W.77  First Officer Ann Watson Wood 
 flag usa   b. 31 Mar 1918, Philadelphia PA  29 Apr-42 to Nov-45

 W077 Wood Anne ATA

 ata ann watson wood 1949 1949    

 

 

Father: Oliver Gilman Wood, mother Mary [Colbert]

Ed. Melrose Academy, Oak Lane, PA, the Institut de Notre Dame, Namur, Belgium, and D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY

Address in 1943: Medomak Terrace, Waldoboro, Maine

Sailed to New York from Greenock in 1943, arriving 28th July, with fellow ATA pilots Virginia Farr, Mary (Zerbel) Hooper, Grace Stevenson, John Yingst, Lionel Kay and Dorothy (Furey) Bragg. She then returned as supernumerary co-pilot in Mitchell FV959, 10-15 Sep 1943.

... and again sailed from Liverpool to New York in Sep 1944, with fellow ATA pilots Mary (Zerbel) Ford and William Marthai.

... and finally on the 'Queen Elizabeth' on 2 Dec 1945, with Roberta (and one-year old Guy) Leveaux, James MacCallum, Margaret Lennox and Gilman 'Ben' Warne.

 "I remember looking down to see men on horseback involved in a fox hunt", she said in 1979. "At first, I was angry. I thought it was despicable behaviour while their country was at war. But as I grew familiar with the England, I realized those hunters might very well have been flying Spitfire fighters the night before. Originally, many of us were quick to judge."

Post-WWII, Publicity and Public Relations Representative for Northeast Airlines

Mrs Wood-Kelly

[m. 17 Dec 1949 Andrew Jackson 'Jack' Kelly, in Boston. He was Pan American's Regional Director for Europe and the UK, and after their marriage they were based in London until 1952.]

They were divorced "after a long separation", and he died in 1999.

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from d'Youville College in 2005

First woman Vice-President of Pan American.

She gave her name to the 'Ann Wood-Kelly Scholarship for Advanced Pilot Training', awarded by the Aero Club of New England.

In 2003, aged 85, she said she "enjoyed buzzing around" in her Piper Arrow; "It's challenging, it keeps you on your toes, and it's beautiful and gets you where you want to go faster than cars"

d. 14 May 2006 - Manchester-by-the-Sea

 


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