


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  • Beville, Emmitt Eugene

     M.1  First Officer Emmitt Eugene Beville 

    flag usa

      b. 10 May 1911, Lees Summit, MO  3 Oct 1940 to May-41

     ata emmitt beville ATA      


    Ed. Burlesan College (M.A.)

    m. M. E. , 1 son Thomas

    prev. "Aviation"

    Address in 1940: 202 Canterbury Dr, Terrill Hills, San Antonio TX

    Postings: 6FPP

    1 Accident, not his fault:

    - 6 Sep 1940, Hurricane broke tail wheel when landing - possibly a fault in the material.

    Seconded to AtFero in 20 Mar 1941

    WWII US Draft Card shows he was employed by Canadian Pacific Railway Air Service Dept on 16 April 1941

    Contract Terminated 13 May 1941 - "Deserted"

    1943-44 Joined American Export Airlines (Naval Air Transport Service) as a pilot

    1945-47, was a pilot for American Overseas Airlines and lived at 407 Bayou View, Houston TX

    m. 25 Dec 1948 Marie [Oscar] in Florida

    1951 Pilot for Pan American

    d. 8 Dec 1974 (age 63) - American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

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  • Beville, Steven Calhoun

     M.219  First Officer Steven Calhoun Beville 

    flag usa

      b. 10 Sep 1914, Gainesville, FL

    7 Dec 1940 to 9 Dec 1941 

    [367 days]


    ata steve and bernadette beville findagrave.com





    ata steve beville

    m. to Bernadette [Dulin] [d. Mar 1990, Indiana]

    Address in 1940: 836 Bauer St, Hammond, Indiana

    prev. a printer, and airport operator

    Postings: 1FPP

     "This pilot is absolutely first class & one of the keenest and hardest working in the pool."

    d. 6 Jul 2000 - Indiana

    "Veteran, Pilot. Flew the infamous P51 Mustang named "The Galloping Ghost" which won many of the Cleveland Air Races and Thompson Trophy Races. Former Spokesman for Kendall Oil. Married to Bernadette Dulin Beville for 56 years."

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  • Biggart, David Goodchild

      M.3 Flight Captain  David Goodchild Biggart 

    flag england

      b. 13 Jun 1916, W Hartlepool, Co Durham 22 Jan 1940 to Apr-42 


    ata david biggart 1936




    Learnt to fly in 1936 at the Witney and Oxford Aero Club

    On the 8 Mar 1941, his C.O. wrote that he was amongst those pilots who "have been outstanding in the way they have worked, and the example they have set".

    d. 1999, New Forest, Hants 

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  • Biggs, Leonard Oliver

     M.521  First Officer Leonard Oliver Biggs 

    flag england

      b. 2 Apr 1904, London 3 Jun 1941 to 30 Sep 1945 

     ata leonard biggs 1931 1931

     ata leonard biggs MAMM MAMM    


    m. 1936 Molly [Child]; 1 child Penelope b. 1940

    Was in Canada from  Aug 1923 to Dec 1924

    prev. a Departmental Manager (Sales) for British Cellophane Co.

    prev. exp. 52 hrs on DH Moth, Blackburn Bluebird

    Home Guard from Jul 1940 to Apr 41, Volunteer

    Address in 1941: 22 Quantock Rd, Bridgewater, Somerset

    Postings: 7FPP, 2FPP

    Off sick (in hospital) from 11 Oct to 7 Dec 1943

    "A good officer and an average pilot. Keen and hard-working. Progress should not be hurried in view of limited experience prior to ATA."

    d. Nov 1995 - Surrey

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  • Bird, Jean Lennox (W.46)

     W.46 First Officer   Jean Lennox Bird
     flag UK b. 8 Jul 1912, Hong Kong  1 Aug-41 to Nov-45 


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    RAeC 1930

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    d. 1957

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  • Birkett, Trevor Bertram

     M.201  First Officer Trevor Bertram Birkett 

    flag england

      b. 13 Dec 1912, Southsea, Hants  16 Oct 1940 to Aug-45

     ata trevor birkett 1936 1936      


    Educated at Radley

    Address in 1940: 12 High St, Portsmouth

    prev. a Solicitor (Messrs Brutton Birkett & Walsh, 132 High St Portsmouth)

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP

    His Feb-45 recommendation for promotion (he was briefly a Flight Captain) calls him "an officer who sets a very high standard of discipline... during the past 12 months this officer has completed 364 hrs flying and has now flown all types of Class 5 aircraft, including Liberators.

    He has spent 20 days on Accidents Investigation and I understand his work in this respect has been outstanding."

    d. Jun 1983 - Portsmouth

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  • Bishop, David Arthur

     M.626  First Officer David Arthur Bishop 
     flag usa   b. 3 Mar 1911, Hilbert Wisconsin  23 Jun 1941 to 13 Sep 1943


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    ata david bishop 1948

    1948  (both Green Bay Press-Gazette)



    ather: Willmer Bishop (dec'd) Mother: Catherine [Martin]

    ed. West Green Bay High School (grad. 1929)

    prev. a driver on an automobile boat; a shipping clerk on a boat dock, Manager of Brown County Airport, and a commercial pilot.

    Address in 1941: 231 Allard Ave, Green Bay, Wisonsin ([Mother's address]

    "slight scar on nose"

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP, 2FPP

    Suspended for 4 days in Mar-43 following a wheels-up forced landing in Botha L6508, after he forgot to check that the fuel cocks were correctly set

    Suspended for 4 days in Jun-43 for "a breach of discipline and non-compliance with Standing Order"

    "A capable and intelligent pilot of above average ability"...

    "During the last two months [Aug-Sep 1943] his discipline has improved tremendously, and he has proved to be a most competent pilot who works hard."

    Joined the USAAF in December 1943 (as a private, having first been "listed as a delinquent" when he failed to turn up as agreed in October).

    "After serving as an instructor on B-25s, A-20s, P-38s, C-47s, AT-6s and several other types of trainers, he was sent in February 1945 to the Asia-Pacific theater as a pilot in the Air Transport Command. He served here eight months, and completed 75 flights over the Himalaya "Hump". He holds the Air Medal, Pacific Theater Ribbon with one battle star, European and American Theater ribbons, and pre-Pearl Harbor, Allied Service and Victory ribbons."

    Post-WWII, worked for the Green Bay Auto Distributors as a salesman, and was Democratic candidate for the Green Bay 'Register of Deeds' in November 1948.

    m. 1957 Anna [Sadsuske], 1 daughter.

    Moved to California in 1960 and operated an auto parts business in Oakland.

    d. 4 Mar 1965 - Contra Costa, CA 

    ata david bishop grave 

    buried http://schema.org/PostalAddress" itemprop="address">Chilton, Calumet County, Wisconsin


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  • Bishop, Frederick Arthur



    (Seconded from RAF)

    Frederick Arthur Bishop 
     flag england  b.  4 December 1915, Bristol  19 Oct 1943 to Apr-45 


    frederick bishop

    The Times


    Sir Frederick Arthur Bishop, (1915–2005), civil servant and director-general of the National Trust.


    Joined the Inland Revenue in 1934.

    1 Jan 1940 he married Elizabeth Finlay Stevenson (1915–1999), a fellow civil servant; they had two sons and a daughter.

    RAF from Feb 1942.

    "An ab initio pilot who immediately made steady progress and made great efforts to fly well... he can be assessed as a natural pilot of average ability"

    Oxford DNB says: "Bishop returned to the civil service in 1947, initially in the Ministry of Food. There his abilities were soon recognized; within two years he was principal private secretary to the minister, John Strachey, and to his successors Maurice Webb and Gwilym Lloyd George. He was moved to be assistant secretary to the cabinet in 1953. He was an effective manager of the cabinet's economic business, and secretary of its building committee during the government's drive to build 300,000 houses a year, led by Harold Macmillan as minister of housing. He worked closely with the powerful cabinet secretary, Sir Norman Brook, who in 1956 secured his move to 10 Downing Street to become Anthony Eden's principal private secretary. His calm efficiency won the respect, and the ear, of an increasingly embattled prime minister. Some historians believe that even under Eden his advice, and his ‘hawkish’ views on international affairs, began to acquire the influence that was to be more marked under Eden's successor Macmillan.

    Macmillan kept Bishop on when he took over as prime minister in 1957. Over the next four years Bishop played a key role in the policy process, exercising influence out of all proportion to his formal responsibilities. With a weak foreign secretary in Selwyn Lloyd, Macmillan relied heavily for advice on international affairs on his civil service private secretaries, whose primary loyalty was increasingly to him personally, treating them as a virtual ‘kitchen cabinet’ (Aldous, ‘Family affair’, 14), ‘more akin to American national security advisers than mere private secretaries’ (McNamara, 67). Working closely with his colleague Philip de Zulueta, Bishop did not hesitate to disagree with, and brief the prime minister against, the official Foreign Office line. He and de Zulueta have been described as the ‘“change agents” essential to any process of [policy] redefinition, [giving] access to ideas that had not been dulled by slow passage through the bureaucratic machine’ (Aldous, ‘Family affair’, 15). When in 1957 Macmillan wanted to ensure American collaboration in resisting communist infiltration into Syria, it was Bishop whom he sent to Washington for talks with the secretary of state, John Foster Dulles. Dulles was charmed and impressed by Bishop, declaring that there was ‘genuine, intimate and effective co-operation, stemming directly from Macmillan’ (McNamara, 100). Bishop often travelled with Macmillan, for instance to the Bermuda conference in March 1957 and to Moscow in 1959, the scene of a celebrated row between Macmillan and Nikita Khrushchov. His role and his influence were openly resented by the Foreign Office and the foreign secretary.

    Bishop became deputy secretary to the cabinet in 1959. Although in principle he should now have been impartially serving the cabinet as a whole, he remained very close to the prime minister; he has been described as acting at this time in some respects as though he were still Macmillan's principal private secretary, advising him on European matters. During the protracted debates about Britain's relations with the European Economic Community (EEC), pro-Europeans used Bishop as their direct link to the prime minister. He was appointed CB in 1960, having been made CVO in 1957.

    Bishop returned to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food in 1961. Even there he continued to be influential in international affairs, especially in relation to the EEC. One historian, Jacqueline Tratt, has described him as a leading member of the small group—including Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath, and Sir Frank Lee, permanent secretary to the Treasury—that connived to bring about a major change of policy orientation, almost surreptitiously planning and putting into action the ultimately unsuccessful first approach to the EEC in 1961. He also played a significant part in creating the National Economic Development Council. He intended this in part to rival a department he disliked, the Treasury, arguing that there was a need for ‘a more planned approach to the national economic problem … a partnership with employers and unions’ (Ringe and Rollings, 342–3). His draft terms of reference were reproduced largely verbatim when the creation of the council was announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, Selwyn Lloyd.

    After three years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Bishop's government career seemed to be moving towards a climax when, in 1964, he was appointed permanent secretary of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, newly created by Harold Wilson. Wilson's aim was to speed up the planning process by removing it from what some saw as the dead hand of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. Others felt that the new department, with a remit to bring forward more land for development by taxing landowners and developers, never had a chance. It was doubly unfortunate for Bishop both that his new minister, Fred Willey, was out of his depth and that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government was led by one of the most formidable civil servants of the post-war period, Dame Evelyn Sharp. She was determined that her department should lose no important responsibilities. Exploiting the access of her own minister, Richard Crossman, to Wilson, she fought ruthlessly to ensure, first, that the new ministry was given no real powers and, second, that it was wound up as soon as possible. Willey's complaints and Wilson's resentment were unavailing. Bishop, who had no illusions about either his ministry or his minister, found himself in a non-job. By June 1965 he had let it be known that he wished to resign from the civil service and Crossman was exulting in his diary, ‘He should be sent off as soon as possible. Let's get rid of him this summer’ (Crossman, 261).

    Bishop was an able and well-liked public servant who, in his most senior Whitehall post, was unlucky to be frustrated by such fierce bureaucratic and political in-fighting. He left the civil service in 1965 and took a number of part-time posts, most notably on the board of S. Pearson & Son. In 1968–9 he was a member of a group of former senior officials set up to advise Edward Heath, then leader of the opposition, on reforms to the machinery of government. The Pearson board brought him into regular contact with Patrick Gibson, a committee member (and later chairman) of the National Trust. One result was that in January 1971 Bishop took up his final full-time position, as director-general of the National Trust. He succeeded another former senior official, Sir John Winnifrith, whose name he had suggested himself.

    The National Trust, whose ethos Bishop was to describe as ‘amateurism, in the real and best sense of the word’ (Jenkins and James, 258), was trying to bring its style more into line with modern needs; it had opened its first shop in 1970, and during Bishop's tenure enlarged its professional staff and saw its membership double (to 500,000). Described by a former colleague as ‘by nature a manipulator and negotiator’ (Gaze, 235), Bishop used his Whitehall experience and contacts assiduously on behalf of the trust, in particular helping to secure valuable changes in the rules governing the tax treatment of bequests and gifts. Not all was smooth sailing, however: the 1975 annual report noted that ‘a high level of inflation will make it impossible to maintain the high standard of conservation which both members and the general public have come to expect’. When Bishop that year outlined to staff the executive committee's proposals for a 20 per cent cut in real expenditure, the need for this was hotly questioned and tempers ran high. But in general Bishop was popular, both with members of the trust's committee and with staff, for whom he obtained better salary levels and pension arrangements. His management style was described as ‘unobtrusive’, without undue intervention in matters of detail (Gaze, 244).

    Bishop (Fred to his family, but Freddie more widely) took early retirement for health reasons from the National Trust in May 1975, having been knighted in January that year, and he and his wife moved to Cornwall. He had already been a member of the BBC's general advisory council (1971–75), a director of Pearson Longman (1970–77), and chairman of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee (1966–73); in Cornwall he took up directorships with English China Clays Ltd (1975–86) and Lloyd's Bank (1976–86). He continued to practise his skills as an amateur painter and his gift for friendship, not only with the Gibsons and others but also with Harold Macmillan, who visited the Bishops several times and remained in close touch until his own death. In 1987 Bishop and his wife moved to Hampshire to be closer to their grandchildren. He died at his home, Manor Barn, 65 Church Road, Bramshott, Hampshire, on 2 March 2005, of an acute transformation of chronic lymphatic leukaemia. He was survived by his three children, his wife having predeceased him."



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  • Black, Betty Ellice (W.80)

     W.80 First Officer  Betty Ellice Black 
     flag nz  b. 1 Sep 1913, Dunedin NZ 15 Apr-42 to 30 Aug-45 

     betty black 1943 NZ Herald 1943

     ata betty black    


     Father: George Black (NZ Superintendent of Dalgety & Co, d. 1937)

    Ed. St Hilda's Collegiate School, Dunedin

    prev. exp: 129 hrs 50min, on DH 60, DH82, DH94, Miles Hawk, Magister, Whitney Straight, BA Swallow, Percival Vega Gull, Avro Avian in New Zealand and Australia

    Next of Kin: (Aunt) Mrs Owen Gould, Hampton, Otago NZ

    prev. Equipment Assistant, RNZAF, 21 Apr to 24 Nov 1941

    Address in 1942: c/o New Zealand House, 415 The Strand, London

    She arrived in the UK from Aukland on the 19 Feb 1942, quoting her address as c/o Dalgety & Co., Leadenhalll St, London

    Postings: 1FPP, 15FPP, 12FPP, 6FPP

    7 accidents, only 1 her fault:

    - 19 Jun 1942, in a Hart; her approach was too slow and she made a heavy landing, damaging the engine mountings;

    - 2 Mar 1943, she landed her Hurricane and hit an unmarked dip, causing the undercarriage leg to collapse;

    - 18 Sep 1943, the cockpit cover of her Spitfire broke away during flight;

    - 11 Mar 1944, another landing accident, this time in a Typhoon when the tail wheel retracted due to a hydraulic fault;

    - 27 Sep 1944, when the starboard undercarriage collapsed in an Argus; this time a sunken drainage gulley was to blame, and

    - 12 Feb 1945, her fourth undercarrriage landing-run collapse, this time the port wheel of a Beaufighter, and

    - 11 Apr 1945, a precautionary frced landing in a Beaufighter when the port engine lost revs.

    "A cheerful, hardworking pilot" "A good ferry pilot; always ready for any job allotted to her".

    m. Feb 1946 Christopher Dalton Beaumont in Thornbury, Gloucestershire

    d. 9 Jul 1977 - Nelson, NZ



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  • Blackwell, Patricia Annette (W.73)

     W.73 *  First Officer  Mrs Patricia Annette 'Ann' Blackwell
     flag england b. 30 Mar 1913, Putney  24 Feb-42 to Dec-45 


    patricia blackwell 1939

    RAeC 1939



    nee Noble

    m. 1935 George W Blackwell, 1948 Hugh McLennan Kendall

    1942 ata wedding group ann blackwell bw5500

    'Wedding Group 1942' Naomi on the left, Ann 2nd right

    1942 ata typhoon ann blackwell bw5400 

    Ann in a Typhoon [with thanks to Nicholas Thomas]

    d. Feb 1992 - Isle of Wight

  • Blake, Thomas Howes


     First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Thomas Howes Blake
     flag england b. 16 Apr 1913, Isle of Wight 6 Jan 1943 to 15 April 1945 

     ata thomas blake RAFM

     ata thomas blake MAMM MAMM    


    Address in 1943: Apes Down, Calbourne Rd, Newport,  Isle of Wight

    prev. Legal Assistant, IoW Council; RAF 3 Apr 1941 - Dec 1942

    Postings: 5FPP, 2FPP

     d. Apr 1996 - Isle of Wight


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  • Blow, Ernest Lynton

      M.768  First Officer Ernest Lynton Blow
       b. 9 Dec 1906, Dunstable  9 Sep 1942 to Dec-44 

     ata ernest blow 1936 1936

     ata ernest blow ATA    


    prev. F/O in  RAFVR 1939-41; Test Pilot for Airspeed

    prev. exp. 3,843 hrs;


    - 1930 Avro 616 Avian IVM G-ABDP

    - 1931 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABMC

    - 1936 BA Swallow L25C Mk.2 G-AEKG

     "A keen and efficient pilot and a good officer"

    d. 2003, USA




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  • Blumenthal, Charles

     M.---- 3rd Officer  Charles Blumenthal 
    flag france    17 Feb 1942 to 19 Jul 1942




    One accident, his fault:

    - 31 May 1942, in Magister T9887. The aircraft swung on landing and the udercarriage collapsed. "Error of judgement on the part of the pupil pilot in attempting to land in a cross-wind, and subsequent failure to correct swing."

    Contract Terminated 19 Jul 1942

  • Bodinnar, John Kenneth

     M.150 First Officer  John Kenneth Bodinnar 

    flag england

     b. 9 Jan 1906, Bristol  14 Aug 1940 to 3 Apr 1941 


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    Father: Sir John Francis Bodinnar J.P., The Old Palace, Chippenham, Wilts

    [Sir John Francis Bodinnar (1880-1958) was a Company Director (of, among others, the West of England Bacon Company, Ltd) and Mayor of Calne from 1925-27. "On the site of the Old Palace stood the house in which King Alfred is traditionally said to have burnt the cakes."

    the old palace chippenham

    The Old Palace was bought by the Town Council in 1942 for new offices; it is now the Chippenham Museum.]

    Mother: Mabel Frost [Latham]. [d. 1948)

    Ed. Malvern College

    prev. "various, including fruit growing and engineering" - spent 1926-35 in Canada.

    Address in 1940: 5 Alexandra Court, Wembley Pk, Middx

    m. 1937 in Kensington, London, Sheila Frances Grace [George, d. 1979]

    Next of kin: (wife) Sheila, c/o "Branksome", Old Woking Rd, Pyrford, Surrey

     Postings: 1FPP

    Suspended for 2 days in Dec 1940 for infringement of flying regulations

    2 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 6 Feb 1941, he hit a concrete block whilst taxying a Leopard Moth, having to avoid an approaching Hart

    janes hurricane

    d. 3 Apr 1941 (age 35) (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane Z3166 flew into a ploughed field at Gorse Lane, Tarleton, Lancs, in poor visibility.

    He was held to blame for the accident, having persevered too long in bad weather. Douglas Fairweather was flying in the same area on the same day, and confirmed that the weather was so bad he had to curtail his own flight.

    He had flown 98 hrs in delivering 105 aircraft for the ATA.

    Buried in Maidenhead Cemetery, Sec. D. Row L. Grave 7

    Sheila wrote to Gerard d'Erlanger: "May I send you my very sincere thanks for your flowers and sympathetic letter on the occasion of my husband's death.

    Your kind remarks made me feel very proud of him and I am sure he would not have wished for higher commendation." 

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  • Bonnett, Rosemary Leslie (W.155)

     W.155 3rd Officer 

    Mrs Rosemary Leslie Bonnett

    née Bell; Mrs Gibbs; Mrs Towers

    flag england  b. 1 Oct 1918, Bristol  21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 

    rosemary bonnett 1945 RAeC 1945



    [ab initio trainee]

    m. 1942 Dorian D Bonnett


    m. 1946 Phillip Lambert Gibbs (also of the ATA)

    m. 1949 Richard C Towers

    d. Jan 1989, Malvern

  • Boucher, Maitland Walter Sabine

     M.449 *  Commander Maitland Walter Sabine Boucher 
    flag UK b. 19 Dec 1888, Port Elizabeth SA  24 Jun 1941 to 11 Sep 1943


    ata maitland boucher

    Capt Boucher R.N. in 1931



    Rear-Admiral Boucher from Jan-41

    "Admiral Boucher had been one of the pioneers of the Fleet Air Arm having obtained his RAF wings in 1925. When he joined ATA he started like any other pilot in EFTS and worked his way up through the ATA School." Lettice Curtis

    After a particularly bad landing whilst on the training course, he was 'carpeted' by his instructor Jimmy Weir. He apologised and then said "And may I say that in 20 years in the Navy, I have never had such an excellent and comprehensive ticking off."

    O.C. ATA Northern Area, 1943

    Returned to the Navy as a Commodore and was put on convoy duty; in December 1943 he commanded Convoy JW55B taking supplies to the USSR, which was the target of the German battleship Scharnhorst. Scharnhorst was intercepted and sunk by Royal Navy forces in the Battle of the North Cape.

    d. Jun 1963  - Maidenhead


  • Bourne, Francis Walter

     M.508 Captain   Francis Walter Bourne

    flag british india

    b. 9 Dec 1904, Faizabad, India   20 May 1941 to 30 Nov 45



    Father: Walter Kemp Bourne, mother Evelyn Frances

    Ed. Royal Naval College

    m. Barbara Frances 

    prev. Lieut. in Royal Navy 1918-28; RAF F/O; Poultry Farmer, Commercial Flying. Ambulance Driver 1941

    Address in 1941: Leighton Brow Lodge, Parkgate, Cheshire

    Postings: 16FPP, 14FPP, 3FPP

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 12 Mar 1943, forced landing in a Wellington after port engine oil pressure dropped.

    "An experienced pilot, consistent and hard-working"

    from May 1944, 2nd-in-command, No 14 FPP (Ringway)

    d. 1 Nov 1967, Hove


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  • Bowhan, Francis Dawson

     M.---  2nd Officer Francis Dawson "Chief" Bowhan 

    flag usa

      b. 30 Apr 1901, Elgin, Kansas 14 Aug 1940 to 2 Oct 1940 

      ata francis bowhan ancestry      


    m. 1921 (divorced, remarried 1934) Charlotte [Blair]

    prev. a racing, joy-ride and test pilot

    Address in 1940: Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma

    ATA Contract Terminated 2 Oct 1940

    The ATA's Administration Officer wrote to him: "You called here yesterday afternoon with a Medical Certificate to the effect that you were unfit for duty and I instructed you to take it to the Chief Instructor and collect my letter, which you did not do.

    As a result of this failure to obey instructions in addition to the complaints about you referred to in my letter, the Minister of Aircraft Production has decided that you are unsuitable for the duty for which you were brought to this country"

    d. 23 Apr 1944 - Kansas City, MO

    ata francis bowhan grave

    Buried Pawhuska City Cemetery


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  • Bowles, Frederick George

     M----  Cadet  Frederick George Bowles
       b. 26 Mar 1912, Newcastle on Tyne  16 Sep 1942 to Dec-42 

     ata frederick bowles1938 1938

     ata frederick bowles ATA    


    prev. an engineering draughtsman

    janes magister

    d. 6 Dec 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Magister L8233 spun in near Letchworth, Herts 1.5m SSW of Baldock.

    Marked as a red spot on this map::

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  • Bowyer, Barbara Pentronella (W.120)

     W.120  3rd Officer  Mrs Barbara Pentronella Bowyer
     za-1928flag  b. 19 Sep 1917, Johannesburg SA  14 Jun-43 to Oct-45




    - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

    changed name to Cripps Jan-45


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  • Boyd, Casey Thomas

     M.176  First Officer Casey Thomas Boyd 

    flag usa

     b. 3 Aug 1911, Clayton, AL  25 Oct 1940 to Apr-43 



    US Navy pilot from 1930 to 1940

    Postings: 2FPP, 8FPP

    "Continues to be a most valuable member of this Pool, both as regards his flying qualities and his conduct."

    Later flew 'The Hump with CNAC - see CNAC Captian Casey T. Boyd


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  • Boyes, Edwin Arthur

     M.776 * First Officer  Edwin Arthur Boyes 
    flag england   b. 17 Feb 1908, Bramley, Leeds 15 Jul 1942 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata edwin boyes 1939 1939


    Address in 1939: 123 Ring Road, Farnley, Leeds

    prev. A Woollen Manufacturer


  • Bradbrooke, Francis Delaforce

     M.4  Captain  Francis Delaforce 'Brad' Bradbrooke

    flag england

    flag canada

     b. 14 Mar 1895, Worcestershire  11 Sep 1939 to Aug-41 

     ata f d bradbrooke 1935 1935 (Flight)  ata francis bradbrooke2Brief Glory    


    Ed: Bletchley Grammar School, then Manitoba University

    1914-16 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles;

    1916-1930 1st Lieut., Canadian Machine Gun Corps;

     prev. an aviation journalist, on the staff of 'The Aeroplane'; had flown about 110 types of aeroplane

    Seconded to AtFero 20 Mar 1941

     B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    d. 10 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Liberator AM261 crashed into Goat Fell mountain on Isle of Arran after take off from Heathfield, Ayr (22 killed - 5 crew and 17 travelling as passengers) 

    9 of the victims were Canadian, 5 British, 7 American, and one was an Australian.

    11 of the victims were pilots: Josiah James Anderson (Can), Daniel J Duggan (US), Watt Miller King (US), George Thomas Harris (US), Hoyt Ralph Judy (US), John James Roulstone (US), Harold Clifford Wesley Smith (Can), Jack Wixen (US), Capt. Ernest R. B. White (BOAC, ex-Imperial Airways), F. D. Bradbrooke, and John Evan Price (Aus).

    10 radio operators, including Albert Alexander Oliver, George Herbert Powell and Herbert David Rees from BOAC, and one Flight Engineer, Ernest George Reeves (US), also lost their lives.

    Flight said: "Canada shares with Great Britain the loss of Capt. F. D. Bradbrooke, who, although born in Worcestershire, has spent many years in Canada, where he learned to fly in 1928. Several years ago he came to this country to join the staff of The Aeroplane, of which he became assistant editor. He left that post to become editor of a little journal called The Aero Pilot. On its formation he joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and ferried aircraft from factories to service units, and finally he joined Atfero. He was a very experienced pilot"

    "To say only that aeronautical journalism had lost one of its most important figures in the Atfero accident would be very much understating the case. Capt. F. D. Bradbrooke was much more than an aeronautical journalist. He was one of those amateur pilots who had helped to make private flying in this country, and was, at the same time, an "amateur technician " of no mean importance. He had a finger in every pie remotely connected with his primary interest and hobby, and was by way of being a humorist in his own inimitable way.

    "Brad" was one of the most enthusiastic persons anyone could possibly meet, and his enthusiasm was catching. As a member of the staff of The Aeroplane he was an unstinting supporter of everything which he felt to be a "good thing," and a somewhat vitriolic opponent of anything which he felt to be useless or silly. When, for instance, the tricycle undercarriage was considered merely as a peculiar kind of throwback, " Brad " was vigorous in his praise, and I was with him when he flew the first tricycle type to appear in this country. The machine in question was a " safety-first " type, and until "Brad" started to expatiate (with his usual lack of professional "tightness"), I had been interested only in the slots and things with which the machine was fitted. It was Bradbrooke, in fact, who helped to make this country "tricycle conscious."

    And that was only one of the many ideas which he had sponsored. What was more important is that he was prepared to put his enthusiasm into vigorous practice. In the course of his investigations he would fly almost anything anywhere. And I must say that in his search for truth (of the aeronautical kind) he risked his neck in one or two very queer contraptions so that he could at least give the designer an absolutely fair opinion—in print or otherwise.

    At the beginning of this war he was one of the founders of Air Transport Auxiliary, and here again his enthusiasm was terrific. Later, when the Atlantic ferrying business started, he was one of the first to volunteer for the work, and was thereafter - until he started on the work itself - to be seen, so to speak, with a sextant in one hand and a textbook on astronomical navigation in the other. At odd moments he would hoist the sextant to his eye and compute his position—though he knew perfectly well where he was.

    When there is peace and civil flying returns we shall miss "Brad", a very great deal. All this war-flying was only for him an interlude preparatory to returning to his greatest interest - civil flying. The only kind of flying which is really worth anything in the long run. Yes, we shall certainly miss him."

    A memorial service was held each year on the anniversary of the crash at Lamlash Cemetery, Island of Arran.

    ATA's insurance policy paid out £5,000 to his widow Joan, and £2,000 each to the families of the 3 radio operators.

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  • Bradford, Cassandra Felicity (W.41)


     Flight Captain

    4-engine (Class 5) pilot

     Cassandra Felicity 'Fay' Bradford MBE

    flag england

     b. 22 Sep 1915, London

    1 May-41 to Sep-45 

    Mrs Bragg from Jul-41

     cassandra bradford 1939 RAeC


    Address in 1941: Empshott Lodge, Liss, Hants

    Postings: 5FPP, 12FPP

    5 accidents, 2 her fault:

    - 9 Jan 1941, when the rear cockpit cover of her Master fell off, damaging the tail;

    - 26 Jun 1942, forced landing in an Airacobra;

    - 13 Dec 1942, she failed to control the take-off swing of a Hudson;

    - 30 Apr 1943, her Spitfire's port wing touched the ground on a difficult crosswind landing, and

    - 11 Jul 1944, forced landing in an Anson.

    !A good natural pilot" "A capable pilot who is keen and quietly confident"

    "Has proved to be a good second in command and was acting C.O. for 2 months with credit"

    m. 1941 Cmdr Peter Hugh Bragg, RAF Boscombe Down

    d. 1984

    See her biography here - Felicity Bragg – solentaviatrix (wordpress.com)

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  • Bradley, Philip Penrose


     M.204 First Officer  Philip Penrose Bradley 
     flag england  b. 25 Jul 1905, Nottingham  1 Jan 1941 to Oct-45 

     ata philip bradley 1928 1928

     ata philip bradley2 ATA  ata philip bradley ATA  


    Ed. Bradfield College, Leeds; Lausanne and Zurich Universities. B.Sc.

    a Company Director

    Sgt pilot instructor in RAF; discharge on medical grounds, Nov-40

    prev. exp. 2,398 hrs

    [Resigned Aug-43, re-instated Apr-44]

    "Reliable pilot and good officer when on duty. General behaviour off duty suspect owing to several police visits on private matters" 

    Hmmm... wonder why the police kept visiting... perhaps because he was (still) a terrible car driver...

    Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 16 March 1937:





    Salisbury magistrates yesterday imposed fines amounting to £10 upon Mr. Philip Penrose Bradley, company director, giving an address in The Park, Nottingham, who surrendered to bail charged with five offences under the Road Traffic Act. When the cases were first before the Bench defendant did not appear, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. It was then discovered that he was in a nursing home, and the case was adjourned, bail being extended.

    The charges were that he drove a motor car without having in force a policy of insurance; that he failed to produce a certificate of insurance; that he drove without a licence; that he failed to produce his licence, and that he, having been prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit, failed to produce his driving licence to the Clerk of the Court prior to the hearing of the summons.

    At the hearing yesterday the Chief Constable (Mr. F. Nixon) said he was now satisfied that the defendant held a driving licence and that he had in force a policy of insurance at the time that the offence was committed, and he therefore asked that those summonses be withdrawn. This was agreed to, and defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining, summonses. Mr. Nixon said when defendant was stopped by the police he promised to produce his policy of insurance and driving licence within five days to the Nottingham Guildhall. This he failed to do. The Nottingham police made several unsuccessful efforts to interview him, and it was only few days ago that the insurance policy was produced. In January summons was sent to defendant for a speeding offence, and with it was enclosed a printed slip instructing him to send his licence to the magistrates' clerk the day before the hearing. On the day of the hearing defendant telephoned to say that he could not attend court, and that he put his licence in an envelope ready to post, but he had forgotten to send it. On January llth he was fined in that court for exceeding the speed limit, and an endorsement of his licence was ordered. He was instructed to produce his licence endorsement, but as no satisfaction could be obtained, further proceedings were instituted."

    Tamworth HeraldSaturday 13 August 1938: "A collision happened at the Bodnets cross-roads, Bonehill, on Saturday afternoon, between a motor lorry driven by Herbert Young. Prospect Street, Old Kent Road, London, S.E.I, and a motor car, the driver of which was Philip Penrose Bradley, Malvern Road, West Bridgford."

    Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 31 August 1940:


    Pleading "Not guilty" to driving a motor-car without due care and attention on March 11, Philip Penrose Bradley, Burnaston, was discharged. He was fined 5s. for failing to produce his driving licence and a similar amount for failing to produce his certificate of insurance. Inspector S. Bradwell said that a private car and police patrol car had to brake violently when Mr. Bradley suddenly stopped his car on the Nottingham road without warning. Mr. H. M. Clifford admitted that the only danger was caused by the speed of the patrol car."


    His daughter tells me that "My father deserted my mother in 1946. They had been married for just a few years, and I never had the opportunity to get to know him. His visits were infrequent and, like my mother, he eventually re-married and had more children.

    During the 1960’s he served a prison sentence. He embezzled a large sum of money from 'Kennings'. He had worked for Kennings for a number of years and became a company director. It was during his term in prison that he became ill and had a stroke. He was given early release but was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer and he died in 1968 in Nottingham."

    "He came from a well known Nottingham family, they were lace manufacturers and also had leather works both in Nottingham and abroad. My mother was Philip's second wife. He married his first wife, Lilian, in the early 1930’s and they had one son, John, who sadly died from polio at the age of approx. 2 years. My mother was introduced to Philip by her older sister and they married early 1940’s.

    I do know that he had owned at least two planes of his own. The first one, I was told, was purchased with money his father had given to him to buy a factory in Holland….Philip obviously had other ideas! Unfortunately my father told numerous lies both to his family and especially to my mother. I attended his funeral in 1968 but had not seen him for several years. I believe his third and last marriage was a happy one."


    He owned:

    - a Leopard Moth,

    - a 1929 Desoutter I, G-AAPK (bought in Dec 1937),

    - a 1933 Comper Swift G-ACGL, registered to 'E Bradley' [presumably his father Ernest Frank Bradley], and

    - a 1934 Miles M.2 Hawk, G-ACOC.

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  • Bradshaw, Stanley Orton

     M.404  2nd Officer  Stanley Orton Bradshaw

    flag england

     b. 2 Feb 1903, London 29 Apr 1941 to 31 Oct 45 

     ata stanley bradshaw 19271927

     ata stanley bradshaw ICCL    


    An aviation journalist (e.g. 'Flying Memories,' 1936) and a prolific and well-known artist, e.g. this from 1931:


    and this, from 1936:

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    Address in 1941: Fivetrees, Wood Lane, Stanmore Middx

    Postings; 1FPP, 6FPP

    [Promoted to First Officer 29 Dec 1941, but demoted to 3rd Officer 21 June 1943 after being absent through injury following a forced landing in a Hurricane, from 27 Mar 1942 to 15 Nov 1942]

    Jan-43: "After a long rest from flying owing to his accident this pilot failed to reach the necessary standard on his Class 2 refresher. He has bnow been checked out on Class 1 and after 3 months experience in this class should be given another trial."

    By Dec-44 he had qualified for Class 2 and 3, and became "a good reliable and well behaved officer. His knowledge of the country and steady flying make him an excellent pilot."

    d. 1950. Flight, 13 Apr: "It is with deep regret that Flight records the deaths, in an air accident at Boston last Friday, of Stanley Orton Bradshaw, pilot, and editorial contributor to The Aeroplane, and of his two passengers, E. J. Riding and N. C. Stoneham. Aged 47, Mr. Bradshaw had been a pilot since 1926 and, following wartime A.T.A. experience, had over 70 types of aircraft in his logbook. In addition, he was a noted aviation writer and painter of flying scenes. He had a happy way of transmitting his intense enthusiasm for aviation, particularly private flying, to all he met. Mr. Riding, also a writer, was an authority on aero-modelling and light aircraft. The third victim, Mr. Stoneham, was a member of the Redhill Flying Club."

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  • Bramson, Mogens Louis

     M.---  First Officer Mogens Louis Bramson 

    flag denmark

     b. 28 Jun 1895, Copenhagen  2 Oct 1939 to Mar-40 


    ata morgens bramson 1923




    Flew with Major J.C. Savage's 'Sky Writers' at Hendon in the 1920s - borrowed an aeroplane to write a certain lady's name in the sky. She, of course, later became his wife.

    And, would you believe it, he was in charge of the 'Scandinavian Sky-Writing Expedition' in 1923-24.

    King's Cup in 1931


  • Brandt, Laurent Frederick Ronald


     First Officer

    Laurent Frederick Ronald Brandt 
     flag england b. 8 Mar 1909, Widnes, Lancs 25 Nov 1941 to Nov-43 

     ata laurent brandt1938



    Ed. Leicester Technical College

    His mother's maiden name was Minnie Gertrude Willis; she was, apparently, the 7th daughter of the co-founder of the firm Freeman Hardy and Willis. On his marriage certificate, he is named 'Laurent Willis Brandt'





    What was termed by the Chairman as 'an atrocious assault' by a 23-year old Leicester man on a 13-year old boy was described  at Leicester City Police Court to-day. 

    Laurent Frederick Brandt, a manager, of Friar-lane, Leicester, was fined £5, with the alternative of 26 days' imprisonment, for an assault on Eric Weston, a schoolboy, of All Saints Road, Leicester.

    John Haylock, of Southgate, said he saw the boy pass a stationary car in Friar-Lane. "Just as the boy passed Brandt Jumped out from behind the car and kicked him," said Haylock." For ten minutes the boy did not seem to be able to stand up, and he had to be taken to the Royal Infirmary." 

    There seemed to the witness to be no reason whatever for the assault. "As I passed the car I said 'Are you letting a drop of wind out?' and then - the man jumped straight out and kicked me" declared the boy.

    Brandt pleaded guilty, and said that the boy tampered with a sidelight on the car. Brandt 'raised his foot' to the boy because he was holding tools in both hands. 

    Miss Denise Branson, of Friar-Lane Leicester, said that she saw the boy tampering with a sidelight on Brandt's car.

    "This was a most vicious and unprovoked assault" said the Chairman. "You may not take the law into your own hands even if the boy had meddled with your car. The only doubt the magistrates have is whether they should send you to prison without the option of a fine." - Leicester Evening Mail - Tuesday 1 March 1932



    Laurent Fredk. Ronald Brandt, 24, electrician, pleaded not guilty to receiving a silver cigarette-case and a sovereign-case, knowing them to be stolen, from James Arthur Blackburn at Great Clacton.

    Mr. Bowman, prosecuting, said Blackburn had pleaded guilty to the theft. The property was taken from the house of Mr. David Jacobs while he was on holiday. Brandt said Blackburn gave him the articles a few days after he met him. He sold the case to buy something for a friend in hospital. Brandt was found not guilty and discharged, and Blackburn was sent to Borstal institution for three years." -Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 26 May 1933



    Civil Air Guard Injured

    Mr. Laurent Frederick Ronald Brandt. aged 30, a member of the Civil Air Guard. crashed at Harmondsworth on Sunday afternoon when flying an Avro Club Cadet two-seater. Mr. Brandt. who lives at Eastcote. was detained in Hounslow Hospital suffering from broken ribs and jaw, with several teeth knocked out. The plane was almost completely wrecked. A passenger in the plane, Mr. Mervyn Basden of Slough, was taken to Windsor Hospital with facial injuries. The crash was in Mr. Philp's field opposite the Technicolor building." - Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette - Friday 28 April 1939


     m. 1935 Elsie Esme Florence [Fox], (separated)

    prev. a radio engineer; Assistant Tester, (Control Room) Generating Station, LPTB

    prev. exp. 150 hrs

    Applied to join the RAF in Sep 1938 but was unable to join due to "unforeseen domestic circumstances", and again in May 1940 but was unable to obtain his release from his employers.


    Postings: 8FPP, 3FPP, 6FPP, 1FPP

    Two accidents, neither his fault:

    - 8 May 1943, his Magister P2436 lost power after take-off, and he force-landed in a field without damage. He was a 2nd Officer, under training at Barton-le-Clay, at the time

    - 3 Sept 1943, another engine failure, another forced landing, this time in a Hart (still under Training) (? - listed as J Brandt)

    Appointed as an 'Approved Instructor' on 17 Apr 1943, but taken off instructional duties on 7 Sep 1943.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 25 Nov 1943 (Died in ATA Service) Beaufighter X LZ536 dived into ground out of cloud at Cronton Mapley Lancs, nr Burtonwood 8m E of Liverpool

    The accident report says, "When accepting this aircraft at a handling Pool, the pilot failed to reveal that he had not flown the type before, did not obtain and read the Handling Notes on the type, failed to obtain a meteorological forecast, and continued too far in bad weather. The aircraft spun out of cumulo-nimbus cloud, crashed, caught fire and was destroyed."


    Laurent had changed his next-of-kin from Esme, his wife, to his mother Minnie, but Minnie declined the offer of the £2,500 compensation from the ATA and it went instead to Esme.

    His final estate, however, was only £288 (and funerals cost about 30 guineas in 1943, so it wasn't that)


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  • Brasher, Ronald David Henry


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF)

    Ronald David Henry Brasher 
     flag england b. 3 Oct 1922, Yorkshire   20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45




    prev. RAF, and an Engineer's clerk

    d. 1986, Derbyshire



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  • Bray, Thomas Charles David

     M.194  First Officer Thomas Charles David ‘Tom’ Bray 

      b. 22 Jul 1906, Sheffield, Tasmania 1 Oct 1940 to Mar-42 



    Next of kin: sister, Sylvia M Bray, 2 Paterson St, Launceston, Tasmania

    Prev. exp. 420 hrs

    Tom was one of a number of Australians who came over to fly for the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club, but when all civilian flying was stopped on the outbreak of WWII in October 1939, he applied to join the ATA.

    They rejected him on the basis of his flight test, but then contacted him again the following July and asked if he would like to be reconsidered; he replied that, in the meantime, he had taken a job with the Rapide Flight of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, but would indeed like to re-apply.

    His next flight test in August 1940 assessed him as: “A pilot of limited experience, who has ability and may prove adaptable to modern aircraft, of which he has no experience.”

    Thomas then started with the ATA and worked well for about a year at Hawarden, but then resigned as the situation in the Far East deteriorated and he became worried about things at home.

    However, his C.O. ‘Wal’ Handley wrote to the ATA to say: “I do not want to lose him, as he is a good pilot”, and they agreed to release Tom in the event of hostilities arising between Japan and Australia.

    He withdrew his resignation, but died in an aircraft accident a few weeks later.

    janes hampden 2

    d. 18 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) – his Hampden X3130 went missing after taking off from Kirkbride at about 15:00, heading for Thorney Island. He and 2nd Officer Nathaniel Berry (joined 1941) were presumed lost at noon the following day when no sign had been seen of them.

    His body was eventually washed up on the shore at Southport, on the 8th June 1942. Cause of death could not be determined. He was buried at  Maidenhead Cemetery on the 13th:

     ata bray funeral 1     ata bray funeral 2

    ata bray funeral 3      ata bray funeral 4

     "Sadly Missed"

    As sometimes sadly happened, a final letter from home arrived after his death. It is dated 5 Feb 1942:

    “Thursday morning thought I could pen you a few lines while I am waiting for my fruit and vegetable to come in.

    Received money last Friday £24 18s 6d don’t know if that was right I haven’t had any letter to say how much you were sending. The last letter received from you was dated back to sometime in Aug and it arrived the first week in Dec. You said in that you would make arrangement and let me know later when and how much. Anyway thanks very much it arrived just in the nick of time. I ran myself a bit short last month paying £25 for wireless and I gave Stan £20, I had to pay £50 for vegetables for the Military for Feb. so you can guess I was just about on the rocks.

    Well Tom the war gets closer every day. This is Monday the 9th and the paper says Japs are landing in Singapore. Mum seems to worry about it she is so helpless, and there all day on her own. She seems a lot better than she was last time I wrote, but said she felt crook this morning when she got out of bed.

    Our petrol has been cut again so I don’t get out weekends at all, though we did run up to Mabel’s for a few hours yesterday. We have to black out the car lights and everything. What I can see we are going to have a cold black winter. The weather is terribly dry, and vegetables are very dear. But that is all the better for me, can always sell more when it is a good price.

    Auntie A had a long letter from Bett. She is doing canteen work three days a week, and said she hadn’t heard any more of you but would write you in a few days. Edward is away a lot at night. Your letter must be hung up somewhere. I wonder if you are getting mine this is the third time since Xmas. We received greeting and it did your mother a lot of good.

    Well Tom Rita, Dorothy and myself had a day at the Launceston Cup. Had quite a good day and it cost us 1 shilling for expenses, but it was a very poor meeting, no Melbourne horses, and very poor div’s. I wasn’t game to take my car, as they were checking up on all the cars registered for business, they are not allowed on pleasure trips, and for the first time I realised how hard it will be if I can’t get petrol.

    Stan started on his new house this morning. He has two boys at work and they are going to school at night. So he should be alright now.

    Business is going well so far, so I suppose I am lucky. There are quite a few shops closing up.

    Well Tom it is time I did a bit of work. I have a boy and girl in the shop, they are only 14 years but they do a very good job.

    That must be all for now so cheerio and heaps of love from Mum and Syl.”

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  • Breen, Patrick Francis

     M.---   Patrick Francis "Patty" Breen 

    flag eire

    flag usa

     b. 10 May 1905, County Kerry, Ireland  Aug 1940 - 12 Sep 1940 



    Naturalised American 1934

    Address in 1940: 37-20 76th St, Jackson Heights, Long Island NY

    ATA Contract Terminated - Inefficiency

    "Herewith, I forward Flight Test Reports on the five American pilots, who reported on the 22 August. From these, you will see that only two are in the class of pilot we require.

    Passed: Ortman, Phillips

    Failed: Breen, McCory, Wickford"

    d. 18 Dec 1969 - Denton, TX 

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  • Brinjes, Dennis Gerald

     M.319 First Officer  Dennis Gerald Brinjes  

    flag england

    b. 11 Feb 1918, Hornsey, London

    21 Oct 1940 to Oct-45

    (Ground Duties from Apr-44) 



     prev. aircraft engineer

    RAF 1939-40

    Accidents Committee from Oct-44

    d. 2011, Bideford

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  • Broad, Jennie (W.18)


    Second Officer

    [Training Pool Adjutant 5 Aug 42 to 27 Nov 42]

    Jennie Broad 

    flag UK

     b. 28 Jun 1912, Cape Town, South Africa but grew up in Sussex 30 Jul-40 to 11 Jun 43 


    Lettice, Jennie, Audrey, Gaby, Pauline, near Oxford

     jennie broad 1935 RAeC 1935  W018 Broad Jennie ATA   jennie broad 1948 RAeC 1948


    Ed. Bournemouth High School

    Flight, April 1937:   "The chief attraction of the weekend was a demonstration of the Hillson Praga monoplane by Miss Jennie Broad. After she had put the machine through its paces, numerous members took the opportunity offered of going up with her in the machine."

    According to the Blue Mountains Advertiser (Katoomba, NSW), Fri 18 Nov 1949: “Miss Jennie Broad first graduated as a pilot in 1934, and to add to her experience qualified as a ground engineer. By this she helped to meet her flying instruction expenses in overhauling engines for airline companies and working as a club engineer. She had many jobs in aviation, including flying passengers to air rallies in Holland and Belgium and demonstrating and selling light aircraft. Through the experience she gained in this field, she became England's first woman test pilot.

    On the outbreak of war she joined the W.A.A.F. as a transport driver and received a commission as a code and cypher officer. In July, 1940, in answer to the call for civilian pilots to ferry aircraft for the Royal Air Force, she transferred to the Air Transport Auxiliary. From ferrying light training aeroplanes she graduated to fighter aircraft and bombers, flying some 40 different types of aircraft until 1944, when she was medically boarded. She then joined a welfare organisation for the Royal Air Force and after a few weeks' training in Germany went to the Middle East, where she operated clubs on R.A.F. desert stations in Egypt and Iraq.”

    [Contract terminated by ATA (twice, actually - firstly in March 1942, reinstated Nov-42, then in Jun-43, on 'Medical Grounds', but this followed her 3rd 'at fault' accident)]

    After WWII, Jennie moved to Australia 'as a refugee from British bureaucracy' (reportedly saying "Australia is the only country in which to live these days"), and in 1951 joined the WRAAF as a 'Flight Officer, Administrative'.

    Jennie Broad 1951

    By then, she had made her political views perfectly clear; she didn't like that there Socialism:

    "In August 1948, I returned to England." she said. "When I had left, the country had had five years of the toughest time. They had had all the horrors of the blitz bombs, the doodlebugs and so on. But I had returned expecting to find my country free of some of the rules and directions of war. When I left the people had a tremendous hope for the future and were proud of the part their country had played. I spent two of the unhappiest months of my life there. Gone was the spring in the step of the people. They were tired and content to accept the rules that had been laid down for them. The queues were longer than ever. The people were living mainly on whale meat and fish. We got one egg every six weeks.

    I could not understand it at all. But slowly it came to me. It was in 1945 that the Socialists took over. They came with the old Labour Party understanding on the part of the people. But it was not long before Mr. Attlee had nationalised everything he could lay hands on. Taxes were on such a scale that the worker found it paid him better to stay away from work at regular intervals. A large number of girls in the Post Office admitted that they had deliberately lost a day a fortnight because it paid them better to do so.

    In 1947, we introduced the 'Engagement Order.’ In 1735 compulsory labour was abolished in England but it rested with a Labour Party to re-introduce it.

    To-day there are at least three men who are serving terms of imprisonment because they refused to accept the work that was offered to them. Refusal to take the job offered means imprisonment. You see the people are gradually again being enslaved. In England, owing to the nearness of war, we had gone further along the road to compulsion in everything and Labour was presented with an already working scheme for the carrying out of their policy. In that regard the Labour Party in Britain was in a better position than was the case in Australia. We have our identity cards. If I move from town in town I have to register and re-register. When I return to England if I go abroad I have to register again. I decided to leave.it. We had won the war but lost our freedom. Nobody is allowed to follow his own will. If he works overtime, he is summoned and fined. In Australia they had been in danger of going along the same path but they had recovered in time and realised what it meant”

    The Biz (Fairfield, NSW), Thu 15 Jun 1950:  "MEET JENNIE BROAD Fairfield residents have noticed an attractive young woman chatting with women in the shopping centre. It was Miss Jennie Broad, one of those courageous women who was a test pilot in Britain during the war. Charming and feminine, Jennie Broad has proved herself courageous during the war; and no less now is she displaying courage of a high degree.

    Knowing the pitfalls of socialism in Great Britain, and the hardships it has brought upon the people who should now be enjoying a measure of relief from wartime restrictions, Jennie Broad came to Fairfield, when she heard 'a woman was standing for Parliament to oppose Socialism'. Although Miss Broad belongs to no political party, she says that she has seen the ill-effects of Socialism on family life, and she felt it her duty to come to Fairfield, meet the family people, and warn them to shake Socialism from their backs before it is too late.' Miss Broad speaks from personal experience, and she says she will address any gathering of women who, want to know the facts about Socialism and how it affects working people."

    d. 2005 in Australia 

    Di Ennew kindly tells me that "I spent 2 years on Norfolk Island, a small Australian territory (pop.approx.1600) about 1800km east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. We bought a house there and by strange coincidence Jennie Broad, one of your ATA pilots, was my direct neighbour.

    She was quite reclusive and in the 6 years she was my neighbour prior to her death, we did not meet nor talk, as when offered the opportunity to meet by the seller of our house, she very promptly refused the invitation. She was well known on the island for her directness and it was wonderful to read about her. I knew she had had an amazing life in the ATA and I only wish she had been able to meet my father to share their experiences of England.  She died on Norfolk Island."

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  • Broadsmith, Joan Irwin

     W.---  Cadet    Joan Irwin Broadsmith
     flag england  b. 23 Jul 1917, Withington Chester 24 Jun-42 to 23 Aug-42 


    joan broadsmith 1939 

    RAeC 1939


    joan broadsmith Empire Air Day 1939 

    Empire Air Day 1939



    Ed. Upper Chine School, Shanklin, IOW

    prev: Ambulance Driver in Islington Green

    prev exp: 30hrs solo

    Her father, Harry Edgar Broadsmith, was one of the original directors of Saunders-Roe.

    joan broadsmith and adam karolyi

    Adam Karolyi, right, with his girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, in the cockpit of his plane. Adam was 21 when he died of his injuries after he crashed his plane in Sandown, just days before the Second World War started [actually G-AAAL belonging to the IOW Flying Club, on the 21 Aug, 1939]. He had planned to join the RAF.

    [G-ABBX, in the photo above, also belonged to the Isle of Wight Flying Club].

    Adam, 21, was flung from the wreckage but suffered 75 per cent burns and died in Shanklin Cottage Hospital the next day.

    His girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, daughter of Saunders Roe’s managing director Harry Broadsmith, was so traumatised by Adam’s death she doused herself in paraffin and set herself alight but survived. 

    See their story here:  http://www.iwcp.co.uk/

    In 1939,  "Interested in aeroplanes since she was 14, and with Flying Officer brother in the R.A.F., Empire Air Day is bound to hold a special interest for Miss Joan Broadsmith, of Cowes, who is working at Lee Airport, Sandown, to secure her ground engineer's licence. Miss Broadsmith, who is 21, is a member of the Civil Air Guard." Portsmouth Evening News, 18 May 1939

    Address in 1942: 18 The Boulders, Binstead, Isle of Wight.

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

    d. Feb 1993, IOW


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  • Bromley, Thomas

     M.892 2nd Officer (Seconded from RAF)  Thomas Bromley 
     flag england  b. 10 Oct 1922, Wigan  18 Mar 1943 to Apr-45 

     ata thomas bromley ATA



    prev. RAF, from Feb-1942, and an Analytical Chemist


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  • Brook, Clarence

     M.365 First Officer   Clarence Brook

    flag england

    b. 25 Jun 1919, Featherstone   22 Apr 1941 to Jun-42

     ata clarence brook ATA

    prev. a Clerk in West Riding Surveyors Dept., Yorks

    RAF Sep-39 to OCt-40, LAC/Sgt.

    d. 26 Jun 1942 - died in a motor accident at East Ardsley, nr Wakefield when returning home to visit his mother on weekend leave.

    Albert Ronald Humphreys (27), a laboratory assistant, of The Avenue, Ledger Lane, Outwood, near Wakefield, was charged with Clarence's manslaughter, but a plea of dangerous driving was accepted.

    At 11 o'clock at night at Ramper's Bend on the Wakefield Road at East Ardsley, Humphreys took the corner at too great a speed. The car turned over and Brook, one of the passengers, was thrown out and killed.

    The Judge imposed a fine of £5O and disqualified Humphreys from holding a driving licence for three years.

    buried in Pontefract Cemetery

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  • Brooke-Smith, Thomas William

     M.100 First Officer  Thomas William Brooke-Smith 

    flag england

     b.14 Aug 1918, Kirton, Lincs  27 May 1940 to Oct-42 

      ata thomas brooke smith 1935      


    prev. aircraft engineer

    later a test pilot for Short and Harland

    d. 1991, Poole


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  • Brooks, Dennis Brian


    Flt-Lt (Pilot) 

    [Seconded from RAF] (?)

    Dennis Brian Brooks 
       b. 1911, Hitchin (?)  (?) to 23 Jan 1941 



     ATA Ferry Pool 9, according to A.T.A. Casualties (raf-lichfield.co.uk)

    janes anson

    d. 23 Jan 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - forced landing at Southport due to lack of fuel (RAF 39707) - ferry Carlisle to Hawarden

    buried Preston Cemetery

  • Brown, George Gilbert


     3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF)

    George Gilbert Brown 
     flag england  b. 9 Feb 1922, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northants  20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata george brown ATA



    prev. RAF, and an electric loco driver

    d. Feb 2004, Coventry


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  • Brown, Grace (W.2*)


     W.2 *   Mrs Grace Brown 


      b. 2 Feb 1897, Pieter Martizburg, Natal, SA  27 May-40 to Dec-40 


    grace brown 1934RAeC 1934



    nee Holmes

    Address in 1940: Woodland Rise, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent

    Next of kin: husband, Anthony Brown MC. [d. Dec 1954. He was English, 16 years older than her, described as a 'Managing Director of a Printing Company' [Brown, Knight and Truscott], and they met in South Africa in the 1920s. He was there on business, she ran a driving school, and they married and  then travelled together from South Africa to England in March 1926.

    They lived at 'Broomhill', Southend Rd, Beckenham, Kent, and had one son, Philip, b. 1930; he later became a commercial pilot, encouraged by Grace.]

    During WWII, "Mrs (Grace) Brown astonished RAF pilots when she landed at an advanced airfield in France during the German attack, carrying consignments of blood for the wounded." An Illustrated History of the RAF (BoB 50th anniversary edition) by Roy Conyers Nesbit.

    Her grand-daughter kindly tells me that "She was actually the first woman to fly to the Front, flying blood to the British Expeditionary Force as it retreated to Dunkirk.  She was one of the first six female pilots to hold the 'B' Licence (Commercial) in the U.K.  She was also a huge character:-) "

    Grace Brown c1937

     "Mrs. Grace Brown flew for Air Dispatch (Mrs Victor Bruce's airline)".

    "Air Dispatch Ltd was founded on 9 July 1934, and in 1935 started operating weekend freight (later also passenger) services from its base at Croydon Airport to Le Touquet and Le Bourget, Paris. In April 1935, Commercial Air Hire started passenger shuttle services between Croydon and Heston airports, under the name Inner Circle Air Lines, using GAL Monospar ST-4s. In 1935, Commercial Air Hire purchased an Avro 642 Eighteen16-seat airliner (G-ACFV) for newspaper delivery contracts, and Air Dispatch shared its use for bullion-carrying, excursions, joy-riding flights and scheduled passenger services, until mid-1936. [Mildred] Bruce was co-managing director, with Eric E. Noddings, of both closely linked companies, that were merged in 1936 as Air Dispatch Ltd.  Wikipedia

     In 1935, she flew Redhill Aero Club's Puss Moth to Brussels.

    gabrielle patterson and grace brown fp r, with Gabrielle Patterson, in 1940  (Forgotten Pilots)

    She was an early recruit for the ATA in May 1940 (actually, she joined just as the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk was taking place) but soon had to discontinue ferrying due to "getting into a poor state of health and being unfit for flying duties" - a confidential note some two years later says that 'between ourselves, a little elbow-lifting was attached to it'. [I have no real idea what this means, unless it implies a drink problem].

    She asked for 3 months unpaid leave, on the understanding that ATA could offer to continue with her services at the end of it. In the event, when she started back in December, she wrecked the port undercarriage leg of an Airspeed Oxford by selecting 'Undercarriage Up' instead of 'Flaps Up' after landing, and was promptly dismissed.

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 28 Dec 1940]

    Her grand-daughter says "After the war, I don't think she flew again.  She seemed to enjoy buzzing around the country lanes in the sidecar of  a motor bike, driven my by father.  When Anthony died they had huge death duties to pay so had to sell up and move to a small house, still in Sevenoaks. She died in 1956, I believe. 

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  • Brown, James Waldron


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

    James Waldron Brown 
     flag england   b. 6 Aug 1918, Liverpool  23 May 1944 to Mar-45

     ata james brown ATA



    prev. a draughtsman

    RAF from May-41 to May-44

    janes anson

    d. 20 Mar 1945 (Died in ATA Service) - passenger in Anson I DJ471 (pilot Frank Hill, also killed) which collided with a Typhoon at RAF Aston Down, Glos.

    Both aircraft were approaching to land, but neither pilot could see the other; the Typhoon struck the Anson from behind and above.



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  • Brown, Kenneth William

     M.876  First Officer [Seconded from RAF] Kenneth William Brown 
     flag england b. 2 Jul 1920, Bulwell, Nottingham  28 Feb 1943 to Apr-45 




    prev. a teacher



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  • Browne, James Sallee

     M.530 2nd Officer   James Sallee 'Jimmy' Browne

    flag usa

     b. 27 Jan 1921, Evanston IL  22 May 1941 to Mar-42


     ata james sollee browne




    Promoted to First Officer, 15 Feb 1942;

    Demoted to 2nd Officer, 6 Mar 1942 [Dangerous Flying and taking off on an unauthorised flight]

    "Hardworking and capable but not always reliable - now and again indulges in low or dangerous flying"

    [Contract Terminated 23 Mar 1942 by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. c.17 Nov 1942; his China National Air Corporation C-47 went missing flying between China and India.

    In October 1945, his mother wrote to the ATA:

    "Dear Sir,

    We have today received the log book of our son, James S Browne, who was in your service '41-2 as First Officer. He was first stationed at Maidenhead and later at Ratcliffe Hall, Leicester. Perhaps you did not know him personally, or may not have been at White Waltham at the time he was in service - but, in any case, I wanted to let you know that after he returned to the States April 1942, he was engaged by the Pan American & China National Aviation Corporation to transport supplies over the 'Hump' from India to China.

    He flew a DC-3 to Calcutta shortly after his return from England and shortly after his arrival there, was made Captain of a C-47. As you may know that is the most treacherous flying in the world, and the weather conditions are very bad.

    Jim has been missing since Nov 17, 1942. and no trace of him, the plane, or the crew. Almost three years have passed and, of course, we are offered no hope from the China { } - the anxiety has been terrible. He was 21 and our only child.

    It does not help to know that millions of others are also suffering. This is our own personal sorrow.

    I shall be so very glad if you will be good enough to let us know if you happened to know Jim, or did anyone else in your station - it would be a comfort to us to hear from any of his friends. It seems so unreal to us now, that year he spent in England, so long ago - but it was only in 1941. We had not entered the war at the time and Jim did not have to go, but was anxious to try out for that job. He was so very young.

    Hoping to hear from you again, which we shall very much appreciate.


    Harriet S Browne (Mrs Herbert S Browne)

    653 Hill Road, Winnetka, Illinois"

    The wreckage was not discovered until 2011, 13,400 feet up a mountain in China's Yunnan province.

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  • Bruce-Porter, Michael F L

     M.53  First Officer Michael Frederick(?) L Bruce-Porter 

    flag british india

     b. 15 Dec 1912, Bombay 

     (15 Dec 1914 on RAeC Cert.)

    1 May 1940 to May-41 


    ata michael porter 1938

    Michael Porter, 1938



    Address in 1940: 3 Ashburn Gardens, Gloucester Rd, London SW7.

    Wife: Anne Hester Mary Layborne (nee Popham, m. 1939) lived at Carr House, Broxford, Hants, then later 22 Sefton Rd, Hook

    prev. 2nd Lieut. RNVR Sep-39 to May-40

    Postings: 3FPP 

     [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    later m. 1954 Jean L Jorgensen, in Falmouth

    Mysterious. It looks like this Michael Porter, born in Bombay in 1912 or 1914, changed his name to Bruce-Porter between 1938 and 1939. Anne Hester Bruce-Porter is listed as next of kin on his ATA form; her marriage in June 1939 was certainly to a Michael F L Bruce-Porter.

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  • Bryson, Travis

     M.---  2nd Officer Travis Bryson 

    flag usa

    b. 2 Feb 1908, Gainsville TX  3 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 



    Father: Walter (a builder); Mother: George B

    [Yes, his mother's name was apparently George]

    prev. Instructor for Aero Corp of California

    Address in 1940: 1019 W 102nd St, Los Angeles CA

    m. Sep 1940 Dorothy Lillian [Hayward], from Bath, in Bristol (Blimey, he was only here for a month)

    "Wanting her baby to be born an American citizen, Mrs Bryson made arrangements for her passage over, without telling her parents."

    Their daughter Christina was born in Los Angeles on 3 Mar 1943.

    In December 1942, an employee of Lockheed; by 1945 the Douglas Aircraft Co. representative assigned to Sedalia Army Air Field, Missouri.

     The 3 of them travelled back to the UK in the "Queen Elizabeth" in Feb 1947 and stayed until Aug 1948.

    d. 21 Jun 1991 - Los Angeles


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  • Burnett, Gerard

     M.975  3rd Officer Gerard Burnett 
     flag usa  b. 3 Oct 1920, Racine, WI  31 May 1943 to 31 Oct 45

     ata gerard burnett 1945



     [ab initio]

    prev. an ATA Ground Engineer from 1942; an ab initio pupil who "took to flying easily, particularly in Class 1 and 2."

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP, 8FPP, 4FPP

    Certificate of Commendation "for displaying exceptional airmanship. On 15 Nov 44 he landed his aircraft in a small field after hydraulic failure had filled the cockpit and sprayed him with a large quantity of hydraulic fluid possessing powerful anaesthetic properties."

    "A keen pilot who has settled down to doing a very good job."

    2 accidents, one his fault.


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  • Burnhill, Charles Sykes

     M.1040 3rd Officer  Charles Sykes Burnhill 
     flag england   b. 9 Nov 1921, Leeds 28 Dec 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

     ata charles burnhill poss


    (so may be wrong)



    Ed. Roundhay, Leeds

    m. 1944 Helen [Whitehead]

    prev. Architectural Draughtsman for A Kershaw & Sons;

    RAF Sgt, Jun-41 to May-43

    Address in 1943: 41 Clifton Terrace, Leeds 9

    later Back Bower Farm, Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire

    Postings: 7FPP

    d. Jan 2010 - Leeds


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  • Burns, Harold

     M.415 * Flight Captain  Harold Burns 
    flag england  b. 12 Jun 1913, Barnsley  20 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata harold burns 1936 1936



    m. 1938 Millicent [Parker]

    prev. a motor engineer

    Address in 1936: "Dundella", Bromley Rd, Congleton, Cheshire

    d. Sep 1983 - Congleton

  • Burnside, Daphne Alice (W.116)

     W.116  3rd Officer Mrs Daphne Alice Burnside 
     flag england   b. 19 Mar 1918, London 6 May 1943 to 11 Sep 1944 




    Not in 'Forgotten Pilots'

    née Gaurdon?

    prev: Civilian Driver, French Diplomatic Corps

    prev exp: 4hrs 30min inc. Palestine, Egypt

    [ab initio trainee]

    Postings: 5FPP, 12FPP, 15FPP

    exp in ATA:

    Magister: 102hrs 25min;

    Hart: 15hrs 20min;

    Fairchild: 67hr 50min;

    Moth: 7hrs 25min;

    Swordfish: 3hrs 15min;

    Harvard: 26hrs 20min;

    Hurricane: 5hrs 25min;

    Spitfire: 13hrs 50min;

    Auster: 3hrs 35min;

    Barracuda: 4hrs 45min;

    Fulmar: 50min;

    Master: 4hrs 10min;

    Miles Falcon: 1hr 05min;

    Mustang: 1hr 10min;

    Proctor: 1hr 25min.


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  • Burton, James Richard

     M.704 First Officer  James Richard Burton 
     flag england  b.  26 Oct 1914, Selby Yorks 2 Dec 1941 to Aug-45 

     ata james burton 1939 1939

     ata james burton ATA    


     prev. aircraft fitter for Blackburn Repairs, Yorks.

    Address in 1941: 61 Armoury Rd, Selby Yorks

    Blackburn TF Mk. IV 

    d. 30 Aug 1945 (Died in ATA Service) - Firebrand IV EK635 stalled after takeoff from RAF Brough.

    The Accidents Committee reported that the aircraft was seen to take off tail-down, and the undercarriage was retracted (thus increasing the nose-up trim); it then climbed to about 300 ft, stalled and dived to the ground.

    buried Selby Cemetery


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  • Bush, Francis Joseph

    M.5   Captain  Francis Joseph Bush 
    flag england    b. 26 Apr 1904, Banbury Oxfordshire    11 Sep 1939 - Nov-41 

      ata francis bush1935      


     Ed. Uppingham

    prev. a Manufacturer and Company Director

    prev exp 507 hrs. Owned a 1928 DH Moth G-AAAA, then a 1931 DH Puss Moth G-ABLG (which he bought from Margaret Fairweather)

    Address in 1939: 76 High St, Watford, Herts

    By the 6 Dec 1939, when he still hadn't started flying, he wrote to the ATA, "I was wondering if my Puss Moth (which is in tip-top order) would eventually be of use in the ATA, or do you advise me to try and sell it to be shifted overseas?

    I am still at the above address [Green Park Hotel, Bournemouth] waiting for your instructions when and where to report for duty."

    [His Puss Moth was impressed 18 Feb 41, and struck off charge for spares 12 Apr 44]

    Certificate of Commendation "After a satisfactory test flight at Kinloss, F/O Bush set off on the 19th December 1940, in a Boston for Prestwick. After about 25 miles the starboard engine failed and F/O Bush feathered the airscrew. He then returned to Lossiemouth and landed there. In spite of the fact that the brakes were out of action, the landing was made without damage to the aircraft. He had never flown the type before, and the ATA at that time could not provide handling notes."

    "He has beeen outstanding in the way he has worked, and the example he has set."

    "A competent pilot and a very good officer" 

     3 accidents, 1 of them his fault.

     B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    d. 23 Nov 41 (Died in ATA Service) - Liberator AL562 engine caught fire and crashed into the sea south of Burrow Head, Wigtownshire, en route Prestwick to Hawarden.

    2nd pilot, F/O EE Uhlich (USA) (q.v.) also killed.

    'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) wrote later that "the ship was one of the first Liberators in England, but... through some grim blunder on someone's part the anti-aircraft crew had not been advised of its being a new addition to the British Air Force. Elmer Ulich (sic) was shot down and killed by British anti-aircraft fire."

    The official accident report says "Insufficient evidence to establish cause but thought to be through bad weather causing aircraft to catch fire in the air."

    The ATA insurers paid his mother Edith and sister Violet £2,000.

    buried Maidenhead Cemetery

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  • Butler, Lois (W.3*)



     W.3 *  First Officer

    Mrs Lois Butler

     née Reed

     flag canada -> flag UK

    3 Nov 1897, Montreal, Canada  15 Feb-40 to May-45 


    RAeC 1929

     Lois and Winnie at Hatfield


    Lois and Winnie at Hatfield



    the "beautiful" [so said Harald Penrose] wife of Alan Butler. (Later, the 'Flying Grandmother', oh well...)

    Her first husband having died in 1923, she married Alan Butler in 1925; together they had a daughter and a son.

    15th in the Women’s Combined Alpine Skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics, skating for her native Canada (although she was a member of the British Team before that).

    An ATA pilot in WWII, eventually flying more than 1000 hours in 36 types of aircraft. Post-WWII, the Butlers moved to Rhodesia and bought a tobacco farm, but eventually moved back to Studham Hall, Bedfordshire.

    She owned a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABGX, which was sold in France in December 1934, re-registered as F-AMRX and whose registration was finally cancelled in 1936.

    d. 17 Aug 1970 in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece from a heart attack while on holiday, and is buried in Studham.

    Oxford DNB "Butler [née Reid], Lois (1897–1970), aviator and skier, was born on 3 November 1897 at 275 Drummond Street, Montreal, Canada, the only daughter and second of the five children of Sir William Duff Reid (1866–1924) and his wife, Minnie Cormack (d. 1949). Taken to Canada in 1873, when his father undertook railway projects, William Duff Reid later joined him on the Canadian Pacific Railway. On the death of Reid senior in 1908 he became president of the Reid Newfoundland Co. Ltd, based at St John's.

    Lois Reid was sent to England to be educated at Abbots Langley School, and returned in 1913 to complete her education at Havergal College, Toronto. She met her future husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh William Knox-Niven (d. 1923), when he arrived as aide-de-camp to the governor of Newfoundland. They married in 1918; there was one daughter of this marriage, which ended in 1923 with Knox-Niven's death. In 1925 Lois married Alan Samuel Butler (1898–1987), chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company. He ran an air-survey firm in Newfoundland and had been involved in carrying the first airmails there. They had a daughter and a son. Alan Butler owned a succession of De Havilland aircraft in which he toured and raced. In 1928, with Lois as passenger, he set a world speed record for two-seater light aeroplanes, of 119.77 m.p.h. In 1929 Lois gained a private pilot's licence (no. 1963), and in the following year acted as second pilot to her husband, flying a twin-engined Gloster Survey biplane (G–AADO) from London to Cape Town. Designed for aerial survey and photo-mapping by De Havilland for the Aircraft Operating Company, Cape Town, the AS31 was a unique aircraft required for an urgent four months' contract to cover 63,000 square miles in Northern Rhodesia. The Butlers left Heston Aerodrome on 20 March 1930, accompanied by an engineer, the plane laden with spare parts. Lois kept a diary and photographic record of the 8000-mile trip, which involved twenty-three stops for refuelling and repairs and took twenty-seven days. They arrived in Cape Town on 15 April, Lois having undertaken approximately one quarter of the flying each day. On her return she competed in the king's cup air race and the Europa Rundflug, a 7000 mile race around Europe.

    The years between the wars were truly golden for those with means, leisure, and a sense of adventure; the Butlers possessed all these. Lois Butler joined the Kandahar Ski Club in 1930 and, already a first-class skier, was awarded her gold K in 1931 and an alpha for downhill racing in 1933. The UK was largely responsible for starting downhill and slalom racing, and Lois was a member of the British ladies' team, taking part in European ski championship meetings that later became world cup events. When Canada sent a team to these international ski meetings she naturally transferred her affections and ski prowess to the Canadian team, representing Canada at the 1936 winter Olympics at Garmische Partenkirchen, and many other important international meetings, until all sports came to a full stop with the advent of the Second World War.

    By 1939 Lois Butler had accrued over 300 hours as a pilot and was among the first eight women asked to join the AirTransportAuxiliary (ATA), formed in September to ferry aircraft from the manufacturers' airfields to RAF bases. A reluctant Air Ministry had finally agreed that women pilots could be allowed to fly small trainer aircraft, and by the bitter January of 1940 they were ferrying open Tiger Moths from the factories. The weather and visibility was always bad, but spring found them adept at flights from the south of England to the north of Scotland. The group having proved itself, Lois Butler was among the first to be selected later that year for conversion to light operational aircraft at the Central Flying School of the RAF. As the pressures of war increased so did the intake of women to the ATA, and eventually they were flying all types of operational aircraft. By VE-day (8 May 1945), Lois Butler had flown more than 1000 hours, handling 36 types of Royal Navy and RAF aircraft, including the Mosquito, the fastest of them all. This was a range of experience obtained by very few service pilots.

    After the war the Butlers sold their home in London and the family moved to Salisbury, Rhodesia. They also acquired tobacco farms near Bulawayo, but Lois did not settle, and they returned to Studham Hall, in Bedfordshire, leaving their son, David, in Rhodesia. Lois Butler returned to skiing at the Kandahar Club, renewing her friendships in Europe. The summers were spent sharing her husband's passion for boats; they would go down the French canals to the Mediterranean each summer and visit the Greek islands. It was during one of these holidays that Lois Butler died, of a heart attack, in Piraeus, Greece, on 17 August 1970. She was buried in St Mary's Church, Studham." 


  • Butterworth, Dennis Mills


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Dennis Mills Butterworth
     flag england   b. 24 Apr 1921, Manchester 27 Apr 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata dennis butterworth ATA



    prev. a Commercial Artist

    RAF May-40 - 1944


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  • Buxton, Kenneth Alfred



    [Seconded from BOAC]

     Kenneth Alfred Buxton
    flag england   b. 19 Sep 1916, London 1 Sep 1940 to  15 Jan 1942

     ata kenneth buxton 1935 1935



    Address in 1935: Welford House, Hampstead, London

     The BOAC pilots seconded to the ATA were the mainstay of the Advanced Flying Training Unit from September 194, but; they were all recalled to BOAC in January 1942.

    Lettice Curtis says ""with the going of the BOAC pilots the school was never the same again, and certainly a lot of fun and gaiety went out of the instructors' room when it passed into the hands of the generally older professional instructors."

    "With pilots like BOAC Captains Griffiths, Derrington Turner, Weston Taggart, Ken Buxton and last but no means least Jim Weir, there was never a dull minute."

  • Calver, Molly (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet Molly Calver 
     flag england  b. 13 Apr 1910, Wix Essex 24 Jun-42 to 30 Jun-42 


    molly calver 1936 

    RAeC 1936



    prev: Stewardess, Welfare Dept,

    London Transport

    prev exp: 14 hrs 

    London General Omnibus Co Flying Club




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  • Cameron, Herbert Seddon

    M.300 * First Officer  Herbert Seddon 'Jock' Cameron 
    flag england b. 1909  30 Apr 1941 to 30 Sep 1944 




    m. 1931 in Staines, Patricia Harriet Louise [Watson]

    prev. a ground engineer at Heston Airport


    d. 1 May 1952 - Tripoli, Lebanon

    buried Anglo-American Cemetery, Beirut

  • Campbell, Albert Bower


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    Albert Bower Campbell 
     flag england   b. 11 Jan 1913, Alderley Edge 10 Jun 1944 to Apr-45 



     prev. RAF A/C inspector



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  • Campbell, Bruce

     M.260  First Officer  Bruce Campbell
     flag england   b. 9 Feb 1910, Harrow 18 Feb 1941 to May-43 

     ata bruce campbell 2

     ata bruce campbell ATA    


    prev. A Stockbroker

    RAF Sgt Pilot 1938 then P/O Jun 1940

    Later a test pilot with de Havilland

    "In July 1955 Bruce Campbell, a long-time friend of mine, as well as owning a boat in the south of France, had a de Havilland two-seater Hornet Moth registered G-ADNE. From his boat, then in the south of France, he asked me to fly the Hornet down to Cannes for both of us to fly home in."  Lettice Curtis

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  • Campbell, Thomas James McOran

     M.213 Flight Captain  Thomas James McOran Campbell 
     flag england  b. 15 Aug 1906, Plympton   21 Jan 1941 to Jun-42 (as pilot), then Technical Dept until Sep-44

     ata james mcoran campbell 1935 1935



    Eldest son of Rear-Admiral George McOran Campbell, C.M.G.

    Address in 1941: 'Jacques', Pipers Lane, Harpenden, Herts

    Educated at St Edwards, Oxford; BA (Eng), Cantab

    prev. 2nd Lieut, Royal Corps of Signals Aug 1926-Nov 1929, then an Aeronautical Engineer and pilot

    m. Jean Emily [Mitchell] in 1928 (d. 1976)

    (3 children before 1941)

     Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 4FPP, 4aFPP, 6FPP, 15FPP

    "A hardworking and methodical pilot, and a good officer."

    "(Jan-42) Has done very little flying as a pilot lately, as he is employed on the engineering side on Liberator training."

    "This officer's work on the collection of data for and the writing of handling notes is of a very high order. He is a very hard worker and has put in exceptionally long hours."

    In May 1955, Flight reported: "Another Bristol appointment announced last week was that of Mr. James McOran Campbell as senior technical representative in Pakistan... In pre-war years Mr. Campbell was with de Havillands and Imperial Airways, and during the war flew as an A.T.A. pilot, later becoming a Hawker production flight development engineer and test pilot. He joined the Bristol engine division in 1951."

    d. 4 May 1990 - Plymouth: a "much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather... A very special and Christian life, greatly missed by all of us."

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  • Canning, Ralph Vincent

     M.221  First Officer Ralph Vincent Canning 

    flag usa

      b.1 Dec 1904, San Francisco CA  9 Aug 1940 to 8 May 1941

      ata ralph canning ATA      

    Ed. High School

    m. R, 2 children

    prev. "Aviation"

    Address in 1940: 1823 2nd Ave, Sacramento CA

     ata kleaver canning du puy 1940 3 Sep 1940

    "Ken Kleaver, Ralph Canning and Fred Du Puy ["Berkeley World War Aviator", later a Lt-Col, USAAF], all from California, en route to Canada where they will serve the British Government"

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP

    Suspended without pay for a week in Jan-41 for "General Misdemeanour" [as was his fellow 'California Prune Picker' Ken Kleaver]

    Off sick from 21 Feb 1941

    Contract Terminated 8 May 1941

    d. 1969, Texas



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  • Cant, Herbert George

     M.--- Cadet  Herbert George Cant 
       b. 21 Jun 1906, Clapham  22 Apr 1942 to 6 May 1942 

     ata herbert cant 1939 1939



     ed. Acton Council School

    m. 1929 Elsie Clarice [Reed]

    prev. an Insurance Clerk, then a Drawing Officer Manager at Phillips and Powis Aircraft, Reading

    Address in 1942: Winnersh Corner, Berkshire

    On 5 May, Herbert stalled his Magister whilst attempting to land, causing a broken propeller and other damage. This led to...

    Contract Terminated 6 May 1942 - Unsuitable

    d. Jun 1982 - Basingstoke



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  • Carpenter, Anthony

     M.457  First Officer  Anthony Carpenter

    flag england

     b. 4 Sep 1913, London 27 May 1941 to Jun-43 

     ata anthony carpenter 1936 1936

     ata anthony carpenter ATA    


    Educated at Caterham School

    m. 1940 Ruby Violet [Haines]

    RAeC Certificates in 1936 (in an autogiro) and 1938

    prev. A/C erection foreman, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd

    Address in 1941: 289 Alleseley Old Rd, Coventry

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP

    "A keen and conscientious officer, inclined to be a little slow."

    vickers wellington

    d. 21 Jun 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Wellington XIV HF136 crashed and burnt out at Hawarden. Port engine lost power immediately after takeoff, due to an electrical short-circuit which caused the port propeller to feather.

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  • Carr, Walter Raymond

     M.553 * First Officer  Walter Raymond Carr 
    flag england b. Oct 1897, Carlisle  13 May 1941 to 31 Aug 1945 



    prev. a Company Director

    Lived in Kenya during the 1920s and early 30s

    d. 20 Apr 1957 - Hampshire

  • Carragher, Francis Dean

     M.31 First Officer  Francis Dean Carragher 

    flag usa

     b. 19 Feb 1915, Greenville, Texas 8 Oct 1940 to 1 Feb-41 

     ata francis carragher ATA      


    prev. US Air Corps 1938-40

    prev. exp. 645 hrs

    curtiss hawk

    d. 1 Feb 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - while performing unauthorised aerobatics at Ringway airport in Mohawk AR664 - engine failure led to a stall and spin into the ground

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  • Carreras, José Maria

     M.149 Flight Captain  José Maria Carreras 

    flag spain

      b. 26 Aug 1906, Barcelona, Spain 5 Aug 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

      ata jose carreras 1939 RAeC 1939  

    ata jose carreras

    Brief Glory



    Father: Richard Carreras

    Ed. "High School, Spain"

    m. Maria Josefa [d. 2004], 2 children

    prev. a Civil Engineer and pilot in Spain

    Took his Royal Aero Club Certificate in a Tiger Moth at Luton Flying Club, on 4 May 1939.

    Travelled to the UK from New York in December 1939.

    Address in 1940: "Ardvana", 17 Ronaldsshaw Park, Ayr, Scotland

    Postings: 4FPP, 3FPP

    Certificate of Commendation: "On 22 Apr 1943, Flt-Capt Carreras was instructing on a Catalina aircraft. Through no fault of his own the aircraft crashed on to the sea and the crew were thrown into the water. F/O Gibbs lost an arm, and but for Flt-Capt Carreras's efforts would have lost his life. Flt-Capt Carreras also made the utmost efforts, but just failed, to save Flt-Engineer HFP Waldron from drowning, and helped other members of the crew to safety. He himself had experienced considerable shock and bruising."

    3 accidents, none his fault.

    "A pilot of considerable experience who sets a fine example to his fellow officers."

     "I spoke with 38-year-old Flight-Capt. Jose M Carreras, a stockily-built Spaniard from Barcelona, who has flown in various countries, and was with the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War. He has been flying since he was 18. Capt. Carreras has ferried over 1,000 ‘kites” to all parts of the British Isles. His logbook tells an interesting story. He has flown 120 different types. over 2,000 hours, and 300,000 miles, since joining the A.T.A. in 1940." Daily Record, Oct 1945


     d. 20 Aug 1982 [age 75] - Epsom, Surrey


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  • Carter, Charles Leo


     First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Charles Leo Carter 
     flag england  b. 19 Jan 1915, Manchester  29 Jan 1943 to Apr-45 

     ata charles carter 1939



    prev. Newspaper photographer, then RAF from 1939



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  • Carter, Raymond Harry

     M.1054  First Officer Raymond Harry Carter 
     flag england  b. 19 Feb 1921, Rugby  23 May 1944 to Apr-45 




    prev. a Travelling Salesman, then RAF 41-44 (Africa Star and Clasp)



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  • Castle, William Frederick Bertram

     M.683  First Officer William Frederick Bertram Castle 
     flag england  b. 13 Oct 1908, London  4 Nov 1941 to Nov-45

     ata william castle 1939



     d. 1987, Weymouth


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  • Cathey, James Mitchell

     M.545 First Officer  James Mitchell Cathey 

     flag usa

    b. 7 May 1915, Asheville NC  20 Apr 1941 to Apr-43 

    Had a twin sister, Martha

    High School in Washington DC

    prev. Service Dept, Piper Aircraft Corp.

    Address in 1940: 131E Main St., Lock Haven, PA

    Postings: 2FPP, 9FPP

    "A good pilot. Demeanour - lacking in enthusiasm."

    He was due to return to the US in May 1942 (with fellow American pilots Jack Groover Durham (M.332), Bruce Elmer Raymond, H Stirling, Gerald Gilbert Yerdon, W Walters and Ernest Carl Ewing (M.470), but his contract was renewed at the last moment.

    Reduced in rank to 2nd Officer for 1 month from 31 Jan 43 after showing 'very bad airmanship' when flying a Typhoon; he misjudged his approach, undershot the landing and struck a gun post.

    Captain in USAAF until 1947, then with the Curry School of Aeronautics

    m. Ethel Brown of the Army Nurses Corps, 22 Sep 1948

    d.  11 Nov 1984

    Burial: Culpeper National Cemetery

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  • Chadwick, Mervyn George Checkland

     M.821  First Officer  Mervyn George [Checkland] Chadwick
       b. 18 Jun 1907, Barnes, London  13 Oct 1942 - 30 Nov 1945

     ata mervyn chadwick ATA



    Father: Bernard George Chadwick [d. 1916 in Flanders], Mother: Millicent [Kettle]

    [Checkland was his grandmother's maiden name]

    Ed. St Lawrence College, Ramsgate

    m. 1929 in Eton, Bucks, Marjorie Joan [Crockford], 2 children

    prev. RAF 1930-32 then Oct-40 to Feb-42 (Sergeant Pilot)

    prev. exp. 1,436 hrs plus 8 hrs 45min night

    G AETU Gordon Dove via Richard Durrant

    Together with Raymond Gordon, formed Premier Aircraft Constructions Ltd in 1936, based at Maylands Aerodrome, Romford, to market the Gordon Dove, but this was unsuccessful and Mervyn was declared bankrupt in 1939.

    Address in 1942: 119 Riverview Gardens, Barnes, SW13

    Later moved to 44 Ingrave Rd, Battersea, SW11

    "slight limp left leg"

    Postings: 16FPP, 9FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP

    Suspended without pay for 2 days in Feb-43 for "breach of airmanship and breach of flying discipline"

    2 accidents, both his fault:

    - 5 Jan 1944, when his Auster III landed in a strong and gusty wind with flaps down (contrary to pilots handling notes) and tipped onto its nose;

    19 Mar 1944, when he did exactly the same thing in an Argus, except this time the wingtip was damaged - "The attention of C.O.O. is drawn."

    "A keen, hard-working and well behaved officer. He is not over-confident, but as a pilot he is not quite as good or as quick-witted as he thinks he is."

    At 2 FPP, "although he has been on the strength of this Pool for seven months, has been away for three of these due to sickness and conversion to Class 3."

    "An intelligent and careful pilot who shows great competence. A well disciplined officer who has been of great value."

    m. Oct 1946 Joan Edith [Nobbs], 3 children

    d. 3 Nov 1971 - Brent, London

    With thanks for the family and other research by Richard Durrant


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  • Chaffin, Emmett Kenneth

     M.568 Acting First Officer  Emmett 'Kenneth' Chaffin 
     flag usa   b. 24 Nov 1921 **, Forth Worth TX 24 Feb 1941 to Feb-42 


    ata kenneth chaffin

    Fort Myers News-Press Apr 41



    ** On his registration forms, Kenneth gave his date of birth as 2 Feb 1920 - thus making him 21. However, he admitted that he was only 20 when he returned to the US in 1942. Obviously, he had lied about his age in order to join the ATA!

    prev. Gulf Airways, Fort Myers, Florida (newspaper delivery by plane) 2 yrs.

    He was a member of the Fort Myers high school boxing team!

    Address in 1941: Beach Rd, Fort Myers, Florida

     Arrived in the UK 22 Apr 1941 on the SS Mercier with fellow American ferry pilots James Emor O'Halloran, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), Gilman Benedict Warne, Marvin Harrison Dunlavy (M.408), Harold Lindsey Price.

    Off sick for all of May 1941 with acute appendicitis.

    kenneth chaffin and ruth

    m. 29 Sep 41 to Ruth Alice Maud Morgan, from Abergevenny, in London (divorced 1946);

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Homer Edward Anderson (M.496), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Bleecker Makepeace, Raymond Sylvester Allen, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531)

    Later, 2 years in the US Army Air Force as a Flight Officer - he force-landed in a pea patch near Brownsville, Texas in Aug 1944.

    m. Martha Blackburn in 1947

    In 1947, a pilot for C Adrianza, Venezuela; from 1949, a pilot for Delta Airlines.

    His father (also Emmett Kenneth) owned a grocery store, once had a pilot's licence, filed a patent for aircraft carburettors, became mayor of Medley, Florida in the mid-60s, and finally committed suicide by shooting himself in the head (having tried to shoot his second wife in the head just beforehand, but only grazing her temple).

    Kenneth became a police lieutenant in Medley.

    d. 11 Mar 1992 - Deland, Florida

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  • Chalmers, Ian Campbell

     M.205  First Officer Ian Campbell Chalmers 

    flag scotland

      b. 12 Jun 1914, Edinburgh 23 Dec 1940 to Sep-45 

     ata ian chalmers ATA      


    prev. P/O in RAF

    Metropolitan Police

    m. K M Chalmers

    Address in 1940: Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

    Postings: 4FPP

    "An officer who tries hard but has had some bad luck."

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  • Chambers, Arthur Edward

     M.54 * Flight Captain  Arthur Edward Chambers

    flag england

    b. 11 Oct 1913, Lowestoft 8 Apr 1940 to 20 Aug 1945 

     ata arthur chambers 1936 1936      


    prev. a motor mechanic (Science Dept.)

    Address in 1936: 16 Ellys Rd, Coventry

    d. Jul 1993 - Waveney, Suffolk

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  • Chang, Raymond Lu Yu

     M.338 *  2nd Officer Raymond Lu Yu Chang 
    flag republic of china   b. 11 Feb 1918, Peiping, China 18 Feb 1941 to 6 Oct 1941 

    ata raymond chang 1938 1938



    Learnt to fly in 1938 with A.S.T. at Hamble

    d. 14 Sep 1981 - Los Angeles

  • Chapin, Emily (W.96)

     W.96  2nd Officer Emily Chapin 
     flag usa   b. 22 Nov 1912, Twin Falls ID  12 Aug-42 to 11 Feb-44 

     ata emily chapin WASP https://twudigital.contentdm.oclc.org




    Father: Charles Hall Chapin, Advertising Manager for the White Rock Mineral Co. in NYC (d. 1960)

    Ed. Wellesley College, MA

    Next of kin: (mother) Mrs Dorothy [Traill]

    prev: File Supervisor for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey

     prev. exp. 203 hrs

    Address in 1942: 291 Rye Beach Ave, Rye, NY

    Postings: 15FPP

    She was reprimanded in April 1943 for "careless taxying resulting in accident, when the propeller of her Master II struck a marking flag.

    2 other accidents, one her fault:

    - 27 Jul 1943, forced landing in a Spitfire, which was damaged, "due to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot" (the hood blew off in flight. Presumably she was held to blame because she had failed to secure it properly);

    - 16 Nov 1943, she made a forced landing in a Swordfish which developed high oil pressure and temperature.

    ata emily chapin roberta sandoz 1943

    (2nd L) with Bobby Sandoz and 'a couple of fellow Yanks' at the Red Cross Club, 1943

    She flew 18 types of aircraft (Class 1 and 2) with the ATA.

    "A keen and hardworking pilot whose confidence appeaqrs to have been shaken by her recent (Jul-43) accident. Discipline good."

    Later a WASP, then an engineer for General Precision Laboratories and the Singer Corporation.


    d. 23 Jul 1978 - Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County, New York

    ata emily chapin grave

    Her wartime correspondence is in the Texas Woman's University Collection:




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  • Chapman, Laurence Alfred


    First Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

     Laurence Alfred Chapman
     flag england b. 13 Sep 1921, Upminster   19 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata laurence chapman 1946 1946





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  • Chapman, Suzanne Palmer (W.154)

     W.154 3rd Officer  Suzanne Palmer Chapman 
     flag wales b. 8 Dec 1918, Swansea  21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 


    W154 Chapman Suzanne 



    suzanne chapman 1945 

    RAeC 1945


    Suzanne Chapman 1952 0187 0023




    - No RAeC certificate pre-war -


    (r) with Flt-Capt Colman (?)

    Mrs Hart

    d. Feb 2011


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  • Chase, Alexander Hartman

     M.306 Flight Captain  Alexander Hartman Chase 

    flag usa

      b. 10 Nov 1908, Faribault, MN 4 Sep 1940 to Sep-45 



    Postings: 3FPP, 4FPP, 4bFPP

    He "cemented his union with this country by choosing a British wife and, being of a very modest and unobtrusive nature, arranged a Registry Office wedding without mentioning the matter to any of his friends.

    As was to be expected, every pilot at his home station, Prestwick, was soon aware of the day, the place and the time, and, when the unfortunate couple left the Registrar they were met by a solid block of 40 pilots. After being carried out and suitably feted at a nearby hotel, the bridegroom was finally escorted from the scene in a wheelbarrow." BG

    "An excellent officer in all respects."

    d. June 1, 2000 in San Luis Obispo, CA


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  • Chater, Harold

     M.80 First Officer  Harold Chater 

    flag england

     b. 4 Sep 1908, Eastbourne  23 May 1940 to Jun-45 

      ata harold chater 1931      


    A Pilot; owned 1932 Avro 504K G-ABVC (ex F8834), known affectionately as "Screaming Annie".

    "Mr. Chater, who has become well known locally for the amount of spare time he has put in at the [Cinque Ports Flying] Club building up an Avro 504 from spare parts. He has fitted an equally aged Bristol 'Lucifer' engine." (Flight, 1933)

    He advertised it for £225 in 1936, but it appears not to have found a buyer, and its registration was finally cancelled in 1945.

    Chief Instructor at the Kent Flying Club in 1939.

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP

    "A pilot of above average ability and a capable instructor. He does, however, easily lose interest and he would do well to show greater keenness and enthusiasm." (T A Gale, Chief Flying Instructor, Jan-43)

    May-43: "This pilot, although posted here with a somewhat moderate report has not shown any of the bad qualities he was reported to possess... I find him a likeable individual."

    Address in 1944: 1 Glynde Ave, Hampden Pk, Eastbourne

    m. 1944 Susan Kathleen Speak Or Eastwood (an ATA driver at 6FPP)

    He was still interested enough in aviation in 1965 to write to 'Flight': "My wartime ferry pilot [colleague] Tom Brooke-Smith said that flying a VTOL aircraft was like coming down a ladder for the first time. I saw the Hawker Siddeley P. 1127 at Farnborough last summer and decided that this sort of aviation was here to stay.

    Having been a commercial pilot for 30 years I know that nothing annoys a customer more than unpunctuality at either end of the line. Whether you do 200 or 2,000 m.p.h. doesn't matter if he can't keep his appointment.

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  • Cheer, Leonard Massie

     M.78 First Officer  Leonard Massie Cheer 

    flag scotland

    b. 20 May 1914, Aberdeen  23 May 1940 to May-41 



    Address in 1940: Thirlmere, 12 Greenway, Anlaby Pk, Hull

    Postings: 1FPP, Prestwick

    Suspended from all duties for two days in early May 1941 for "continued unpunctuality".

    [Contract Terminated 25 May 1941 by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. 25 Sep 1942 when a Sub-Lieut., RNVR, in Fairey Fulmar II DR636, 795A Squadron Tanga, which force-landed on hilltop in darkness 45 miles south of Tannarive, Madagascar.


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  • Cheer, Vernon

     M.293  First Officer Vernon Cheer 
    flag scotland b. 1 Mar 1913 or 1914, Aberdeen  4 Mar 1941 to Feb-44 

     ata vernon cheer 1936 1936

     ata vernon cheer ATA    


     brother of Leonard Massie Cheer (M.78)

     m. Sep 1941

    Address in 1941: 12 The Greenway, Anlaby Pk, Hull, Yorks, then

    14 Fonthill Terrace, Aberdeen

    prev. a motor engineer and garage proprietor;

    Pilot Officer in the Air Defence Cadet Corps Apr-40 to Dec-40

    Also worked for Blackburn Aircraft Co. in Hull, Yorks.

    Postings: 2FPP, 4,FPP, 4aFPP

    Accident in Walrus 9 Jul 1942: when landing, a/c dropped wing, hit violently and caught fire. Pilot is held responsible.

    Jan-43: "A good officer whose flying is now quite satisfactory, but still receiving treatment after his recent accident."

    d. Jun 1973  - Holderness, Yorks.

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  • Chifney, Ronald Walter Francis


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

    Ronald Walter Francis Chifney 
     flag england b. 6 Oct 1918, London   19 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata ronald chifney

     ata ronald chifney 2 ATA    




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  • Chigi, Vincent

     M.669  2nd Officer   Vincent Chigi
     flag usa b. 25 Jan 1915, Union City NJ 10 Jun 1941 to May-42 




    [Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Below minimum height', (although if this refers to his stature, I'm not sure why it took them 11 months to notice). Perhaps it's a reference to his flying]


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  • Chirasakti, Suprabhat

     M.548 2nd Officer  Prince Suprabhat Chirasakti 
     flag thailand   b. 4 Sep 1917 or 1918, Bangkok, Siam (Thailand) 9 Jul 1941 to Sep-42 


    suprabhat chiraskti 1936



    ata suprabhat chiraskti





     hurricane XII

    d. 12 Sep 1942 (Died in ATA Service) -  Hurricane XII JS346 collided with hillside in poor visibility at Ewes Les Farm nr Mosspaul Inn, between Hawick and Langholm, Dumfrieshire.



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  • Cholmondeley, Victoria Millicent (W.39)

     W.39  First Officer  Victoria Millicent Cholmondeley
     flag australia b. 5 Mar 1902, Longford, Tasmania   10 Mar 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

    victoria cholmondeley 1933

    RAeC 1933



    King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

    d. 13 Jan 1986 - Hereford

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  • Chothia, Homi Nandbhoy

     M.126 First Officer  Homi Nandbhoy Chothia  

    flag british india

    b. 13 Oct 1914, Bombay 1 Aug 1940 to Nov-43 

      ata homi chotia ATA      


    Address: 174 Court Lane, Dulwich, London SE21

    prev. pilot with Western Airways (BOAC)

    In 1934, when he was 19, Homi had been fined 40 shillings, and ordered to pay witnesses expenses of 32s, for driving a car without due care and attention; he tried to overtake a lorry near Bank Bridge. Tarleton, and "as a result an approaching coach had run against the bridge wall to avoid a collision."

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP

    Flight Captain from Feb-42 to Oct-43, when he was demoted to First Officer: "was party to a breach of Standing Orders C47 and C38"

    "He has had difficulty in winning the confidence of pilots under him, which has impaired his efficiency as a Flight Captain.... his record as a pilot has been exceptionally good."


    d. Dec 1982  - Bromley, Kent 

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  • Christie, Frederick William

     M.---  3rd Officer (Seconded from RAF) Frederick William Christie 
       b. 5 Dec 1917, Aberdeen  13 Jul 1944 to Oct-45 

     ata frederick christie ATA



    The ATA Benevolent Fund reported in 1958: "On 6 Sep 1944 while flying a Miles Magister he crashed at Toddington, Herts. He was based at Thame at that time, and had taken off on a test flight from Barton. He was admitted to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, suffering from concussion, fracture of the spine, fractures of both femurs, fracture of ankle, and shock. He has a complete loss of memory concerning the accident and has never recovered his memory about the events before or after the accident.

    He was in L&D for about 6 months and the under treatment for several months as an out-patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This was followed by a period in the RAF Hospital, Halton, and at Loughborough Rehabilitation Unit, finally returning to Halton. Altogether his treatment occupied nearly three years."

    "Since his return to work his health has been poor - he suffers from stomach trouble, and also has nervous symptoms and sleeplessness. Also he told me he worries about trifles which a normal person would not consider.

    He struck me as a very genuine person and not someone who was cadging."

    The Fund agreed that a sum of between £50 and £60 should be awarded "towards the cost of a holiday for Mr and Mrs Christie and the two dependent children."


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  • Clark, George Roger

     M.375 Flight Captain   George Roger Clark
    flag usa   b. 29 Apr 1903, Union City, Randolph County, IN 17 Mar 1941 to Apr-43 




    Educated at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

    US Air Corps from Feb-25 to Feb-28, then 'actively engaged as pilot and in aviation sales and service work. Engineer."

    Worked for Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co. in Philippines for 3 years

    Address in 1940: 5647 Fountain Ave, Hollywood, CA

    Postings: 3FPP

    Aug-41: Fined one week's salary ($50) for lighting a cigarette in a Spitfire

    "A good officer and an excellent pilot."

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  • Clark, Helen Riddell (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet    Helen Riddell Clark
     flag scotland  b. 6 Sep 1917, Selkirk  8 May-44 to 10 Jun-44

     helen clark ata 




    prev: Meteorologist

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]



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  • Clark, John Taverner Wilson

     M.6"  First Officer John Taverner Wilson Clark 

    flag england

     b. 9 Apr 1910, London  21 Sep 1939 to May-40 

      ata john clark 1938



    ata john clark




     prev exp. 483 hrs

    Instructor's Report (Nov 1939) says "has no outstanding faults and has flown the Harvard, Battle and Blenheim very satisfactorily. He should be capable of flying all types."

    blackburn botha

    d. 25 May 1940 (the second pilot to die in ATA Service) - took off in Blackburn Botha L6160 from Brough but, finding himself approaching two houses on high ground, banked steeply right and, in doing so, hit a stone boundary wall and crashed.

    buried in Yeadon Cemetery 


  • Clarke, Charles Sidney

     M.90 * Flight Captain  Charles Sidney Clarke 

    flag england

    b. 8 Feb 1896, Birmingham 12 Sep 1940 to 31 Jan 1945 

     ata charles clarke 1941 1941      


    RFC in 1917

    Address in 1941: The Close, Olton, Warwickshire


  • Clarke, Rodney Eyre

     M.507  First Officer Rodney Eyre Clarke 
     flag england  b. 10 Nov 1915, London 20 Jun 1941 to 23 Jul 1942 

     ata rodney clarke 1

     ata rodney clarke 2 ATA    


    Father: Francis Clarke

    Ed. at Berkhampsted School

    prev. RAF 1935 -1941 (F/O from 1940)

    m. 1 Jan 1940 Sibyl Faith [Ingram-Johnson, divorced; d. 1993]; 2 children John b.1940, Pamela b. 1943

    6 ft 4in tall

    Address in 1941: Old Manor House, Squires Bridge Rd, Shepperton, Middx

    Postings: 1FPP

    "A pilot of fully average ability."


    The 'Liabilities (War-time Adjustment) Act', allowed people who reckoned they were in serious financial difficulties owing to war circumstances to apply for help:

    "ORDERS OF DISCHARGE. No 6. CLARKE, Rodney Eyre, now of Ship & Bell Hotel, Horndean, Hants, previously residing at "St. Vincent," Woodland Grove, Weybridge, Surrey, and formerly residing and carrying on business at the Ship & Castle Hotel, St. Mawes, Cornwall. Now Hotel Manager, previously Air-Transport Pilot, formerly HOTEL PROPRIETOR. Date of Order of Discharge—Jan. 21, 1944"

    "M.S.A.E., F.R.S.A., A.M.I.M.I., F.Inst.D. Chairman, Continental Cars, Ltd, since 1943; General Manager, Connaught Engineering (Automobile and General Engineers), since 1949. b: November 10, 1915. London. Educ: Berkhamsted; A.E.T.C., Chelsea. Served apprenticeship in Electronics research, 1933-35; Royal Air Force commission (night-bomber Captain), 1935-40; Air Transport Auxiliary (Ferry Pilot), 1941; engaged in Motor Industry as from 1943. Club: R.A.C. Add: Connaught Engineering, Portsmouth Rd., Send, Surrey, and St. Vincent, Woodland Grove, Weybridge, Surrey. " Who's Who in the Motor Industry 1959

    d. Jun 1979 - Surrey


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  • Clarke, Roger Grenville

     M.911  First Officer  Roger Grenville Clarke
     flag england  b. 5 Dec 1921, Leicester  10 Apr 1943 to Oct-45 

     ata roger clarke ATA





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  • Clayton, Edna Violet (W.30)

     W.30  2nd Officer

    Edna Violet 'Sammy' Clayton

    née Samuel

     flag england b. 26 Jul 1900, London  1 Mar-41 to Feb-42 


    sammy clayton 1936

    RAeC 1936



    Mrs Clayton from 1929

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  • Clennell, Geoffrey James Ian

     M.209 First Officer  Geoffrey James Ian Clennell 
    flag england   b. 29 Oct 1912, Letchworth 4 Feb 1941 to 17 Jul 1941 




    m. 1934 Joan Ossory [Dunlop - she was an M.T. driver with the ATA from 20 Jul 1942 to 27 Jan 1943], 3 children

    prev. RAF Sep 1932 - Sep 1938 (Pilot Officer in 1934, promoted to Flt-Lt 8 Jun 1937); apprentice to Bentley Motors

    A test pilot in 1939.

    Address in 1941: 38 Richmond Hill Rd, Birmingham

    Suspended for 2 days in April 1941 for "aerobatics"

    "First Class pilot, very keen and hard-working. Occasionally has fallen down on small points of discipline."

    Resigned to join RAF

    d. 25 Feb 1942 when a Squadron Leader with 255 Sqn, RAFVR when crash landing Beaufighter II T3023 due to engine failure on final approach to RAF Coltishall.

    P/O Harold Vincent also died of injuries sustained in the same accident. 

    buried Scottow Cemetery

    Mrs Clennell wrote to Pauline Gower in May 1943, asking for help as she was "in very straightened circumstances."

    Pauline passed it on to the RAF Benevloent Fund, who were already paying for her elder son's education (£25 per term).

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  • Close, John

     M.468 First Officer   John Close

    flag scotland

     b. 27 May 1902, Kelvin Side, Glasgow 16 May 1941 to Oct-43 

     ata john close 3 1936

     ata john close 2 ata john close  ATA  

     m. Amy Clifford Florence

    prev. a bus driver for London Transport;

    Staff Sgt, Royal Artillery Sep-36 to Sep-38;

    RAF Link Trainer Instructor Feb-40 to May-40

    Address in 1941: 5 Fairway Terrrace, Muswell Hill, London N.10

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP

    "A difficult man to assess - proved himself equal to one emergency and yet has made silly mistakes when everything was going right."

    "A careful pilot of average ability. His progress has been marred by a long period of sickness."

    "Slow generally and judgement rather poor, but improved later and by working hard showed great progress... somewhat underconfident."

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  • Cobb, John Rhodes

     M.824 * First Officer  John Rhodes Cobb 
        b. 2 Dec 1899, Beddington  23 Sep 1942 to 30 Sep 1945

     ata john cobb 1924 1924



    Ed,. Eton, Trinity Hall Cambridge

    prev. a Produce Broker

    Address in 1924: The Grove, Esher, Surrey

    "An English racing motorist. He was three times holder of the World Land Speed Record, in 1938, 1939 and 1947, set at Bonneville Speedway in Utah, US. He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1947. He was killed in 1952 whilst piloting a jet powered speedboat attempting to break the World Water Speed Record on Loch Ness water in Scotland."


    d. 29 Sep 1952 - Loch Ness

  • Cochran-Odlum, Jacqueline (W.72)

     W.72  Flight Captain  Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cochran-Odlum
     flag usa   b. 11 May 1906  24 Jan-42 to Jul-42

     mini macr - jackie cochran



     prev. exp. approx 2,000 hrs ("These hours are reasonably accurate as my logbook was left in America") on "Fleet, Travel Air Trainer, Waco 210 Continental, Northrop Gamma, GB 750hp Cyclon, Beechcraft, Douglas DC-2, Douglas DC-3, Lockheed 12, 14 & Lodestar, and many light type aircraft."

    Jackie started her ATA Class 1 Training on 31 Mar 1942 and completed it on 1 Jun 1942, having flown Magister (8hrs 20min), Wicko (3hrs 55min), and Fairchild (8hrs 05min).

    d. 1980

    Well-known, and well-documented elsewhere:

    e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Cochran


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  • Cochrane, John Noble


    3rd Officer [Seconded from RAF]

     John Noble Cochrane
     flag england b. 31 Jan 1923, Newcastle on Tyne  5 Oct 1943 to 15 Apr 1945 

     ata john cochrane 1947 1947



    Father: Wilfred Theodore Claude Cochrane, Mother: Yseult Joan

    Ed. Eton, Magdalene College Cambridge

    prev. RAF Sep-42 to Oct-43

    Address in 1943: Edenmore, Stranolar, Co. Donegal, Eire

    Postings: 8FPP

    2 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 1 Nov 1944, he landed his Spitfire VII with the tail wheel retracted, due to a technical fault [The Mk VII was the first Spitfire with a retractable tail wheel, btw] [The accident happened at Aldergrove, so I think this must be him, although the pilot is recorded as 'T.M Cochrane'];

    - 2 Mar 1945, he seriously injured a pedestrian, naval rating A M Ducker, while taxying in a Swordfish. His attention was distracted by a motorcyclist coming towards him.

    Address in 1947: 15 Alpha Rd, Cambridge

    m. 1952 Georgiana Elizabeth Fane de Salis [4 childen]

    He was a Development Engineer with Bristol Aeroplane Co. between 1947 and 1961, and was in the Scientific Civil Service at RAF Farnborough.



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  • Coe, Euclid W

     M.643  First Officer Euclid W. 'Ed' Coe 
     flag usa   b. 18 Jun 1912, Cleveland, TN 21 Jun 1941 to 21 Jun 1942 




    Father: John W. Coe, mother Retta [Hagler] both dec'dEd. High School, Porterville, CA

    prev. Gas and Electric Welding; Mechanic. 1940-41 US Army Civilian Flyng Instructor in Albany, GA

    prev. exp. 1800 hrs

    Address in 1941: Main St., Richland Center, WI

    Postings: 3FPP, 6FPP

    Suspended for one day and fined £5 in Dec-41 for "failing to report to police on being posted to 3FPP", and then suspended for 2 days in Apr-42 for "low flying".

    One accident:

    15 May 1942, his Spitfire broke an undercarriage leg during a forced landing following a drop in oil and brake pressure. Not his fault.

    "A steady and reliable pilot and a good officer."

     m. 1943 Mildred Kathleen [Christie] from NY [2 children]

    Post-ATA, he joined RAF Ferry Command and was stationed in Nassau and Montreal, until 1946.

    Later a test pilot for Canadair, operator of a number of flight schools, and owner of ABC Rentals in Glen Falls, NY.

    d. 15 Oct 1990 - Glen Falls, NY (Age 78)


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  • Colby, Louise Marie Melina (W.48*)

     W.48 *  2nd Officer  Mrs Louise Marie Melina Colby
     flag UK   b. 5 Dec 1910, Montreal Canada 1 Aug 1941 to 31 Dec 1941 

     louise colby 1936RAeC 1936



    née Morin, father Alexandre Ovide Morin

    Educated at the Institut Normal Catholique Adeline Desir, Paris

    m. 1931 William Marcus Colby  a Stockbroker, b. 1903 in Woking, Surrey:

    william marcus colby 1936

    They got their RAeC Certificates at the same time [and look, they had their photos taken in the same place!]

    Address in 1941: The Tile House, East Horsley, Surrey

    However, in 1941 she gave her next of kin as her sister, Mrs D. West, 666 Kensington Gardens, London W8.

    [It looks like her husband William became a member of the Free French Resistance in July 1942 - more research needed.]

    Postings: 5FPP

    She had one accident: 20 Nov 1941, at White Waltham, in Hart L7213 - "Unsuccessful forced landing after engine failure due to (1) incorrect cockpit drill prior to take-off and (2) failure to make quick survey of cockpit which would have revealed that main petrol cock was off."

    She was then off sick until the 2 Dec, returned briefly but then off sick again from the 9 Dec to the 17th.

    Contract Terminated 31 Dec 1941

    d. 1995, Surrey [William d. 1991]


  • Cole, Claude Porter

     M.---   Claude Porter Cole 

    flag usa

     b. 16 Oct 1903, Cumberland, Westchester Co., MS  28 Oct 1940 to Oct-41



    " A good hard-working and reliable pilot"

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  • Coles, John Leslie Courtenay

     M.170 2nd Officer John Leslie Courtenay Coles

    flag england

    b. 26 Aug 1905, London  19 Nov 1940 to  27 Jul 1941

     RAeC 1934 (Photo missing)      


    Ed. "Douai Abbey. Russia. USA"

    prev. RAF 1921-23; Signalman in Royal Corps of Signals 1924-26; Engineer Tool Maker; "Rough Rider"; Pilot for BOAC

    prev. exp. 200hrs

    m. Ivy Maude

    Address in 1940: Kim, Powercourt Rd, Barton-on-Sea, Hants

    Postings: 2FPP, 4FPP

    Off sick from 29 Apr to 20 May 1941 with 'nervous debility', and from 12 to 27 Jul 1941 with 'cellulitis of ankle'.

    Suspended for 3 days without pay for going AWOL in Jul 1941

    "A pilot whose flying ability and sense of judgement I have no great confidence in."

    "Has carried out the duties allocated to him satisfactorily."

    Contract Terminated 27 Jul 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons

    d. 24 Mar 1984 - Barnet, London

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  • Collinge, Alexander

     M.103 First Officer  Alexander Collinge 

    flag england

     b. 2 Jun 1906, Oldham Lancs  10 Jun 1940 to Apr-41 

      ata alexander collinge 1931      


    A Secretary in 1931

    In October 1933, he and his wife, and Mr. Gifford Hallam, made "a successful journey to Paris and return", and in 1934 he was a close runner-up to Alan Goodfellow in the Senior Landing Competition at Woodford.

    Address in 1940: Flat 39, Parrawood Court, Didsbury, Manchester

    Postings: 1FPP


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  • Collins, Harold James Whitfield

     M.552 * Flight Captain   Harold James Whitfield Collins
    flag england   b. 4 Oct 1896, Kings Nation Worcestershire 6 May 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 




    Lieut., 16th Gloucestershire Regiment, RFC and RAF in WWI

    Certificate of Commendation

    "On the 10th February, 1944, First Officer Collins was ferrying a Walrus when the engine failed completely over mountainous country. He landed it undamaged on a bend of the River Devron between high banks, and managed to moor it successfully."

    One accident, his fault:

    - 10th Oct 1942, Tomahawk AH806 was being flown to Catterick on a delivery flight so the aircraft could join No.1472 A.A.C.Flight. It landed at Dishforth at 13.15hrs with its undercarriage retracted and was slightly damaged.

    d. 5 Sep 1979 - Cannock, Staffs

  • Collins, Percival John

     M.629 2nd Officer   Percival John Collins
     flag england   b. 6 Feb 1912, Woolwich, London 26 Aug 1941 to Jan-42 


    ata percival collins




    prev. A Civil Servant

    janes hurricane

    d. 29 Jan 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane V7001 crashed into hillside during snowstorm at Pen-y-Cae nr Ruabon



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  • Colman, Alan Rees

     M.761  3rd Officer (Acting 2nd Officer) Alan Rees Colman 
      b. 3 Jan 1901, Norwich  8 Jul 1942 to Jan-43 

     ata alan colman 1932 1932



    6ft 3in tall;  educated at Eton and Cambridge

    A Director of the family firm, J&J Colman Ltd (Colmans Mustard)

    A very keen yachtsman; member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, and 'other local clubs'.

    prev. Army Reservist 1932 to 1942 (Major). He went on active service to France with the Norfolk Yeomanry in 1939, returning with the evacuation of Dunkirk.

    prev exp. 315 hrs. He had owned 3 aircraft:

    - G-ABCD, a 1930 Avian IVM;

    - G-ACTL, a 1934 DH Leopard Moth, and

    - G-AFBC, a 1937 Percival Vega Gull.

    Ferry Pool: No. 6

    On Aug 5, 1942, he wrote to Cmdr Bathurst from 'Gastlings, Southill, Biggleswade':

    "My dear Bathurst,

    I have been expecting to turn out the guard for you at Barton this past 10 days on one of your routine inspections but have been disappointed in that so far.

    This is a job to end all jobs as far as I am concerned and have enjoyed nothing so much in years: if you can kindly arrange to forget my existence until the winter afterwards it will be A1 by me!

    I have drawn Paull for Instructor and he is first class, as are, I shd think, most of your team here."

    He transferred to the Administrative Staff from 1 Dec 1942, as Assistant to the Chief Establishment Officer - essentially, a Personnel Officer, a job for which he was expected to be "occasionally flying".

    On the 1st January 1943 he wrote this set of 'Handling Notes':

    "Prima Donnas

    I venture to put forward for your consideration the suggestion that you should cause to be promulgated amongst O.C.s and Adjutants of this Organisation some technical instruction on the above subject - either orally or in writing.

    There is no dispute that the average pilot has more than the Human Average of Prima Donna Complex embedded in his temperament, and it appears probable that, more often than not, it will also be found that this Complex is highest in the best pilots and progresses geometrically with Anno Domini.

    The Prima Donna may be defined for this purpose as one who can perform desirable - or even remarkable - feats of virtuosity over almost indefinite periods, granted only that a favourable atmosphere is maintained around her by the thoughtful provisions of four opportunities:

    1. To exhibit Personality by indulging in a few little whims.

    2. To blow off steam about Everything to a Sympathetic and Untiring Ear.

    3. To receive occasional Encouragement or Praise.

    4. Never to be criticised - or, if this must be done once in a while, then to have it so well wrapped up in the Chinese or Irish Manner that she may get the Idea without loss of 'face'.

    It is undeniably a great nuisance to have to worry about such apparent trifles, especially in wartime, but the fact remains that our job is not to remake human nature, but to try to make the absolute best of the material that happens to be available, and I have a feeling, based on all too little experience admittedly, that we may sometimes be apt, in a natural attempt to produce a well-run and well disciplined show, to pay too little attention to the delicate art of handling our Prima Donnas.

    The recent Meadway incident seems to illustrate this. The Army have an excellent and wise tradition that no superior officer should come within striking distance of a soldier who is under the influence of alcohol: I seriously suggest that for at least 24 hours after landing an aircraft, a pilot - if he has any pride at all - will be feeling so low and bloody-minded that it will be well worth his Superior Officer spending a few seconds thought before coming within verbal striking range of him.

    ... During the four months I spent in E. and AFTS I served under two or three C.O.s and several adjutants, but I do not think any one of them ever took the trouble to find out anything about me as an individual (except possibly my name and flying record) and I suspect that much the same would be true of Meadway. The latter, as it happened, was an easy going type whom you could get anything out of round the the fire over a glass of ale, but practically nothing over the Orderly Room Table or on the Mat, and armed with this knowledge I still believe that ATA might have made a useful servant out of him."

    He went on to suggest that "O.C.s and adjutants be impressed with the need for knowing their personnel more intimately than they now do, and...for future appointments the quality of being a Good Mixer be designated a sine qua non for adjutants, and a Major Qualification for O.C.s."

     Sadly, he died shortly after in a bizarre accident:

    Hurricane II

    d. Sunday 17 Jan 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - in Hurricane II KX441 which made a normal landing at Sherburn, but struck a very wet patch and nosed over onto its back.

    Alan drowned, in about 18in of water, before he could be rescued.

    His obituary in the Eastern Daily Press concludes: "Generous, capable, and with the keenest zest for life and all its interests, throwing himself with all his varied gifts into all that he undertook, he inspired those around him to give also of their best. Only those who knew him well realised the depth and sincerity of his desire to help his fellow men, and his loss to those who knew him is an irreparable one."

    He was cremated in Leeds, and his ashes were scattered from an aircraft, piloted by Douglas Fairweather, flying over Southampton Waters on the 29th January.


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  • Coltman, Arthur Edward Henry


     M.214 Flight Captain  Arthur Edward Henry Coltman 
     flag england  b. 25 May 1906, Leicester  1 Jan 1941 to Nov-45

     ata arthur coltman 1929 1929

     ata arthur coltman 1939 1939    


    Address in 1941: 'Avion', 60 Edward Ave, Braunstone, Leicester

    m. Hilda Hayward 1932 (2 children before 1941)

    prev. Motor salesman, and then pilot for Taylorcraft Aeroplanes, Syston, Leics

    RAF Sergeant - Link trainer instructor, Jun-Dec 1940

    prev. exp. 153 hrs

    Postings: 6FPP

    Instructor from Jan-43: "A willing and hard working instructor who fits his present job better than he would a ferry pilot... his patience and placid temperament has undoubtedly been of great value in assisting backward pupils through the elementary stages of their training."

    d. Sep 1997 - Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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  • Combi, Umberto Anthony

     M.588  First Officer Umberto 'Anthony' Combi 
     flag italy 1861 1946 -  flag UK   b. 22 Jun 1902, Poona, India 1 Jul 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata anthony combi 1932 1932

     ata anthony combi ATA  ata anthony combi 1948 1948  


    Father Italian; [Anthony Combi served in the Italian Army 1890-1898], Mother British

    Ed. Cathedral High School, Bombay

    m. 1939 Catherine A [Groom]

    prev. Technical Adviser, the Combi Electric Co. Ltd, Slough, Bucks

    Address in 1941: 4 Hurstfield Drive, Taplow, Bucks

    Postings: 1FPP, A.M.F.

    "A very willing and hard working pilot. During this winter [1944-5] he has shown good ability and sound judgement. Discipline very good."

    Earlier, though, he did have a number of accidents for which he was held responsible:

    - 18 Sep 1942, he taxied a Spitfire into a starting trolley;

    - 23 Nov 1942, undershot a landing in a Blenheim;

    - 8 Jan 1943, piloting an Oxford, he accidentally knocked the main switches to 'on', and a ground crew member was injured when an engine fired when being turned over by hand, and

    - 15 Feb 1943, he failed to control the swing during takeoff in a Wellington and the aircraft skidded sideways.

    d. 1980, Harrow


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  • Conner, Clarence Bernard

     M.593  First Officer  Clarence Bernard Conner

    flag usa

    b. 21 Aug 1908, Charleston WV  2 Jun 1941 to Jun-42 



    Address in 1941: 1109½ Bigley Ave., Charleston

    Imprisoned for 10 days in 1932 for "Violation of the National Prohibition Act"

    prev. exp. 700 hrs over 11 years

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    Clarence sailed back to Montreal on the 8th June 1942, with his fellow American ATA ferry pilots James 'Whit' Ansley (M.511), Kenneth Fogelberg, Russell Gates, Russell Gibson,John Morrison, Nicholas Pickard,  William Ressegger, Clay Steffee, Stewart Updike, and Keith Williams.

    d. Dec 1974 - Columbus

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  • Cook, Arthur Harry

     M.976  2nd Officer Arthur Harry Cook 
     flag england  b. 29 May 1909 in Bletchley, Bucks  14 Jun 1943 to Jun-45 

     Arthur H Cook ATA 1932

     Arthur H Cook ATA2 ATA    


    Educated at Bletchley Grammar.

    In 1932, worked for Beacon Brushes Ltd, Bletchley; apparently, brush-making is Bletchley's oldest large-scale industry and Beacon Brushes was formed in 1926 by 'Jack Cook and his sons'. See http://www.discovermiltonkeynes.co.uk

    Arthur's father was called Arthur John Dennis Cook, but anyway by 1943 our Arthur was 'Works Manager and Joint Managing Director' of the firm, based at Church Farm, Wavendon, Bucks. Which is near Bletchley (that's enough mentions of Bletchley).

    Competed in the King's Cup in 1934 and 1935

    Although he had over 400 hrs flying experience before WWII, presumably due to a long lay-off from flying he joined as a Pilot Cadet. However, he progressed well ["a quiet and hard-working pilot... he has worked keenly and well and his discipline has been excellent]", and was appointed 3rd Officer in September 1943, then 2nd Officer in Jan 1944. 


    During his ATA career he flew 29 single- and twin-engine types.

    d. 1980



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  • Cook, Ernest

     M.7  Captain  Ernest 'Bertie' Cook

    flag england

     b. 12 Jan 1915, Colchester  7 Nov 1940 to Aug-45 

     ata ernest cook ATA      


    prev. RAF, Pilot Officer, Aug-1931 to Jun-40

    prev. exp. 260hrs

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP

    Deputy C.O. of 4FFP after Apr 1942

    1942 ata birdie cook plus2 bw5700 

    right, 1942 [with thanks to Nicholas Thomas]

    Off sick after a flying accident from 22 Apr to 1st Jul 1943

    "An excellent officer, who handles all duties assigned to him in an excellent manner."

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  • Cook, Gerald Victor

     M.183 Commander  Gerald Victor Cook OBE 

    flag england

     b. 14 Aug 1910, Alverstoke (Gosport) Hants  19 Aug 1940 to Jul-45 

      ata gerald cook 1935      


    "The second son of the late A. W. Cook, C.I.E., I.C.S., of Calcutta, and Mrs. Cook, Willstead Lodge, Lee-on-Solent"

    prev. exp. 325hrs

    prev. RAFVR from 1935-7 (invalided out due to ill health)

    and, a Tea Broker

    O.C. No 7 Ferry Pool, Sherburn, from 22 July 1941

    "He is exceptionally keen, hard-working and competent as a pilot, but there has been some risk that he judges others by his own standards and drives his pilots too hard."

    ... although Brief Glory puts it rather differently: "But from the Pool Commander - who in most cases spent as much time in the air as his most junior pilot - downwards, everyone was happy."

    d. Jun 1958  - Surrey 

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  • Cooke, John Caister

     M.793 First Officer  John Caister Cooke 
       b. 26 Jan 1908, Spalding 16 Sep 1942 to Nov-45 

     ata john cooke 1938

     ata john cooke 2 ATA    


    MA Oxon

    prev. a Maths Lecturer, Raffles College Singapore;

    Flt Lt. in the Malayan Volunteer Air Force, Sep-40 to Aug-42

    Postings: 3FPP, 7FPP, 16FPP

    "A sound pilot of good average ability who made rapid progress."

    later published several aeronautical engineering papers, e.g. "Supersonic laminar boundary layers on cones, (Aeronautical Research Council. Current papers, no. 1063)" (1969)

    d. Sep 1991 - Dover, Kent



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  • Coombs, Arthur Wesley

     M.47 * First Officer  Arthur Wesley Coombs 

    flag eire

     b. 21 Feb 1912, Tipperary  8 Apr 1940 to 30 Nov 1940 


    Father: Major Arthur Gundry Coombs MC [d. 1937]

    prev. Pilot Officer, RAFVR & Civil Service. DPO Ministry of Mines, Reading 1937-40

    4 May 1939, The Cornishman:


    Licensees duped by specious story.

    How the licensees of the Coach and Horses Inn, Breage. and the Godolphin Hotel. Marazion, were duped by a specious story was revealed at Helston, on Thursday, when Arthur Wesley Coombs, a young man. of Limetree House, Castle Crescent, Reading, was charged with obtaining £5 and £6 by false pretences from Mr. Wilfred Hope, licensee of the Coach and Horses Inn. Breage.

    There was a further charge against the accused of obtaining from Stanley Linscott Turner, of the Godolphin Hotel, Marazion, on January 27, £5 by means of a worthless cheque, with intent to defraud.

    Mr. Eric Thomas, who prosecuted, stated that on January 18 the accused called the inn and told Mr. and Mrs. Hope he was the owner of an air circus of six 'planes flying between Reading and Edinburgh, and made other statements which led Mr. and Mrs. Hope to believe he was a person of a certain amount of substance. He stayed at the inn as a boarder from January 28 to February 2. January 23 he borrowed £5 from Mr. Hope, giving a cheque obtained from a customer, changing the name of the bank to that of Bank of Scotland. The following day Mr. Hope lent him £6, and the same procedure was followed. On January 31 the cheques were returned marked "No funds."

    Accused pleaded "Guilty," and said he expected to have sufficient money to meet the cheques. As soon as he realised he was unable to clear them he sent Mr. Hope a payment on account. Mr. Thomas confirmed that Mr. Hope had received £4 from the accused. Accused asked the Bench to take the second charge into consideration when passing sentence. Accused pleaded ''Not guilty" to having obtained food and lodgings to the value of 19s. from Mrs. Hilda Hope, wife of the licensee, and the Bench dismissed the case. The Bench fined the accused a total of £12 including costs. The Chairman (Mr. 0. Rows), said the Bench had been influenced in their decision by the fact that accused was on the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and that he would be reporting for duty on May 1. They had strained a point in not depriving him of his liberty."

    Address in 1940: 14, Castle Crescent, Reading (Mother, Ellie Maud [Wesley] Coombs)

    Postings: 3FPP

    Contract Terminated (Disciplinary Reasons)

    Post-ATA, Arthur said he "worked for the Ministry of Aircraft Production, as a test pilot then as Chief Technical Officer, from 1939 until 1946". He then claimed to have been "General Manager of an aircraft company", and to have operated his own aircraft company from Croydon and Eastleigh.

    From 1954 he was employed first as a wine salesman and then as a driving instructor.

    In 1954, he was convicted of stealing a typewriter.

    In 1955, he was sent to jail for 18 months for fraud and theft, again involving dishonoured cheques.

    During his trial, "Mr Guy Willett submitted that the accused was a man who, having been extremely successful, could not believe his luck had changed."

    d. 1979 - Portsmouth 


  • Cooper, Geoffrey James


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Geoffrey James Cooper
     flag england  b. 8 Dec 1917, Worcester   10 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata geoffrey cooper

     ata geoffrey cooper 2 ATA    


    prev. Advertising, and RAF for 4 years



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  • Cooper, Howard Lee

     M.512  First Officer  Howard Lee Cooper

    flag usa

     b. 12 Apr 1914, Pesotum, IL 

    [Pesotum is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, named after

    an Indian warrior in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.]

    9 May 1941 to 21 Dec 1942 




    Father Ira Monto Cooper; mother Anna [Knapp] b. 1880 d. 1984

    m. Jul 1938 Kathryn Louise [Tudor]; 3 children

    ["Mr and Mrs Cooper took a honeymoon trip by plane, piloted by the former, who owns and operates a private ship."]

    prev. an Airport Manager

    prev. exp. 1369 hrs

    Address in 1941: Tuscola, IL

    Postings: 1FPP, 12FPP, 4aFPP, 16FPP

    Suspended for 7 days with loss of pay in Sep-42 for low flying over Carlisle.

    "A most reliable and willing pilot"; "A good pilot and very keen"


    Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons

    "Mr and Mrs Cooper celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception. They both farm."

    Briefly, their farm produced oil; however in 1965 the Decatur Herald said that only 2 of the 11 wells in Macon and Christian counties were still operating, and amongst them "Howard L Cooper's Long No. 2 was no longer profitable to operate. The pool in which it was located has been discovered less than 7 years."

    d. 24 May 1989, Evansville IL

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  • Cooper, William Raymond

     M.531  First Officer William Raymond Cooper 

    flag usa

     b. 6 Jun 1914, Prescott, AR  18 May 1941 to Mar-42




    prev. New Orleans Private Police. Service as Private Patrolman;

    National Guard - Army Sergeant

    Ground Instructor Aviator

    prev. exp. 380 hrs

    Postings: 3FPP, 15FPP

    Later flew 'The Hump' for CNAC - see CNAC Captain William Cooper


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  • Coopper, David John

     M.686  First Officer David John Coopper 
        b. 20 Apr 1915, Bristol 6 Jan 1942 to Nov-45 

     ata david coopper

     ata david coopper 2 ATA    



    prev. A clerk with WD & HO Wills, Bristol; RAFVR Sgt. Pilot 1937-41

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 8FPP

    "An extremely conscientious pilot"

    d. Apr 2000, Bristol


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  • Cordner, Jay Herald

     M.114 *  Flight Captain Jay Herald Cordner 

    flag usa

     b. 24 Jan 1893, Bethany Nebraska c.8 Sep 1940 to 2 Mar 1944 

     ata jay herald cordner 1936 1936      


    Military Service in WWI from 5 Jun 1917 to 19 Feb 1919 and 1924-27

    prev. a copper miner and farmer, then pilot; "he established and then flew an air-mail route from Kansas to Denver in the early 1920s"

     m. 1914 Judith M [Anderson], 2 children

    Address in 1930: District H, Denver, Colorado

    Shelton AG 4 Crusader

    In the mid-30s he was the pilot of the splendid "sub-stratosphere" Shelton AG-4 Crusader, which was expected to "Whiz-z-z to Paris" but the company folded in 1938 under securities fraud investigations before the Crusader could go into production.

    In 1940 they were living with her mother, and his brother-in-law's family in Pasadena, CA

    Sailed back to Montreal on the SS Tilapa on 19 Aug 1941, with fellow-pilot John Marine, on a vist to Pasadena. He said "I am sure the British will win. They have so much spirit and actual courage. Even during the height of a bomb raid, they will put on the tea pot for that 4 o'clock cup of tea."

    d. 2 Mar 1944 of natural causes at Prestwick, S Ayrshire, Scotland

    ata Jay Herald Cordner grave

    Buried Cambridge American Cemetery, England

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  • Corrie, Robert Arthur

     M.232 First Officer  Robert Arthur Corrie 

    flag england

     b. 18 Sep 1905, Maidstone 25 Sep 1940 to Dec-43 

     ata robert corrie ATA  ata robert corrie BG BG    


    "One-armed pilot and film actor" (Brief Glory)

    prev. exp. 300hrs (pre-war he was restricted to single-engine types, but also flew twins in the ATA).

    Postings: 1FPP

    "An excellent ferry pilot whose disability handicaps him surprisingly little.... inclined towards conceit, but this does not detract from his usefulness."

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  • Corsellis, Timothy John Manley

     M.625  2nd Officer Timothy John Manley Corsellis 
     flag england   b. 27 Jan 1921, Eltham 19 Aug 1941 to Oct-41 


    ata timothy corsellis




    "The reason for my discharge from the RAF was my application to be drafted to a fighter squadron in order that I might avoid the possibility of being ordered to take part in indiscriminate bombing, which I would feel bound to disobey."

    janes magister

    d. 10 Oct 1941 (Killed in ATA Service) - Magister L8286 crashed at Warmanbie House, nr Annan, Dumfries.

    Oxford DNB: "As with so many servicemen poets of the period, Timothy Corsellis first had his work published by the admirable Keidrich Rhys, himself serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. It belongs to the group of air force poets who include Henry Treece, John Pudney, and Vernon Watkins, while remaining distinctive and troubling. An edition of his collected poems has never been published. Corsellis's originality lies in his ability to reveal youthful disappointment with what was offered him. Barely grown up, and lacking his friend Weir's strong sense of cause, he wrote poetry that is a severe indictment of the grim world into which the war cast him.

    Sometimes we pray to be hardened and callous,
    But God turns a deaf ear,
    And we know hate and sorrow—intimately,
    And we do not mind dying tomorrow.
    (Corsellis, ‘Dawn after the Raid’, Poems)"


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  • Cotter, David George Sinclair

     M.439  Flight Captain David George Sinclair Cotter MBE 

    flag england

     b. 18 May 1913, Leicester  16 May 1941 to Dec-45

     ata david cotter 1945


     ed. St Paul's, London

    RAF Short Service Commission, terminated 1933 due to ill health

    Company Commander in the Home Guard May-40 to Jan-41

    prev. Aircraft Inspector for Fairey Aviation, Hayes.

    "A sound and smart officer who is a great asset to the ATA"

    He was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for his part in the rescue of the crew of a returning operational Halifax III of No. 420 Squadron, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R. A. Kalle which, having been damaged during a sortie over Normandy, overshot the runway and caught fire at White Waltham on the 30th July 1944.

    The full list of those commended was:

    pilots David Cotter (M.349), Reginald Davidson (M.918), Marvin Dunlavy (M.408), Albert Gardner, John Gulson, Francis Lees, Alan Murray, Donald Soutter;

    Fire Officer D Baldwin, Senior Flight Engineer Kenneth Payne, and

    Mr J.J. Thompson.

    He was also awarded an MBE. The citation reads "An aircraft crashed on landing and burst into flames. Despite the fire and the bombs on board, which subsequently exploded, the crew, five of whom were seriously injured in the crash, were extricated... First Officer Cotter gave invaluable help in getting the Rear-Gunner out of his turret, which had become jammed. The man was unconscious, lying partly in the turret and partly in the rear of the fuselage. While others worked on the turret from the outside, Cotter, finding the turret could not be swung back, entered the fuselage, after forcing the normal entrance. The starboard wing was blazing fiercely and the heat was so intense that the starboard elevator burst into flames. It was then found necessary to remove the gunner’s flying equipment before those outside could extricate him safely... Cotter showed great courage without thought for his own safety."


    d. 2003, Surrey

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  • Cotton, Ralph Douglas

     M.9  First Officer  Ralph Douglas Cotton 
    flag england b. 15 Feb 1908, Hendon  11 Sep 1939 to Jun-41 


    A Bank Clerk in 1927; RAF Flying Officer 1928-30

    m. Emily Mary Rawstron in May 1938: "The many Bedford sportsmen who remember R. D. Cotton, the Old Modernian, will wish him well in his married life. Last week Mr. Cotton married Miss E. M. Rawstron, of St. Anne’s, Lancashire, at the Parish Church, Lytham St. Anne’s.

    Ralph Douglas Cotton, who is a flying and physical training instructor, played Rugby football and cricket for the Bedford Modern School about twelve years ago, and was also prominent as an athlete. In the Public Schools Championships in 1926 he won the pole-vault challenge cup at nine feet, and four years later he pole-vaulted for England.

    On leaving school Cotton’s prowess as a centre-threequarter was soon recognised by the Town Club. He played many fine games for the Blues and also for the East Midlands. On moving north he won a place in the Lancashire fifteen. He has also played for the Royal Air Force, and is at present a member of the Fylde R.U.F.C. He is a member of the Blackpool and Fylde Aero Club.

    Mr. Cotton is the only son of the late Mr. J. B. Cotton, and of Mrs Cotton, 16 St. Leonard’s Road, Marton. His wife comes of a well-known St. Anne’s family, being the third daughter of Mr. Arthur Rawstron. Alpha House, St. Andrew’s South. Mr. and Mrs. Cotton will live at Old Farm House, Little Poulton, Poulton-le-Fylde."

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 7 Jun 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons]

    Flying Instructor in Egypt post-WWII 

    Landlord of the Golden Cross Hotel, Marlbrook, near Bromsgrove in 1956 and of the Old Cock Hotel, Halifax, in 1961.

    d. Jan 1986, Bedford 

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  • Coutanceau, Maurice Gaston Emile

     M.---- Flt-Sgt (Seconded from RAF)   Maurice Gaston Emile Coutanceau
       b. 23 Feb 1920  20 Nov 1942 to Oct-43 




     RAF from 23 Jan 1941 to 19 Nov 1942

    Hurricane II

    d. 26 Oct 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane IIc LE262 struck hillside at Kinniside Cleator, Cumberland, 10 miles E of St Bees Head, in bad weather 

    buried St Laurence Church, Upminster, Essex


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  • Cowan, Willard Edwin

     M.660 * First Officer   Willard Edwin Cowan
    flag canada

     b. 8 Jan 1898, Wentworth, Ontario,

    but travelled to UK in Jun 1919 as a 21 yr old student, and again in 1922.

     25 Nov 1941 to 30 Nov 1945




    m. 1919 Patricia Jessie [Hamilton]; 5 children (inc. Patricia b. 1919, Mary b. 1923, Lenora b. 1924)

    RAF May 1923 - 29 Nov 1927

    Portsmouth Evening News, 6 May 1925:


    Expensive Outfit.


    How a young Canadian, and Flying Oflicer, aged 27, found himself in difficulties, and eventually had recourse to money lenders, was told to the Winchester Bankruptcy Court yesterday, when Willard Edwin Cowan appeared for his public examination in bankruptcy.

    His liabilities were stated to be £420, and his assets nil, and he alleged that his difficuties were caused by illness in his family and injuries to himself by a flying accident in Irak, having caused his expenditure to exceed his pay.

    Flying Officer Cowan stated that he was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army in December. 1910, came to England, and in June 1917 obtained a commission, and was transferred to the Royal Naval Air Force. He served in the war until December, 1919, when he received a gratuity of £150 and returned to Canada.

    For a time he was out of employment, but subsequently obtained clerical work. In September 1922 he returned to England, was for a time without employment, living on money he had saved whilst in Canada and proceeds from the sale of furniture.

    In July 1923 he joined the Royal Air Force in which he holds a commission as Flying Officer, receiving pay at the present time amounting to £450 a year. When in Irak his total pay was £55 a month, and had he continued to receive this he could have met his liabilities.

    Married in 1917, his wife had five children. He had been living beyond his means, mainly due to the illness of his wife and family, and in order to meet pressing claims has been borrowing from moneylenders and others. He had known he was insolvent since July 1924.

    Replying to the Assistant Official Receiver, debtor said that in one instance when he negotiated a loan for £30 with a moneylender he actually received £27 in cash, paying £3 commission for the introduction.

    Examining debtor on his bills, the Assistant Receiver commented the items that "four shirts. £2 12s.; hat, £3 13s. 6d.; flannel trousers, 2 guineas” seemed rather extravagant, and debtor agreed, but said that he ordered a complete outfit from the firm, who had only one price. and he was not in a position to pay cash. 'This bill was increased subsequently to £200 and he had paid £56 15s. off it. 

    Debtor intimated his willingness to set aside £5 a month from his pay, and the examination was closed, subject to the signing of the notes."

    m. 1982 Ellen E [Harris]

    d. 4 Aug 1990, Luton

  • Cowdry, Roland Harry

     M.992 2nd Officer  Roland Harry Cowdry 
     flag england b. 3 Oct 1919, London   12 Jul 1943 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata roland cowdry MAMM




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  • Cramer, Leonard Wright

     M.177 First Officer  Leonard Wright Cramer 

    flag usa

     b. 2 May 1906, Fulton NY 3 Aug 1940 to Oct-41 


    ata leonard cramer 1929 1929

    from http://jeffmichaels.org/?p=252, which has a full biography



    Father: Frank I Cramer

    Ed.: 4 yrs High School, 1 yr Cornell University

    m. 1929 Vida Pearl [Hewes, divorced, later Dolamore]

    prev. a Commercial Pilot. Manager of Oneida Airport.

    He had to swim a mile and a half after his seaplane crashed following engine failure and then an engine fire, at Onodaga Lake, Syracuse , N.Y. in Jun 1930.

    Address in 1940: Baldwinsville, NY

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP

    He was commended for his forced landing after an engine failure in a Short Scion on 8 Dec 1940, but blamed for another forced landing in a Fairey Battle when he continued a flight in failing light and bad weather on 5 Jan 1941.

    Seconded to Atfero 20 Mar 1941

    Contract Terminated 31 Oct 1941

    d. 8 Jan 1945 - Port of Spain, Trinidad, in Martin M-130 'China Clipper' of Pan American Airways.which crashed while landing in darkness. 10 of the 13 crew, and 13 of 17 passengers died in the accident.


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  • Crane, Allen Albert

     M.--- 2nd Officer  Allen Albert Crane 

    flag usa

     b. 1 Jul 1905, Redding, CA  7 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata allen crane 1940 1940      


    m. 1938 Clara [Gregory]

    prev. a Commercial Pilot; "he has been flying for the last 10 years as a hobby", then an Instructor in the civil aeronautics authority student programfor the last six months.

    Address in 1940: 869 N Idaho St, San Mateo CA

    ATA Contract Terminated 12 Sep 1940 - Inefficiency

    d. 2 May 1994 - San Diego CA


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  • Craven, George

      M.1111  3rd Officer [Seconded from RAF] George Craven 
     flag england   b. 4 Mar 1914, Keighley, Yorks 14 Jul 1944 to Apr-45 




    Lived at: 26 James Place, Edinburgh with wife Sadie

    prev. a worsted spinner

    Postings: 4FPP, 5FPP, 16FPP

    "His progress was slow... he showed a tendency to let things drift and not take action to remedy faults quickly."

    At 16 Ferry Pool, he spent 1 month ferrying and he carried out his duties "satisfactorily."

    d. Sep 1959  - Worth Valley, Yorks



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  • Cremonini, Guy Alan

     M.296  2nd Officer (Acting First Officer) Guy Alan Cremonini 
    flag england b. 6 Jul 1917, Birmingham  25 Mar 1941 to Mar-42 

     ata guy cremonini ATA



    prev. RAFVR Jan-39 to Feb-40 (Sgt Pilot, OTC)

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Temperamentally unsuited']

    'A highly nervous pilot whose sense of judgement does not seem to be very steady. He is keen, but in the four months at [Ratcliffe] Pool he has consistently taken longer to complete jobs than other pilots.'

    Changed surname to 'Jordon' (his mother's maiden name) in 1944

    d. 1977

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  • Crews, Willie Amos

     M.---  2nd Officer  Wille Amos Crews

    flag usa

    b. 11 Feb 1912, Lawrenceburg, TN  5 May 1941 to 27 Jul 1941 

     ata willie crews ATA



    Father: Walter Brown Crews, Mother: Annie Mae

    Ed. Kerser High School

    m. 1935 in Arkansas Bertha Christine [Johnson] (an 'FAA licensed Pilot')

    prev. a commercial pilot (Delta, Finkles Bros) flying instructor and crop dusting

    Address in 1941: 1201, W Ash St., Blytheville, Arkansas

    Contract Terminated - Medical Reasons. "This pilot was found to be sufferng from syphilis, which he contracted before he left the USA, and received treatment in this country. This condition was too far developed to permit flying activities."

    "He should never have been enrolled."

    later Capt in US Air Transport Command 1942-1946

    d. 20 Mar 1974 (Age 62) - Los Angeles

     ata willie crews grave

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  • Crim, Omar William

     M.212  2nd Officer  Omar William Crim

    flag usa

     b. 4 Aug 1904, Bucyrus OH 29 Nov 1940 to 24 May 1941


    ata omar crim

    via Alisa Scott



    Father John Bennett Crim [d. 1932, Charleston WV], mother Mathilda (b. 1878 in Germany, family emigrated to USA in 1881)

    Ed. Public School, Charleston

    prev. Trooper, WV State Police 1929-32; motor mechanic, pilot

    m. 1934 Hazel Gaye [Roberts] [d. 1985]

    Adress in 1940: 1407½ Jackson St, Charleston WV

    Travelled from St. Johns to Liverpool on the SS 'Nova Scotia' with fellow pilots Edmund Jarrett, Kenneth Douglas, Kenneth Seeds, Robert Vinson and Edwin Whittington.

    Postings: 6FPP

    He joined a Mr. Hubert M Covert in setting up 'Flight School Inc.' an air taxi, cargo and ambulance service, at Clark Field nr. St Albans, WV, in Nov 1954.

    Crim Omar W 1978 News pg1

    d. 31 Jul 1987, Charleston WV

    Cumberland Times News - February 9, 1989, Cumberland, Maryland:

    "Scholarship Established At University
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -The West Virginia University Foundation has received nearly $80,000 from the estate of a Charleston aviator to establish a scholarship in his name.
    Omar W. Crim, a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, died July 31, 1987, at the age of 82. He was one of the oldest active airplane pilots in West Virginia. Those eligible for assistance from the Omar W. Crim Scholarship Fund are the winners of the Spaatz Award,
    which is presented by the Civil Air Patrol of West Virginia. The highly prestigious award is named in honor of Carl Spaatz, a pioneer in aviation. Any recipient of a $3,000 per year Omar W. Crim Scholarship must attend WVU.

    Crim began flying in the late 1920s and made his first solo flight in 1933. After World War II, he returned to Charleston where he operated
    Clark Field for several years. Later, he flew charters and gave flight instruction as a pilot at Kanawha Airport (now Yeager Airport).

    Crim worked as a pilot from 1972-74 for Eagle Coal & Dock Co., Aviation Division. He then served as safety director. With his wife Hazel, now
    deceased, Crim operated a weekend sightseeing service offering flights over the Kanawha Valley.

    Under the terms of the fund, half of the yearly scholarship amount will be paid at the beginning of the academic year. The remainder will be paid at the beginning of the second semester providing the recipient maintained a 2.5 grade point average during the preceding term. The WVU Foundation is a private corporation which serves as the fund raising arm of the  University. The Foundation also is the administrative organization for those funds."

    Thanks to Alisa Scott for her research

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  • Cripps, Derek Arthur Rivers

     M.491  Flight Captain Derek Arthur Rivers Cripps 
     flag england  b. 17 Jun 1905, London   10 Jun 1941 to Nov-45

     ata derek cripps 1928 1928

     ata derek cripps ATA  ata derek cripps 1946 1946  


    ed. Malvern College - OTC Private 1919-22

    prev. with Turner, Adamant Engineering Co, Dallow Lane, Luton

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP, 6FPP, 7FPP

    In Apr-43 he was posted to AFTS as an instructor: "A hard working & keen officer who had the making of a good instructor, but unfortunately, he apparently felt the work too much of a mental strain and he made application to revert to ferrying."

    m. "Barbara Petronella Bowyer Or Reid" (also of the ATA) in Dec 1946


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  • Critchley, Charles Brian

     M.578  First Officer  Charles Brian Critchley
     flag england   b. 14 Apr 1917, St Annes on Sea, Lancs  19 Jun 1941 to Nov-42

     ata charles critchley ATA



    prev. Fleet Air Arm Feb-39 to Sep-40;

    A Cotton salesman for C Tattersall & Co, Manchester

    d. Mar 1943, Hatfield?


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  • Crossley, Fidelia Josephine (W.27)

     W.27  2nd Officer

    Fidelia Josephine 'Delia' Crossley

    Mrs Schubert

    flag england

    b. 1 Jun 1905, Altringcham Cheshire  16 Dec-40 to Jan-42 

      RAeC 1930      



    0370-0014a - Delia Crossley

    0312-0097a - Fidelia in KC

    The daughter of Sir Kenneth Irwin, 2nd Baronet Crossley, Chairman of the Crossley Car and Engineering companies in Manchester.

    In 1919, the Crossley family moved to Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire and her father held the offices of High Sheriff and Justice of the Peace for Cheshire. These days, although it continues in private ownership, Combermere Abbey ‘welcomes visitors in groups or on specific days by appointment’. It has been described as ‘one of the most romantic places in Europe’ .

    Gained her pilot’s licence in 1930. She only competed in the King’s Cup once - in 1931, when she was the only woman competitor to finish, a gallant 20th out of the 21 finishers (another 20 dropped out on the way, don't forget).

    August 1931 found her in Dublin; "Among the visitors was one who deserved especial mention, and that was the intrepid Miss Crossley, who put up such a fine show in the recent King's Cup race. She flew the long way round, and is now continuing to tour the country."

    In 1932, she visited India, where "we hear she has been doing a considerable amount of flying." In fact, she competed in the Viceroy Cup (India's version of the King's Cup) with 5 other English pilots and 6 from India.

    She also competed in several other races and gatherings, e.g.

    • Ladies event at Reading (May, 1931) - the other competitors were Amy Johnson, Pauline Gower, Dorothy Spicer, Gabrielle Burr (Patterson), Susan Slade, and Winifred Spooner - a historic gathering indeed.

    • London-Newcastle, August 1932, in Comper Swift G-ABUA; finished 11th of 18
    • Yorkshire Tophy Race, September 1932 (not placed);
    • Heston-Cardiff, October 1932, also in Comper Swift G-ABUA; finished 3rd of 9
    • the second 'Bienvenue Aerienne' in France (July 1934)

    0370-0005a - C Grey Delia Connie  0370-0029a - Delia and friend

    Delia with C C Grey (editor of 'The Aeroplane'), Mrs Grey, Connie Leathart and others.

    She also entered her Comper Swift in the 1932 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start, and seems to have retired from air racing in 1935.

    On the outbreak of WWII, Delia became an ambulance driver for the London County Council, but then applied for a job as a ferry pilot for the ATA. She started as a Second Officer on the 16th December 1940, but suffered a bout of 'corozyia' (presumably coryza, i.e. catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose) which kept her out for 6 weeks in October/November 1941, so that she didn't complete her training and start at a Ferry Pool until December 1941.

    A few weeks later, on the 11th Januuary 1942, she had an accident in a Hurricane; when landing in bad weather, she overshot and went through a hedge. She was considered to be at fault, having 'persisted too far in bad weather and had to land in conditions which were too difficult for her', and her contract was terminated a couple of weeks later.

    She married Geza O Schubert in September 1949.

    0022-0001a - G-AAKC

    Fidelia’s de Havilland D.H. 60G Gipsy Moth G-AAKC (seen here behind G-AACY) was first registered in July 1929, and she bought it from Malcolm Campbell Ltd, the Moth distributors for the UK. She eventually passed it to her father, and it was then sold in South Africa in 1937.

    Her Comper Swift was first registered in February 1932 to  J D M Gray, and she sold it to Arthur H Cook (q.v.). It ended up in Indonesia.

    d. c.1980

    ... and there's a splendid page about 'Combermere's Pioneering Aviatrix Delia Crossley' here, written by the archivist at Combermere Abbey.

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  • Crossley, Winifred Mary (W.4)



    Flight Captain


    Mrs Winifred Mary 'Winnie' Crossley 

     née Harrisson; Mrs Fair

     flag england

     9 Jan 1906, St Neots.  1 Jan 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

    RAeC 1934



    4-engine (Class 5) pilot

    Her father was a G.P. Dr. Ernest  Henry Harrisson and they lived at 'The Priory' and/or 'The Shrubbery', St Neots. He was famous for bringing the St Neots [Miles] quadruplets into the world in 1935.

    She had an older brother [John Ernest McRae], a  twin sister [Daphne Louisa], a younger brother George Granville, and a younger sister Muriel (b. 1912).

    Educated at Burchett House, Dorking

    m. Sep 1926 James Francis 'Frank' Crossley. In 1930 they lived in Mallowry, Riseley, N. Beds.

    They had 1 child, John James, b. 1929 (he apparently "often flew with her.") **

    ata winifred and daphne harrisson

    The Tatler, 1935

    prev. exp 1866 hrs on 'most single engine types; slight knowledge of twins'.

    Owned a DH Gyspy Moth I in 1935. Learnt to fly at the Norfolk and Norwich Aero Club.

    prev. performed aerobatics with CWA Scott's 'Flying for All' Aerial Circus:

    winifred crossley 1936

    Mrs. Crossley, the Display's lady aerobatic pilot, with Master Rice (whose father deals with the publicity) and the Hillson-Praga Baby monoplane.  [Flight, Apr 1936)

    3 Sep 1936: (Flying for All) "Mrs. Winifred Crossley provides one of the most amazing features of the display. She is the first woman acrobatic pilot, and although she has only been flying for two years she has reached a surprisingly high standard."

    ... then the only woman pilot for Air Publicity Ltd, Heston from 1936, towing advertising banners; for example, in July 1937 she flew over Whitehall towing a banner reading "Give All Civil Servants Pensions".

    Lived in Gamlingay, Beds from 1932-39. Represented Bedfordshire at lawn tennis.

    Address in 1940: Newhaven Court Hotel, Cromer, Norfolk

     ata winifred and joan 1940

    with Joan Hughes in 1940

    Postings: Hatfield, 5FPP, 9FPP, 6FPP, 4FPP

    "General Conduct: Average. Qualities of Leadership: Not markedly good. A pleasant and amiable person who is friendly and helpful to her less experienced colleagues."

    "Has now cultivated a sense of responsibility. Very reliable pilot."

    In 1944 Norman Whitehurst wrote: "A smooth and polished pilot. She is apprehensive of poor weather to an extraordinary degree for such an experienced and good pilot. Discipline is fair and her influence, which is considerable, is not perhaps always in the best interests of the unit. She has lately shown improvement in this respect. She is at all times an amiable person of great charm and is extremely kind-hearted."

    ata winnie and peter fair ELC

    Separated from her first husband Frank; in 1943 she married Canadian airline captain Peter Cleugh Fair, later General Manager of BOAC-owned Bahamas Airways in Nassau.

    Daily Record - Thursday 09 September 1943: "FLYING ROMANCE. Mrs. WINIFRED CROSSLEY, one of Britain’s finest women fliers, is spending a golfing holiday in Ayrshire with her fiance, Captain P. C. Fair, of British Airways. Slim, dark-haired, she is the daughter of the late Dr. E H Harrison, who brought the St. Neots quads into the world. She flew milk for the quads from London daily during the first weeks of their life. Captain Fair, who has been flying for 18 years, says that his bride-to-be is a better pilot than himself. She has done 4,000 flying hours, probably far more than any other woman in the world."

    Peter Cleugh Fair (b. 18 May 1906 in Ontario) had travelled to England in 1927 and joined the RAF. He was promoted to Flying Officer in Dec 1928, was stationed at Uxbridge in 1934, and eventually was placed on the retired list at his own request in April 1937.

    Andy Pickering tells me that "Peter Fair was an Imperial Airways pilot who lost a Lockheed model 14 Super Electra in the Mediterranean on Dec 21st 1939, G-AFYU. It seems it was the first ever BOAC loss, the company having only being formed a few weeks before. There were 6 survivors from a complement of 11, Fair being injured and rescued by a French ship off Sicily after a RN search."

    In  January 1955, when 'fun-loving royal' Princess Margaret flew from London to Trinidad for an official visit, she was piloted by "Captain Peter Cleugh Fair, 48-year old Canadian who has flown the Atlantic nearly 400 times.

    peter cleugh fair 1955

    Captain Fair is one of BOAC's senior commanders and has logged more than 13,000 flying hours."

    ** Sadly, her son died in 1950: "On November 18, 1950, at Bovey Tracey. John James Crossley, only son of Mr. Frank Crossley and Mrs. Winifred Fair" Western Morning News

    Western Times - Friday 24 November 1950: "LOSS TO PARISH.—The death of Mr. John Crossley has cast a gloom over local cricketing circles. Deceased was only about 22, and had been a playing member of the Bovey Tracey Cricket Club for some years. He lived at Harbertonford. His death came with tragic suddenness. He was at Bovey Tracey on Thursday night last, and, not feeling very well, went to bed. Returning to his home, he became worse, and on Saturday was removed to Bovey hospital, where he died soon after admission. Only a fortnight ago he received the president's bat for being the best all-rounder for last season. Mr. Crossley was a nephew of Dr. John Harrison, the president of Bovey Tracey Cricket Club. There was a large attendance at the funeral service held in Bovey Tracey parish church. The Rev. G. O. C. Duxbury, M.A.. vicar, officiated. Members of the club acted as bearers."

    ATA women in Nassau 1957

    l to r Ann Wood-Kelly, Lettice Curtis, Ruth Ballard and Winnie, Nassau 1957 (ELC)

    They came back to the UK to visit Alan and Lois Butler in Studham in 1960.

    Peter died in 1961, and was buried with his mother [Sophia Meiklejohn Cleugh Fair] and brother [Howard Cleugh Fair] in Pennsylvania. 

    Winnie moved back to the UK and d. 1984 in Aylesbury, Bucks.

    [Ultimate trivia fact: Winifred's younger sister Muriel married Peter Fair's brother Alfred!] 

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  • Crowder, Eric Noel

     M.709 2nd Officer  Eric Noel Crowder 
       b. 4 Dec 1903, Chester 20 Jan 1942 to Oct-44 

     ata eric crowder 1931 1931

    ata eric crowder   ata eric crowder 2 ATA  


     prev. Managing Director, RC & EN Crowder [Hardware Merchant], Seller St, Chester

    'Perfectly happy when flying up to Class 3, and in these classes he is a most useful ferry pilot."

    "I consider he has reached the limit of his ability."

    d. 1979


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  • Cruttenden, Percy James Wulliens

     M.565 First Officer  Percy James Wulliens Cruttenden 
     flag england b. 16 Aug 1905, Bexhill on Sea   1 Jul 1941 to Aug-45

     ata percy cruttenden 1931 1931

     ata percy cruttenden  

    ata percy cruttenden 2




    prev. a Prison Officer in Cardiff

    m. Tetdora Anna Oltmans in 1933

    When Douglas Bader crashed his Bulldog at Woodley Aerodrome, Reading, in 1931, "a man called Cruttenden got to the Bulldog first, undid the straps, somehow dragged Douglas out of the cockpit, and transferred him to an ambulance... Cruttenden stuck a large hand tightly over his leg... Douglas was convinced that Cruttenden saved his life by that action alone." The Bader Wing

    Postings: 2FPP, 6FPP

    'A competent and careful all round pilot, who has completed 4 years excellent work with No 2 Ferry Pool. As an officer, he has been deservedly popular with all ranks.'

    Prison Commission, 1961

    d. 1978, Brighton


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  • Cummergen, Victor

     M.1112 Third Officer (Seconded from RAF)  Victor Cummergen 
     flag england b. 27 Mar 1916, North Shields   4 Jul 1944 to Apr-45

     ata victor cummergen ATA

     ata victor cummergen 1946 1946    


    prev. 3yrs 9months in RAF

    A Dispenser

    The RAF Selection Board in Harrogate reported that he "has good all round ability but is liable to lapses in concentration and is thus inclined to make mistakes."

    d. 23 August 2012. The Pharmaceutical Journal reported his death: "Victor Cummergen, MRPharmS, aged 96, of 1 Widecombe Close, Bedford MK40 3DR. Mr Cummergen registered in 1948 and was formerly manager of various Boots stores in the North East, London Earl’s Court and Bedford."


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  • Cummings, Sydney Edward

    M.43* First Officer  Sydney Edward Cummings 

    flag england

      b. 14 Dec 1903, London 26 Sep 1939 to Aug-40 


    ata sydney cummings




    Owned 1936 Foster Wikner Wicko GM1 G-AENU

    prev exp. 161 hr solo

    prev. a construction engineer

     curtiss hawk

    d. 29 Aug 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - died from injuries received on 26th Aug; stalled when piloting Curtis Hawk AR666 which caught fire in the air. 

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  • Cummings, William Franklin

     M.309 First Officer  William Franklin Cummings 

    flag usa

     b. 22 Oct 1904, Lela, GA 19 Sep 1940 to Jun-41 



    Address in 1940: Donalsonville, Georgia

    Arrived in the UK on the 'Duchess of Atholl' 5 Oct 1940, with fellow pilots Roger Inman, Howard Mussey, Edward Vencill, Martin Wetzel and Constant Wilson.

    Contract Terminated by ATA 27 Jun 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons

    He  took over the guardianship of his neice, Sidney Ethel Cummings, after the death of his brother Peter Sidney Cummings and his wife, and gave her away at her wedding in 1955.

    d. 3 Sep 1991 - Brinson, Decatur GA

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  • Cunnington, Joan (W.121)

     W.121 3rd Officer  Joan Cunnington 
     flag england b. 22 Jan 1922, London   1 Jun-43 to Sep-44




    Father: John Leslie Cunnington, mother Florence Chosa [Downes]

    Ed. Loretta Convent, Colmel, Eire and Pitmans College, London

    prev: Secretary, ATA from Nov-41

    [Ab Initio trainee]

    Contract Terminated 13 Sep 1944



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  • Cunnison, Margaret MacDonald (W.6)



     W.6 Flight Captain 

    Margaret MacDonald Cunnison 

    Mrs Ebbage

     flag england 

     b. 29 May 1914 in Bourneville, Birmingham  1 Jan-40 to Mar-43 


    RAeC 1933


     Ed. Laurel Bank School, Glasgow.

    Father: James Cunnison, of 19 Montrose Gardens, Milngavie, Dumbartonshire.

    5 foot 2, eyes of, er, hazel.

    From May 1937, Chief Flying Instructor with the Strathtay Aero Club, Perth (the one in Scotland). She was only the second woman in Scotland to gain a commercial pilot’s licence, and the first to become a flying instructor. She then became one of the 'First 8' women ATA pilots, joining on the 1st January 1940 as a Second Officer.

    She married Major Geoffrey B Ebbage, an ophthalmic surgeon with the RAMC, in 1941.

    After couple of years at Hatfield, she was posted to Luton as an instructor; her report at the time said she "is a steady and reliable pilot. She works extremely hard and has proved invaluable as an instructor on light types".

    She was promoted to Flight Captain in Feb 1942, but suffered a bout of appendicitis from July to October, and then went off sick again on the 19th December 1942 and never returned to the ATA; her contract was terminated in March 1943.

    She did, indeed, only work on 'light types'; her log book shows 'Moth, Magister, Courier, Master, Oxford, Hart, Proctor, Rapide, Anson and Piper Cub'.

    d: 4 January, 2004, in Haddington, aged 89 

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  • Curtis, Eleanor Lettice (W.5)


    First Officer

     4-engine (Class 5) pilot

    Eleanor 'Lettice' Curtis 

    flag england

    b. 1 Feb 1915, Denbury  6 Jul-40 to Nov-45 


    Lettice Curtis 1937

    RAeC 1937




    Lettice's start with the ATA was delayed because she had to give notice to her job with C. L. Surveys Ltd.

    In 1948 she set a new womens' speed record of 313 mph (flying a Spitfire XI), beating Jacqueline Cochran's 1940 record.

    Lettice Curtis in Spit 0456 0003


    'The Forgotten Pilots' (1985); "Lettice Curtis - her autobiography" (2004)

     d. 2014 

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  • Curtis, George Henry Lawrence

     M.8  Captain  George Henry Lawrence Curtis 
    flag england b. 13 Apr 1903, London  11 Sep 1939 to Jan-42 

      ata george curtis 19321932      



    A 'Wiper Merchant' in 1932

    prev exp 440 hrs

    Ferry Records Officer from Feb-41

    Resigned 7 Jan 1942

    d. Sep 1982, Southend

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  • Cuthbert, William

     M.366  Flight Captain William Cuthbert MBE 

    flag england

     b. 17 Jul 1912, Belsay, Newcastle on Tyne 22 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata william cuthbert

    ata william cuthbert 2


    prev exp 90hrs

    a Ground Engineer for Rotol Airscrews in Gloucester

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 9FPP

    "A pilot of outstanding ability on all types, with the added advantage of having an excellent technical background."

    O.C. No 2 FPP wrote in 1945: "I cannot speak too highly of this officer's ability as a Flight Captain and a pilot. He has been one of the mainstays of this pool since the beginning of 1942."

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  • Cutts, Cyril Ernest

     M.269  Air Gunner, then First Officer  Cyril Ernest Cutts

    flag england

     b. 19 Apr 1910, London  23 Sep 1940 to Jun-45 

     ata cyril cutts 1936      


    prev. in Advertising

    prev exp. 170 hrs

    "A capable and intelligent pilot of above average ability."

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  • Cyphus, Sylvia (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Sylvia Cyphus 
     flag england  b. 27 Oct 1920, Gt Rissington Glos 29 Jan-44 to 22 Mar-44 




    prev: Telephonist, GPO

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]


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  • Czyzewski, Stefan

     M.62  First Officer Stefan Czyzewski 

    flag poland

      b. 11 Jun 1899, Szarpance, Poland 11 Nov 1940 to 21 Jul 1942 


    ata stefan czyzewski




    "Before 1918 I was forced to be Austrian Citizen, but my nationality was every time Polish."

    Ed. University of Vienna, Technical School

    Sergeant Pilot in the Polish Air Force Sep-1918 to Jul-1921

    A Mechanical Engineer; Chief Engineer for Avia in Warsaw from 1927.

    prev. exp 1,500 hrs on "about 70 different Polish, German, French, English and Italian types".

    Address in 1940: 19 Racecourse Rd, Ayr, Scotland

    He applied to the ATA having been rejected by the RAF, and was assessed initially as a 'capable pilot, but inclined to be heavy-handed."

    There is a handwritten note on his file: "My wife Janina Czyzewska is living in Warsaw Pulawska Street, 152 m 11. Because you could not reach her until the War is over the only one thing to do in case of my death is to put the insurance money in my Barklay [sic] bank account in Maidenhead. This is maybe not conforming to your regulations, but I can't help.

    To spare you troubles, I can only try very hardly to avoid any deadly accident what I am promising."

    He had an unfortunate experience when he unknowingly hit and killed a labourer while taking off in a Wellington at Prestwick in December 1941; he subsequently took time off suffering from a 'lack of confidence'.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 21 Jul 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Beaufighter X7764 flew into Glengavel Hill, 7 miles south of Strathaven, Lanarkshire, in bad visibility. He was deemed to be to blame for the accident, having persisted too far in bad weather.

    "A good and careful pilot. The fine example he set to others made him very popular."

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  • d'Anacker, Mercedes (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Mercedes d'Anacker 
     flag england  b. 7 Oct 1916, Aldershot 31 Mar-42 to 8 Apr-42 

     Mercedes dAnacker 1936 RAeC 1936


    Mercedes dAnacker ATA 




    prev exp: 50hrs on Gypsy/Tiger Moth

    Mrs Baker from 1943

  • d'Erlanger, Gerard John Regis Leo

    M.10  Commodore  Sir Gerard John Regis Leo d'Erlanger CBE 
    flag england b. 1 Jun 1906, Bexley, Kent  11 Sep 1939 to 31 Dec 1945 

      ata gerard derlanger 1931 1931  ata gerard dErlanger BG Brief Glory    


    Father: Emile Beaumont d'Erlanger (French, naturalised British in 1890)

    Ed. Eton

    m. 1928 American pianist Edythe A [Baker],

    edythe baker dErlanger 1927

    [divorced] ;

    m. 1937 Gladys F [Sammut], 3 children

    prev. a Banker, Director of British Overseas Airways

    prev. exp. 670 hrs

    Address in 1939: Lane Farm, Cherry Garden Lane, Nr Maidenhead.

    6ft 2in tall, 'scar on left side of neck'

    Postings: White Waltham

    Although he was the Creator and Commanding Officer of the ATA, d'Erlanger insisted that he (and all his station commanders) flew as often as possible. In fact, he was deemed responsible for one accident:

    - 31 Oct 1942: Typhoon Ib R7880 hit a ridge during take-off, he failed to control the resulting bounce and the propeller touched the ground.

    He flew 54 different types of aircraft during his time with the ATA; everything from a Horsa glider up to Sunderlands and a Catalina. His instructors reported him a "safe good average pilot", but said his "aerobatics were poor". However, he showed a "real appreciation of the difficulties that can be encountered on flying boats."

     CBE in 1943

    Chairman of BEA from 1947; Chairman of BOAC from 1956 - he said his aim was to make it the "most formidable and outstanding airline in the world."

    d. 15 Dec 1962 - London

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  • Dackers, Ernest Fraser

     M.612  First Officer Ernest Fraser Dackers 
     flag england  b. 10 Dec 1900, Wallasey 22 Jul 1941 to 29 May 1945 

     ata ernest dackers 1931 1931

     ata ernest dackers ATA    


    Ed. Wallasey School

    m. 1930 Alnesa M [Brookes], 2 children

    prev. a Master Tailor (Own Account) - 42 Argyll St, Birkenhead

    prev. exp. 73hrs on Avians, Gypsy and Puss Moth

    Address in 1941: "Mamore", Thornton Rd, Birkenhead, Cheshire

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP

    Off sick from 20 Mar to 6 May 1943 (urethritis); 3 Jul to 28 Jul and 9 Oct to 29 Oct 1943 (abdominal trouble);

    Reprimanded in Oct-42; "Absented himself from Fire Guard Duty. Also Night Duty Pilot."

    Suspended with loss of pay for 2 days in Feb-43 for "habitual lateness for duty."

    "An officer of just average ability. Has had a spell of sickness during his course which delayed his progress. His flying although safe is rough and not accurate."

    d Mar 1971 - Birkenhead


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  • Damsz, Jerzy

     M.13   Jerzy Damsz 

    flag poland

     b. 6 Sep 1911, Lodz, Poland  5 Dec 1940 to 10 Jun 1941


    ata jerzy damsz

    from http://www.polishairforce.pl, which has a full biography



    Ed, Warsaw Polytechnic

    Polish Air Force (Pilot Officer) from 21 Sep 1936

    m. Zofia

    prev. Aircraft Engineer

    Address in 1940: 8 Horncliffe Rd, Blackpool, Lancs

    Postings: 1FPP, 4FPP

    A "reliable and keen pilot", but he had 3 accidents in 4 months;

    4 Feb 1941 - Harvard (Partly Blamed);

    6 Mar - Hurricane (Exonerated), and

    14 May - Hector K8137 (Completely Blamed:  "He should have known that brakes on this type are not very positive in action and have exercised increased caution in consequence.")

    Transferred to 307 Sqn, RAF in July 1941.

    d. 22 June 1987 - Sopot

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  • Daniel, Al Fred

     M.564 Acting First Officer  Al Fred Daniel 

    flag usa

     b. 7 Sep 1920, Jackson, Mississippi 12 May 1941 to 11 May 1942 


    ata al fred daniel



    ata al fred daniel 1964

    1964 (both Jackson Clarion-Ledger)


    Father: Albert Frederick Daniel, mother Lizzie Mary [Bonner]

    daniel studio

    [His father was the owner of the Daniel Photographic Studio from 1907 until his death in 1935, when Lizzie took over.]

    Ed. High School, Jackson, then University of Mississippi

    prev. Mississippi National Guard until Jun-40

    A Commercial Pilot

    Address in 1941: 224 E. Amite St, Jackson, MS

    ata al fred daniel c1944

    After the ATA, Al joined the US Navy as a trainee Naval Officer, taking part in bombing raids against Japanese islands in 1944, and eventually becoming a Colonel.

    m. Feb 1943 Dinah [Brown] of Lauderdale; 2 daughters [Sandra Lynn and Dianne Brown Daniel].

    He returned to Jackson and took over his father's photographic studio; he was elected 2nd Vice President of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi in 1947.

    In 1964, Col. Daniel was described as "a manufacturer's agent", and lived at 4236 Oakridge, Jackson. 

    dianne brown daniel 1973

    His daughter Dianne Brown Daniel married in 1973. 

    He donated his collection of photographs of Jackson to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History: "After taking a break from photography to be film manager for Jackson television station WLBT (1953-1959), Secretary-Treasurer for Wilson-Geyer Co., Inc. (1960-1963), and a manufacturer's agent (1964-1966), Al Fred Daniel acquired Standard Photo ("the photographic store of Jackson since 1926," according to the Jackson city directory) and served as its president from 1967 to 1987. His wife, Madge Rosalyn "Dinah" Brown Daniel, also worked at Standard Photo from 1970 to 1987. Al Fred Daniel died December 13, 1996, and was survived by Dinah until November 14, 2004."

    You can see his photos at http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/series/daniel

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  • Davies, Joy Dorothy Lilian (W.102)

     W.102  3rd Officer Mrs Joy Dorothy Lilian 'Jane' Davies 
     flag england  b. 12 Feb 1916, Cambridge  16 Sep-42 to Mar-43


    joy pond 1938 

    RAeC 1938


    joy davey ATA 




    Not in 'Forgotten Pilots'

    née Pond

    prev: Secretarial/Clerical, Marshalls of Cambridge

    prev exp: 11hrs 10min solo

    Mrs Davey from 1940 [widowed - RAF F/O (pilot instructor) Renford Davey d. 9 May 1941]

    Mrs Davies from 1942

    exp in ATA:

    Magister: 100hrs 40min;

    Hart: 11hrs 50min;

    Fairchild: 14hrs 05min;

    Tutor: 1 hr.

    [Resigned 11 Mar-43]

    d. Dec 2008



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  • Davis, John Cleveland

     M.416 First Officer  John Cleveland Davis 
    flag usa   b. 9 Jan 1920, E. Setauket, Long Island, NY  18 Mar 1941 to 6 Mar 1942




    prev. a flight instructor for the 'Spartan School of Aeronautics', which still exists:

    blackcat13The Spartan College Black Cat with the 13 signifies that “Knowledge and Skill Overcome Superstition and Luck”.


    d. 11 Mar 1993, Topanga, Los Angeles, California

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  • Davis, Mavis Agnes Kennard (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet   Mavis Agnes Kennard Davis
     flag england  b. 13 Feb 1917, Tenterden Kent 24 Jan-44 to 24 Mar 1944




    prev: secretary, Foreign Office

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]



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  • Davison, Elsie Joy (W.---)

     W.--- 2nd Officer 

    Elsie Joy Davison 

    née Muntz, 

    flag canada

    b. 14 Mar 1910, Toronto, Canada  1 Jul-40 to 8 Jul 1940 

      elsie muntz 1930 RAeC 1930   joy davidson 1933    


    Prev. Exp: 1,265 hrs solo

     Elsie Joy Muntz, who was always known as Joy, and signed herself as ‘E. Joy Davison’, originally wrote to Pauline Gower in early December 1939:

    My Dear Pauline,
    I have just this minute got wind of the W.S.A.T.A [Women’s Section Air Transport Auxiliary], and would very much like some further details about it.
    At present I am flying for the N.A.C. with Portsmouth, Southsea and I.O.W. Aviation, based at Cardiff, but I am not particularly impressed, though the pay is reasonably good. Could you let me know how much the ATA are offering as a salary, and whether (if you know yet) there will be any chances of promotion later, or will one stay for ever as a Second Officer?
    My experience at the moment is nearly 1,300 hours, of which about 600 is on twins and about 100 night. Normal peace-time occupation is Commercial Pilot; age is 29; not married any more (since 20/11/39!) ‘B’ Licence No 2567. Types flown: Moth, Avian, Puss Moth, Fox Moth, Cadet, Swift, Desoutter, Drone, Proga, Monospar, Tiger Moth, Klemm, Airspeed Courier, Airspeed Ferry, Miles Falcon; Privately owned: Cadet; experience: British Isles only.
    My best wishes to Dorothy, if you should see her, and of course to yourself.

    By the 9th of December, however, she wrote:
    My Dear Pauline,
    Many thanks for your letter and dope enclosed, also for the further circular letter from BA detailing salary etc.
    Sorry old thing, but I fear the dough isn’t good enough, particularly considering one would be flying open cockpit stuff for a large majority of the time! Afraid I’m getting soft or old or something, but when I’ve got a job which pays about twice as well and where one earns one’s money in more or less comfort, the change offers no worthwhile attractions! Nevertheless I wish you all very well, and if any of you should happen to come to Cardiff for any reason do look me up. Of course I may be away I can give no promises!
    Let me know when you have time and things have progressed a bit further, which of our flying females you have roped in!
    Best of wishes to you, my dear, and the very best of luck to you. Awfully glad they picked you to be at the head of this thing. May it and you go far together!”

    Six months later, and things had moved on somewhat:
    “Dear Pauline,
    Herewith the dope about me. Since chatting on the phone, I’ve managed to get some extra petrol to cover the trip to Hatfield by car, so think maybe it would save time if I were to come through while the contracts going through official channels – what do you think? If you agree send me a wire, and I’ll pack up and come pronto. Point is, the posts here are awful and I didn’t get your letter till this morning so a whole day was wasted which in these times is the devil!!
    What sort of digs accommodation is there around Hatfield? Pretty crowded I reckon.
    Am looking forward to coming a lot and so glad I can be of assistance. I’ll tell you more about what’s kept me out of it since N.A.C. cracked up, when I see you!”

    joy davidson 1937

    Joy started on the 1st of July, 1940.

    Exactly one week later, unbelievably, tragically, she died in a crash.

    miles master

    The accident report said that the aircraft made a ‘spiral dive’ (not a spin) at about 600-700ft. "It continued in this spiral until it hit the ground and eye-witnesses, who are experienced pilots, state that they had no reason to consider that it was out of control but, for some unknown reason, it remained in the spiral until it hit the ground."

    The pilot/instructor, Sgt l’Estrange was an exceptionally experienced instructor and was well acquainted with Master aircraft; Joy, as we have seen, was an exceptionally experienced pilot on many different types of aircraft.
    No cause was ever found for the crash. One theory was that carbon monoxide leaked into the cockpit (despite Joy’s prediction, and unlike many pre-war Miles designs, the Master had an enclosed cockpit) and rendered the two of them unconscious.

    Her many friends were aghast; Jennie Broad, who had also just joined the ATA, wrote to Pauline the very next day (9th July):
    “Dear Miss Gower,
    I would appreciate any information you are able to give me of Mrs Davison’s accident. We were old friends and if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to let me know at once.
    I have written to Mrs Davison’s mother, but as she will probably be in Hatfield before she receives my letter, will you be so kind as to give her, or anyone else representing her, my address and ask them to get in touch with me?”

    Pauline wrote straight away to Joy’s mother:
    I should like you to know how we shall miss your daughter. She was a most kind and cheerful member of this Section, and a first class pilot. May I offer you our most sincere sympathy in your bereavement."

    Nearly a year later, on the 4th July 1941, Joy’s sister, Hope Muntz, wrote to Pauline Gower, asking her if possible to ‘write a few lines to my mother on the 8th…. If you could give any news of the ATA and of Jenny Broad & Mrs Patterson I know she would be so pleased.”

    Pauline, of course, did write, to say; “we shall be thinking of Joy and wishing she could still be with us.” 

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  • Davy, Frederick Robert

     M.450  Flight Captain Frederick Robert Davy 

    flag england

     b. 30 May 1900, Great Yarmouth 13 May 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 

     ata frederick davy 1936 1936



    Royal Flying Corps/RAF from Nov-17 to Jun-19; 'Boy and Aircraft Mechanic'

    m. 1925 Adelaide [Holmes], 2 children [Robert, b. 1929, d.2002, Pamela b. 1931, d. 1936]

    A jeweller and watchmaker (his own business: apparently, "The sign on Frederick Davy's shop in Great Yarmouth said "Watchmakers since 1700."), also an instrument maker for the Air Ministry.

    He was a witness in a rather sad case in May 1937, as reported by the Thetford & Watton Times:

    "FOUND HANGING. Yarmouth Man’s Suicide In His Home.

    A verdict of "Suicide while temporarily of unsound mind” was recorded by the Borough Coroner, at the Town Hall on Tuesday, at the inquest on Edward Gilbert Edwards (53), of 8 Caister Road, who was found hanging from a bannister in his home on Saturday.

    Frederick Robert Davy, watchmaker, of 37, Calster Road, said that at 1.40 a.m., in consequence of information he received, he went across to 8, Caister Road. 'When I got into the house', 'said witness, 'I saw the man hanging by the neck from a bannister rail; his feet were about ten or twelve feet from the ground floor. I could see that the man was dead and had been hanging for some time, and owing to this fact I telephoned the police.'"

    Address in 1941: 8, Caspard Pl, Barry, Glamorgan

    Postings: 16FPP, 15FPP, 14FPP, 4FPP, 1FPP

    "A careful pilot of average ability, has sound judgement but was inclined to be underconfident at first"... "Since promotion to Flight Captain [in September 1944] has assumed the position of Accidents Investigation Officer." 

    Off sick from 17 Dec 1942 to 1 Jan 1943 with a 'touch of pleusiry [sic]'

    d. Mar 1979  - Norwich

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  • Dawson, Lawrence Saville

     M.436 First Officer   Lawrence Saville Dawson

    flag england

      b. 13 Jan 1908, Bradford 20 May 1941 to 8 Dec 1944 

     ata lawrence dawson 1927 1927

     ata lawrence dawson ATA    


    Father: Sir Benjamin Dawson, 1st Baronet (d. 1966)

    Educated at Harrow

    alice hudson dawson 1931

    m. 1932 to Alice [Hudson], 1 child before 1941

    A Wool Merchant, (Joseph Dawson Cashmere Works, Bradford)

    Address in 1941: Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorks

    Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP, 782 Sqn RAF

    "a safe and reliable pilot who carries out his work in a conscientious manner and has proved a useful Class 5 (4-engine) pilot to this Unit." C.O. 7FPP, Oct-44

    He wrote to the ATA on 10 Jan 1945: "I am very sorry I had to resign from ATA at my firm's request, and would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and all your officers for the help and consideration I received all over the country during the course of my duties as a ferry pilot.

    If a further emergency arises, and you require my services again, I shall be very pleased if you will let me know, in which case I would do everything possible to come back."

    The Yorkshire Post reported on him thus, in November 1955:

    "Flew too low over sports field, fined

    Prosecution witnesses at Bradford City Court yesterday claimed that a twin-engined aircraft flew over a Dudley Hill sports ground at 100 feet, frightening young children.

    To this, Lawrence Saville Dawson (47), company director, Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, the pilot of the plane, said: “I should have hit mill chimneys and all sorts of things at 150 feet.”

    Dawson, a war-time ferry pilot with 30 years flying experience, and director of Yeadon Aviation Ltd., was accused of flying over an “assembly of persons” at less than 1,000 feet. He was fined £5O and ordered to pay £5 costs.

    Dawson told the Court that he appreciated the folly of low flying. He had been asked to fly over the works field on their sports day and did so at about 1,000 feet."

    He owned Taylor Auster AOP5 G-ANID, which was written off after he crashed it at Stonor, Oxfordshire on 13 Feb 1958.

    Lawrence became 2nd Baronet on his father's death in 1966.

    d. 14 Aug 1974

    buried St John Churchyard, Acaster Selby

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  • Day, Kenneth Howard Vivian

     M.271  First Officer  Kenneth Howard Vivian Day
    flag wales   b. 27 May 1917, Newport  13 Mar 1941 to Jun-45




    Address in 1941: 71 Albany Rd, Cardiff

    Educated at Cardiff University

    RAF Flying Officer 1936-40

    m. Sheila E M Draper 1945, Betty M Davies 1957

    d. May 2001 - Chester 

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  • de Bunsen , Mary Berta (W.44)

     W.44  First Officer Mary Berta de Bunsen 
     flag UK b. 29 May 1910. Madrid, Spain  1 Aug-41 to Aug-45 


    mary de bunsen 1934



    Mary de Bunsen 1941 




    Mary was born in Madrid, the daughter of Sir Maurice, the British Ambassador there.

    She had been dragged round dances and hunt balls by her parents in the hope of finding her a suitable husband - these were, of course, in short supply after the carnage of WWI. "I was far too innocent to realise... that with a lame leg [after a childhood attack of polio] and horn-rimmed glasses I stood no chance whatever". 

    She famously served in the ATA for four years, though, despite these physical challenges.

    She never married, and died in 1982 in Dorset.


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  • de Greeuw, Berno Geoffrey

     M.----  Cadet  Berno Geoffrey de Greeuw
       b. 2 May 1912, New York NY  25 Oct 1943 to 6 Apr 1944 




    Father: William Johanns (Dutch)

    Ed. Surrey House Prep. School, Maidenhead College

    Address in 1943: Grandleigh Hotel, Inverness Terrace Bayswater London W2

    Next of kin: (Mother): Mrs Amy de Greeuw, 68 Welldon Crescent, Harrow Middx

    prev. LAC in RCAF 16 Oct 1940 - 26 Aug 1941; Canadian Firefighters Aug-42 to Sep-43

    prev. a Parachutist

    m. Helen Grace [Lackey] (divorced 1944) wife resident in Toronto

    Sailed to Liverpool from Canada on 17 Nov 1943

     m. 1949 Eileen H [Jarvis] in London (divorced 1960)

    Moved to Boca Raton FL in May 1949

    m. 1969 Joan [Kennewick] in Bay Head Ocean, NJ

    m. 1988 Joan Beverley [Hutton] in Okeecobee, FL (divorced 1997)

    d. 12 Jan 2000 - New York 


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  • de Neve, Aimee (W.168)

      W.168 3rd Officer  Mrs Aimee de Neve 
      b. 19 Aug 1919 Gampola Ceylon  8 May-44 to Sep-45 

     aimee de neve 1945 

    RAeC 1945



    nee Aime Gholdstein Jonklaas

    Ab initio pilot

    Mrs Helen from 1945

    Mrs Williams from 1966

    d. 2000

    from http://www.sundaytimes.lk/000820/plus5.html


    In July this year, Aime Jonklaas Williams, a woman of Ceylonese birth, died in Spain, just short of her 81st birthday. Her ashes were interred in an English village on July 20. Early in August, in another Sri Lankan newspaper, a close friend using the pseudonym "City Dweller" wrote a moving tribute in celebration of the life of this remarkable woman.

    Aime Gholdstein Jonklaas, born on August 19, 1919, was the youngest child of E.G. Jonklaas, a proctor of Gampola, and his wife Amelia (ne Daniel). Her siblings were Ernest, Ninette and Cecil. After early schooling at a convent in South India, Aimee completed her formal education, then went to the United Kingdom. It was here, during World War II that Aime joined the Royal Air Force (RAF), a move that would have a profound effect on her life.

    "City Dweller" enumerated the many qualities that Aimee possessed. She was a clever and "fast" cook, always leaving behind a fastidiously clean kitchen. A graceful dancer, Ms. Jonklaas's aim was to live life at the optimum. According to the anonymous writer, "Man, woman or child, Aimee made time for them, and if she met a person for the first time her enthusiasm for life left a stranger breathless. Intelligence, bounding energy, beauty and charm were Aime."

    One of Aime's great loves was the Yala wild life sanctuary. During the Fifties and Sixties, she organised jungle trips for herself and her friends, attending to all the minute details with slick efficiency. They would camp in tents, usually beside a river, for days at a time. In the true spirit of outdoor adventure, Aime and her companions washed their clothes and bathed in the river, cooked meals over firewood, and sat patiently for hours in trees and hideouts waiting to observe the abundant wildlife.

    Describing Aime's vibrant, energetic character, "City Dweller" did not disclose, but only hinted at, her claim to fame: a career as arguably Ceylon's only female military pilot during the Second World War.

    It began when, as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in Britain, Aime met and married a Belgian Squadron Leader of the Netherlands Air Force named Gilles de Neve. Sadly, only a few days after their wedding, de Neve was shot down and killed, leaving Aimee a young war-widow.

    Enlisting in the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) of the WAAF, Aime became a pilot herself. Although women were not permitted to fly combat missions, ATA pilots like Aime played a vital role ferrying warplanes from factories and maintenance units to RAF squadrons all over the British Isles.

    Remarkably, the women flew these aircraft all by themselves, and the types of aeroplanes they operated would vary from day to day.

    Aime Jonklaas de Neve learnt to fly in small planes, then graduated to the Harvard, an American trainer. She described it as "Very exciting! The Harvard felt so powerful after all the light aircraft and Marks (her instructor) liked to give me quite frightening shocks to make sure I was awake!"

    Then, echoing the sentiments of thousands before and after, she was exhilarated when her turn came to fly a Spitfire solo for the first time: "My first Spitfire flight was unbelievable! This beautiful aircraft was actually all mine for a brief time. I was rather worried when I had to do several circuits, as a RAF aircraft had done a belly landing, and I had all the red flares, etc. thrown at me".

    In 1945, Aimee de Neve left the air force and married again. Her second husband was a Norwegian naval officer, Jan Helen, a native of Bergen. Living in Norway, they had three children, Teeny, Erik and Jan Ernest, born in 1946, 1949 and 1953 respectively. Their children are now all married and domiciled in England, Norway and the United States.

    Aime kept her hand in as a flying instructor in Norway, much to the initial consternation of her students, to whom a female instructor was a rarity.

    Much later, after her second marriage ended in divorce, Aime met Mark Williams in Sri Lanka. They were married in a small ceremony at South Kensington, London.

    During her latter years, Aime Jonklaas Williams lived a life of quiet retirement in Brighton, England. Despite failing health, she maintained regular contact with her many friends and relatives scattered all over the globe.

    With her passing, the final chapter has closed on one of Sri Lanka's unsung heroines. A woman who, contrary to the norms and conventions of her gender, made a sterling contribution to the Allied cause during the dark and dangerous days of World War Two.


  • Deane-Drummond, Marigold (W.114)

     W.114  2nd Officer Marigold Deane-Drummond 
     flag england b. 13 Aug 1919, Upton-on-Severn  1 May-43 to May-45 


    marigold drummond 1939 

    RAeC 1939



    Mrs Rowland from 1944

    Mrs Saville from 1955

    d. 2003


  • Deems, William Francis

     M.620 First Officer  William Francis Deems 
     flag usa  b. 1 May 1916, Easton, Maine  7 Jul 1941 to 6 Jul 1942  

     ata william deems ATA



    Original surname Stevens; Deems by adoption

    Father Dr. Oren Manfred Deems [An Ear Nose and Throat specialist, living at 20 Maple St., Springfield, Mass.] Mother Winifred [Purdy], deceased

    Ed. at Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn. and University of Pennsylvania, PA

    m. 1939 Mary Lou or Marjory L [Ameluxen, b. 1919, later Marsh], 1 son Oren Louis b. 1939

    prev. a Flying Instructor for Barnes Air Services, Westfield, Mass.

    Address in 1941: 122 Pleasantview Ave., Longmeadow, Mass.

    Postings: 1FPP, 3FPPP, 16FPP

    Suspended for 14 days in Mar-42 for Neglect of Duty prejudicial to the interests of ATA - "flying F/O Anderson... which was 130 off course" [Not sure what happened, or if this was Opal or Homer Anderson].

    Off sick from 16 May to 5 Jun 1942 with acute tonsillitis;

    Either "A fair pilot but a bad officer" (Stan Ogden, OC 3FPP) or "has worked hard and given every satisfaction whilst on my strength" (OC 16FPP)

     Sailed from Cardiff to New York on the 28 Jul 1942 with fellow ATA pilot Ralph Jacobson.

    Married Edith [Richardson] in 1975 but they are listed as defaulters on a mortgage in Burlington, Vermont in 1977, and they then divorced.

     d. 18 Nov 2008, Manatee, FL 


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  • Derbyshire, Gerald Wilfred Pearson

     M.60 * First Officer  Gerald Wilfred Pearson Derbyshire

    flag england

     31 Mar 1913, Surrey 1 May 1940 to 17 Mar 1944



    m. 1934 in London, Ida F [Sharman]

    m. 1942 in Eton, Bucks, Imogen D [Duncan]

    prev. Pilot Officer in RAF Reserve Mar-34 to Apr-35;

    RAF Apr-35 to Jul-38.

    Accident Report: 

    On 10 Feb 1938 the pilot of Hector K9723 was on a night flying exercise when he became lost in bad weather whilst flying over the East Coast, he force-landed the aircraft in a ploughed field near Filey whereupon the aircraft overturned. It is not known whether there were any injuries sustained. The investigation reported: "The pilot...found difficulty in stowing the Verey pistol and as a result lost direction".

    Pilot - P/O Gerald Wilfred Pearson Derbyshire RAF. Probably uninjured.

    d. Jan 1970 - Devon

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  • Dew, Stanley Anthony

    M.431 *  First Officer  Stanley Anthony Dew
    flag england  b. 29 April 1910, London   7 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata stanley dew 1935 1935



    prev. a tobacconist

    Address in 1935: 7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE 22

  • Dixon, Hubert James

     M.736  Acting 2nd Officer Hubert James Dixon 
       b. 26 May 1914, Northernden, Cheshire  17 Mar 1942 to 28 Nov 1942

     ata hubert dixon 1938 1938

     ata hubert dixon ATA    


    prev. an aero engineer, for Ford Aero Engines (Rolls Royce) in Eccles, Lancs.

    prev. exp. 97 hrs

    Address in 1938: 'Moliere', Wythenshawe Rd, Northernden

    Address in 1942: 'Manilla', Nansen Rd, Gatley, Cheshire

    Hubert originally applied to the ATA in February 1941, but they replied that they weren't allowed to take pilots of military age unless they had been turned down by the RAF.

    He replied that he had indeed offered his services to the RAF, twice, but they had refused him because he was in a strictly reserved occupation. The ATA replied, somewhat archly, that as he seemed now to able to obtain his release, he should go back to the RAF and ask them again...

    After another session with the RAF (who still said they couldn't take him), he then talked to the Ministry of Labour and the National Service Controller in Manchester. Who agreed that, if he could find a job of even greater national importance than his current one, they might be able to secure his release.

    Finally, the RAF had a chance to turn him down properly, which they duly did because the vision on his left eye was not up to their standards. Hubert said "In my own personal opinion I can see perfectly."

    Anyway, by December 1941 the ATA was prepared to offer him a job, and he was eventually taken on as a Pilot Cadet. His instructors (Margaret Ebbage, Harry Woods and Eugene Prentice) assessed him as 'an average pilot' with 'an average amount of common sense.'

    After training, he was seconded to 6FPP at Ratcliffe on 27 Nov 1942. He died the next day in an unlucky accident.

    220px Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I in flight

    d. 28 Nov 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Defiant N3319 which stalled and crashed at Wood Lane, Timperley, nr Ringway, while he was attempting a forced landing after an engine problem.

    He was buried at Altrincham Bowden and Hale Cemetery, Cheshire, near Bill Elliott and Earl Renicker (q.q.v.)

     ATA Memorial Herbert Dixon

    with thanks to Barbara Grayson

    The ATA's Flying Establishment Officer visited his widow Elsie and her two children in January 1943. Elsie had in fact moved out a few months before Hubert died, and was living with her parents in "rather a humble dwelling, in a poor quarter of Manchester."... "I gathered the impression that Mrs Elsie Dixon was rather young and irresponsible, so I decided to call on the deceased's parents, to obtain what information I could."

    Annie (Mrs Dixon senior) agreed, and went as far as to say that "whatever money was given as a lump sum to Mrs Elsie Dixon would be squandered." Annie also showed him a letter from her son dated 12th May 1942, in which he had written "About the insurance - I have had it made payable to you (Annie Dixon 23 Nansen Rd Gatley). If anything should happen I want £800 to go to Elsie and £800 for Michael and the other baby [Martin, who was born 13 September 1942] to be divided equally when they are 21. The other £400 is for you - don't say you don't want it."

    And so that is what they did.


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  • Dlugaszewski, Klemens Franciszek

     M.11 * Flight Captain  Klemens Franciszek 'Double Whisky' Dlugaszewski 


    b. 23 Nov 1899  21 Jun 1940 to 31 Dec 1945 

      double whisky BG  dw  dw_elc ELC  


    prev. Polish Army and Air Force; from 1925, one of the first five pilots of LOT.

    In September 1939, he flew LOT's Lockheed Electra SP-BNF from Finland, bringing Alexandra, the wife of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, and their daughters Wanda and Jadwiga.

    Klemens and Jadwiga both joined the ATA.

    Post-WWII, rejoined LOT. 

    d 3 July 1985 and is buried at the Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw.


  • Douglas, Ann Courtenay (W.26)


     W.26  First Officer

    Ann Courtenay Douglas

    née Edmonds

    Mrs Welch

    flag england

     b. 20 May 1917, London  1 Dec-40 - Aug-42 


    ann edmonds 1934

    RAeC 1934


    Ann Welch 0257 0004

    In 1959, at an RAeC 'do'



    Mrs Douglas from 1939

    d. 2002

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  • Douglas, Kenneth Richard

     M.217 First Officer  Kenneth Richard Douglas 

    flag usa

      b. 15 Feb 1904, Latrobe WV 25 Nov 1940 to Nov-41 



    son of John Lawrence and Elizabeth Douglas; m. to Viola May

    Address in 1940: 410½ Fayette St, Charleston, WV

    prev. 1 yr Air Force Mechanic, 5 yrs C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps) Transportation pilot

    Postings: 2FPP, 15FPP

    "A keen and competent pilot... rather reluctant in taking conversion course when offered but I think this was due to several minor illnesses. Discipline v. good."

    d. 21 Feb 1968 - Flushing, Belmont County, Ohio

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  • Drabble, Arthur Irving

     M.458 First Officer  Arthur Irving Drabble 

    flag england

    b. 16 Feb 1901, Conisbrough, Yorks  20 May 1941 to 28 Apr 1945 

     ata arthur drabble 1933 1933

     ata arthur drabble ATA    


    Educated at Mexborough Secondary School

    m. 1923 Phyliss [Akester]

    Corporal in Home Guard 'B' Co, Hatfield, Sep-40 to Mar-41

    A "Manufacturing Confectioner"

    Address in 1941: North Cliffe House, North Cliffe Rd, Conisbrough, Nr Doncaster

    Postings: 2FPP, 3, FPP, 14FPP

    "A steady and conscientious pilot who has worked well. He is a little inclined to be forgetful at times."

    "A very slow starter [on the Class 5 conversion course] due partially to complete lack of experience on 4+ aircraft and the fact that he was inclined to be somewhat nonchalant towards the whole course, showing little interest. After realising the high responsibility he was accepting he showed considerable improvement."

    d. 1958  - Don Valley, Yorks

    "A confectionery business was established in Conisbrough by Jos Drabble and brother-in-law John Maxfield during 1890. But after a while the two men parted company and established their own confectionery businesses. John’s firm was short-lived and a number of his staff joined Jos’s venture which by 1924 was a limited company.

    Jos’s son, Arthur, succeeded his father and he was also well-known in motorcycling circles. He was in the first four in the 1924 Isle of Man TT Races and was a keen flyer. On Sunday afternoons during the 1930s he was frequently seen performing ‘loop-the-loops’ and other spectacular tricks in his aeroplane over Conisbrough.

    In 1938 Drabble’s warehouse caught fire and residents said that this led to the road being covered in melted chocolate. Arthur Drabble died in 1958 and was succeeded in the business by daughter, Doreen. The company ceased trading after she retired in 1981."


    Evidence of his motor-cycling career comes from the 'Sheffield Independent' in 1923: "MOTORISTS' OFFENCES In the West Riding Police Court on Saturday, William S. Flower, dentist, and Arthur Drabble, confectioner, Conisborough, were fined £7 each for riding motor-cycles in a manner dangerous to the public on the Great North Road. The police evidence was that defendants were travelling at 60 miles per hour."

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  • Drabble, John Edmund Layard

     M.292  First Officer John Edmund Layard Drabble 
     flag england  b. 14 Mar 1901, Twickenham  27 Feb 1941 to Apr-42 


    ata john drabble in 1932

    1st on left, with other members of 40 Bomber Sqn, Upper Heyford, 1932 (Flight)



    Royal Navy from 1914 to 1919 (Sub Lieut.)

    Victory Medal

    RAF 1919 to 1932 (Flight Lieut.)

    m. (One child before 1941)

    a Civil Pilot

    prev. exp. approx 3,000hrs

    "Lost right foot and ankle - artificial foot" [Possibly in the accident to Avro 504K J732, of 39 Sqn, Spittlegate which spun in during aerobatics on 2 Feb 1923; F/O Cyril Chambers (24) killed, F/O John Edmund Layard Drabble injured. The inquiry found that the accident was due to an error of judgement on the part of Flying Officer Drabble.]

    June 1932: "FLIGHT LIEUTENANT FINED. John Edmund Layard Drabble, Flight Lieutenant. 49 Squadron, Upper Heyford, Bicester, did not appear to answer a charge of using a motor car with no Road Fund licence at Waddesdon on Tuesday, April 26th. but sent a telephone message explaining that was on duty until noon. P.S. Snelling deposed that in High Street, Waddesdon, he noticed that defendant’s Road Fund licence expired on March 24th. Defendant said, " I forgot all about it."

    Director of Aircraft Equipment Ltd from Jan 1936, presumably based on his patent for 'increasing the field of vision in aircraft", filed the same year.

    Address in 1941: 1 Lanark Rd, Maida Vale, London

    Postings: 3FPP, 6FPP

    "A pilot of considerable experience... a capable pilot who is working hard and well." but...

    [Contract Terminated 10 Apr 1942 by ATA  - Disciplinary Reasons]

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  • Drumm, Austin Marcus

     M.414  First Officer Austin Marcus Drumm 
    flag usa   b. 14 Jan 1915, Union City, Michigan 17 Mar 1941 to 9 Dec 1941 




    father Earl Drumm (dec'd), Mary Eta Parkman

    m. 1939 to Benita 'Bonnie' Vieve [McCarthy] [d. 2 Jun 2008]

    prev. exp. 5yrs as a flight instructor in Virgina Air Service, Gordonsville

    Address in 1941: 503 Carleton Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Postings: 6FPP

    "A good pilot who has done all work allocated to him in a satisfactory manner", but:

    Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons

    Later a pilot in the US Army Air Transport Command, and then a Colonel in the USAAF.

    In 1944, he and his crew bailed out of a B-24 near Georgetown, British Guiana and spent about 2 weeks in 'the roughest jungles in South America'. One of the pilots sent to look for him was James Ansley (M.511), who had travelled to the UK with him in 1941.

    In 1946, Drumm "picked up a copy of the Southeastern Airport News and read that Ansley was running Page Field for Lee County. After an exchange of telegrams he flew over to Page Field in his PT-17 for a happy reunion with his old flying partner."

    After WWII, the family lived in Utah and North Carolina while Austin completed his education, then moved to Lexington, Virginia, where from 1963 he was Professor of history at Virginia Military Institute.

    d. 8 Jan, 1997 - Barboursville, Virginia

    buried Weedsport, Cayuga County, New York

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  • Drzewiecki, Jerzy

     M.263 First Officer  Jerzy Drzewiecki MBE 
    flag poland b. 7 Aug 1902, Warsaw Poland  25 Feb 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 




     ata jerzy drzewiecki MAMM Manx Aviation & Military Museum    

     Educated at Warsaw University of Technology 

    An Aircraft Designer - one of the three founders (with fellow students Stanisław Rogalski and Stanisław Wigura) of RWD, which was a Polish aircraft construction bureau active between 1925 and 1939.

    In 1933, Rogalski, Drzewiecki and Wędrychowski founded the company Doświadczalne Warsztaty Lotnicze (DWL, Experimental Aeronautical Works) in Warsaw, which became a manufacturer of further RWD aircraft. 

    He fled the German-Soviet occupation of Poland in September 1939 and found work as a draughtsman at Westland Aircraft from Feb 1940, but was frustrated that they would not allow him to do "creative work."

    prev. exp: over 1500 hrs in about 60 land and seaplanes

    Address in 1941: 4 West Park, Yeovil, Somerset

    Postings: 2FPP, 6FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP

    Off sick from 24 Nov 1941 to 19 Jan 42 following a forced landing in a Beaufort after both engines failed.

    "A most reliable and experienced pilot. Discipline excellent."

    Post-WWII, after working for Bristol Aircraft for a while (and again getting frustrated by what he saw as a lack of opportunity) he emigrated to Canada in Dec 1947.

    d. 15 May 1990 - Ottawa

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  • Duckett, Reginald Wilfred

     M.109  First Officer  Reginald Wilfred Duckett

    flag england

      b. 30 Jun 1907, Porstmouth 1 Nov 1940 to Jun-45 

     ata reginald duckett 1937      


    Address in 1940: 25 Parkside Drive, Cheltenham Reach, Gloucester

    prev. RAF Instructor, Estate Agent, Surveyor

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP, 14FPP, 16FPP

    He had an exciting time in a Warwick in June 1943. The undercarriage failed to lock down due to an uncoupled pipe; he and the passengers reconnected the pipe and replaced the hydraulic fluid with "a mixture of ethanol and urine" and pumped the undercarriage down by hand. They were all commended for their efforts.

    ... and then 10 months later, in April 1944, the same problem occurred in a Barracuda - a hydraulic connection came adrift. This time, as there were no passengers with the necessary, he made a successful forced landing.

    "A keen and willing worker who, after a slow beginning, reached average ability. A pilot who knows his own limitations and has no special faults."

    Rejoined the RAF post-WWII; Pilot Officer in the Aircraft Control Branch from Nov 1950.

    d. Jun 1976  - Hampshire

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  • Ducler des Rauches, J Phillippe

     M.1065 *

    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     J Phillippe Ducler des Rauches
    flag british mauritius b. 26 Apr 1914, British Mauritius  26 May 1944 to 15 Apr 1945




    Father: Philippe Ducler des Rauches

    m. 12 Feb 1947 Marise Sauzier

    F.C.C.S; Gen. Se. Mauritius Sugar Producers' Assoc.; Sec. Mauritius Ch. Of Com. And Mauritius Ch. Of Brokers 1946-53;

    Mem. Maurtitius Labour Advisory Brd., Vice-Chair. Maurtitius Employers Federation

  • Duigan, James Evelyn Brian

     M.157  First Officer James Evelyn Brian Duigan 

    flag nz

      b. 5 May 1918, Auckland NZ 27 Sep 1940 to Feb-42 

     ata james duigan ATA      


    One of 3 sons of Sir John Evelyn Duigan, Chief of the General Staff of the New Zealand Military Forces from 1937 to 1941

    Ed. NZ University (B.A. NZ), R.N. College

    prev. Dept of Internal Affairs, NZ Gov't

    Pilot Officer RNZAF then RAF Sep-38 to Sep-40

    Postings: 1FPP

    He was blamed for a wheels-up forced landing in a Hurricane in Dec-40; "Pilot should not have taken off when he knew weather conditions were bad and is entirely responsible."

    However, by 1942 his discipline had "improved beyond all knowledge, and he is a first class asset to the Pool."

    [Contract Terminated by Mutual Consent]

    d. 17 Jun 1945 on a delivery flight in Canada

    buried Metis Beach (United Church) Cemetery, Quebec, Canada

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  • Duncan, Pamela Mary Dauvergne (W.50)


     W.50  First Officer

    Pamela Mary Dauvergne Duncan

    Mrs Gollan

      flag wales

    b. 10 Jan 1917, Radyr, Wales  15 Aug-41 to Aug-45 


    pamela duncan 1935

    RAeC 1935



     m. 1942 in Maidstone, Kent Spencer A Gollan


    d. 2000 - Chichester


  • Dunlavy, Marvin Harrison

     M.408 First Officer   Marvin Harrison 'Alabam' Dunlavy Jr
     flag usa   b. 14 Oct 1916, New Orleans 27 Feb 1941 to 10 Apr 1945 

     ata marvin dunlavy

     ata marvin dunlavy 2 ATA    


    Marvin was one of a team of 6 pilots, in 3 aeroplanes, who made an attempt on the world endurance flight record (which stood at 22.5 hrs), in Sarasota, Florida in April 1940. However, he had to land after just over 6 hrs in the air, as they were getting low on fuel and efforts to refuel them in the air had failed.

    Address in 1941: 1913 3rd Ave, Bessemer, Alabama.

    Brief Glory says he had "black curly hair, rolling eyes, a broken nose and an accent you could cut with a knife. A disconcerting habit he had of rolling his head from side to side was due to an early boxing accident."

    When asked about his opinion of England, he said "Gee, that's a terrible country! I can't think why they don't cut all their balloon cables and let the god-damn country sink to the bottom of the sea."

    He was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for his part in the rescue of the crew of a returning operational Halifax III of No. 420 Squadron, piloted by Flt Lt R. A. Kalle which, having been damaged during a sortie over Normandy, overshot the runway and caught fire at White Waltham on the 30th July 1944.

    The full list of those commended was:

    - pilots David Cotter (M.349), Reginald Davidson (M.918), Marvin Dunlavy (M.408), Albert Gardner, John Gulson, Francis Lees, Alan Murray, Donald Soutter;

    - Fire Officer D Baldwin, Senior Flight Engineer Kenneth Payne, and

    - Mr J.J. Thompson.

    d. 17 Oct 2003, California.

    The East Bay Times, Oct. 26, 2003: "When he returned from the war, M.H. opened Bessemer's first Airport, teaching and sharing his love of flying with many local residents. He was married for forty-five years to the love of his life, Carolyn Masingil and had two daughters, Marilyn and Anne. He went on to become a Captain with Capitol Airways. He later owned a boat rental and resort at Lakeport, California, continuing to fly and maintaining his flight instructors license into his seventies.

    He was fortunate enough to return to Bessemer and Clarksville, Tennessee to visit family and friends for his eighty-seventh birthday. Graveside service was held at Cedar Hills Cemetery in Bessemer on Monday, October 20th at 11 AM.

    M.H. is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Dunlavy (Todd) Plum of Martinez, California, Anne Dunlavy of Napa, California, brother, Louis "Eddie" Dunlavy of Bessemer, granddaughter Elizabeth (Lisa) Karen Dunlavy and great-grandson Phillip Harrison Wierson, both of Bogart, Georgia."

    His son Marvin Harrison Dunlavy III, (by his first wife Jane Bell Crosby), was killed in 1969 when the truck he was driving went off the road nr Yanceyville, N.C.

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  • Dunlop, Maureen Adela Chase (W.81)

     W.81 First Officer   Maureen Adele/Adel/Adela Chase Dunlop
    flag UK   b. 29 Oct 1920, Buenos Aires  15 Apr-42 to Nov-45


    maureen dunlop 19452 

    RAeC 1945



      - No RAeC certificate pre-war -


    Mrs de Popp from 1955

    d 2012


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  • Durham, Jack Groover

     M.332  First Officer Jack Groover Durham 
    flag usa   b. 2 Nov 1919, Fort Payne AL 1 Feb 1941 to May-42 

     ata jack durham ATA



    Educated at Birmingham High School

    prev. a pilot, instructor and crop dusting with Dawn Crop Dusting Corp., Leland, Miss.

    Address in 1941 (grandparents): 5326 Court P, Birmingham, Alabama

    'My family is Democratic'

    "This pilot has developed into a very fine influence in the Pool by reason of his keenness and good sense of discipline. He is also a first class pilot."

    d. 19 Apr 1943 when a Captain with RAF Transport Command, in Baltimore FA330 which was lost en-route Dorval, Quebec to Natal, Brazil (or possibly en-route from Natal to the Middle East). Also killed were F/O John Dickson Grant (RCAF) and Radio Operator Harold Alfred Picher.

    No known grave. Commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial.

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  • Dutton, Hon. Charles

     M.138 First Officer  Hon. Charles Dutton 

    flag england

     b. 13 May 1911, Burford Oxon  23 Jul 1940 to Nov-45 

      ata charles dutton 1933 1933      


    George Dutton's brother

    Physical Defects: No right arm [the result of a congenital defect, not amputation]

    Next of kin: Father, Lt-Col James Huntly Sherborne, 6th Baron Sherborne, Sherborne Park, Cheltenham, Glos.

    Ed. at Stowe

    He worked in the Finance Department of the Hospital Savings Association, and was  a Temporary Assistant, Ministry of Economic Warfare, Apr-40 to Jun-40

    Postings: 1FPP, 9FPP, 12FPP

    He got a Certificate of Commendation, in 1942: "On the 29th April, F/O C Dutton (a one-armed pilot) was ferrying a Spitfire from Lyneham to Biggin Hill. When he had got about a mile beyond Kenley he experienced complete engine failure due to a broken connecting rod. He succeeded in lowering his undercarriage and flaps and in landing his aircraft at Kenley (runway aerodrome) in a high wind without further damage."

    "This officer has been flying consistently well and keenly... a most likeable person whose discipline is good."

    Lettice Curtis described him as 'a particularly English pilot'; "One day, in an honest effort to excuse something which American instructor Charles Smith had said or done, he said to all and sundry 'Remember he's just an American'."

    m. Joan Molesworth Jenkinson, also an ATA pilot, in 1943:

     ata joan and charles dutton HB

    Despite his disability, Charles ferried 541 Spitfires, 14 Mustangs, 232 Typhoons, 4 Fireflies and 47 Tempests during his time with the ATA.

    He duly became 7th Baron Sherborne in 1949, on the death of his father. He then farmed in Gloucestershire and was a member of Gloucestershire County Council for some years.

    d. 25 Dec 1983 

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  • Dutton, Hon. George Edward

     M.124 Flight Captain  The Hon. George Edward Dutton 

    flag scotland

    flag england

    b. 23 Sep 1912, Beauly  2 Jul 1940 to Dec-45 


    ata george dutton 1929

    A student in 1929

     ata george dutton ATA  ata george dutton MAMM MAMM  


     * King's Commendation for valuable service in the air


    Charles' brother (see below)

    Next of kin: Father, Lt-Col James Huntly Sherborne, 6th Baron Sherborne, Sherborne Park, Cheltenham, Glos.

    Ed. at Stowe

    prev. Foreign Office (Communications) Aug-39 to Jul-40

    prev. exp. 250 hrs

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 15FPP

    "A pilot of exceptional ability, and a successful Flight Captain, inasmuch as his high qualities as a pilot set a good example to others. His quiet disposition and lack of natural aptitude for leadership prevent him from being an outstanding Flight Captain as well as an outstanding pilot."

    m. Joan Doreen East 1945;  Pauline Stewart Robinson 1959

    d. 21 July 1981, Hereford 

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  • Echallier, Claudius Philippe

     M.356 First Officer  Claudius Philippe Echallier 
    flag france  b. 24 May 1911, Saint-Lager, France  6 Mar 1941 to Jun-44 


    ata claudius echallier


    ata claudius echallier 2    


    prev a test pilot; arrived in the UK in June 1940, and worked at the RAF Repair Depot at Burton Wood.

    prev exp. 500 hrs

    He was in demand as a 'very highly skilled engineer'- The Container Engineering Co. Ltd of Maidenhead even asked if he could be transferred to them, in March 1942.

    Although his initial flying reports were fine ("A good pilot, very careful and of good average ability"), in June 1943 he failed the conversion course for Class 5 (4-engine) aircraft (Stirling): "This pilot proved temperamental and erratic and his flying generally was disappointing... especially taxying which was much too fast and careless!" Charles Tutt, who was on the same course, said that, if he had been the instructor, he "would have failed him two hours earlier".

     He continued to do good work on single- and twin-engine aircraft, however, and eventually amassed 1,135 hrs in the ATA.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 8 Jun 1944 (Died in ATA Service) - Beaufighter NV235 flew into hillside in poor visibility near Mull of Galloway, Scotland.

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    23-year-old Senior Flight Engineer Royston Edwin Staniford also died in the crash.

    After the funeral, his wife Lucienne returned to Scarborough but two days later was taken ill and subsequently had a miscarriage. She returned to France in late 1944.

    He is commemorated in Saint-Lager:

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  • Edgar, William Silver


     M.272 First Officer  William Silver Edgar 
     flag usa b. 7 Oct 1906, Waco TX  2 Jan 1941 to Apr-42 

     ata william edgar ATA



    'Silver' came from his mother Estelle's maiden name

    Educated at Baylor University, Waco

    2nd Lieut., Army Air Corps 1932-35

    Author of "Wings across the World", Syndicated newspaper writer

    Also a pilot, rancher, and with some 'Banking experience'

    prev. exp: about 900hrs

    Address in 1941: 1305 Jefferson Ave, Waco, Texas

    Postings: 4FPP

    His initial ATA test described him as "a rather nervous type, but general flying fair."

     ata william edgar id card

    "An excellent officer. A keen and reliable pilot."

    He had a nasty forced landing on the 2 Mar 1942, in Airspeed Oxford L4597 following an engine failure. "He crash-landed on the ice of Loch Laidon but returned to the burning aircraft and saved the Log Books and his kit. The ice broke under him before he reached the shore and he was completely immersed. He then walked nine miles before he found a barn for shelter."

    [During 1978 the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engines from L4597 were recovered by the Scotland West Aircraft Investigation Group using a raft. Subsequently the engines were restored by staff at Rolls Royce’s Hillington site. At least one of them was subsequently put on display at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.]

    He put in a request for a replacement cap, but before this could be actioned died in another accident:

     Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

    d. 2 Apr 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Spitfire BM358 crashed at Chapel of Garioch, 20 miles NW of Dyce, (or possibly at nearby Boghead, about 4 miles southwest of Inverurie) on a flight from Castle Bromwich to Kinloss.

    The very next day, a telegram arrived from home:


    Buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery, and commemorated at Baylor University: "William Silver Edgar lights up Fountain Mall every day and Robert Warren illuminates the courtyard by the Carroll Science Hall. These two men, along with 123 other Baylor men and women, made the supreme sacrifice in World War II. Now they stand as the honor guard at Baylor in the form of red granite light posts."

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  • Edison, James Arlington

    M.153 *

    First Officer James Arlington 'Eddie' Edison 

    flag usa

     b. 29 Aug 1898, Kansas   

    13 Aug 1940 to 23 Sep 1941

     ata james edison 1943 1943      

    "He has been flying since he was 18".

    prev a a stunt-man and crop-duster. 

    1933-4 instructor to 60 Chinese pilots of the army of General Chang Kai-shek

     m. to Mary E (d. 1986)

    [arrived in Manchester 5 Sep 1940]

    [Transferred to AtFero, probably in Mar 1941]

    "His name was scratched from the crew list for a ferry flight to Montreal, so that he could return to London to renew his papers.The bomber flew into the side of a mountain, and all 22 of the crew were killed and the ship completely destroyed." [This was Liberator AM261, on the 10th August 1941. See also F D Bradbrooke (joined 1939) and George Thomas Harris]

    "Lt. Edison helped to bury this group of fellow fliers, immediately after which he received an assignment to leave for another trip. On this day, one hour before take-off, and while en route to the airdrome, there was an air raid and while the taxi in which he was riding was waiting, there was an automobile accident that resulted in two broken ribs for the lieutenant, sending him to the hospital instead.

    Before getting away, however, he saw the ship in which he was supposed to leave run off the runway, catch fire and all 22 of the fine American pilots which made up the crew were burned to death.  [This was Liberator AM260, on the 14th August 1941. To be precise, 12 pilots [9 of them American], 8 radio operators, 1 flight engineer and 1 civilian were killed. See also Elbert Anding, Philip Lee, Buster Trimble and Martin Wetzel,]

    He says he made his next journey with fingers crossed - but safely."

    Later joined the US Navy and was Chief Aviation Pilot at Stanford Naval Air Station, FL, in 1943.

    d. 28 Apr 1945 in PV-3 (ex-RAF Lockheed Ventura) which crashed after hitting trees shortly after take-off from NAS Lake City, FL.


  • Edwards, Sylvia Isabel (W.131*)

     W.131 *  2nd Officer Mrs Sylvia Isabel Edwards 
     flag england b. 6 May 1919, London  9 Aug-43 to Sep-45 


    sylvia freshwater 1945 

    RAeC 1945



    née Nanias

    ab initio trainee


    Mrs Freshwater from 1946

  • Ellam, Frederick

     M.12   Commander Frederick 'Joe' Ellam Jnr 
    flag england  b. 15 Aug 1895, Bexley  11 Sep 1939 to Nov-41 


    ata frederick ellam 1917 




    RFC (17th London Regiment) and RAF Reserve 1914 to 1933

    prev Director of Ellams Duplicator Co.

    Transferred to MAP, November 1941

    d. Sep 1973, Eastbourne 

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  • Elliott, William Johnston

     M.343  First Officer William Johnston 'Bill' Elliott 
     flag usa  b. 18 Apr 1917, Chambersburg Pennsylvania 17 Feb 1941 to Feb-42 

     ata william elliott



    prev. a flight instructor, charter and barnstorming pilot

    prev exp. 786 hrs, mostly on Lockheed 10a

    Bill worked for the Stanley Company as a shipping clerk from 1935 to '36, then was a general electrical contractor ('house and motor wiring - small repairs') until he became a flight instructor at his local airport (Sunset Airport, Chambersburg PA)

    ata william elliott ID Card

    He had a one-year contract with the ATA, which they wanted to extend - his CO wrote: "First Officers Fitzgerald, Elliott and Hoover. All three excellent pilots and are some of the best types of Americans that I have seen over here. I think everything possible should be done to get these pilots to renew their contracts."

    Bill replied that he had decided to return to the US "after February 16th [1942] as soon as the details of my transportation can be arranged", but sadly before this happened he died in an accident.

    janes anson

    d. 8 Feb 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Anson W1793 crashed into the side of a hill in bad visibility 3 miles N of Kirkby Stephen, Westmoreland. The accident committee concluded that he flew into snow-covered ground "in conditions which would cause confusion between ground and cloud".

    He was buried at Altrincham Bowden and Hale Cemetery, Cheshire, beside Earl Renicker (q.v.) and near Hubert Dixon (q.v.)

    ata william elliott funeral 1

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    He was "an exceptionally careful and steady pilot and his general behaviour was excellent."

    His parents Gernard and Louise wrote "He studied hard and to be a good pilot was his whole ambition. Sorry as we are that he had to give his life so soon in this his chosen occupation, we are proud that he was a member of your organisation."

    ATA Memorial Bill Elliott 

    with thanks to Barbara Grayson

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  • Ellis, Arthur Godfrey

     M.274  First Officer  Arthur Godfrey Ellis
    flag england  b. 23 Feb 1913, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent  26 Feb 1941 to Nov-44 

     ata arthur ellis 1934 1934

     ata arthur ellis ATA    


    Educated at North Staffordshire Technical College;

    Bronze Medal in Pottery

    Works Manager for Colclough China Ltd, Regent Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

    m. (1 child before 1941)

    Address in 1941: 227 Stone Rd, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

    prev. a member of the Civil Air Guard

    Missing index finger on right hand, and bad scar

    prev. exp. 153 hrs 

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 6FPP, 12FPP

    "A willing, keen and reliable pilot, a good officer with a keen sense of discipline", but was given a severe reprimand in Dec-43 for taxying a Beaufighter without sufficient care and colliding with a Blenheim. Both pilots were held equally to blame.

    Filed a number of patents post-WWII, e.g. in 1948, "a chuck for holding articles of clay, glass, plastics or other materials, in manufacture or finishing operations", and 1952: "Apparatus for shaping clayware."

    [Colclough China Ltd became part of the Royal Doulton Group in the early 1970's; production ceased in 1996.]

    d. Nov 2003 - Stoke On Trent

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  • Ellis, Harry Alfred

     M.139 Flight Captain  Harry Alfred Ellis 

    flag england

      b. 8 Dec 1908, Mitcham Surrey 29 Jul 1940 to Dec-45 

      ata harry ellis 1934 1934      


    Address in 1940: 214 Pullman Court, Streatham, S.W.2

    prev exp. 300 hrs

    A Commercial Traveller in 1934

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    ata white waltham pilots

    Early days at White Waltham, Anson taxi pilots - Ronnie Malcolm, Douglas Fairweather (M104), Jim Kempster and Harry Ellis (M139)

    Brief Glory

    " A first cass ferry pilot... albeit one who does not always take too kindly to regulations."

    "He is still inclined to be somewhat controversial."

     d. May 1989 - Slough 

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  • Erickson, John Burge

     M.469 First Officer   John Burge Erickson

    flag usa

      b. 26 Jul 1906, Oklahoma City, OK  9 Jun 1941 to May-42

     ata john erickson ATA



    prev. an airplane mechanic from 1935, and a Flight Instructor at Oklahoma Air College

    prev. exp. 3,500hrs

    Address in 1941: 220 S Lake St, Ponca City, OK

    m. to Dorothy Louise [Young], 1 child

    Postings: AFTS, as Instructor

    "A natural pilot" - ATA's Chief Instructor T.G.L. Gale said: "It was because I had the highest opinion of his character that I selected him for instructional duties... his work has been excellent and highly successful and has deservedly earned him the praise of his superiors and the gratitude of his pupils."

    blenheim hendon

    d. 9 May 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Blenheim I K7086. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft's tail was broken in a collision with another Blenheim (L8439, piloted by First Officer Richard S Pavey (M.445)) which had also just taken off, and it dived into the ground and caught fire.

    Trainee Pilot Thomas Walton, a director of Burnley Aircraft Products Ltd, was also killed. F/O Pavey survived with a fractured shoulder, spinal injuries, shock and burns.

     ata john erickson funeral     

    Buried at Maidenhead Cemetery - Sec. D. Row K.K. Grave 21.


    His brother Glenn had sent him this photo of himself, wife Ruby and their child outside their house in California in April 1942:

    glenn erickson and family 1942

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  • Estes, Willard Noel


     M.322  First Officer Willard Noel Estes 
     flag usa   b. 15 Jan 1911, Monett, Missouri 15 Jan 1941 to Jun-41 


    ata willard estes




    prev. exp. 1,050 hrs during 12 years civilian flying

    Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

    d. 26 June 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - overshot while landing at Biggin Hill in Spitfire Vb P8538, tried to take off but hit top storey of airmen's barrack block.

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  • Eveleigh, Yvonne Margaret B (W.156)

     W.156 3rd Officer  Mrs Yvonne Margaret B 'Peggy' Eveleigh 
     flag england  b. 18 Aug 1917, London 21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 

    W157 Eveleigh Yvonne 


     yvonne eveleigh 1945 

    RAeC 1945



    née Lucas

    m.1939 Derek Ernest Eveleigh, who d. 22 Apr 1940 in the ATA's first fatal aircraft accident.


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  • Everard-Steenkamp, Rosamund King (W.141)

     W.141  First Officer Mrs Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp 
     za-1928flag  b. 22 Jul 1912, Carolina, SA 7 Feb-44 to 30 Oct 1945 


    rosamund everard-steenkamp 1944 




    née Everard

     S.A.A.F. Aug 1940 - Jan 1942

    prev. exp: 2,000 hrs

    d. Mar 1946 in Spitfire XIV NH695 which crashed at Pound Green, Upper Arley, Worcs after engine failure. She had continued ferrying after leaving the ATA

     Buried Maidenhead Cemetery:

     "Great-hearted Greatly loved. Death hath no more dominion over her"

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  • Ewing, Ernest Carl

     M.470  First Officer  Ernest Carl Ewing 

    flag usa

    b. 15 Jan 1914, Savannah in Chatham, GA 3 May 1941 to 2 May 1942 



     Address in 1941: (mother) 607 15th Ave E, Cordele, GA

    Ed. Georgia Military College

    prev. A Banker; Flight Instructor; US Army Sep-28 to Aug-40, 2nd Lieut.

    'Flying since 1928'

    Postings: 3FPP

    Either "a good and capable pilot", or "This pilot gossips and grumbles too much about things of which he knows nothing; a troublemaker."

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  • Ewing, Norman Brock

     M.520  First Officer  Norman Brock Ewing

    flag scotland

     b. 13 Apr 1904, Glasgow   4 Jun 1941 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata norman ewing 19371937

     ata norman ewing ATA    


    Father: John Mitchell Ewing

    Ed. Hutcheson Boys School

    Next of kin: (Sister) Miss Nora Ewing

    prev. a Garage Proprietor (Torrance Garage, East Kilbride, Glasgow)

    prev. exp. 142 hrs on DH Moth Minor, Gipsy III, Tiger Moth, Hornet Moth, Leopard Moth, Moth Major

    Home Address in 1941: St. Helier, Norwood Drive, Whitecraigs, Giffnock, Renfreshire

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP, 4bFPP, 10FPP, 3FPP

    "A dependable pilot of average ability and a willing worker."

    d. 1973, Suva, Fiji

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  • Fairbrother, Manley William

     M.604  First Officer  Manley William 'Lee' Fairbrother
     flag usa  b. 23 Aug 1911, Grand Rapids, MI 10 Jun 1941 to 10 Jun 1942 

     ata manley fairbrother ATA



     father Leo James Fairbrother, a building contractor, mother Anna [Kennedy]

    ed. Martin School, Grand Rapids

    m. [1] 1931 Dortha Ann [Johnson], 1 child; [2]  c.1947 Anna May [Gillis]; [3] 1981 Grace L [Laterza]

    prev. 1927-30 Corporal in Michigan National Guard, 1931-36 Fireman 2nd Class in US Naval Reserve.

    A 'pilot parachute jumper'

    prev. exp. 550hrs certified, 600hrs uncertified in (his own aircraft) J.5 Travelair NC89M, Avian Sport

    Address in 1941: R.R. 3, Grand Rapids, MI

    Postings: 2FPP

    "A good pilot, keen and conscientious"

    Off for a month after an accident in a Hurricane on 6 Dec 1941 - following partial engine failure, he overshot his selected field for a forced landing and hit a tree.

    He sailed back to the US on the 11 Jun 1942 with fellow US pilots Marshall Milton, William Byrd Lee Milton, Eddie Grundstrom, Alexander Wilson, Eddie Ballard, and Harry Kindberg.

    He came 4th in the 1947 Thompson Trophy at the Cleveland Air Races [the race was won by Steve Beville, another former ATA pilot]. He thereby won $500 -  he bought the  P-51 for $5,500.

    Battle Creek Enquirer, Oct 1948: "FINED FOR 'BUZZING' Manley W. Fairbrother, of Minneapolis, a prominent racing pilot, paid a fine of $100 and costs in municipal court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to 'buzzing' near the home of his parents in Grand Rapids while returning from the Cleveland Air Races September 12."  [He qualified in 9th position for the 1948 Thompson Trophy, flying at 351.593 mph in his 'stripped-down P-51', but after 12 laps his engine stalled and he had to pull out.]

    d. 28 Jan 1994


    His obituary says: "He came to Florida in 1971 from Star Prairie, Wis. He was an airline pilot for 24 years with Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis, a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, and a member of the Retired Airline Pilots Association. Survivors include his wife Grace 'Jo'; two daughters, Nora Bercaw, Naples, Fla, and Patricia Hollowell, Spring Hill."


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  • Fairey, Richard

     M.186 First Officer  Richard 'Dick' Fairey 

    flag england

      b. 21 Nov 1916, Iver Bucks 26 Aug 1940 to Dec-41 

     ata richard fairey 1935      


    Son of Sir Charles Richard Fairey MBE, the aircraft designer and industrialist. He joined his father's firm in the jig and tool office in 1936, then transferred to the design office.

    Educated at Harrow and Cambridge

    Address in 1940: Sutherland Grange, Oakley Green, Windsor

    Special Characteristics: "High blood pressure, must not fly high"

    A "very good pilot, good worker" but he suffered ill-health for most of 1941: 4 Jan to 11 Jun, ischio-rectal abcess; 22 Jun to 5 Jul, multiple minor injuries, and 18 Sep to 25 Nov, injury to back and knee.

    He resigned from the ATA in December 1941.

    Shortly afterwards, on the 24 Jan 1942, on his way to the USA to visit his father, his ship (the Norwegian vessel Ringstad) was torpedoed and he spent six days in a open boat. As a result of frostbite and exposure, both his legs were amputated below the knee.

    "At 15.25 hours on 24 Jan 1942 the Ringstad (Master Jacob K. Knudstad), straggling from convoy ON-55 due to several days of stormy weather, was hit on the starboard side in the foreship by one torpedo from U-333 about 85 miles southeast of Cape Race. All on board abandoned ship in three lifeboats and were questioned by the U-boat that surfaced after the ship sank after 20 minutes by the bow. The Germans offered water and food to the survivors and told them the direction of the nearest land before leaving the area after wishing them good luck.

    The lifeboats were separated in the stormy and cold weather. Two lifeboats containing 27 crew members and three passengers were never seen again. Only the motor boat of the master that was completely covered in ice was spotted after five days by an aircraft that escorted a convoy and sent USS Swanson (DD 443) to rescue the master and eleven other survivors in it. The exhausted men were landed at Reykjavik on 5 February."

    [In case you ever look up the Times' obituary, you will find that they mistakenly thought that Dick was torpedoed in 1941 on his way to join the Atlantic Ferry Organisation. However, Dick, as his personnel file confirms, was ill for most of 1941, and was not seconded to Atfero. The Times reporter may have thought that Dick was on the SS Nerissa, which was indeed torpedoed in 1941, but she was bringing American ATA pilots to Britain - 11 of the 13 pilots on board were killed. Dick also said in April 1942 that he had been on a Norwegian ship which was torpedoed.]

    After WWII Richard rejoined Fairey and became a Director and later Vice-Chairman. He also became "an outstanding private pilot", and flew for the company all over the world.

    He  was also a keen follower of powerboats; the 'Fairey Huntress' class of marine motor cruisers was his idea, apparently. He entered his Huntress in the 1960 Miami - Nassau race but this blew up and sank, the crew escaping unharmed. d. 27 Jul 1960 - Villa Benefiat, Cannes, "as a result of physical disabilities which followed injuries he received in the Second World War."

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  • Fairley, Charles Harry

     M.883 * First Officer   Charles Harry Fairley
    flag canada  b. 16 Oct 1923  9 Mar 1943 to 30 Jun 1945 




     m. Jun 1945 Betty K [Abbott]

    Sailed back to Montreal with Betty on the "Manchester Trader", 8 Jul 1945.

    d. 8 Dec 1985, San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Fairweather, Douglas Keith

      M.104 Flight Captain  Douglas Keith Fairweather 
    flag scotland b. 25 Oct 1890, Glasgow  11 Sep 1939 [* 11 Jun 1940 as pilot] to Apr-44 


    ata douglas fairweather 1928 




      (Mother Margaret, née Eureka)

    Educated in Glasgow and Berlin; FCIPA, MIESS.

    Chief Petty Officer in the RNVR, 1915-19

    prev. Assistant Air Attache in the Hague

    A Chartered Patent Agent - Cruikshank and Fairweather, 86, St Vincent St, Glasgow, with offices in London and Manchester.

    prev exp. 1456 hrs. Owned Leopard Moth G-ACXH

    * When Douglas took his test at CFS Upavon on 25 September 1939, he was graded 'D' [Douglas was rather overweight...] and therefore 'unsuitable for ferry work'. His contract with ATA was therefore cancelled on the 1st November, and it took them until the following June to set up their Air Movements Flight and re-start his ATA career as its first C.O..

    Douglas wrote to the ATA on 3 Jun 1940: "I think I am due you a line to thank you for keeping the Chester job open until Thursday on my account. The job which you offered is not only tempting but would prove to be more pleasurable than any other now in sight, particularly in view of the possibility that I might not be grounded completely.

    If the worst happens, I propose to train down to about 15 stone, so as to fit the RAF harness and go back to try my luck with Squadron Ldr. Cox at Upavaon. I have only to drop a pound a day to be ready for Cox in August, or for the Derby in 1945."

    ata white waltham pilots

    Early days at White Waltham, Anson taxi pilots - Ronny Malcolm (M140), Douglas Fairweather (M104), Jim Kempster and Harry Ellis (M139)  (Brief Glory)

    He was off sick for 4 months in 1941 and had to have an orchidectomy; when he was recovering, Gerard d'Erlanger (Head of ATA) wrote to him: "It was nice to hear from you and I am glad that the surgeon is satisfied with your progress. Perhaps he has made a new man of you which will be cause for rejoicing all round".

    Took command of 4b Ferry Pool, Prestwick, from November 1941 to August 1942.

    "An excellent pilot and a most hard working officer who has never spared himself in the slightest. He has served me with absolute loyalty. He has a strong, somewhat excitable, character and a good heart. He has great influence, particularly with the American pilots whom he handles well. He is quite unorthodox and generally seems to get his results in a somewhat disorderly manner."

    Not everyone appreciated Douglas' sense of humour; his C.O. MWS Boucher reported on 19 May 1942: "I have today reprimanded Capt Fairweather for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the ATA' despite his good qualities... I have been influenced by numerous instances of petty indiscipline which although small in themselves cannot be permitted to accumulate unchecked by official censure. I have handed to Capt Fairweather a list of his typical shortcomings and discussed the matter with him in detail."

    janes anson

    d. 3 Apr 1944 (Died in ATA Service) - Anson N4895 lost in Irish Sea on ambulance flight White Waltham to Prestwick to pick up patient (with Nurse Kershaw). His body was washed up on the west coast of Scotland on the 22nd April.

    "I was most distressed to learn that Douglas Fairweather was missing... He was such a great personality that his loss will seem a personal tragedy to many - as it does to me. I will of course write to his wife [Margie Fairweather q.v., who herself died a few weeks later]. How sad that he never saw the long awaited baby. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of such an old associate, such a fine pilot, and such a lovable character." Jack Keeling.


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  • Fairweather, Margaret (W.7)




    Flight Captain

    Mrs Margaret 'Margie' Fairweather 

     née Runciman; Mrs King-Farlow

    flag england

    23 Sep 1901, Newcastle-on-Tyne 1 Jan-40 to Aug-44 

      Margaret King-Farlow 1937 RAeC 1931      


    4-engine (Class 5) pilot

    Mrs King-Farlow from 1925 to 1936;

    Mrs Fairweather from 1938.

    The eldest daughter of Lord Walter and Lady Hilda Runciman.

    Her brother Walter (co-Director, with Connie Leathart (q.v.), of Cramlington Aircraft, First Director-General of BOAC, Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, OBE, etc, etc) became the 2nd Viscount Runciman of Doxford, and her sister Katherine ('Kitty') was adjutant for the Women's Section of the ATA from March 1941.

    I sometimes feel that Margie gets a bad press; she was, apparently, quiet and rather withdrawn, (nicknamed 'Mrs Cold Front') and, in photos, always seems to have that far-away look in her (green, btw) eyes. But, her ability, and her devotion to duty and to her friends, were never in doubt.

    She got her RAeC certificate in 1937. In fact, she acquired her first aeroplane from her brother Walter; a 1931-reg D.H. Puss Moth G-ABLG, which he had flown in two King's Cup races.

    She had married Roderick Nettleton King-Farlow in July 1925. Their daughter Ann was born in 1931, but they divorced in 1936, and she then married Douglas Keith Fairweather in March 1938. He was a businessman from Glasgow, and her complete opposite - outgoing, irreverent, and very eccentric. 

    Margie then sold her aeroplane, and she and Douglas re-registered his Puss Moth G-ABYP in their joint names. Later they also bought a Leopard Moth, G-ACXH.

    She had a horrible experience in 1939 when her friend, Dr. Elizabeth Cook, was killed by walking into the propeller of the aeroplane Margaret was about to pilot; they were going to fly to Paris for a holiday, and the plane was standing with the engine ticking over.

    Margie Fairweather FAI Cert FAI 1939

    So, prior to WWII she was one of the most experienced women pilots in the country, with 1,050 hours of civilian flying, and (from late 1937) was an instructor with the Scottish Flying Club. She had flown Miles Whitney Straights, D.H. Moths, Puss Moths, Tiger Moths, Fox Moths, Leopard Moths, Hornet Moths, Dart Kitten, Taylor Cub, Potez, and Percival Vega Gull, in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, France Switzerland and Austria.

    mini - margaret fairweather

    Not surprisingly then, she was one of the 'First Eight' Women ATA pilots at Hatfield, starting in January 1940. Her training went well: "The handling characteristics of the Service trainer were entirely novel to Mrs. Fairweather, but having once mastered the take-off, she had no further difficulty, and is now able to fly both Master and Oxford satisfactorily. Her cockpit drill is excellent'"

    Douglas also joined the ATA as a pilot. He was devoted to Margie; as Lettice Curtis says in Forgotten Pilots: he was once heard to say, "I love Margie, better than any dog I  ever had," and then more thoughtfully, "or even a pig or a cat."

    douglas fairweather ata [For more about Douglas, I can recommend 'Brief Glory - the Story of the ATA']

    On the 3rd March 1941 she was one of the four women especially praised by Pauline Gower: "The following pilots during the past year have been outstanding from the point of view of hard work and have set an example to others:- Mrs M Wilberforce [exceptional devotion to duty], Miss M Cunnison [great devotion to duty], Hon Mrs M Fairweather [has shown great devotion to duty, and worked hard and conscientiously as a taxi pilot], and Miss J Hughes [has shown devotion to duty]."

    [Mona Friedlander, Rosemary Rees, Lois Butler, Gabrielle Patterson and Winifred Crossley also get a mention [they have 'worked hard and conscientiously'], and Pauline added that "had Miss Amy Johnson still been with us [she had died on the 5th January], her name would have been particularly mentioned".]

     In May 1941 Margie requested extra leave:

    "Dear Commander Whitehurst,

    As you know I have a daughter of twelve years of age. She is at boarding school during the term time, but for half of the period of each holidays I am responsible for her care. With the assistance of my family I have managed up to now fairly well without interfering with my work, but I now, owing to reasons of health and occupation I can no longer count on this help and paid help is almost impossible to come by.

    In these circumstances I am writing to enquire whether ATA would consider granting me an extra week's leave in the summer, and a fortnight's extra leave at both Xmas and Easter, it being understood that any leave so granted would be without pay."

    The request was granted, and Margie and Douglas took Ann for a holiday in a small farmhouse in Western Scotland [where they acquired a baby goat, which Douglas later took with him on at least one ferry flight.]

    She and Douglas were both posted to Prestwick (4b Ferry Pool, Northern Area) in November 1941.

    On the 14th December, she wrote to Pauline Gower:


    Dear Pauline,

    I was hampered in talking to you the other day by the crowd around the telephone, amongst which were persons about whom I wanted to speak.

    I am not sure we can make good use of the lady in question at this moment. We need a second ground person in this office but he or she must, as well as doing adjutant duties, be a good shorthand typist. Unless we combine the jobs there isn't sufficient to do. The lady's counterpart is doing 'ops' just now with only moderate success. It would be a pity to get her up here if that falls through. She is too 'choosy' for our mixed bag of aeroplanes to come only as a pilot. I am sorry we raised her hopes so high. Perhaps in a week or two the matter might be reconsidered if you have no other plans in view for her.

    I have at last caught a Wellington for myself. I flew it with great pleasure from Prestwick to Sherburne today and am now here on my way back with a Hurricane. I found it very like a big Anson, & I can see no reason why any of the normally hefty of us should find them too heavy. It was tough today & at slow speeds as when coming in to land you have to heave and push but forewarned there is no difficulty. I wonder who of the others have had one and what they think.

    We have had a tragedy already in no. 4b FPP. A charming American called Wiley who was posted to us left Speke on Wednesday afternoon & has not been heard of since. It is strange (or perhaps just a matter of psychology) how it always seems to be the nice ones that go and the toughs who remain.

    Living in the … hotel as we are doing amongst all the over-night ATA one gets a bit of a … about humanity. I was almost pleased to see Mary H[unter], & Veronica [Volkersz] yesterday by contrast! Douglas is in his element entertaining his visiting pilots; clearly our post war job must be public house proprietors with Douglas as 'mine host'.

    Please make Kitty write to me again soon. I loved getting your letters. When are you coming to inspect me? I wish you would.

    I would love to have a talk. Are you likely to be at W[hite] W[altham] without warning if I cadge an aeroplane to that point?

    with love, Margie."

    She was promoted to Flight Captain in February 1942, in charge of the Women's Flight at Prestwick. Her Commanding Officer said that she was a "very reliable and steady ferry pilot... she has been a very real help to me." Shortly after that, she had her spat with Irene Arckless (q.v.)

     She also had an 'incident' on the 24th March 1943 - flying a Halifax (she was one of only 11 women cleared for 4-engine aircraft), the bolts securing an engine cowling broke away and fouled a propeller. Luckily, she was uninjured.

    However, she was in big trouble in May 1943 - some Flight Captain or other (I can't make out the signature) wrote to Pauline:

    "It is observed that F/Capt Mrs Fairweather is not complying with Standing Orders re. her hair. Also, this pilot still persists in wearing grey coloured stockings, whereas black is the order. Will you please be good enough to point out to this pilot that the Commanding Officer's Instructions in regard to 'Dress Regulations' must be complied with."

    There is a scribbled note "Is anything ever done?", but, indeed, no sign of anything else happening...

     And then, on the 14th September 1943, (so, when Margie was nearly 42), and rather out of the blue , came this:

    "Flight Captain Mrs Fairweather is pregnant and I recommend that her contract is terminated with three months' pay in lieu of notice."

    [The ATA policy was that women who became pregnant would have their contracts terminated, to give them 3 months salary. However, Pauline soon discovered that Margie was "not interested in the financial aspect, but would rather have her contract suspended" and added,"I think we might well meet her wishes in this case."]

    So, her contract was suspended, and she duly returned back to work on the 15th June 1944. By then, sadly, Douglas was dead; he and ATA Nurse Kathleen Kershaw had crashed in the Irish Sea, on a mercy flight to Prestwick. Douglas and Margie's daughter Elizabeth was born a few days after his death.

    And then Margie herself died in another crash soon after, on the 4th August 1944. It happened on a communications flight in Percival Proctor III LZ801; the engine 'faded out', she force-landed in a field near Wrexham, but hadn't seen a ditch at the end of it. The aircraft went nose first into the ditch.

    percival proctor

    She, and her sister Kitty suffering from severe fractures to her right leg, were taken to Chester Royal Infirmary. Margie had serious head injuries; the third person on board, Lewis Kendrick, had minor abrasions. Margie died at 11 p.m., without regaining consciousness.

    The technical investigation showed that the vent pipe of the port fuel tank was completely blocked by a film of dope, causing the tank to collapse. "In these circumstances the petrol gauge is likely to have indicated that the tank still contained fuel, when in fact it was dry."

    Blame was heaped on everyone involved in ensuring the aircraft had been fit to fly: The Chief Engineer, and the Engineers in Charge at White Waltham, for failing to ensure that it had been serviced properly;  the Officer-in-Charge Air Movements Bay; the Engineering Inspector, for failing to ensure that the fitters were competent, and the two fitters who failed to notice the blocked vent.

    The report recommended that procedures were changed, and Proctors modified, to prevent it happening again.

    The cause of death was 'extensive skull fracture'; I've not come across any reference to Margie's spectacles shattering and contributing to her death, although this has been suggested recently.

    She is buried, together with Douglas, in Dunure Cemetery, South Ayrshire. Near Prestwick.

    Fairweather Grave Dunure http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/

    28th August 1944

    Dear Mr d'Erlanger,

    You will I hope forgive me for being slow to thank you for your kind letter & for what you say of Margaret's work, and I would like especially to thank you for all the kindness and consideration shown to my daughter Ruth & for all the arrangements made for the funeral which we could not have wished otherwise. I would be grateful if you could also pass on our thanks to whoever in the RAF was responsible for allowing her to lie in that little war cemetery beside Douglas. We very greatly valued the kindness that prompted that decision.

    I am afraid it will be a long time before Kitty is up & about, but we are glad to have no real anxiety about her.

    Hilda Runciman

    Margie's loss was "a great blow to ATA, for she was not only one of our best women pilots, but in her modest and enthusiastic manner set an almost unequalled example of unselfish devotion to duty."

    Oxford DNB : "Fairweather [née Runciman], Margaret (1901–1944), airwoman, was born at West Denton Hall, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 23 September 1901, the second in a family of two sons and three daughters of Walter Runciman, first Viscount Runciman (1870–1949), and his wife, Hilda Stevenson (1869–1956) [see Runciman, Hilda]. Margie, as she was always known, was educated initially at home together with her younger brother Steven (later Sir Steven Runciman) by a governess who taught them Greek and Latin at an early age. She then attended a number of educational institutions including The Mount, a Quaker school in York, and Notting Hill high school, from where she went to Girton College, Cambridge. After a year she dropped out of Girton to study singing in Paris, though she never performed professionally. She married Roderick Sydney Nettleton King-Farlow (1900–1988), the son of Sir Sydney Charles Nettleton King-Farlow, at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 15 July 1925. A daughter was born in 1931. The marriage ended in divorce in 1936.

    In the autumn of 1936 Margie learned to fly at Newcastle Aero Club and was issued with her aviator's certificate (licence no. 14687) by the Royal Aero Club on 13 January 1937. She was planning to fly solo to Australia but changed her mind when she met a fellow pilot, Douglas Keith Fairweather (1891–1944), son of Sir Walter Fairweather. They were married on 28 March 1938. In that year Lord Runciman was sent on the ill-fated mission to Prague to mediate between the German and Czech governments. Fairweather flew out herself to visit him. During a European tour that same year she and Douglas, under the guise of tourists, photographed unrecorded German airfields. She also sent back letters to her brother Steven which seemingly contained only trivial domestic details. On her return, however, she decoded these to recover intelligence data.

    With the threat of war looming, in October 1938 the Civil Air Guard scheme was inaugurated to provide subsidized training of pilots through the civil flying clubs. As experienced pilots, Margie and her husband became instructors at Renfrew. Douglas Fairweather was one of the first to sign contracts with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) for service with the AirTransportAuxiliary (ATA) in September 1939.

    Many women, qualified flying instructors with considerable flying experience, volunteered to serve with the ATA. However, the pilots enrolled by BOAC under the ATA scheme were employed in RAF ferry pilots' pools and the RAF would not agree to the employment of women in their ferry pools. This problem was solved in December 1939 when Pauline Gower (who became commandant of the women's ATA) was informed that a small pool of eight women based at Hatfield could be formed to ferry Tiger Moths to stored reserves.

    With over 1000 flying hours, Margaret Fairweather was one of that select band who signed contracts with the ATA on 1 January 1940. This departure from tradition caused a furore in a world in which professional women were still a novelty. Press and newsreel gave full publicity to the event and the so-called ‘ATA girls’ were under constant scrutiny. However, ferrying Tiger Moths from Hatfield to storage reserves, some as far away as Kinloss, Perth, and Lossiemouth, and returning by overnight train, often with no sleeper in midwinter, was not the glamorous occupation some imagined. In July 1941 ATA women pilots were cleared to fly operational aircraft and Margaret Fairweather was one of the first four chosen to do practice landings in a Hurricane. These four carried a burden of responsibility as the future of all women pilots in the ATA depended on them.

    Meanwhile Douglas Fairweather was joint commanding officer at Prestwick. In 1942 he was posted to no. 1 ferry pool, White Waltham, to take charge of the air movements flight. Margie was then posted to join him. For the rest of her time there she was engaged in communication duties and it was on one such assignment that she met her death—the only one not to survive among the original eight who served from the very beginning.

    Gradually more operational types of plane were being flown by women and the progression was made from single engine to twin aircraft to advanced twin, and eventually eleven women pilots were qualified to fly four-engined aircraft. Fairweather was one of the eleven. She was considered by her fellow pilots to be one of the most intelligent and able, though rather quiet and self-effacing. In fact, according to her daughter, her nickname was Mrs Cold Front.

    On 3 April 1944 Douglas Fairweather volunteered to go to Prestwick to collect an ambulance case requiring special treatment. In appalling weather, somewhere over the Irish Sea, the Anson came down and both he and the nurse travelling with him were lost. Margie gave birth to their daughter Elizabeth a few days later. Margie returned to flying only to be killed herself four months later. She was piloting a Proctor to Scotland on 4 August 1944 with two passengers on board when the engine failed near Malpas, Cheshire. All three were taken to Chester Royal Infirmary where Fairweather died soon afterwards. Her passengers were her sister, the Hon. Kitty Farrer, adjutant of the ATA, and Louis Kendrick of the Ministry of Aircraft Production. They recovered, escaping with injuries. Douglas Fairweather's body was washed up on the Ayrshire coast. Margaret Fairweather and he were both buried in the small churchyard of Dunure, Ayrshire." 

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  • Falkiner, Lucy Agnes Vera (W.38)

     W.38  Flight Captain

    Hon. Mrs Lucy Agnes Vera Falkiner 

    née Verney-Cave

    flag england  b. 1 Jan 1905, Stanford  1 Apr-41 to Dec-45

    lucy falkiner 1938

    RAeC 1938



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  • Farnell, Diane Elaine (W.19)

     W.19 2nd Officer 

    Mrs Diane Elaine Farnell 

    née Schlesinger; Miss New; Mrs Boswell

    flag england

      b. 27 Mar 1899, Hampstead, London 16 Sep-40 to 25 Mar 1942 

     diane farnell 1935 RAeC 1935  ata diane farnell ATA    


    Father: Cesar Schlesinger, from "a region of Germany which is now part of Poland"

    Ed. Roedean

    changed name by deed poll (to name of step-father George Herbert, who brought her up from 1904) New

    m. 1922 in Chelsea, Ronald H Boswell, a Publisher (Messrs John Lane, Bodley Head)

    She and Ronald travelled to Argentina together in 1927, and to South Africa the following year.

    She listed her profession as "Author"; she had published books called 'Posterity - A Novel' in 1926, and 'Bull among China' in 1928.

    m. 1929 in Paddington, Robin George Westbury Farnell (of Farnell Carbons Ltd, Plumstead, London SE. The son of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford. His first wife Dorothy [Coode] d. 1926)

    3 children (David (Boswell) b. 1923, Martin (Boswell) b. 1926, Michael (Farnell) b. 1928)

    Address in 1935-1940: Idleigh Court, Meopham, Kent

    In 1940 she said she lost contact with her father "about 15 years ago - now dead" [Cesar "spent the last 20 years of his life equally shared 6 months at a time between South Africa and the UK"]

    ata diane farnell uniform

    3 accidents, 2 her fault:

    - 22 Feb 1941, when she misjudged an approach in her Puss Moth;

    - 11 Dec 1941, her Wicko nosed over after misuse of brakes while landing

    - 22 Feb 1942, the engine of her Magister backfired when the airscrew was being swung.

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

     Images via Nicholas Farnell

     d. 14 Apr 1995 - Sedbury, Tidenham, Glos

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  • Farquhar, Marjorie June (W.159)

     W.159  3rd Officer Miss Marjorie 'June' Farquhar 
     flag england b. 28 Jul 1921, London  21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 

     marjorie farquhar 1945 

    RAeC 1945

      (r) with Edith Beaumont    


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    (c) with Edith Beaumont and Lettice Curtis

     Mrs Cole from 1946, as reported by the Bucks Herald on 14 June;


    The wedding took place between Major Charles Brian Cole and Miss Marjorie June Farquhar at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Aldbury, on Friday.

    The bride, younger daughter of Captain and Mrs Farquhar, of Town Farm, Aldbury, was given away by her father. The reception was held at “Hawkwell”, a Tring residence owned by the bride’s parents, and which is at present largely occupied by farm workers of the H.W.A.C. About 275 guests were present, and refreshments were served under a marquee, set up on the lawns of the house, the sunshine on the day making possible the use of the lovely garden. After the cake was cut, the health of the bride and groom was proposed by Mr. E. J. Gilbert, an old friend of the family. The best man, Capt. Michael Charlesworth, R.A., answered the bridegroom’s toast on behalf of the bridesmaids.

    Major and Mrs. Brian Cole later left by car for Marlow, where they spent the week end at the hotel where they first privately celebrated their engagement, five-and-a-half years ago.

    On returning from their honeymoon, they will live in London, at least until the bridegroom leaves the War Office, where he is at present employed.

    During the war the bride was in the W.A.A.F., doing radar work, but, later, became one of the twelve out of five thousand successful volunteer applicants for A.T.A. [I wonder where they got that from?]

    As a ferry pilot she flew all types of fighter and torpedo planes all over the British Isles. Her father and mother, both Canadians, liked and stayed in England after the Great War, in which Capt. Farquhar served in the R.F.C. They first came to Ivinghoe 18 years ago for weekend riding, and it was then that Capt. Farquhar became known as the 'fairy godfather' for the pennies he distributed to the children who presented themselves with clean faces. He came to live in Aldbury about 10 years ago.

    The bridegroom, third son of the late Mr. Charles Phillips Cole and Mrs. Cole, of Tring, was studying architecture with his father at the Berkhamsted office of Messrs, W. Brown and Co. when war broke out. He was then embodied with the Hertfordshire Regiment, and in 1941 he went to India, where, after attending Staff College, he served on the staff of an Indian Beach Group. He was mentioned in despatches, and at the cessation of hostilities with Japan was a Lt.-Col. on the Q. Staff of the 14th Army.

    It will be remembered that in April, 1945, the elder sister of the bride was married at Tring to the oldest brother of the bridegroom, Mr. Richard Cole."


    At an ATA Reunion c.2011

    d. 13 Sep 2017

    Her son kindly tells me that  "Whilst serving in the WAAF she was engaged then on secret work with radar, directing allied aircraft to targets deep in Germany. She always chuckled about leaving the WAAF to join the ATA. Apparently the only reason to be allowed to opt out was due to pregnancy, but my mother managed to wangle it (without pregnancy!) to join the ATA. I think her father's contacts helped pull strings, as he had been a Royal Naval Air Service Captain in the Great War.

     I have been looking at her Pilot Log Book, and give a summary of her flying service below. For the record it was signed off by EP Lane, Flt?Captain and Adjutant of No 1 Ferry Pool ATA.

    Summary of Aircraft Flown between 28.3.44 to 21.9.45

    Total hours 343.55







    Tiger Moth











































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  • Farquharson, Roderick Ayscough Fraser

     M.--- First Officer  Roderick Ayscough Fraser Farquharson 

    flag UK

     b. 26 Aug 1908, Peradeniya, Ceylon  20 Sep 1939 to 4 May 1940 

      ata roderick farquharson 1929      


    A descendant of Henry VII.

    A Tea Planter

    m. 1936 in Liverpool  Joan Staveley [Boumphrey], 2 children (Gail b. 1946 and Gordon b. 1949)

    Joan also gained a pilot's certificate in Ceylon, in 1939:

    Roderick left the ATA to join the RAF - Pilot Officer from 6 May 1940, Flying Officer from 6 May 1941.

    AFC in January 1944 (when he was a Flt-Lt with No 46 Maintenance Unit, RAFVR)

    A Squadron Leader by 1946, when he and J.P. Obeysekara both flew Austers from the UK to Ceylon.

    Emigrated to Rhodesia in 1958

    d. 25 Oct 1984 - Hillcrest, Natal, South Africa


  • Farr, Virginia (W.65)

     W.65  First Officer Virginia 'Ginny' or 'Ginna' Farr 
     flag usa    b. 15 Nov 1918, Groton MA 10 Feb-42 to 5 Jun-45 

     Virginia Farr

     ata virginia farr 1942  ata virginia farr 1942  


     Ed. Chatham Hall High School, VA

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    She made a five-month tour of Europe with two friends between March and August 1939, and said afterwards that "in travelling through Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Holland [she] noticed that the residents 'scoff' at threats of war, go about their business as usual and believe themselves in no imminent danger."

     Address in 1942: 572 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ (grandmother's house)

     She met Eleanor Roosevelt in October 1942, who complimented her on her "trim appearance."

    Off sick from 7 Oct to 3 Nov 1942 with influenza

    Suspended for 1 day in July 1943 for turning and taxying down the runway in use.

    vivien jeffery 1939 Vivien Jeffery in 1939

    In 1979. "Virginia and her English friend and partner Vivien Jeffery, the [former ATA] Operations Officer, live on a ranch in California and raise cattle, Siberian Huskies and Welsh Corgis."

    d. 1988

    buried  Essex County, NJ



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  • Faunthorpe, Diana (W.157)

     W.157  3rd Officer Diana Faunthorpe 
     flag england b. 2 Mar 1920, Beaminster, Dorset  21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 

     in 1944



    Mother: Alice Overton [Wills], Father Bertram Platt Faunthorp (d. 1949)

    Ed,. Prior's Field School, Guildford; in 1935 she was a member of the choir, the lacrosse team ("Faunthorpe is a useful member of the team as she can play defence or attack, but must try to gain more speed") and the tennis team, and competed in the high jump and the hurdle race.

    Address in 1938: Greystones, Enton Green, Godalming, Surrey

    Sailed, with her mother, to Montevideo, Uruguay in Aug-Dec 1938

    prev. a WAAF plotter, RAF Fighter Command

     "Of the fifteen different aircraft types she ferried for the ATA (the Spitfire was her favourite) she received instruction on only four." The Times, 2010

    Address in 1947: Bramshott Cottage, Wilmer Lane, Liphook, Surrey

    Sailed to Kenya in September 1947, intending to settle there and giving her profession as a 'Child's Nurse'.

    She then met and married Henry James Hamilton 'Jim' Home, a psychoanalyst based in the Sudan, and they returned to the UK together in 1950. (Marriage dissolved), 3 children [1 son, Jennifer, and Jessica].

    Retired to Totners, Devon where she "painted and learnt glass engraving".

    d. 27 Mar 2010 (age 90)



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  • Fellows, George Bruce Stewart

     M.368 *  First Officer George Bruce Stewart Fellows 
    flag UK    b. 24 Aug 1909, Mysore India 12 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

    ata george fellows 1932 1932 



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    d. 15 Jul 1979 - Torremolinos, Spain

    ata george fellows grave "Hail to the blithe spirit"

    buried Cementerio Inglés de Málaga

  • Fenwick, Joyce Ann (W.152)

     W.152 3rd Officer  Joyce Ann Fenwick 
     flag england b. 3 Mar 1918, Southampton 21 Feb-44 to Apr-45 

     W152 Fenwick Joyce 




    Ab initio pilot

    m. Sep 1944 John de Winton Tharp, also of the ATA.

    ata john de winton tharp 1945

    "Flying Romance

    There was a wedding in Old Bosham Church on Tuesday, which was the culmination of a war time flying romance, when Third Officer John Tharp, of the A.T.A., married Cadet Joyce Fenwick, also of the A.T.A. They are both pilots and ferry aircraft.

    John Tharp is the second son of Mr. Charles Tharp, the well-known portrait painter, who has made his home in Old Bosham since the war, and whose beautiful picutres, portraits and landscapes are hanging in the Anchor Inn. Charles Tharp was at The Slade School of Art with Sir William Orpen and Augustus John, and has had many pictures hung in the Royal Academy. 

    John Tharp was in the First Parachute Battalion formed in the early days of the war, but injured his back doing a jump, and was invalided out. Later he joined the A.T.A. Joyce Fenwick was in the W.A.A.F.'s. but transferred to the A.T.A. when they wanted more women pilots.

    The bride discarded her smart navy blue uniform for pale blue dress and chic little hat.

    She was given away by Third Officer John Gilbert, A.T.A. pilot, and her sister Marjorie Fenwick, was bridesmaid. The best man was Hugh Stewart, B.B.C. producer. The Rev. A. L. Chatficld officiated. Mrs. Turvey. the bridegroom’s sister, made the wedding cake, and decorated the church with the help of Third Officer (Mrs.) Bannister, another A.T.A. pilot. A delicious tea for 30 people was provided by Mrs. Leather at The Grange. Mr. Graham Tharp, who is a film producer for M.o.I., did a lot of work as M.C., and Mrs. Diana Britton did “billeting officer,” finding bed and accommodation for numerous guests, not an easy thing to do these days. After spending a night in Bosham, the happy couple left for the Scilly Isles to spend their honeymoon. " - Chichester Observer - Saturday 16 September 1944

    He appears to have died in an air accident in Tanganyika, 20 Jul 1951 - see Accident Avro Anson Mk I VP-KHT, 20 Jul 1951 (aviation-safety.net)

     Joyce and her daughter Gilian Carol, aged 8, sailed back to the UK in September 1954 and settled in Edinburgh.


    m 1955? Kenneth S Few

    d. 20 Dec 1973 - Cambridge


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  • Ferguson, Alexander Dickie

     M.455  First Officer Alexander Dickie Ferguson 

    flag scotland

      b.3 Nov 1912, Glasgow  1 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945




    Educated at Fettes College, Cranwell College

    RAF Pilot Officer Sep-31 to Apr-34, 111(F) Sqn RAF Hornchurch flying Siskins and Bulldogs

    m. 1943 Denise Germaine [Dartnall] in Maidenhead

    an Instructor in Air Navigation, for Air Schools Ltd.

    Address in 1941: 26 Weymouth Mews, Weymouth St., London N1

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP, 4aFPP, 4FPP 5FPP, and AFTS as instructor

    "An excellent officer and reliable pilot", but developed "a rather worrying disposition and would probably overcome this if he mixed more with his collleagues."

    d. 3 Apr 1986 - Bournemouth, Hants

    "Elder son of the late Professor and Mrs A R Ferguson of Cairo and Edinburgh and father of Christopher." The Times [actually Christian A J Ferguson, b. 1947]

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  • Ferguson, Irene Joy (W.113)

     W.113 2nd Officer   Irene Joy Ferguson
     flag NI  b. 30 Oct 1915, Lurgan, Co. Armargh 1 May-43 to Oct-45 


    irene ferguson 1939 

    RAeC 1939


    W113 Ferguson Irene 




     prev: Electrical Showroom Attendant, then a Technical Civil Servant in the Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP)

    Address in 1943: Langham House, 89 Hide Rd, Harrow

    Mr Jonathan Ferguson from 1958

    The Times, Saturday, Jan 11, 1958:

    "FERGUSON - The register containing particulars of the birth of Irene Joy Ferguson, of Holden Rd, London, N.12, has been corrected to read 'male' instead of 'female' and 'Jonathan' instead of 'Irene Joy'. (Signed) Jonathan Ferguson."

    and on Jan 13:

    "Change of sex by woman pilot

    Ministry Employee

    Miss Irene Joy Ferguson, a wartime ferry pilot now employed by the Ministry of Supply, stated at the weekend that she had undergone a change of sex and would in future be known as Jonathan Ferguson. The register containing particulars of birth have been amended.

    Mr. Ferguson, of Holden Rd, North Finchley, Middlesex, is aged 40. He joined the Ministry of Supply in 1941 and is a chief experimental officer employed on aircraft research and development. It is understood that the alteration to the birth certificate will not affect his employment in the Ministry.

    From May 1943 to October 1945 he - as a woman - was a ferry pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary and held a commission for five years after the war in the W.R.A.F.V.R. (flying list).

    Mr Ferguson flew about 1,000 hours as a ferry pilot and after the war became - still as a woman - adviser to the air section of the Girl Guides Association."

    31 May 1974  - Bracknell, Berks


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  • Ffrench, Patrick

     M.630  First Officer Patrick Ffrench 
     flag england   b. 2 Mar 1907, London  6 Aug 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata patrick ffrench 1938 1938



    Father Nicholas George Ffrench

    Ed. Surbiton Grammar School. Cert. AIB (Banking)

    m. 1930 Esther [Jones], 1 son John b. 1935

    prev. a Bank Cashier, then Home Guard private Jul-40 to Aug-41

    Address in 1941: "Chelsey", Weston Green Rd, Thames Ditton

    Postings: 5FPP, 16FPP, RNAS Arbroath (Jun-Jul 1943), 1FPP, 9FPP, 2FPP, 7FPP, 3FPP

    He had a spectacular accident on 31 May 1943; his Hudson III "swung first to port and violently to starboard during take-off and just after leaving ground, port wing dropped. The aircraft cartwheeled and was destroyed." He was held to blame but, luckily, uninjured.

     "A well-behaved, smart and conscientious officer and a safe, average pilot. Had very little experience prior to joining ATA and is rather retiring and a trifle under-confident."

    "A keen and hard-working pilot. He has made good progress throughout"

    d. Apr 2003 - Surrey


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  • Fields, Herbert Roy

     M.--- First Officer  Herbert Roy Fields 
    flag england b. 26 Jul 1901, Hull  11 Sep 1939 to Aug-40 


    ata herbert fields 


     ata herbert fields 2 1936    


    a Garage Proprietor in Hull in 1929;

    a Company Director in Dunswell E Yorks in 1936

    miles master bw

    d. 4 Aug 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - Miles Master flew into hill in fog and crashed at Burnhead Tweedsmuir Peebles

    Buried Maidenhead Cemetery:

     "To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die"

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  • Firby, Geoffrey Maurice

     M.557  First Officer Geoffrey Maurice Firby 
     flag england  b. 21 Sep 1910, Bradford  10 Jun 1941 to 5 Feb 1944 

     ata geoffrey firby 1938 1938

     ata geoffrey firby ATA    


    Father: George Firby, Mother Annie

    Ed. Bradford Moor, Ansons Secondary School

    m. 3 Jan 1944 Doris [Watmough] S.R.N.

    prev. a Haulage Contractor (Own business)

    prev. exp. 57 hrs on Gipsy Moth

    Address in 1941: 4 Dundas St., Bradford

    Postings: 7FPP, 6FPP

    Jan-42: Suspended without pay for 7 days and promotion deferred for 3 months for being "AWOL at Christmas 1941 & submitting a false report."

    "A hard working and safe pilot, but who is inclined to be irresponsible."

    janes anson

    d. 5 Feb 1944 (Died in ATA Service) in Avro Anson W4945 which disintegrated in the air, crashed between Newsham Hall and Walkers Farm, Winston, Darlington and was destroyed.

    "Investigations showed that the starboard aileron was struck in flight by a fast moving metal object such as the propeller of another aircraft. This caused dislocation of aileron hinges & subsequent disintegration of the starboard wing. In this connection two Spitfires were observed manoeuvering around the Anson just before the crash. One was reported to have descended and circled the wreckage after the crash."

    See also http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york43/fr172.html

    Buried at Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

    He had only been married 33 days and hadn't informed the ATA, which meant that the insurance money of £2,000 was paid to his nominated next-of-kin, his mother Annie. She agreed to pass on £675 to his widow Doris, who also inherited Geoffrey's estate of £201.

    A daughter Christine was born in March 1944 but died shortly afterwards.


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  • Fish, Eleanor Dorothy (W.122)

     W.122  3rd Officer  Eleanor Dorothy Fish
     flag england   b. 15 Oct 1917, Nottingham 1 Jun 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

     dorothy fish ATA


    ata eleanor fish




     ab initio trainee

    Ed. Nottingham High School and RIBA, London

    prev: Architect (Eberlin and Derbyshire Architects), then architectural assistant for the ATA from Jan 1942

    Address in 1943: 14 Vivian Ave, Nottingham

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP, 12FPP, 6FPP

    Reprimanded in December 1944 when she "persisted in landing well up the runway, knowing there was another aircraft in front of her. She collided with this other aircraft and was held to blame by the Accidents Committee"

    Mrs Wadsworth from Sep 1945

     ata dorothy wadsworth 2019 2019


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  • Fisher, Everitt

     M.--- 2nd Officer  Everitt Fisher 

    flag usa

     b. 15 Jan 1899, New Jersey  12 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata everitt fisher 1931      


    Volunteered in 1916, a year before America entered WWI, to go to France as an ambulance driver and stretcher bearer:

    "He worked his way across the Atlantic, paid all his expenses for uniforms, had trouble wioth the customs officials in France, but finally got to the front lines where he remained until an exploding shell at Verdun caused hime to return to the United States." Tampa Bay Times, 2 Aug 1931

    In 1931, Chief Instructor for the St. Petersburg Aeronautic Association, Florida. 


  • Fisher, John Charles

     M.347 First Officer  John Charles Fisher 
    flag england  b. 6 May 1918, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs  30 Mar 1941 to Mar-42 


    ata john fisher




    a Sergeant Pilot in the RAFVR from Apr-39 to Jan-41; exp. 120 hrs. He was discharged - "unable to complete course following a night crash."

    prev. an insurance agent

    He proved himself a "quiet, steady and conscientious officer", but had a couple of accidents during his short ATA career; on 25 October 1941 he taxied a Swordfish "carelessly" into a parked Piper Cub, and the following January he suffered head injuries in a forced landing in a Mohawk after engine failure.

    His third accident, sadly, proved fatal.

    janes airspeed oxford

    d. 15 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Oxford X7190 crashed into ground 300' above sea level nr Wigtown. He was deemed to be 'at fault' as he persisted too far in bad weather, "of which the forecast he received gave him warning."

     The wreckage was not discovered for 3 days, and the sketch map below shows its location:

    ata john fisher crash site

    He was buried in Newcastle-under-Lyme Cemetery. His parents took some flowers to his grave in September 1943 and were sorry to see a wooden cross had been put there by the ATA, despite his parents having erected a stone memorial the previous November. The wooden cross was later removed.

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  • Fitzgerald, Derek Lionel William

     M.397 * First Officer   Derek Lionel William Fitzgerald
    flag england b. 21 Jun 1918, South Stoneham, Hants  6 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945





    m. 1946 in Maidenhead, Jessie H [Wilson]


    d. 1996, Winchester, Hants

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  • Fitzgerald, Jack

     M.298 First Officer   Jack Fitzgerald
     flag usa b. 10 Jul 1915, Bagwell TX  23 Jan 1941 to Jan-42 

     ata jack fitzgerald AR



    Educated at Paris Junior College then Texas Technology College.

    prev. An airline pilot for Braniff, and 18 months at Odena Flying School at Odessa, Dalton, Texas

    prev. exp. 800hrs

    Postings: 6FPP, 15FPP

    Oct-41: "A most capable pilot, who now seems to have settled down and is doing a good job of work."

    In 1971 the Abilene Reporter said, "Jack, the fifth son of the six 'Flying Fitzgeralds', was being honored by American Air lines in Los Angeles for his 25 years with American. Jack like [his brother] Glenn attended Texas Tech and learned to fly at an early age. He was a pilot for American Air lines [sic] by the time he was 20. During the war he served in the airlines military operation for the Air Transport Command in India. He also flew supplies from San Francisco during the Tokyo Airlift.

    Jack lives in Los Altos, Calif., with his wife Betty and four children. Betty is a former airline stewardess. Today he is based in New York, from where he flies 747s."

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  • Fogelberg, Kenneth Walter

     M.556 First Officer  Kenneth Walter Fogelberg 

    flag usa

     b. 25 Nov 1914, Chicago IL  22 May 1941 to 21 May 1942




    Father: Wilfred Fogelberg (Swedish, naturalised American); Mother Ida Olsen

    Had a sister, Ella M Johnson

    Ed. Lake View High School, Chicago (4 yr Diploma)

    m. 1941 Jeslyn Margaretha [Stark, d. 2013]; 3 children post 1941

    Jeslyn Stark in 1940 Jeslyn in 1940

    prev. own laundry business, and aviation charter work.

    prev. exp 740 hrs

    Address in 1941: 922 Gordon Terrace, Chicago, IL

    [His brother-in-law Elwood Walmsley was in the ATA from Feb-41 to Jan-42; he was married to Jeslyn's sister Laverne.]

    Postings: 1FPP

    Offf sick from 30 Sep to 14 Nov 1941 with 'post trauma debility', after he stalled and undershot a landing in a Hurricane.

    "A keen and hard-working pilot. Flying ability above average."

    He travelled back to Montreal on 18 Jun 1942 with his fellow American ferry pilots James Ansley, Clay Steffee, John Morrison, Stuart Updike, Russell Gibson, Keith Williams, Russell Gates, Nicholas Pickard, William Ressegger, and Clarence Conner.

    From 1956  he ran a store selling "childrens wear, toys, and juvenile furniture" in the Eden's Plaza Shopping Center, Wilmette, Chicago.  

     d. Apr 1967 - Chicago

    buried Mount Olive Cemetery

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  • Fontes, Luis Goncelvis

     M.--- First Officer  Luis Goncelvis Fontes 

    flag england

     b. 20 Dec 1912, London  1 May 1940 to Oct-40 


    ata luis fontes 1938




    Father Brazilian, mother English

    Racing driver [1935 Le Mans winner] and sometime jailbird [spent 3 years in jail - convicted of manslaughter having killed a motorcyclist in a car accident whilst drunk]. Operated a speedboat firm in Torquay.


    1935 Miles Hawk Speed Six G-ADGP G-ADGP Miles Hawk Speed Six Luis Fontes 3


    1938 B A Eagle 2 G-AFKH G AFKH Tommy Rose 0129 0039

    luis and ruth fontes

    with his sister Ruth, King's Cup 1935

     janes wellington

    d. 12 Oct 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - while circling to land at Llandow, his Wellington R1156 struck a telegraph pole in Llysworney during a second circuit and crashed into a bank.

    Buried Mapledurham, Oxfordshire

    King's Cup in 1935, 1938 

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  • Forbes, Dorothy Joyce (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet   Dorothy Joyce Forbes
     flag scotland  b. 15 Nov 1915, Dundee  1 May-43 to 29 Jul-43




    prev: Welfare Supervisor

    prev exp: 3hrs

     [Contract Terminated by ATA]



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  • Forbes, Ian Archibald

     M.664 First Officer  Ian Archibald Forbes 
     flag england +flag usa  b. 29 Nov 1919, Oxted, Surrey 30 Sep 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata ian forbes 1937 1937

     ata ian forbes ATA    


    Father: James Grant Forbes II (d. 1955) Mother: Margaret [Winthrop] (both American)

    Margaret was a descendant of John Winthrop, one of the leading figures in founding the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s,

    His mother inherited €100,000 from her aunt Ida Means Mason, who died in 1928 in Boston, Mass., and then €75,000 "and personal effects" from another aunt, Ida's sister Miss Ellen F Mason, who died in 1929 in Newport, RI. The remainder of Ellen's €5,000,000 went into a charitable trust, the money to be distributed within 21 years of the death of the last of Margaret's children. His father James Grant Forbes was named Trustee of a fund of €300,000 (€150,000 each from Ida and Ellen) for his children's education "and comfortable support".

    Ed. Eton, Trinity College Cambridge

    5ft 11in, brown hair

    Address in 1937: Little Plumyard, Seven Hills Rd, Cobham, Surrey

    prev. in 1939 a Student of Music (changed his mind) Economics in Kensington

    He traveled to the USA in June 1939 on the 'Queen Mary' and was listed as an American "by virtue of his father's citizenship."

    Address in 1941: (Mother's address) 43 Swan Court, Manor St, Chelsea, London

     m. Oct 1941 Phoebe V Thomas in Marylebone, Middlesex

     Off sick from 21 Feb to 21 Mar 1943 

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 4 Aug 1944, during the take-off run in a Hudson at White Waltham, the port tyre burst. He "completed the take-off, noticed that the tyre was apparently loose and wobbling, and therefore decided to execute a belly landing."

    Address in 1947: Friary Lodge, Old Windsor, Berks

     His mother Margaret died in 1970 aged 91, at her home in St Briac, France, leaving 11 children (including his sister Rosemary, the mother of John Forbes Kerry (68th US Secretary of State and Democratic Nominee for President, 2004) and Mme Alain Lalonde), 30 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

    John F Kerry visited the Forbes' family estate at Les Essarts, near St-Briac-sur-Mer, on several occasions:

    "In his youth, Kerry joined the family gatherings while his father, a U.S. diplomat, was posted in Europe. Young Kerry also attended a Swiss boarding school and brought a touch of America to this corner of northwestern France.

    "He introduced us to games like capture the flag. We still play something called kick the can," said [John's cousin] Brice Lalonde, who at 58 is two years Kerry's junior.

    Walking along a beach where Kerry and his cousins once played, Lalonde talked about their summers of swimming, cycling and tennis.

    "We would take boats and go to islands and have a picnic. We'd go shrimping and have them cooked up in the kitchen," he said.

    It was in Saint Briac, or nearby, that Kerry's parents met, when his father, Richard Kerry, was traveling in Europe before World War II.

    During the war, the Nazis occupied Les Essarts and then destroyed it when they left. A family reunion was held last summer [2003] to mark the 50th anniversary of the home's reconstruction, but Kerry didn't attend.

    Kerry told The New Yorker magazine that seeing the aftermath of the war in Europe kindled his interest in politics.

    "My very first memory — I was 3 years old — is holding my mother's hand and she was crying... as we walked through the broken glass and rubble of her childhood house in France, which the Germans had used as a headquarters and then bombed and burned as they left," Kerry was quoted as saying." - Fox News, 29 Mar 2004

    Ian Forbes lived at the rebuilt Les Essarts in 2004.

     d. 2015


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  • Ford, Suzanne (W.76)

     W.76  First Officer Suzanne 'Sue' Ford 
     flag usa   b. 2 Apr 1915, Morristown NJ  14 Apr-42 to Oct-45


    W076 Ford Suzanne 





    nee Humphreys

    Father: Landon Humphreys

    Ed. Somerset Hills School, Far Hills NJ, and Westover School, Connecticut

    At Westover, she was a member of the basketball, field hockey, track and high jumping teams and "is an excellent rifle shot. She is an expert horsewoman and has followed the Essex Fox Hounds regularly."

    Learnt to fly in 1931 and entered the National Air Pageant in 1933, and All American Air Races in Jan 1934

    m. 1936 Frederick Ward Ford from Morristown (divorced c.1947)

    ata suzanne humphreys marriage 1936

    "Smiling happily, Mr and Mrs Frederick Ward Ford march down the aisle of the chapel of Somerset Hills School"

    prev. exp. 400 hrs

    Address in 1942: 2 East 8th St, New York

    Travelled to Bristol from Halifax, NS on the SS Tetela with Grace Stevenson, Virginia Garst and Hazel Raines, arriving 11 May 1942.

    m. 1948 Peter Rafael de Florez

    Later headed her family's pharmaceutical business (The Humphreys Medicine Company, founded by her great-grandfather in 1853) in New York.

     ata suzanne de florez 1957

    d. 25 Jul 2001 - Nyack, Rockland, NY

     The company still exists, as Humphreys Pharamacal, headquartered in Connecticut - see https://www.humphreysusa.com/


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  • Foreman, Clyde Cecil

     M.482  First Officer Clyde Cecil Foreman 
    flag usa  b. 6 Jul 1911, Nowata OK  6 Apr 1941 to Apr-43 




    Address in 1941: 6340 Community Drive, Houston, TX

    prev. a private in the National Guard 165 Field Artillery, 1927-30, then charter work for the oil business - Air Activities Inc., based in Houston

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    After losing all his things on the SS Nerissa, the ATA bought him a new set, at a total cost of £89 7s 6d. It included a pipe and a watch (Second Hand):

    ata clyde foreman nerissa list (click to enlarge)

    "A good, keen and hardworking pilot who has carried out all his work most satisfactorily."

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  • Forster, George William

     M.172  Flight Captain  George William Forster 

    flag england

    b. 26 Nov 1912, Deptford London  19 Nov 1940 to Dec-45



    Address in 1940: 19 Ford View Rd, Stowmarket, Suffolk

    prev. RAF Sgt Pilot May-31 to Jun-40, then Pilot Officer to 30 Sep 40

    Postings: 1FPP, 3FPP

    "Exceedingly keen as a pilot and takes his duties as a Flight Captain seriously."

    d.  Apr 2002 - Greenwich, London

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  • Fossett, Ian Stewart

     M.407  Flight Captain Ian Stewart Fossett 

    flag england

     b. 14 May 1917, Wolverhampton 13 May 1941 to 31 Jul 1945 

     ata ian fossett 1939 1939

     ata ian fossett ATA    

     prev. a draughtsman for Bristol Aeroplane Co

    RAFVR L/AC from Sep-39 to Oct-40

    prev. exp. 52hrs

    Address in 1941: (father) Outwood, Almondsbury, Bristol

    Later: Rosemary, Imber Pk Rd, Esher, Surrey

    Postings: 16FPP, 5(T)FP, CTO

    Reprimanded in Mar-43 for a taxying accident in which his Dominie struck Pilot Officer Reinke and knocked him over, although both were held responsible.

    "This officer at all times carries out his duties and responsibilities in a very satisfactory manner."

    King's Commendation for valuable service in the air

    m. 1952 Kathleen M Kromhout Or Fraser in St Albans

    The ‘quiet and reserved’ executive aircraft sales manager of Hawker Siddeley.

    d. 27 Apr 2001 - Sootfield Green, nr Hitchin, Herts

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  • Francis, Francis

     M.318  Commander  Francis 'Frankie' Francis

    flag england

     b. 28 May 1906, London 

    18 Oct 1940 to 11 Nov 1944

     [1,485 days]

     ata frankie francis 1929 1929  

    ata frankie francis elc

    Off-duty at White Waltham [ELC]



    Educated at Rugby and Sandhurst

    m. , 2 children

    prev. a Lieutenant in the Horse Guards, 1926-29, and a 'Director of Companies'

    Address in 1940: The Pavilion, Datchet, Bucks

    Next of Kin: Wife, c/o City Bank Farmers Trust, 22 William St, New York

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP

    On the 17th Feb 1944, he jumped out of a perfectly good Beaufort; "On encountering bad weather the pilot turned on a reciprocal course but lost sight of the ground. He then ran into severe icing conditions... he climbed over the cloud, proceeded to the vicinity of Hawarden, and when an engine started to fail through lack of petrol, headed his aircraft out to sea and abandoned it by parachute."

    "Unfortunately", as he later recounted in 'Brief Glory', "my baling out (a somewhat difficult operation) upset the trim of the aircraft, which proceeded to fly in circles round me as I descended, to my great embarrassment. However, it got on to the straight course and later plunged into the [Irish] sea as I had hoped."

    Although he was held to blame for the incident, "the measures subsequently taken by the pilot showed commendable presence of mind."

    Officer Commanding 1FPP from May-44

    [Released by mutual consent]

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  • Freshfield, Edwin Hanson


     M.236 First Officer  Edwin Hanson Freshfield 
     flag england   b. 16 May 1909, Buckland, Surrey 8 Jan 1941 to 18 May 1942 

     ata edwin freshfield 1929



    ed. Lancing College, Trinity College Cambridge M.A.

    prev. an Air Traffic Controller, attached to HQ Fighter Command Bentley Priory, 1937-date

    Order of St John

    'Slight limp left leg'

    prev. exp. 1450 hrs; owned a 1928 D.H. Moth G-EBZE from 1930 to 1932, and had flown in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His instructor at Brooklands was George Lowdell.

    His flying may have been curtailed after this incident on the 23 Mar 1932: "Animals at the Whipsnade Zoo rushed about an excited state and there was danger with elephants carrying children when an aeroplane flew low overhead, it was stated at Luton, where a summons against Edwin Freshfield, a Cambridge undergraduate, the pilot of the machine, was dismissed on payment of costs."

    Address in 1941: Glovers Farm, Reigate, Surrey

    Postings: 1FPP, 4FPP (part time)

    "Keen pilot, but owing to part-time duties this officer is not seen very much."

    [Services Discontinued] 

    d. 18 Feb 1985 - Lewes, Sussex

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  • Friedlander, Mona Renee Vera Ernesta (W.8)



     W.8 First Officer 

    Mona Renee Vera Ernesta Friedlander 

    Mrs Forward

    flag england

     b. 2 June 1914, London  1 Jan-40 to Feb-43 

      Mona Friedlander 1936RAeC 1936      



    Educated 'abroad', then at the Royal School of Arts in London (Commerce Examinations).

    5 foot 5 inches tall; hair and eyes: dark brown. Religion: Hebrew (sic). Father: Ernest Friedlander (German, naturalised 1909). Mother: Russian.

    Her uncle, V. Mansfield, was a Colonel in the British Army in WWI.

    Mona was in the squad for the British Women's Ice Hockey teams who faced France in 1934 and 1935, but Britain lost the first and only drew the second. She was a defender, playing for her club the London Lambs; against France "probably the fastest skater on either side, and certainly the strongest".

    From 1st March 1939 to the end of November, she worked as an Army Cooperation pilot, flying in front of anti-aircraft batteries to help them with the aiming and ranging of guns and searchlights.

    ata mona friedlander 1940 ata margot gore pn 1940

    She was then one of the 'First 8' women pilots of the ATA, joining on 1st January 1940 as a Second Officer. At the time, she had 600 hours experience, on 'most light types'.

    She married Major Alan Forward, M.C. in June 1941; by then, she had had 3 accidents: in October 1940, she failed to get the undercarriage of an Oxford down and locked before landing; she had a forced landing in a Lysander when the engine failed, and another forced landing in March 1941 in a Hawker Hind. She ws exonerated in all 3 accidents.

    Her report says "First Officer Forward is a good pilot and a hard worker. She has been unfortunate in the matter of accidents but cannot be held responsible for those she has had. On one isolated occasion she showed bad airmanship - this has not been repeated" but added (rather strangely in view of her ice hockey-playing career before the war), "Physical endurance rather below average."

    She was promoted to First Officer in May 1942, but in September hit a parked Anson when taxying a Hudson, then in October suffered from 'Carbon poisoning', remained off sick until February 1942 and then resigned.

    During her ATA career, Mona flew 32 types of aircraft up to 'Class 4' (Advanced Twin Engined), including 20hrs on Wellingtons and 10 hrs on Mosquitos. 

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  • Frost, Margaret Olive (W.110)

     W.110  3rd Officer Margaret Olive 'Maggie' Frost 
     flag england  b. 26 Nov 1920 25 Nov-42 to Sep-45 


    margaret frost 1942 




    - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

    (solo 1 Aug 1939)

    prev: May-41 WRNS, HMS Forward



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  • Fryer, Noel

     M.780  First Officer  Noel Fryer
       b. 25 Dec 1912, Newcastle on Tyne  22 Jul 1942 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata noel fryer MAMM MAMM




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  • Fuller-Hall, Rosemary Lilian (W.63)

     W.63  First Officer  Rosemary Lilian Fuller-Hall
     flag england  b. 25 Jun 1919, Hampton Middx   2 Dec-41 to Jan-44


    rosemary fuller-hall 1939 

    RAeC 1939


    rosemary fuller-hall ata 



    rosemary fuller-hall ata2 




    -- Not in 'Forgotten Pilots' or 'Brief Glory' --

    Daughter of Charles Fuller-Hall.

    prev exp: 30hrs

    5' 7", slight build, fair hair, blue eyes 

    Got her RAeC certificate in 1939, became a stenographer (which I think is a sort of shorthand typist, but I could be wrong) for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company of Canada, and then was in the A.T.S. from September 1938 to February 1939.

    She is mostly interesting for the number of accidents she had :-)

    Here is the story of the ups ladder and downs snake of her ATA career :-

    - 3 May 1942: Completed Class 1 Training.  ladderPromoted to 3rd Officer (from Cadet)

    - 23 Aug 1942: Completed Class 2 Training. ladderPromoted to 2nd Officer

    - 6 Dec 1942: snake Accident to Master I N8057 at Hullavington. "Whilst taxying, the a/c skidded off perimiter track into ditch due to the pilot taxying without sufficient care on muddy surface. Pilot IS held responsible."

     - 12 Dec 1942: snake Accident to Fairchild EV774 at Hamble. "A/C overshot on landing and collided with fence due to gross error of judgement on part of pilot. Pilot is held responsible."

    - 18 Dec 1942: snakeDemoted to 3rd Offficer.

    - 21 Dec 1942: Back to School. "A good average pilot whose flying is quite satisfactory. Her recent accidents have apparently little or no connection with her flying skill, but seem to be purely a question of carelessness. " [That's all right, then].

    - 1 Feb 1943:  ladderPromoted to 2nd Officer (again).

    - 15 Mar 1943: snakeAccident to Mustang I. "Tail wheel punctured & tyre fell off on take off. Pilot is not responsible for accident." [phew].

    - 20 Apr 1943: Completed Class 3 Training. "A hard working pilot of average ability whose flying is quite sound but she must pay very particular attention to her airmanship."

    - 30 Apr 1943:  snake Accident to Barracuda P9740. "After landing undercarriage retracted. Pilot selected U/C up instead of flaps. Pilot is to blame.

    - 7 May 1943: snake Suspended 3 days with total loss of pay and warned that "another accident, for which she is held responsible, will mean termination of contract."

    - 13 Aug 1943: ladderPromoted to 1st Officer. "A keen pilot and a well-behaved officer. Her accidents are entirely due to lack of concentration."

    - 30 Sep 1943: Class 4 Training Completed. "Somewhat forgetful with cockpit drill which gives the impression of overconfidence. She should be given ample Class 4 ferrying before being considered for 4+. Average Ability."

    In Dec 1943, she married Mr Peter Pennington-Legh and resigned from the ATA.

    Total Hours ferrying: 459 hrs 15min.

    She later moved to Australia, and died there in 1984.



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  • Fulton, Dale Rigney

     M.574  First Officer Dale Rigney Fulton 

    flag usa

    b. 9 May 1921, Pierson Station, IL  9 May 1941 to 8 May 1942 


    ata dale fulton 1941

    Decatur Daily Review, 1941


     Father William B. Fulton, a farmer; mother Rosa B [Rigney] [d. 1969]

    prev. "Flying for Pleasure"

    prev. exp. 300hrs

    Postings: 16FPP

    "A good average pilot": "An enthusiastic pilot, steady in temperament."

    ata dale fulton 1946 Decatur Herald, 1 September 1946

    d. 11 Oct 2017, Decatur IL

    His obituary in the Decatur Herald and Review reads: "

    ata dale fulton from obituary

    Dale R Fulton, 96, of Pierson Station, IL passed away at 8:20 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

    At age 17 Dale's parents got him his first airplane which led to a long carreer of flying. He ferried planes from factories to fighter fields in England during the war. In 1942 he signed on with Transcontinental and Western Air, which became TWA.The company had a contract with the government to fly transport planes and they needed pilots. His mother received a draft notice, but he was already serving in the Air Transport Command. In 1946 Dale won the first place trophy at the Soho National Air Races in Cleveland, OH, his average speed was 352 mph.

    Dale went to work as an international pilot for TWA after World War II. While working he flew around the world on a monthly basis for many years. He also served as a test pilot and did engineering for TWA at their Kansas City hub. At the time of his retirement in 1981, Dale was #2 on the seniority list at TWA.

    Dale returned to the family farm full time in 1981 and continued to plant and harvest the crop yearly until retiring in late 2014.. He was on the board of directors at the State Bank of Hammond from 1981 until his passing. Dale was a very generous man who would do anything to help anyone. He loved animals and would feed any stray that came along." 


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  • Furey, Dorothy Rita (W.71)

     W.71 First Officer   Dorothy Rita Furey
     flag usa   b. 17 Dec 1918, New Orleans, LA 10 Feb-42 to 7 Jun-44 

     ATA Dorothy Furey Bragg RAFM RAFM



    Her father was a banana importer who lost everything in the Wall Street crash of 1929.

    Ed. 1yr Lousiana State University

    prev. Flight Instructor

    Address in 1942: 1424 Philip St, New Orleans, LA

    "The southern beauty packed a scarlet ballgown with her flying gear and set off for England where she put both to good use. She met and married a Canadian airman and was widowed - all in quick succession" RAF Museum

    Mrs Bragg - her husband, Pilot Officer Richard Edward Bragg, was killed 13 May 1943 hen his Halifax JB924 was shot down by a nght-fighter near the village of Wijnaldum, North Netherlands, killing 7 of the 8 crew (the 8th became a PoW). Richard and Dorothy had married in Nottinghamshire in June 1942.

    [Actually, it appears that Richard was British, born in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, and Dorothy met him on the boat from Canada.].(My thanks to Mark Alexander-Holmes for pointing this out.)

    ata Rosemary Rees Dorothy Furey Jackie Sorour 

    Dorothy (centre) with Jackie Sorour and Rosemary Rees with Spitfire IX, August 1942 - with thanks to Adam Hewitt

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP

    5 accidents, 3 her fault:

    - 24 Jun 1942, she taxied her Tiger Moth into another aircraft;

    - 11 Sep 1942, she had to land her Hurricane with the undercarriage up after the selector lever stuck;

    - 20 Dec 1942, she hit another stationary aircraft (a Spitfire Vc, being piloted by Mary Wilkins), while taxying, also in a Spitfire;

    - 29 Jan 1943, she discovered her Spitfire's port flap had been damged by "surface water" after landing on a grass airfield (not her fault), and

    - 27 Mar 1943, "Pilot adopted line of take-off which caused her to strike a fence, which was invisible to her from her starting point, but of which she was aware."

    Her instructor Marcus Hale described her as  "a complex character, difficult to assess fairly in writing. She obviously is a capable pilot and at times appears to be really keen, but in everything else but the actual flying from A to B she is completely undisciplined and in some ways sheerly indolent."

    "She proved a difficult pupil as she is inclined to be self willed and showed a bored attitude to the whole affair."

    Later on, "A capable pilot whose discipline whilst on ferrying duties has improved."

    Sailed to New York from Greenock in 1943, arriving 28th July, with fellow ATA pilots Virginia Farr, Ann Watson Wood, Grace Stevenson, John Yingst, Lionel Kay and Mary (Zerbel) Hooper. She then returned as supernumerary co-pilot in  Mitchell FV967, 15-21 Sep 1943.

     Off sick from 29 Dec 1943

    m. 1946 David, Earl Beatty RN, son of Admiral Beatty of WWI Jutland fame, and thus became Countess Beatty. He was  "a good soldier but a poor politician, a man of short temper and a chronic husband", she said later.

    While married to David, Dorothy had a long-standing affair with Anthony Eden, the future Prime Minister of Britain. 

    m. 1954 Abram Hewitt, a millionaire American horse breeder (d. 1987)

    She moved to Lexington, Kentucky, then in 1993 to Paris, Virginia.

    m. 1998 in Warren, VA

     ata dorothy furey 2000 Times 2000 (The Times)

    d. 9 Nov 2006 - Winchester, VA

    Her son Adam told me: "It’s interesting to read the comments of her supervisor, Marcus Hale, which I had never seen before, describing her as a complex and difficult person. She came from a gothically dysfunctional family in New Orleans and I believe she was probably bipolar all her life - undiagnosed - for that goes with what we always saw, she was either slumped in a chair somewhere completely disinterested or a roaring ball of energy, going off on a whim to places like Uzbekistan or Indonesia in her 80s!"



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  • Furkert, Edith Elizabeth Marie (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet  Mrs Edith Elizabeth 'Marie' Furkert
     flag nz  b. 20 Dec 1913, Wellington, NZ 30 Aug-43 to 26 Jan-44 


    marie furkert ATA 




    née Power-Collins

     NZ 'A' Licence 1933

    prev: Office Assistant

    m. 1935 Sqn Ldr Bruce R Furkert


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  • Gale, Thomas George Lamb

     M.56 Commander   Thomas George Lamb Gale OBE

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      b. 11 Nov 1910, Stoke Hammond, Bucks 19 Nov 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata thomas gale 1945 RAeC 1945      


    Ed. at Berkhampstead School

    RAF [originally an appentice at Cranwell, eventually Sqn Ldr] 1927-1940; winner of the Sir Charles Wakefield Scholarship in 1930; Indian General Service Medal

    Married 1935 Helen [Cragg], 2 children

    Address in 1940: The Cottage, Wicks Lane, Shurlock, nr Reading

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, AFTS

     Officer Commanding, ATA's Advanced Flying Training School (AFTS) from Aug-42

    "The AFTS has given excellent results for which the credit goes to Cmdr Gale. As an individual, if he were to unbend occasionally, he might get even better results from his staff and pupils." G d'Erlanger


    d. Dec 1956 - Colchester, Essex 

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  • Gallery, Daniel Vincent

     M.266    Daniel Vincent Gallery Jr
     flag usa   b. 10 Jul 1901, Chicago IL  19 Feb 1941 to 9 Apr 1941

     ata david gallery ATA



    Father: Daniel; mother Mary [Onahan, d. Jan 1941]

    Ed. US Naval Academy

    m. 1920 Vera [Dunn] (3 children)

    prev. US Navy from 1917 to present

    Address in 1941: 2023 North Danville St, Arlington, VA

    Postings: Training Pool

    "Likely to be only for a few months"

    Wikipedia says "In 1941, while the U.S. was still neutral, he was assigned as the Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Great Britain. While in Britain, he earned his flight pay by ferrying Supermarine Spitfires from the factory to Royal Air Force aerodromes. He liked to claim that he was the only U.S. Navy aviator who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain [sic - looks like he was a bit late for that], but they were unarmed."

    Flew from Lisbon to New York in Pan Am Clipper NC-18603 on 9 Apr 1941.

    Later a Rear-Admiral; "During World War II, while Captain in command of the U.S.S. Guadalcanal in June 1944, he captured the German submarine U-505 off Cape Blanco, French West Africa. This was the first boarding and capture at sea of an enemy naval vessel since 1815. He also wrote 8 books on US Navy life in the 1940s to 1960s."

    ata david gallery grave findagrave.com

    d. 16 Jan 1977 - Bethesda, MD

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  • Garlow, Lee Leslie

     M.659 First Officer  Lee Leslie Garlow 
     flag usa  b. 4 Oct 1908, Pittsburg PA  8 Aug 1941 to Dec-41 


    ata lee garlow




    Adopted son of Leonard L Garlow, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Attended Tucson University in 1934-5 and was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity.

    Next of kin given as: "Mrs Spencer Kennelly, 677 S Bronson, Los Angeles"

    prev. Arizona and Michigan Flying Schools, then from 1930 a commercial pilot.

    prev. exp. 1419 hrs.

    Posted to 8FPP on 13 December, but got lost on one of his first ferry flights (22 December) and force-landed in Eire. See www.ww2irishaviation.com

    Joseph 'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) described him as a "tall, handsome, curly-headed fellow with a trim black mustache, who, before coming to England, had made several pictures in Hollywood", although this (as is not unusual with Mr Genovese) may be a slight exaggeration; Lee only seems to have appeared as an extra in the 1938 musical, “Start Cheering”.

    'Gen' also says that Lee had "brought the playboy spirit with him from the States, where he had been a rich man's son, a sportsman flier .. but Lee had changed after flying for the ATA for a few months. He was more serious and seemed to take a sincere pride in the work he was doing. He told me once that flying for England was the first real job he had ever had and the first honest responsibility he had ever felt."

    His instructors rated him as a "man of excellent character... a good pilot but overconfident."

     Hudson 4

    d. 26 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Hudson III AE489 flew into ground nr Blacklaw Farm, 4 mi N of  Stewarton, Ayrshire, 15mi NE of Prestwick, in thick fog.

    2nd Officer David Marks (q.v.) also killed.

    It appears that Lee had taken the Hudson without proper authorisation, having altered his own paperwork (which was for a Wellington).

    Buried Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery, Prestwick, but later moved to the Cambridge American Cemetery.

    After his death, his friend Mrs Kennelly claimed to have Power of Attorney for Lee's affairs, and asked for all his belongings "including his wings if possible" to be sent to her, but to "keep such clothes of useful [sic] to others in England."

    However, it then emerged that Lee had only been informally adopted by Leonard Garlow and his wife Martha Snyder. Leonard had pre-deceased Lee, but Martha, along with Mrs Kennelly and his natural mother, Elizabeth Squires (formerly Baker) all made a claim to Lee's estate.

    His estate (including the £2,000 insurance money) was sent to the American Consulate and it took until 1946 for them to decide that all three women should be joint beneficiaries.

    With thanks to Dennis Burke for his research



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  • Garrett, Ruby Dwight

     M.237 *  3rd Officer Ruby Dwight Garrett Jr 

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      b. 5 Jan 1916, Kansas City, MO 18 Mar 1941 to 2 Dec 1941 

     ata ruby garrett 1933 1933      


    Father: Col. Ruby D Garrett Snr, [a lawyer, Kansas City Councilman and WWI veteran, d. 1968], Mother Alma M

    Ed. University of Kansas City

    m. 24 Dec 1940 Carolyn [Stockwell] in Jackson, MO

    In 1939, "Although he has been swimming one mile a day in a local pool, Ruby D. Garrett Jr., son of a Kansas City councilman, has thirty-one pounds to lose yet before the air corps will accept him as a Randolph Field recruit. In two months, he has lost thirty-seven pounds, and now weighs 211 pounds."

    "'I'll soon be getting down to bone" he said.

    Address in 1940: Flying Cadet Detachment at Randolph Field, TX, then Parks Air College, St. Clair. IL

    Postings: 6FPP

    One accident:

    21 Nov 1941, he overshot his landing on the only (short) runway available; the brakes were inefficient on wet ground, and he hit a barbed wire fence at the end of the runway.

     After ATA, sailed back to the USA on 19 Dec 1941 with fellow ATA pilots W Hanks, F P Skillen, P Lowman, J R Holloway, G C Shreve, S C Neville, G R Heintz, and Franklyn Rule Mershon.

    A pilot for TWA from 1942.

    In 1969, "At the not particularly advanced age of 53, Ruby Garrett tired of seeing the world from 30,000 feet or so — Paris, Rome, London, Hong Kong, Saigon, etc. And so he began hauling things (including boats) at zero altitude, over highways to meet people.

    Ruby is a solidly built, balding, blue-eyed extrovert who has put in 27 years as a pilot with TWA, most recently as a captain on international flights. He presently is on medical leave from TWA and plans to retire next March."

    d. 22 Dec 1990 - Clinton, van Buren, AK

    [... and don't let anybody tell you that Ruby D Garrett was a woman ferry pilot!]

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  • Garrett, Sheila (W.151)


    3rd Officer 

    Sheila A Garrett 
     flag usa - flag UK  b. 18