W.119 3rd Officer   Mrs Eirene Rosemary Banister
 flag england  b. 20 Jul 1919, Budleigh Salterton, Devon 12 Jul 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

 eirene whittow 1939   RAeC 1939

   1940 (The Bystander)    


 née Whittow

Father Richard Whittow (a Merchant and farmer), mother Eirene Frances Stewart [Tweedie] (m. 1910 in Colombo, Ceylon)

Address in 1939: Muryn, Brockenhurst, Hants

Sailed to the UK from Port Said with her parents in December 1938, then to the USA in June 1939

Civil Air Guard in 1939

prev. exp. 3 hrs on Gypsy Moth

m. 31 Mar 1940 in Brockenhurst, Lt. Peter Charles McConnel Banister RN,  DSC (d. 19 Jul 1941 in HM submarine 'Umpire' which collided with a trawler off the Norfolk coast on its maiden voyage) (1 child, Carol b. 1941)

 Postings:  5TFPP, 12FPP (Sec), 15FPP

 Class III pilot

 m. Sep 1947 in Hants, Hugh Digorie Seccombe (2 children: Celia b. 1948, Geoffrey b. 1949)

Moved to Guildford, Surrey and died there 1 Jun 2011

 IWM interview (from 1989) here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009672

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