W.135  3rd Officer  Pamela May Johnsen
 flag england  b. 30 Oct 1918, Bromley Kent 25 Aug 1942 to 31 Aug 1945 


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Father: Maj. Olans/Olaus Charles William Johnsen DFC (1889 –1960), a WWI flying ace - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaus_Johnsen

Mother: Ethel 'May' [Bowater] (1896 - 1990)

Pamela had 6 brothers and a sister.

Grand-daughter of Sir Frank Bowater, Lord Mayor of London 1938-9, and Lady Bowater.

 Ed. Benenden School (as was Lettice Curtis, btw), and Munich


prev: Sub-Editor for a women's magazine; volunteer ambulance driver 


She had this piece published in the 'Mid Sussex Times' in June1937:



The limp, wet bodies

Of burnt, semi-nude humanity

Sweating London’s grime on sunbaked sand ;

Automata, fragments of suburbanity,

Coming from months of toil on office stools !



Drunk by painted lips of painted fools

Who flee from life to bars, and bridge, and balls :

From life.

To whittle time away until Death calls.


But, O remember

The straight young limbs

Diving off rock in the moonlit bay—

Cutting the crest of a foam-tipped wave.

Thoughts thought from the depth of the uncut hay

About Life and Death, space and infinity ;

Sailing Before fresh, salt-laden breezes

Which often rise to fierce and yelling gales.



Down to moorings with sunset in your sails. "


   Daily Mirror


She was also quite an accomplished golfer, competing at the Hayward's Heath Ladies Autumn Meet in September 1937.


In 1939, she and her sister Sheilagh were two of the 10 maids of honour to "the new Lady Mayoress [of London], Lady Bowater"

  Mid Sussex Times, 8 Nov 1938

  The Sketch, 15 Mar 1939

 Address in 1942: Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

 Started in Flight Operations until 23 Aug 1943

Ab initio pilot

Postings: 15FPP 

2 accidents, neither her fault:

- 23 Oct 1943, a forced landing in Magister P6371, after partial engine failure

- 23-Sep-44, during an emergency landing in Spitfire IX PV232 following a loss of oil pressure, the aircraft ground-looped and was damaged.


m. 11 Mar 1944 Flt-Lt Dr. Richard Braddyl Tulk-Hart, who was stationed at RAF Old Sarum, Wilts (d. 1996)

Address in 1945: 'Tainters', Piltdown, nr. Uckfield, Sussex

In 1948 she wrote, with Margaret Morrison, 'Paid to be safe', "A romantic novel of love and high adventure, told against the authentic background of the band of daring women who ferried the war planes."

"Miss Morrison, who has a big following as a writer of romantic fiction, here enlists the aid of a woman pilot who served with Air Transport Auxiliary during the war. This ensures an authentic background for the story of a girl who comes back to England after the fall of Singapore and personal tragedy, to find new hope and an exciting career in the ranks of the A.T.A."


d. 24 Jun 2010 (age 91)


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