W.32 Flight Captain 

The Hon. Elisabeth Frances May

 flag england  b. 29 Jun 1907, Rickmansworth, Herts 1 Mar 1941 to 30 Aug 1945 

 elizabeth may 1934  RAeC 1934


W032 May Elisabeth  ATA 

   

 

Father: Lord George Ernest May, a financial expert and civil servant (d. 1946); mother: Lily Julia [Strauss] OBE

Ed. London School of Arts and Crafts

Address in 1941: Eyot House, Weybridge, Surrey. Later 42 Orchard Court, Portman Sq, London

Prev. a bookbinder; WVS; WRNS chief Petty Officer W/T Operator at Worthy Down, from Apr 1940

prev. exp 150 hrs


Postings: 5FPP, 12FPP

4-engine (Class 5) pilot

 1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

 

 At least 4 accidents, none her fault:

- 26-Aug-42, a forced wheels-up landing in Botha I L6243 after engine failure on a go-round

- 11-Dec-42, her Mosquito IV DZ405 flew into a flock of seagulls, sustaining minor damage

- 28-Jan-43, another forced landing, this time in Argus HM188 after the cowling came loose and fouled the propeller

- 16-Mar-43, a crash landing in Wellington II Z8051 after engine failure before single-engine speed had been reached. Two of her passengers (Fay Bragg and Evelyn Hudson) were injured, Evelyn seriously.

 


King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air


m. 1955 in Chelsea, George Leonard Brunton Henderson

 

d. 10 Apr 1995

 

1987 IWM Interview here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009815


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