W.143  3rd Officer Marie 'Monique' or 'Aggie' Jacqueline Agazarian 
 flag england   b. 17 Jul 1920, Carshalton, Surrey 18 Oct 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

 ATA Monique Agazarian  ATA

     

 Father: Le Von Berge Agazarian, originally from Armenia who fled to the UK in 1911, owner of an electrical company; mother: Jacqueline Marie-Louise de Chevalier, from France

Ed. Sacred Heart Convent, Roehampton (School Certificate, 5 credits), RADA and Paris

prev. from Apr-41, VAD attached to East Grinstead Hospital then RAF Uxbridge

Address in 1943: (mother) 7 Park Mansions, Knightsbridge, London


[ab initio pilot]

Two of her three brothers died in WWII; one in the RAF, the other in SOE

Completed "500 hours in Spitfires, Mustangs, Typhoons, Barracudas and Hellcats" as a Class III pilot.


After WWII, she gained her commercial licence and in July 1947 became a pilot for Island Air Charters / Island Air Services (IAS) which flew Proctors and Rapides between Lands End and the Scilly Isles, pleasure trips to Le Touquet and scheduled services to Deauville from Croydon.

Ex-ATA pilot Cecile Power also joined IAS, in November 1947.

Monique became Managing Director of IAS, then Chairman and Chief Pilot.

 

Island Air Services' first Dragon Rapide, (callsign 'Uncle Fox', although allegedly when Monique was pilot it was 'Auntie Fox''), in 1950. (c) Air-Britain

 

  Daily Mirror

m. 20 Jul 1949 in Brompton, London, Capt Raymond Charles Rendall (also of IAS, divorced 1973), three daughters Annette Francine, Mary and Lou-Lou

 She competed in the King's Cup air race in 1950 and 1952.

 

In 1956, Veronica Volkersz wrote that Monique was one of only 7 women flying commercially: -  "Monique Rendall is chief pilot and managing director of Island Air Services"  - and concluded that "The tragedy is that for women, commercial aviation is now - except, possibly, in Russia - a closed field."

[The others were Jackie Moggridge, Jean Bird, Suzanne Ashton, Zita Irwin, Diana Barnato-Walker and Freydis Leaf]

 

IAS ceased trading in 1959. After it closed, she was a pioneer in promoting flight simulation with Air Training Services Ltd, and published a manual on advanced instrument-flying procedures.

Having reverted to her maiden name, she lived at 84 Park Mansions, Knightsbridge, and d. 3 Mar 1993 from cancer, leaving £140,949.

 

"The sad loss of this splendidly professional airwoman, brilliant tutor, hugely energetic, ebullient, and lovable friend will be felt deeply by all who knew her." - The Independent


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