W.58 First Officer   Joan Emily Nayler
 flag england  b. 23 Aug 1916, London  16 Dec 1941 to 31 Dec 1945

 joan nayler 1937  RAeC 1937



Father: John William Nayler, Mother: Emily Josephine Hypatia [Wallace]

Ed. Catford Secondary School, Clarke's College

prev: Civil Servant, Shorthand Typist, Air Ministry

prev. exp: 28 hrs on DH Moth, Klemm,

Address in 1941: 24 Chancery Lane (Flat 2), London WC2

Joan originally applied in June 1940

 Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP

2 accidents, one her fault:

- 26 May 1943, a landing accident in Martinet JN460, which overturned due to "inefficient marking of boundaries and absence of airfield control"

- 25 Nov 1943, she approached too fast, and overshot the landing in an Anson


"This pilot made slow progress towards an average standard due to her small stature. Flies quite well ... a cushion will always be part of her equipment"

"smart, pleasant and well-disciplined ... very keen and hardworking"


  Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette

Here she is with Margot Gore in October 1947; "Miss Joan Nayler is an air charter pilot at White Waltham".

They were the first two members of the WAAFVR - later joined by other ex-ATA women pilots including Roy Mary Sharpe, Ruth Russell, Margaret Frost, Audrey Macmillan and Freydis Leaf.


m. 1950 in Hemel Hempstead, Herts, Douglas Arthur Russell (d. 1973)

Later a Director of Harleyford Publications Ltd.

d. 3 Sep 1983 - Golder's Green, London


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