W.34  First Officer

Mary Josephine Hunter

nee Corbett-Lowe

 flag england   b. 17 Dec 1913, Bromborough, Cheshire 1 Mar-41 to 6 May 43 

 mary corbett-lowe 1939RAeC 1939

     

 

Father: William Sidney Corbett-Lowe

Ed. Howells School, Denbigh

prev. a Teacher of Dancing

5ft 10in tall, hazel eyes

Mary told Veronica Volkersz that that her husky voice was "due not to gin but to faulty vocal cords."

m. 30 Mar 1940 David Ronald Hunter, son of the Reverend and Mrs Hunter, of Childwall Vicarage, Liverpool

ata mary hunter wedding

Address in 1941: 30 Bidston Rd, Oxton, Cheshire


Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP

 1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

4 accidents, 2 her fault:

- 17 Dec 1941, she stalled her Hurricane when attempting a cross-wind landing and damaged a wing;

- 3 Oct 1942, she failed to control the take-off swing of a Tomahawk I and "swung violently";

- 2 Sep 1942, made a normal landing in a Tomahawk II but an undercarrriage leg collapsed, due to a technical problem, and

- 29 Jan 1943, her Spitfire IX was hit by a tractor while she was stationary.

"A keen and hard-working pilot" and  "An excellent pilot and a most useful member of the Ferry Pool". (Marion Wilberforce)

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 3 months notice due to pregnancy - David b. Oct 1943]


d. 2010


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