W.141  First Officer Mrs Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp 
 za-1928flag  b. 20 or 22 Jul 1907, Carolina, SA 7 Feb-44 to 31 Oct 1945 

 

 

   ATAM   ATAM  

 

née Everard

father: Charles Joseph Everard, mother Amy Bertha [King] of Bonnefoi, E Transvaal, S Africa

Ed. Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris; St George's co-Ed School; Witwatersrand Technical College School of Aeronautics

S.A.W.A.A.F. Aug 1940 - Jan 1942

prev. exp: 2,000 hrs

"She was elected a 'beauty queen' in a South African competition just before the war"

prev. Instructor for WTC School of Aeronautics, Johannesburg

m. 1940 Nicolaas Fourie Steenkamp  (d. 1 Dec 1942 of fever, in Durban)


 Postings: 6FPP

2 accidents, neither her fault:

- 30 Mar 1944, when the engine of her Magister backfired and the propeller kicked back, injuring the engineer's hand

- 31 Dec 1944, she had to leave the perimiter track to avoid an oncoming aircraft in her Spitfire IX, and the aircraft tipped onto its nose.

 

"She has worked hard and been most willing to accept instruction ... This lady is an asset to the Unit"


The first woman in Britain to fly a jet aircraft (3 Aug 1945 at Molesworth, in Meteor III EE313)

d. Mar 1946 in Spitfire XIV NH695 which crashed at Button Oak, Pound Green, near Upper Arley, Worcs, after engine failure.

She had continued ferrying after leaving the ATA, for 1FPP RAF.

 

 Her Logbook is in the South African Air Force Museum, Swartkop.

 

 Buried Maidenhead Cemetery:

 "Great-hearted Greatly loved. Death hath no more dominion over her"

 

"Rosamund painted landscapes and still life in oils. Her style of painting was unconventional, spontaneous and exuberant and her work reflects her attraction to decorative patterns and design. Her use of colour was strong, defined and controlled by definite rhythmic outlines. She was not as prolific as the other painters in her family. Her work formed part of the Everard Group exhibitions of 1931 and 1935 and featured in the retrospective exhibitions held at the Tatham Art Gallery in 1982 and the Standard Bank sponsored exhibition of 2000 entitled 'The Everard Phenomenon'.


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