W.130 *  3rd Officer Ruth 'Helen' Kerly 
 flag england  b. 6 Jan 1916, Putney  23 Aug 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

 ruth kerly 1938  RAeC 1938

   ATA    

 

Father: Frederick Gyles Kerly (d. 1920), Moher: Ada Martha [Edwards]

 prev. a Shorthand Typist

 Address in 1939: Thorley, Avondale Ave, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey


Postings include: 15FPP

Two accidents:

- 25 Jun 1944, a forced landing after engine failure in a Mustang. For this, she received a Certificate of Commendation:

"For exceptional airmanship. In spite of limited experience, on June 25th 1944, under the most adverse circumstances caused by technical failure, she landed her aicraft (Castle Bromwich) in a small field with minimal damage. In respect of which this certificate is issued by way of recognition and record."

-  4 May 1945, another forced landing, this time in Spitfire XIV TZ104, after a serious oil leak. She had to land on an unserviceable part of the airfield, (only slightly damaging the propeller) as another aircraft was landing on the runway. 


m. 1947 in Westminster Charles Walter T Clark (d. 1985)

 

d. 26 May 1992 - Surrey

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Kerly

 

Helen's daughter gave her mother's helmet and goggles to ATA pilot Alec Matthews in 1994, and they are now in Birmingham Science Museum's Spitfire Gallery.

 

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