W.150 3rd Officer  [Adi] Sophie Evelyn Veisa Mara 'Beausie' Hennings 
 flag UK   b. 16 May 1915, Navabatu, Vanua Balavu Fiji 29 Nov-43 to Feb-45 

 Sadly, no photo... this is the best I can do; a picture of her younger sister Mara marrying Roderick Miller in 1952:



Father: Gustav Mara Hennings (b. Dec 1868 in Lakeba Island, Fij, d. 17 Apr 1955 at his plantation home on Naitauba Island)

  1955 - Pacific Island Weekly


[Naitauba Island is the red dot, Lakeba Island is where 'Tubou' is, to the SSE]

 [Fiji became a British colony in 1874, so had a Governor from then on; Sophie was related to the last King of Fiji, Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau, because her great-grandfather (Ratu Kamisese Mara Tuimacilai Kapaiwa) was his cousin (and was executed by him in 1859 :-))

 Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau in 1883

 Mother: Elizabeth [Vogel], (m. 1912),

[Sophie had two sisters, plus a half-brother born to Gustav's 'partner', Palu Miller]


"[Sophie's grandfather] William Hennings and his brothers established the cotton industry in Fiji ... scarcely an island exists in northern Lau which has not belonged to or has been connected with the Hennings family at one time." - Pacific Island Weekly


Sophie and sister Elizabeth travelled on the SS 'Mariposa' in 1936, described as 'Half Caste Fijian German'.

[The Hennings brothers were from Germany, so Sophie presumably qualified as British due to Fiji being a British Colony.]


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Postings include: 5TFPP, 15FPP

Ab initio Trainee

 2 accidents:

- 5 Oct 1944, she made a heavy landing in Spitfire V R7205, the starboard undercarriage leg collapsed and the aircraft ground-looped

- 24 Mar 1945, a tyre burst on her Argus II HB632 on landing, and the aircraft veered off the runway


m.  Oct 1951 in London, Cyril Montague 'Penny' Pennington-Richards, a film director


d. Jun 1991 - Chichester, W Sussex

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