• Abernethy, John Tait

     M --- Cadet  John Tait Abernethy 
     flag scotland  b. 30 Nov 1915, Glasgow  2 Aug 1942 to Nov-42 



     [Contract Terminated by ATA - held responsible for accident to Hind 25 Oct 1942: stalled whilst landing]


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  • Abney, William Edward Charles Wootton


    2nd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    William Edward Charles Wootton 'Bill' Abney 
     flag england b. 7 Jan 1921, Upminster  19 May 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata william abney HB HB



    ata william abney tv 1979



     son of Henry Charles Wotton Abney (1881-1953)

    Address in 1944: West Lodge, Upminster, Essex

    prev. RAF, and An Actor:

    [Wikipedia: He "played Reverend Copley on Coronation Street in 1977, and Jim Lorimer in 1980. His other television credits include The Adventures of William Tell, Crossroads, Special Branch, Play for Today, All Creatures Great and Small, Robin's Nest and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

    Abney was educated at Cranleigh School and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

    As a film actor, Abney appeared in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), Two-Way Stretch, (1960), Cone of Silence(1960), The City of the Dead (1960), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), The Legacy (1979), North Sea Hijack (1980) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).

    As a writer, Abney wrote the story for "Poor Butterfly" (1969), an episode of Journey to the Unknown (TV series).]

    Ferry Pool: 9

    d. 26 Jun 1997 - Lambeth

    from The Times, Tuesday, 8 July 1997: "Deaths: Abney, William, suddenly and peacefully on June 26th. Much loved friend of Barry and dear brother of Annabel and uncle of Robin Dewhurst and family. Service at Mortlake Crematorium, July 15th."



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  • Abrams, Daphne Elizabeth (W.100)

     W.100  2nd Officer Daphne Elizabeth Abrams
     flag england

    b. 11 Mar 1916, Plymouth

    23 Sep 1942 to 13 Feb 1944 


    daphne abrams 1935 RAeC 1935

     ATA Dorothy Hanson-Lester via Taniya Morris    


     father: William Charles Surry Abrams, mother Elizabeth Louise [Budden]

     prev: Secretary with Imperial Airways; ambulance driver

    prev. exp. 8hrs 35min on Gypsy Moth

    Address in 1942: 95a Coombe Lane, Bristol

     Postings: 5TFPP, 15FPP

    "This pilot came to ATA with very little experience. She worked hard in Class I flying and reached a good standard. She should make a useful ferry pilot and a good officer"

     One accident:

    - 8 May 1943, her Spitfire Vb AD555 landed with flaps up, overshot and was seriously damaged after she felt unwell during the circuit


    m. 1943 Flt-Sgt Philip Lindley Hanson-Lester, RAF, prev. a theatrical producer (2 children Phillip b.1944, Taniya b. 1946, marriage dissolved)

      RAeC 1939


    Off sick from 8 Sep 1943 - Contract Terminated Feb 1944

    m. 1956 in Cheshire, Philip Rodney Wallis Robinson

    daphne hanson lester 2016 11 Mar 2016

    "Like many of her generation she sees nothing special in what she did"


    d. 18 Aug 2017 - Morgannwg House Care Home, Brecon, Wales


    Her granddaughter Taniya Morris told me "You may have noticed my name & the unusual spelling of ‘Taniya’.  My mother & I were named after Taniya Whittall who is also on your list of ATA pilots.  I was also a military pilot - serving 17 years in the Army, flying Gazelle & Lynx helicopters in the Army Air Corps & commanding 652 Sqn AAC. So it runs in the family!"


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  • Acton, Wilbur Washington

     M.561  First Officer Wilbur Washington 'Bee' Acton 

    flag usa

     b. 23 Dec 1915, Xenia, Ohio

    16 May 1941 to 15 May 1942


    12 Aug 1943 to 8 Jul 1944



    ata bee acton 1941

    Montana Standard et al, 1941



    Father: William Albert Acton, 120 W 3rd St, Xenia, OH (later moved to Dayton, OH)

    Mother: Irene [Reece]

    Ed. Xenia High School

    prev. airplane sales, charter work for Dave Peterson Charter Service in Wichita, Kansas

    prev. exp. 360 hrs on Beechcraft F17D, Culver Cadet, Cessna C145-165, Stinson, Cessna T50

    Address in 1941: Wichita, Kansas

    "Disregarding the fate of his friend, Bee Acton, of Wichita, Kan., has signed up for a year's service ferrying bomber and fighter planes from Canada to England [sic]. Acton, a commercial pilot, joined up shortly after his friend, Jim Wright, also of Wichita, was reported killed when a submarine sank the ship on which he was returning [sic] from England." 

    At the end of his first contract the ATA described him as "a keen pilot competent to fly all types of single engne and light and medium7 twin aircraft. He proved a good type of officer and his behaviour was quite satisfactory."

    His second contract was for 18 months with a "cessation of hostilities" clause included.

     janes anson

    d. 8 Jul 1944 (Died in ATA Service) in Anson NK773 which was in a mid-air collision with Oxford X7134 and crashed at Rodbourne, 5 miles NE of Hullavington.

    Pilot Flt Lt. Bernard N Phillips [RAF Serial No 45885] and passenger Sqn Ldr William A. Law [79047] in the Oxford were both killed.

    The accident report says "Whilst the Anson was flying just below the cloud base an Oxford aircraft, piloted by an RAF pilot, came out of the cloud and struck the tail plane of the Anson. Both aircraft crashed in a field and were destroyed, all three occupants being killed."

    "Neither pilot is held responsible for this accident."

    headstone bee acton

    Buried Maidenhead Cemetery (Section C, No 14KK).

    The wording on the memorial is from Tennyson's poem 'Crossing the bar':

    I hope to meet my pilot

    Face to face

    When I have crost the bar

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  • Adams, Albert Ernest

     M--- Cadet  Albert Ernest Adams 
     flag england   b. 23 Aug 1916, Dudley 5 Jul 1943 to Sep-43 


    ata albert adams




    prev. a draughtsman, then Fleet Air Arm, 1942-3

     hawker hart

    d. 6 Sep 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Hart K6526, heavy landing at Thame on a training flight, 2 Sep 1943. The aircraft somersaulted onto its back and caught fire; Albert suffered extensive burns and was taken to RAF Halton hospital. He did not wish his wife informed 'as she is expecting a baby some time this week'.


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  • Adams, Charles Arthur

     M.351  First Officer  Charles Arthur Adams
    flag england   b. 8 Jan 1906, East Ham, London  25 Mar 1941 to 11 Nov 1941

     ata charles adams 1926 1936



    prev. a London Transport driver, later inspector

    RAF from Jun-40 to Mar-41 (Sgt, Link Trainer instructor)

    Address in 1941: 51 Wilson Rd, East Ham, London E6

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. Dec 1957  - Lambeth ?

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  • Adams, John Cecil

     M.795   John Cecil Adams 




    Postings: 8FPP



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  • Adams, John Henry

     M --- Cadet   John Henry Adams
       b. 20 Jan 1921, London  29 Apr 1942 to Jun-42




    prev. a General Clerk, then RAF from 1941-2

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Unsuitable]



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  • Adney, Kenneth John



    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    Kenneth John Adney 
     flag england  b. 7 Dec 1922, Cinderford, Glos.  11 Jun 1943 to 15 Apr 1945




    Ed. East Dean Grammar (School Cert.)

    prev. radio engineer with GEC; RAF from Dec 1941


    Postings: 16FPP

    Off sick from 25 Feb to 17 Mar 1944 after a flying accident (report missing)

    One other accident:

     - 23 Oct 1944, the propeller of his Spitfire IX PV312 was damaged when the tail rose on landing downwind at Ratcliffe at 17:40pm. He felt unwell, probably because he'd had nothing to eat all day.

    m. Oct 1945 in Barrow upon Soar, Leics, Patricia Clayton [Barratt]

     Took his 'A' Certificate in July 1947, at Auster Flying Club

    Address in 1947: 516 Loughborough Rd, Birdsall, Leics.

    Emigrated to Australia 1948-57 but then returned to live in Surrey


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  • Agaronoff, Alexander


     3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Alexander Sansonevitch Agaronoff 
      flag russia -> flag UK b. 27 Oct 1913, Samara, Russia   4 Jul 1944 to 15 Apr 1945




    Ed. Denstone College, Uttoxeter, Staffs

    Arrived from India in 1926 to attend school; 1931-32 in Egypt; naturalised British, 1935

    Next of kin (Mother): Mrs R Martin, of Denvale, Old Wokingham Rd, Crowthorne, Bucks

    prev: Estate Agent; RAF 1942-44

    Also known as "Alexander Sterling"

    Address in 1944: 21 Pembridge Sq, London W2

     Postings: 5FPP, 3FPP

    One accident, his fault:

    - 21 Mar 1945, he ran off the track whilst taxying Martinet RG994 in windy conditions; when he tried to get back on the runway one wheel fell into a concealed drain, and the aircraft nosed over.

    "He showed signs of overconfidence, but otherwise his work was carried out satisfactorily"

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

    Applied to be discharged from bankrupcy in April 1945: "lately carrying on business as Sterling & Co, 177, Regent St, and Piccadilly House, Piccadilly Circus". His hearing was on 17 April.


    d. Aug 1994 - Chelsea, London

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  • Agazarian, Marie Monique Jacqueline (W.143)

     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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  • Akerman, Jean Mary (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet   Jean Mary Akerman
     flag england  b. 17 Dec 1922, Camberley 8 May 1944 to 3 Jun 1944 

      with David Crichton, 1946


    Father: Maj-General William Philip Jopp Akerman CB, DSO, MC, Director of Staff Duties Artillery, Army Headquarters India (Retired 1942, d. 1971); mother: Olga Phyllis [Steevens, d. 27 Dec 1922, i.e. when Jean was 10 days old]

    Step-mother: Annie [Alexander] from 1925. Two step-sisters, Rosemary and Susan.

    Ed. Bedgebury Park, Goudhurst, Kent

    prev. WAAF (WMTS India)

    Address in 1944: "Rotherwood", Churt, Farnham, Surrey

    [ab initio pilot]

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

    m. 25 Apr 1946 in Churt, Flt-Lt Dr David Stewart Crichton MBE, MB, ChB; one daughter Susan (Penny) [Buckley] 1948-2016


    d. 13 Jun 2018 - Salisbury

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  • Aldren, Thomas

     M.948  First Officer Thomas Aldren 
     flag england b. 5 Aug 1920, Lancaster  19 May 1944 to 13 Aug 1945 




    Parents: Richard Aldren, Isabella [Roberts] of 13 Mill St., Lancaster

    prev. Local Government (Clerk, Public Health); RAFVR from 9 Jul 1940

    Admitted as a "Freeman" to the roll of the City of Lancaster in 1938

     m. Jul 1944 in Lancaster, Joan [Boulton]

    "TWO WELL-KNOWN members of the Lancaster Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society were married at St. , John's Church. Lancaster, on Monday. They are F.O. Thomas Aldren, formerly employed at the Lancaster Health Office, and now a Ferry Pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Aldren, of Mill Street. Lancaster, and Miss Joan Boulton (who is on the staff of the Canadian Treasury), younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Boulton, of South Road. Lan- caster."

    Address in 1945: 21 South Rd, Lancaster

     d. 1 Mar 1953 at Royal Infirmary, Lancaster

    "EX-R.A.F. OFFICER Death at 32

    A Flight-Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during the war, Mr. Thomas Aldren aged 32, of 21 South Rd, Lancaster, died in Lancaster Infirmary on Sunday. He had been in the infirmary for the past three weeks undergoing treatment for heart trouble.

    A native of Lancaster, he was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. When he left school he became a clerk In the Corporation Health Department. In 1940 he joined the Royal Air Force. He gained his wings in 1941 and was commissioned as a flying Instructor. In the the latter end of 1943 [sic] he was transferred to the Air Transport Auxiliary, and ferried many planes across the country. He returned to the R.A.F. and at the end of the war was demobbed as a Flight Lieutenant. He was married at St John's Church Lancaster, in 1945 [sic].

    Following his war service he went to Nottingham where he quailfied as a Sanitary Inspector and became a meat and food inspector.

    He returned to Lancaster in October 1951 but since had not been able to carry on his work owing to ill-health. An ex-member of Lancaster Golf Club, he was a former winner of the George Thompson Trophy, and a very keen player. He was also a former member of LADOS and a member of the Vale of Lune Rugby Club.

    His wife survives."Lancaster Guardian


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  • Aldrich, Wilfred Hector

     M.1142 *

    3rd Officer 

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Wilfred Hector Aldrich
    flag england  b. 1 Sep 1919  5 Sep 1944 to 30 Apr 1945 




    d. Sep 2000 - North Somerset

  • Alexander, Susan Mary Aurea (W.163)

     W.163  3rd Officer  Susan Mary Aurea Alexander
     flag england  b. 19 or 20 Apr 1920, Horncastle Lincs 8 May 1944 to 30 Sep 1945 






    The Final 7 Women Pilots - Betty Keith-Jopp (W.167), Sue Alexander (W.163), Joan Arthur (W.166), Ruth Russell (W.165), Annette Mahon (W.164), Aimee de Neve (W.168), Katharine Stanley Smith (W.162)



    Father: Capt William James Alexander (a Company Director, Motor Trade, d. 1947), mother: Mary Jeanette [Rawnsley] (d. Jul 1941) of Raithby Hall, Spilsby:

      Raithby Hall, the home of the Rawnsley family

    Ed. Benenden, Kent (School Certificate)

    prev: WAAF

    Address in 1944: c/o L S Dodds Ltd, Spilsby, Lincs

    [Ab initio pilot]

    Postings: 4FPP


    One accident:

    - 31 Jan 1945, in Swordfish II LS215; she failed to keep the aircraft straight on take-off, and it swung, hit a snow ridge and turned over


    Gained her Royal Aero Club Pilot's Certificate (No 20753) as part of the ATA's 'Wings' scheme on 22 Nov 1945

    d. 9 Jul 2000 - Taunton, Somerset



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  • Alexander, William Hamlet

     M.--- 2nd Officer  William Hamlet 'Bill' Alexander 

    flag usa

     b. 13 Oct 1894, Paterson New Jersey  12 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata bill alexander 1940 2 1940      


    Ed. Harvard Medical School

    WWI, 1917-18

    "First Great War flyer and pilot on the first New York to Bermuda flight in 1930"

    d. 6 Oct 1979 - Iron Mountain, MI 


  • Alington, Cyril Geoffrey Marmaduke

     M.---  First Officer Cyril Geoffrey Marmaduke Alington 

    flag england

     b. 19 Aug 1914, Richmond, London  4 Oct 1939 to Nov-41 


    ata cyril alington




    The youngest of four brothers.

    In 1933, a public schoolboy in Hythe, Kent; by 1936 a student at the de Havilland Technical School.

    ATA Contract Terminated 4 Aug 1940; he then continued as a part-time pilot until 10 Nov 1941.

    later, a test pilot for Fairey.

    d. Aug 1987, Poole

    Schlesinger Race in 1936 

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  • Allen, Cyril Percy

     M71 *  Pilot

    Cyril Percy Allen

    aka Aron

     flag england b. 28 Jun 1901, London  12 Aug 1940 to 2 Apr 1941




    Father: Benjamin (Benno) Aron, a hat and cap manufacturer, d. 1 Jul 1941. Mother: Kathleen Hannah [Jacobs]


    Changed surname to Allen c. 1939

    m. 1925 in Amersham, Bucks, Amy L [Townsend]

    RAeC Certificate 9487 dated 4 Oct 1930, taken at London Aeroplane Club

    Address in 1930: 55 City Rd, London EC2

    prev. RAF from 1933 (Resigned 14 Mar 1939); Engineer;  Probationary Temporary 2nd Lieut, RN



     2nd Lieut, Royal Army Ordnance Corps from 9 May 1942

    Surname reverted to Aron c. 1959

    m. 1959 in Kensington, London, Jane [Webster]

    Address in 1964: 23 Palace Gardens, Kensington


     d. 31 Mar 1980 1980 - London

    Buried Willesden United Synagogue CemeteryWillesdenLondon Borough of BrentLondon

    * Personnel File not seen 

  • Allen, Helen Naomi (W.70)

     W.70  First Officer Helen 'Naomi' Allen 
     flag england   b. 25 Jun 1913, Folkestone 24 Feb 1942 to 31 Oct 1945 

    naomi heron maxwell 1934  RAeC 1934

    naomi heron maxwell 19342 Also 1934

    Allen Naomi 1 

    1935, with Cobham's Flying Circus

     Allen Naomi 2  ATA


    née Heron-Maxwell

    mother: Lady Heron-Maxwell, of 5 Staverton Rd, Oxford

    prev: Secretarial / Lecturing on Gliding and Parachuting 


    Parachuting with Cobham's Flying Circus in 1935; she made over 100 descents.

    1935 parachuting naomi pulloff bw touchedwide 

    See http://www.afleetingpeace.org for the story of Cobham's Air Circus


    The first woman Silver Badge (Soaring) holder in the UK, and one of the founder members (with Lady Bailey, Joan Price, and Amy Johnson) of the Oxford Gliding Club


    m. 2 Mar 1938, Francis Cecil Howard Allen (d. 28 Jan 1939 aged 34 in Austria, after an operation for a duodenal ulcer.)

    [According to my mother-in-law, who knew the family, "Apparently it was quite a straightforward operation, he woke up, said 'Hello Darling' and then promptly had a heart attack and died", but Naomi wrote that it was 6 days after the operation.]


    "Scar on left side of neck"

    Address in 1942: 2 Dalmevey Ave, London SW16

     Postings: 6FPP, 15FPP, 1FPP, 4FPP

     1942 ata naomi jean bird 1 bw5900 with Jean Bird in a taxi Anson, 1942 [all photos with thanks to Nick Thomas]


    Reprimanded in August 1944 for "Loss of Ferry Pilot's Notes", and in May 1945 for "taxying with insufficient care"


    6 accidents, 4 her fault:

    - 15 Oct 1942, "careless taxying" crosswind in Hawker Audax K5599; the aircraft tipped onto its nose

    - 9 Jan 1943, she overshot a landing in Spitfire JG953

    - 22 Mar 1943, she landed without lowering the undercarriage of her Mustang 1a FD443

    - 17 Nov 1943, a forced landing in a Seafire III, after the port cannon fairing blew off in the air

    - 18 Dec 1943, she overshot a landing in Spitfire IX BS401, after encountering very bad weather and turning back

    - 15 May 1945, she failed to control her Warwick BV343 while taxying, and one wheel fell into "an excavation at the side of the track"


    "A really keen pilot of average ability who wants hard work. Her temperament is unusual and her attitude towards criticism is inclined to be resentful"

    "Her technical knowledge is below average" [she admitted this was true]

    Moved to Los Angeles in 1948

    m. 1957 Howard D Thomas (a Real Estate agent) (divorced); one son, b. 1958, Nick - who has written a wonderful biography about her, using her diaries, called "Naomi the Aviatrix"

     d. 1983 - Leisure World, Laguna Hills, CA

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  • Allen, Joan Mary (W.91)

     W.91  First Officer

     Mrs Joan Mary Allen 

     flag UK b. 4 Dec 1914, Shillong India   15 Jul 1942 to 30 Sep 1945

     ata joan allen ATA


     née Stapledon

    Father: Gerald Stapledon ("of Calcutta, fourth son of William Stapledon of Lakenham, Northam, N. Devon", d. 1944), mother Eleanor Maud [Halliday], ("eldest daughter of Lt-Col S C Halliday, late R.A.") of Upton, Hartley Wintney, Hants

    Ed. Rosemead, Littlehampton

    prev exp: 34 hrs 30min on DH Moth, Hornet Moth, Magister, Whitney Straight in Malaya ('A' Licence No 76 gained in the Straits Settlements)

    Sailed from Calcutta to London aged 4, with her mother and younger sister Maud Winifred in 1919, to Singapore in September 1935 and back from Bombay to Plymouth in Apr 1936.

    m. Flt-Lt John Anthony Allen (d. 16 May 1941 in Singapore, in a training accident). Their son Christopher John was born 13 Jun 1941, but died aged 10 months in Cape Town, en route from Singapore.


    Two accidents, both her fault:

    - 2 Apr 1943, taxying her Auster III MZ186 without sufficient care, the propeller struck a marker flag

    - 22 May 1944, the tail wheel of her Beaufighter broke off after a heavy landing

     m. Lt-Cmdr Keith Marshall (a daughter, Geraldine Mary b. 1958, d. 1979)

    d. 7 May 1994 - Yelverton, Devon

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  • Allen, Myrtle Rita (W.106)

     W.106  2nd Officer  Myrtle Rita 'Mikki' Allen 
     flag usa  b. 26 Nov 1916, Paterson NJ  12 Aug-42 to 11 Feb-44 

     ata myrtle allen 1945 1945




    Father: William A Allen, mother Jeanette

    Ed; Hawthorne High School, American School in Tokyo, Columbia University, NYC

    prev. Mechanical Dept, Curtiss Propeller

     One of the original members of the 99 Club of women aviators.

    She and her mother had visited the UK, in 1930

     prev. exp. 325 hrs

     Address in 1942: 70 Warren Ave, Hawthorne, NJ

    Postings: 15FPP

    One accident:

    - 12 Sep 1942; she overshot her landing in a Hart, applied the brakes too harshly and the aircraft turned over.

    Off sick from 22 Sep to 5 Oct 1942 with bronchial catarrh, and 18 Nov 1942 to 7 Feb 1943 with 'post-operation debility'

    m. 23 Aug 1945 in St Louis MO, Major Joseph Watkins Carter, US Army Signal Corps. They met in London and had been engaged since Christmas Day 1942.

    They divorced sometime before 1953.

    After ATA, Myrtle served with the WASPs.

     ata myrtle allen WASP https://twudigital.contentdm.oclc.org

    but went to stay with her husband in Italy from 5 Nov 1946 to 14 May 1947, and then spent two years in Japan, 1951-53

     m. 1953 in Paterson., NJ, Carl Henry Willer

    Later a secretary with the US Treasury Dept; moved to Florida in 1965 from Washington DC.

    d. 10 Jun 1966 - Tampa, FL (Age 49)



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  • Allen, Raymond Sylvester

     M.---- First Officer  Raymond Sylvester Allen 
     flag usa   b. 15 Jan 1921, Bristow Oklahoma 22 Mar 1941 to 21 Mar 1942




    Father: Joe Allen, mother Agnes [Johnson]

    "He resigned as an instructor and pilot at Beaumont, MO with a record of 1,800 commercial flying hours" - The World, 28 Apr 1941

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Homer Edward Anderson (M.496), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Blecker Makepeace, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531) and Emmett Chaffin

    Later flew 'The Hump' with CNAC - see CNAC Captain Raymond S. Allen


    d. 5 Aug 1999, Bristow OK

  • Alsop, Howard Charles

     M.163 First Officer   Howard Charles Alsop

    flag england

    flag usa

    b. 21 Mar 1909, Manchester  19 Oct 1940 to Feb-41 



    (Naturalised 1916)

    Address in 1940: 41 Clifford St, Hartford, CT

    prev. pilot; 3 yrs in 118 Observation Sqn, Connecticut NG, 4 yrs AAA Aerial Survey

    Sailed to Liverpool to join the ATA, arriving 11 Nov 1940, with fellow American pilots Charles Smith, Donald Annibal, Francis Bender, Robert Gragg, Dan Jacques, Malcolm Stewart and Roy Wimmer.


    Later joined Eastern Airlines

    d. 1979

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  • Ambler, John Sharp


    First Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

    John Sharp Ambler 
      flag england  b. 24 Jun 1905, Heaton, Bradford  28 Jan 1943 to  15 Apr 1945

       1939 - Yorkshire Aero Club



    Father; Sam Ambler, mother: Emily Beatrice [Sharp], of Hoyle Court, Baildon, Yorks

    One sister, Ruth Beatrice (m. 1923 Emerson Lyman Fisher-Smith, m. 1935 Geoff Morris). His elder brother Lieut. Edward Sharp 'Ted' Ambler (b. 1898) 2nd Bn Scots Guards, d. 8 May 1918 in France

    Ed. Shrewsbury School


    A bit of a tearaway in his youth:

     "SMASH - THEN FINES. Said to have been racing, John Sharp Ambler, spinner, Hoyle Court, Baildon, and Laurence B. King, of Helsley. near Chester, were each fined £5 and costs at Otley yesterday for driving motor cycles to the danger of the public.

    It was stated that when near the Junction Hotel, the machine which King was riding met with an obstacle, and it shot from under him. King turned several somersaults and fell on the road. Ambler ran into the kerb about six yards beyond. "Leeds Mercury - Saturday 22 March 1924


     "BAILDON MOTOR CYCLIST'S SPEED John Sharp Ambler, worsted spinner, Hoyle Court, Baildon, was summoned for driving to the danger of the public at Baildon on November 12. It was stated by Police Constable Cooper that he was standing in a garage along Otley Road about 2.05 p.rn. when the defendant dashed past on a motor cycle combination at an exceptionally fast and dangerous speed. The constable ran out on the footpath, about seven yards from where hod been standing, and the machine then was 110 yards away.He saw the defendant later, and after some hesitation, Ambler replied that he did not pass until 2.15 p.m., and was driving very carefully.

    Mr. W. T. Scholes for the defendant, submitted that the police hod made mistake in their man. The defendant went to Baildon Station to catch the 1.57 p.m. train to Bradford, but missed it. He returned home, got into his motor clothes, and rode to business. It was 12 minutes past 2 when he passed the public clock at Shipley. Defendant said he had not to be at business until 2.30, and he did not travel at more than 17 miles per hour. He mentioned that he broke the machine on the journey, and it took four days to mend it. After hearing other evidence, the magistrates found the defendant guilty. It was stated that he had been lined £5 for a similar offence at Otley in March last year. He was now fined £5 and his licence suspended for two months." - Shipley Times and Express - Friday 12 December 1924


    "CROSS-ROADS CRASH. John Sharp Ambler, worsted spinner. Royal [sic] Court. Baildon was fined £10, with £4 6s. 6d. costs, at Scarborough to-day, for driving dangerously.

    Mr G B Parker, prosecuting, said Ambler drove down Holbeck Road at 50 miles hour and at the cross-roads caught a mailvan driven by Herbert King, who was thrown out and injured. Ambler denied that was driving at such a speed, and said he had slowed up to 15 mph at the cross-roads." - Yorkshire Evening Post - Friday 5 May 1933


    prev. a 'worsted spinner'; RAF from May 1941

    prev. exp. 190 hrs on DH Moth, Oxford, Wellington

     Postings: 9FPP

    Two accidents, both his fault:

    - 13 Jul 1943, his Henley L3399 struck a camouflaged hut when taxying - Reprimanded for "taxying without proper care"

    - 16 Mar 1944, he stalled his Barracuda on approach, the port wing dropped and the port undercarriage leg collapsed


     "An excellent officer and a sound type of pilot who generally has made such good progress as to warrant every confidence in him making a first rate ferry pilot"

    "He is not happy in fast aircraft in bad weather and is not ashamed to admit it"

     m. 1958 in Kensington, London, Mrs Gwenda Amy Allbrook [nee Oakden] (d. 2000)


    Address in 1973: 4 Angel Court, Compton, Surrey; 

    d. 15 Jun 1974 - Compton, Surrey



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  • Anderson, Homer Edward

     M.496  First Officer Homer Edward Anderson 
    flag usa  b. 30 Jan 1918, Terre Haute, IN

    13 Mar 1941 to 16 Mar 1942

     [368 days]




    Ed. Indian State High School, Terre Haute; W.C. Bryant Grammar School, University of New Mexico

    Next of kin: (Mother) Mrs F R Jones, 3405 Wabash-Terre Haute, IN

    prev. a trainee for Sears Roebuck & Co, Chicago IL.

    Address in 1941: 922 Gordon Terrace, Chicago IL

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Emmett Chaffin (M.568), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Bleecker Makepeace, Raymond Sylvester Allen, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531)

    Later flew 'The Hump' with CNAC - See CNAC Captain Homer E. Anderson, Jr.

    Joined Consolidated Airways Inc. (Convair's own transport service, which used B-24s to carry personnel and cargo, and delivered aircraft, to the Pacific Theatre), and moved to San Diego then Santa Cruz, CA.

    m. Marilyn [Richardson] of Jacksonville, FL. Their son Homer Edward Anderson III was born in Santa Cruz, CA on 6 May 1944.

    d. Sep 1973, Seattle WA

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  • Anderton, Sylvanus

    M.378   First Officer  Sylvanus 'Syl' Anderton

    flag england

    b. 21 Jul 1907, Bolton 25 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata sylvanus anderton 1938 1938



    prev. A motor trader and motorcycle racer; he and his brother James founded Anderton Bros. Motor Cycles Ltd. in Bolton, Lancashire in 1935.

    Served for 6 months in the Civil Air Guard, as a Unit Leader.

    Address in 1941: 18 Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever, Bolton

    Postings: 3FPP, 14FPP

    In September 1944 his CO, Stan Ogden, wrote "Has been a member of this Pool since Dec 1942. He has proved a willing worker. He uses his head as a pilot and does not attempt to fly in weather beyond his capacity. His discipline has been a good example to more junior members of this Pool."

    Syl Anderton 1949 1949

    from http://triumphtiger100.blogspot.pt/

    Wikipedia: "In 1949 he competed in his first Isle of Man TT event with brother James in the pits. He also competed in the Ulster Grand Prix 1949 to 1951."

    Owned G-AMZI, a 1953 Auster J-5F Aiglet Trainer.

    d. Dec 1983  - Bolton

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  • Anding, Elbert Beard

     M.316 First Officer  Elbert Beard 'Tex' Anding 

    flag usa

     b. 11 Apr 1905, Rosebud, TX  26 Sep 1940 to Aug-41 

     ata elbert anding ATA      


    Address in 1940: 2 Anding Ave, Merrick, Long Island New York

    Joined the engineering staff of the Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corp, Baltimore, in 1929

    Operated the E.B. Anding Flying Service in Haiti; had also done crop dusting

    prev. exp. 4,980 hrs

    "A sound and intelligent pilot."

    Seconded ("Loaned") to Atlantic Ferry Organisation (Atfero), 20 Mar 1941

    ata elbert anding danny dugan atfero

    left, with Al Torrey (?Eaglerock) of Atfero

    B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    d. 14 Aug 1941 - one of four ATA pilots, travelling as passengers, amongst the 22 killed in the crash of Liberator AM260 when taking off from Ayr.

    The others were Philip Lee (M.228), Buster Trimble and Martin Wetzel.

    The cause of the crash was that "the pilot in command [Cpt Richard Charles Stafford of BOAC] started the take off procedure from runway 06 which was not suitable for the takeoff as it was too short for such aircraft."

    In October, his wife Jessie wrote bitterly to the ATA:

    "Dear Sir,

    I have in my possession a check for $1,005 as full settlement of my late husband's salary. I feel there has been a mistake in the amount, which I sincerely hope was not intended by the ATA.

    Although it is to no avail to blame anyone for the accident I cannot help feeling that to a certain extent it was nothing more than 'manslaughter'. Capt. Stafford on two occasions at St Hubert airport in Montreal almost let his ships get away from him. Both occasions Capt. Anding was in the ships and I have heard my husband and other pilots discuss the fact that Capt. Stafford was not capable of flying the ships assigned to him. Of course "mere Americans" to even dare assume that an Englishman couldn't out-fly them would be something short of "treason".

    and his brother-in-law added: "... in conversation with [Elbert] I learned there were only two things he was afraid of, Fire and Capt. Stafford - he met both."

    Jessie had suffered financial hardship as a result of her husband's death (he had no insurance), but refused to cash the cheque for some months in protest at what she regarded as the shabby treatment handed out to her and the other families.

    Eventually, on 16 July 1942, an ex-gratia payment of $4,000 was agreed for Jessie, with a further $4,000 in War Bonds in the name of their 9 year-old daughter Mary Anne.

    Jessie wrote back to say she was "... greatly pleased. Might I add that any sarcasm I have shown in past correspondence has not been towards any one individual but to all those who from lack of foresight failed to realize the value and ability of other mankind."


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  • Andrews, William Arthur

     M.202  First Officer William Arthur Andrews 

    flag UK

     b. 2 Feb 1906, Gibraltar   28 Dec 1940 to Apr-43



    Educated at King's College School, Wimbledon

    prev. RAF 1925-29: Short Service Commission as Probationary P/O & to CFS Upavon, 26 Sep 1925; Confirmed as  P/O, 26 Mar 1926. 19 Sqn, 30 Sep 26; F/O, 12 Apr 27; 23 Sqn, 12 Mar 28; 41 Sqn, 18 Aug 28.

    On the 3 Apr 1929, he was fined £15 for being drunk at the wheel of a motor vehicle & £5 for driving in a dangerous manner at West Side, Wimbledon Common. When told that he would be arrested, he replied "I have been on the loose. I have had 15, or maybe 17, whiskies with a friend".

    Possibly as a consequence, he resigned his Short Service Commission on the 31 May 1929.]

    [details thanks to Steve Brew]

    Then to National Flying Services Ltd, Hanworth Pk, in Oct 29.

    Pilot for Air Commerce Ltd, Sudan, 1937

    Address in 1940: The Croft, Sandown, I.O.W.

    Postings: 3FPP, 4aFPP, 8FPP

    "A capable pilot on heavy aircraft, does not like flying single engined aircraft... nice personality but apt to be forgetful."

    Resigned from the ATA in Apr-43

    d. Mar 1977 - Isle of Wight

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  • Angus, Alexander Norman

     M.942 * 2nd Officer  Alexander Norman Angus 
    flag england   b. 11 Jan 1911, Welling, Kent 12 Jul 1943 to 31 Aug 1945 

     ata alexander angus 1939 1939 



    father: Arthur James Angus, mother Lilian Clara [McNally]

    prev. a cycle mechanic

    Address in 1939: 'Hillcrest', 15 Orchard Terrace, Upper Wickham Lane. Welling, Kent

  • Annibal, Donald Lee

     M.165  Flight Captain  Donald Lee Annibal

    flag usa

    b. 7 Nov 1915, Stroh, IN  12 Oct 1940 to Jul-42 



    A Commercial pilot - in June 1940 he made a 'perfect' forced landing on the riverbank of the Los Angeles River.

    Address in 1940: c/o his father Lee H Annibal, 2482 Tyler Ave, Detroit, MI

    Sailed to Liverpool to join the ATA, arriving 11 Nov 1940, with fellow American pilots Howard Alsop, Charles Smith, Francis Bender, Robert Gragg, Dan Jacques, Malcolm Stewart and Roy Wimmer.

    Postings: 2FPP, 14FPP

    m. Apr 1942 in Bristol, Glos, Patricia M [Harris], 1 child

    "An excellent pilot. Discipline above reproach."

    B 25 Mitchell

    d. 23 Feb 1943 when a member of RAF Ferry Command, in Mitchell FR148 lost out of Gander

    Commemorated at Runnymede

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  • Ansley, James Whitaker

     M.511 First Officer  James Whitaker 'Whit' Ansley 
    flag usa  b.4 Jul 1908, Marshallville, GA 

    17 Mar 1941 to 22 May 1943

     [796 days]


    ata whit ansley 1942

    News-Press Fort Myers, 20 Jun 1942



    Father: Joseph, a Baptist Minister

    Ed. Fort Myers High School

    m. 1940 Mary Louise [Foxworthy d. 2008], 1 daughter (Margaret Louise [Loy] d. 2015)

    prev. Circulation Manager, News-Press Fort Myers 1925-41

    Address in 1941: Apt 6-2010 Jackson St, Fort Myers, FL

    Postings: 2 FPP, 14FPP, 3FPP, 1FPP

    "A very good and careful pilot. Navigation very good; keen but inclined to be a little nervous of our weather. Conduct very good."

    He told the Fort Myers News Press: "Can't say how I came over from England except that I didn't swim or use a rowboat... After this job is over, maybe I can tell a few stories. That's one reason I came back to the States for a visit. I was hungry for a few good American jokes. The English are a good lot but not too long on humor."

    "Sure we have plenty to eat in England. The English people are long on morale. You can believe all you have read about the big raids on Germany. England has plenty of planes and with the help of the American Air Force there is no limit to the damage that can be inflicted on Germany from the air. The big show is terrific and no country can stand up under bombing of thousands of planes at one time. We ferry pilots don't do that kind of flying but we do handle plenty of ships that have been over the Channel."

    "Whit grinned and denied that he came across the Atlantic with Churchilll. He did admit to having seen Churchill on a couple of occasions. 'That guy gets around', said Ansley."


    In 1944, he was one of the pilots sent to look for Austin Drumm (see above), who had bailed out of a B-24 near Georgetown, British Guiana and spent about 2 weeks in 'the roughest jungles in South America'. They had travelled to the UK together in 1941.

    d. 3 Nov 1971, Tampa: "Mr. Ansley had lived in Tampa for the past 17 years and was associated with the Coates Oil Equipment Co. Prior to World War Two he served as a ferry pilot with the ATA in England and served as a pilot with the US Navy during World War Two and the Korean War as a Lt. Commander."

    "After the war he returned to Fort Myers and for a time was manager of Page Field after the government turned it over to the county... About 3 years ago he retired as sales manager of the Coates Oil Equipment Co. of Tampa when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Since the accident he had been an invalid and entered Bay Pines last Saturday when stricken with pneumonia."

    buried Myrtle Hill Memorial Gardens, Tampa.

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  • Arckless, Irene (W.47)

     W.47 2nd Officer   Irene Arckless
     flag england  b. 28 Dec 1915, Uppingham 1 Aug-41 to Jan-43 

     irene arkless 1937 RAeC 1937

     ata irene arckless MUWW    


    Prev. Exp: 53 hrs solo

    Irene was one of those ordinary working-class girls who, by sheer enthusiasm and determination, and with the help of the subsidised Civil Air Guard Scheme, learnt to fly in the years before WWII. She managed to amass over 50 hours solo between 1937 and 1939. Amy Mollison (Amy Johnson as was, and she were only the daughter of a fish merchant in Hull) once snootily dismissed someone as "the typical CAG Lyons-waitress type".

    You've probably met someone like Irene; bubbly, a bit cheeky, innocent, irreverent - 'high spirited', if you like that sort of thing, a complete pain if you don't - and probably exactly the sort of person who would get right up Captain The Hon. Margie 'Mrs Cold Front' Fairweather's nose. Which she indeed did - and of that, more later.

    Anyway, in her first letter, dated 11 Mar 1941, having heard Lord Londonderry's appeal on the wireless the night before, she applied: "I wish to put forward the following for your approval, and I will be most grateful to hear from you if you think that my services could be of use in connection with the ATA... I was studying for my 2nd class navigators certificate and intending to take a 'B' licence but the war stopped all that I'm afraid.

    I am 25 years of age, height about 5ft 4. I would very much like to get into the ATA, particularly as my fiancé is a prisoner of war in Germany (Flt Lt lockyer) and as he is no longer able to fly his beloved spitfires, if I can carry on his good work I would love to do so. I am swotting up all the information I can get hold of with regard to v.p. airscrews, superchargers and boost pressure, as we did not have any of those on our poor old gypsy moths, hornet moths etc!"

    She closed by "Hoping I can do my bit for our dear old country."

     They invited her for a flight test, and on the 31st March she wrote:

    "Dear Mr Wood
    First of all I better give you an explanation of this letter! A few days ago I wrote to W/Cdr G. Tuttle asking if he could tell me anything about the prospects of the A.T.A. I had already submitted my application to them, and have since had a letter asking me to go to Hatfield for a flight test. I have arranged to attend at Hatfield on Tuesday, April 8th at 10-00.
    I have had a letter from Geoffrey today, and he gave me your name and address, and told me to write to you, so I trust you will forgive the liberty I am taking.
    What I want to know at the moment, and before I go to Hatfield next Monday - I am travelling down to London on the 7th instant, is - I might as well come straight to the point! - do you know what kind of machines they are using at Hatfield for the flight tests? I would be most grateful if you could drop me a note and let me know what to expect to handle - 'cause I want to be as well prepared as possible. I have handled Gipsy II, Hornet Moths, Fox Moth, and several of the ultra light types, such as Pragas, Taylor Cubs etc. I am hoping I don't have to do the test on a completely strange machine - if they have Tiger Moths there I shall be quite happy, as they are very similar to Gipsys as you know. If it will be in order for you to inform me what I will be most likely take the test on, I shall be most grateful to you."

    He sent a telegram back which (even before the days of auto-correctign smartphones) managed to read "Tiger Mothers for initial test".

    She was well into her stride now. Here she is, writing to ATA Adjutant Kitty Farrer on the 9 Apr 1941:
    "Dear Madam,
    First of all I would like to say how pleased I am that I was successful in passing my flight test yesterday, and that I am looking forward very much to coming down to take up duty. I already feel I shall be very happy with you all, as everyone was very nice to me yesterday. I do sincerely hope it will not be long before you send for me - you know I am honestly very anxious to get down to what I term 'a real job of work'.
    There was one thing I forgot to ask you yesterday, a rather important one as well! The question of salary!!
    I know the rates as published in 'Flight' but whether these apply to male and female, or only the former, I do not know, will you be kind enough to tell me exactly what the scale is?
    From what you said yesterday, I gather I shall be at Hatfied 'under training' for about a month, & during this time I take it flying pay will not be applicable. I should like to know just how I shall be fixed as regards salary, so that I can make necessary arrangements here before I leave, i.e. (so that if necessary I will have sufficient cash to last me until I draw my first pay).
    I am asking you this because I have recently transferred my Bank balance to War Bonds, & naturally do not want to have to 'cash in' on these if not necessary. I think you will quite understand my asking - I hope so anyway.Further, if there are any special subjects I can 'swot' meantime, will you send me a list? I am swotting up Met: Navigation, etc, and also my morse - I don't know whether the ATA ever have need to use the latter, but it may be useful at some time or other.

    Believe me Mrs Farrer, this job of work I am going to do, & I shall do my utmost to do it well, means an awful lot to me, I told you my fiancé F/Lt Lockyer is a prisoner of War, & to me now, every 'plane we can deliver to the Great Lads of the RAF, means one day nearer to the time he will be home, & everyone carefree & happy again. You don't know Tommy, but he is a grand fellow, & a damn good pilot, he has over 3,000 to his credit! My record is a mere detail beside that isn't it?
    To me, however, his 3,000 hours means an awful lot, & whenever I fly, I always try my best to do it well, I've his good reputation to uphold you see. You'll probably think that a very sentimental reason, on the other hand, maybe you'll understand what I mean.
    By the way, I think I could get off with a fortnight's notice, so if perchance if I could start with you in May, will you let me know. Here's hoping I can start then.

    Forgive me for taking up so much of your time with this letter please, I started it with the intention of being very business like! but I'm afraid it's got to be a personal letter in the end - hasn't it?

    Hoping to be with you all very soon.


    She wrote back to Mr Wood to say thank you, and that "I passed the flight test successfully - in fact, I did very well indeed, so I was told by the Adjutant afterwards - she said "Your test was excellent". So you may guess I felt quite proud of myself!
    Actually I surprised myself I must admit, because after being 'off' flying since the outbreak of war, I thought maybe I'd have forgotten a few things - however I hadn't, thank goodness! because this job means rather a lot to me as I told you."

    Nothing happened...

    20th April 1941, to Kitty:

    "Dear Mrs Farrer,
    Many thanks for your letter of the 14th instant. You know you make me feel very much at 'home' the way you write, and I know that I will be very happy with you all when I come to join you.
    I think I told you I am at an E.F.T.S. at the moment, and British Air Transport, who are running the School, have a scheme for training boys to become engine experts! (we hope!) so after office hours, I am an apprentice! I am trying to put together all the numerous parts which go to make up an aircraft engine!!
    I suppose I will be reaching the 'watchmaker' stage before too long - you know - one piece over! Where the heck does this go?!! I have learned quite a lot about 'twin' types, and already, in theory! I think I could fly 'em!! That remains to be seen, but I hope one day soon I shall be flying twin, or even more than twin types.
    Optimistic aren't I! Strange to say though, right from childhood I've always felt more at home 'upstairs' than on the ground.
    Here's hoping you will soon require some more pilots Mrs Farrer, I'm an awful pest aren't I? but I'm just longing to get started you know."

    Nothing continued to happen...

    5th June to Kitty:

    "Dear Mrs Farrer,
    Yes, it's that Arckless pest again! I am going to ask you something point blank, and leave it to you to decide what happens!
    As so far there seems no possibility of me coming down to join you in the immediate future on the flying staff, I wonder if in the meantime there is any chance of a Ground appointment, either as a typist or clerical staff.
    If there is any opportunity of work of this nature in the meantime, I would be perfectly willing to come down, and then later, when a vacancy exists for a pilot, I could be transferred to that vacancy.
    I feel sure that I could make myself quite useful if there are any openings in this direction, but of course, as you will understand, I naturally want to start on flying duties as soon as possible.
    I am sure you will think I am an awful nuisance, but as you have been so kind, I hope you will forgive me troubling you again. To be perfectly honest Mrs Farrer, this is between you and I entirely -  I am sitting in the office here doing practically nothing all day and I don't like it!
    You see, as Mr Brown, our Accountant, knows I am leaving to come to A.T.A. sometime, he has taken on someone else who is taking over my job, and the point is, that I am left without anything to do, except to watch that my job is done correctly by someone else!
    Well, there you are, thats the position, and if you are able to help me, I shall be most grateful to you.
    Thanking you in anticipation of your reply, Very Sincerely, Irene"

    Nothing still continued to happen; eventually Irene took herself off to another job, so she must have been amazed to finally get the call to report on 1 August 1941.

    She completed training (although she bumped into another aircraft when landing on the 11th August, due to 'bad airmanship'), went on to ferry work, and progressed through the ranks; she was promoted to Third Officer on 5 Feb 1942, then Second Officer on 1 Jul 1942.

    ata irene arckless

    On the 24 Feb 1942, ATA Senior Commander Pauline Gower invited Irene into her office to discuss a rather delicate matter. Irene was typically... forthright:

    "Interview with 3rd Officer Irene Arckless
    To Pauline Gower Dear Madam,
    Further to interview of this morning, I would like to place the following statement on record as I feel it would be more satisfactory from my own personal view point. The matter being to me of a very serious nature, and effecting my good character, as such it has always been to date.

    Reference the accusation made, and presumed to concern myself i.e. that at a certain aerodrome (unnamed) an unnamed duty pilot is reported to have said to me - when I requested the delivery chit to be signed - "I will, if you give me a kiss first".

    I wish to emphatically deny these words, as never, on any occasion, has such a familiar attitude been adopted by any duty pilot wherever I have been.
    Further, I would like to place on record that far from adopting a familiar attitude myself - I get my chits signed as soon as possible, and depart from the duty pilot's office.
    Having served six months in H.M. Forces prior to joining A.T.A. I consider, that as an Officer and I trust, a lady, I know how to conduct myself both in and out of uniform.... "

    Irene demanded a full and detailed enquiry, and went on,

    "I would like to add that recently at a number of aerodromes visited, & by a number of people, I have been mistaken for another female member of the ATA, whether there proves to be any connection with the charge made & the above - will do doubt, after investigation, come to light.
    I an Madam, Your Obedient Servant, Irene

    Pauline (no doubt muttering under her breath 'For goodness' sake, calm down, woman'), replied:
    "With reference to your letter to me of today's date, I would point out to you that you have not been charged with any offence. Certain matters have been brought to my attention and I took the course of discussing these with you in order to clear them up.
    Under the circumstances I shall make a further investigation but in the meantime I am fully prepared to take your word concerning the particular instance mentioned in our conversation this morning."

    ... and that appears to have been the end of that.

    The very next month (March 1942), however, a more serious matter came up, and she was grounded. Without boring you with all the tedious details of 'She said to me, so I said to her', etc, what happened was this:

    On the 15th March, Irene ferried an aircraft from Catterick to Prestwick, via Carlisle. As she landed, who should be watching but Margie Fairweather, and she was not pleased by what she saw; "I noted the circuit and approach of the machine which ultimately turned out to be piloted by 3rd Officer Arckless. The final turn into the slight wind which was blowing, was done in a series of jerks, in the nature of flat turns, and the machine was then under-shooting by several hundred yards. The engine was now used to recover, and height was again gained. Thereafter the machine made a perfectly good landing on the grass. I was shocked to discover the pilot was 3rd Officer Arckless who is known to have some experience."

    Margie confronted Irene, criticised her turns, the height at which she circuited the aerodrome, minutely cross-examined her on her knowledge of the valley, and queried Irene's explanation of a fuel leak for the large quantity of petrol taken on at Carlisle; (she asked for a 'Snag Report' and said "If it's found to be alright, it will be too bad for you", or words to that effect"); she also told Irene she clearly didn't know how to work an altimeter. Margie summed up her opinion of Irene in no uncertain terms: "Her whole bearing during our conversation convinced me, that her extreme confidence in herself as a pilot has no justification."

    Irene, in turn, wrote, "Personally I feel that there is some personal prejudice existing in the whole of Captain Fairweather's attitude" and ended her report by stating, "my one ambition is to be an asset to A.T.A. and not a menace!"

    As it happens, Irene came up with convincing arguments against all Margie's criticisms; nevertheless, she was sent back to School for a Check Flight, with the Chief Instructor, no less. I wonder if she could resist a slight smirk when the report came back:

    19 Mar 1942
    T/O I. Arckless
    We have duly received your report dated 15 March regarding the above Officer, and thank you for writing.
    Miss Arckless has had a flight check with the Chief Flying Instructor who has given us such a good report that we have no alternative but to return her to full flying duties.
    Her explanations on your various points seem fairly satisfactory, but we shall, of course, keep this Officer under observation.

    To be fair to Margie, she was just doing her job, and she was absolutely right to be concerned; the 15th of March 1942 was one of the worst days of ATA's existence, with 6 people dead in 4 separate crashes. Plus, Margie was a very experienced pilot and instructor; if she had concerns about the way Irene was flying, she was aprobably right. But in any case Margie and Irene's personalities and backgrounds were so different, they were perhaps bound to clash.

    Pauline thought it best to transfer Irene anyway, with this note in her file:

    "Miss Arckless suffers from over confidence and I am not at all satisfied with her ability as a Class I pilot. I should be grateful therefore if you would keep a careful check on her flying and general airmanship."

    Irene's next mishap turned out entirely to her credit; on the 20 Aug 1942 she took off in a Mk I Hurricane, and the port undercarriage leg failed to retract. She wrote "I flew around for about 30 minutes trying to get port leg up, or starboard down, by the emergency methods... nothing happened, in any of these directions, the port leg remained down and starboard up.

    After this I circuited the aerodrome, wiggled my wings, and made very amazing other actions. By amazing actions I mean: I trimmed aircraft to fly hands off as well as was possible under the circumstances, took both hands off and feet off everything and tried brute force to move the selector lever... during this period the aircraft certainly appeared to perform some remarkable antics!

    I then did a further circuit and went in to land. Port wheel fortunately retracted and I made a normal crash landing."

    She went back to School, but this time on a conversion course. Her final report was, again, positive:

    "from A G Head, Temp. O.C. Training Pool
    "a keen and safe pilot who has shown considerable initiative and resourcefulness. A likeable personality who is inclined to be rather high spirited but whose work is of a high standard. An extremely good navigator who will make a most useful ferry pilot.She had to cope with a difficult problem in a Hurricane with undercarriage selector trouble recently, and belly landed it with less damage than the Engineer Officer of the Station had ever seen before with similar circumstances. She was exonerated by the Accidents Committee, thus proving her School reports to carry considerable weight.All her work in Training Pool has been very satisfactory."

    She had another accident, on 21 Dec 42; her Airspeed Oxford developed low oil pressure in its starboard engine and she had to force land. The incident was investigated and she was found 'not to blame'.

    Sadly however, her next accident - less than 3 weeks later, in the same type of aircraft - was fatal. On the afternoon of Sunday 3 Jan 1943, her Oxford V3888 crashed onto a house on the outskirts of Cambridge when an engine cut during take-off. She was taken to Addenbrooks but pronounced dead.

    airspeed oxford

    I don't think Pauline Gower ever warmed to her, actually; rather than the usual fairly positive summary, she managed to damn Irene with faint praise: "her conduct and general character was satisfactory and she performed her duties conscienciously"

    Buried Stanwix Cemetery, Carlisle. ATA pilot Ronald Porter (q.v.) is buried in the adjacent plot.

    ata irene arckless grave     ata_irene_arkless_ronald_porter_graves

    The Inscription reads:


    Treasured Memories of 


    Second Officer ATA Ferry Pilot who was accidentally killed

    at Cambridge while on Service 3 Jan 1943 Aged 27 Years

    Beloved Daughter of William and Fanny Arckless

    Also William Arckless Dearly Loved Husband of Fanny

    Who Died 18 Dec 1965, Aged 74 Years

    Also Fanny, Beloved Wife of William

    Who Died 11 April 1987, Aged 92 Years"


     The ATA Benevolent Fund went to visit her parents, to offer assistance, but reported back:

    "Mr Arckless is an ordinary working man, being an organ-builder by trade and I understand that in recent years he has not been fully employed, hence the reason that I deemed it advisable to interview the deceased's parents on the question of the Fund.

    Both Mr. and Mrs. Arckless have requested me to thank the Organisation and the Committee for the consideration shown to them, but they feel that, although their daughter contributed considerably to the home, they cannot under the circumstances avail themselves of any monetary allowance which the Committee may have sen fit to grant them as they feel there must be many more deserving cases, namely young widows left with small children."

    Cairns Post, 15 Jan 1943; "Irene Arckless, daughter of a Carlisle organ-builder, was known as "the flying school-girl." She realised her school-girl ambition to emulate Amy Johnson. She made her first solo flight when she was 21. She was killed on the day after her 28th birthday [sic]. She had just returned to her station from four days leave. She was engaged to Flight-Lieutenant Thomas Lockyer, a prisoner of war in Germany.

    Lockyer's father said last night "Tom and Irene had known each other since childhood. She took flying lessons as soon as she left school. When Tom joined the RAF, she was determined to get her 'wings as soon as he.”

    She joined the RAF ferry service in October, 1941 [sic], after she heard that Lockyer was a prisoner. 'One of us must keep flying, she said'.”


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  • Armstrong, Henry Michael Andrew

     M.748 First Officer   Henry Michael Andrew Armstrong
       b.19 Feb 1906, Lacock, Wilts 10 Jun 1942 to 30 Nov 1945 


     ATA Henry Armstrong ATA

     ata henry armstrong MAMM MAMM    


    Father: Henry William Armstrong, (d. 1934), Mother: Agatha Henrietta Sibilla [Henslow]

    Ed. "privately in France"


    prev. Motor Engineer; Electrical Engineer

    RAeC Certificate 17637 dated 11 Apr 1939, taken at Exeter Aero Club

    prev. exp. 30 hrs on Hornet and Tiger Moth


    Address in 1939: Down St Mary, Bow, Devon

    Address in 1941: 10a Whitchurch Rd, Bristol (later Manor Farm, Corston, Bristol)

    Ab initio pilot

    Postings: 4FPP, 6FPP, 2FPP

     Off sick from 15 Feb to 3 Mar 1943 with influenza


    Reprimanded 3 Oct 1944 for loss of Ferry Pilots Notes


    2 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 28 Dec 1943, the starboard undercarriage leg of his Spitfire collapsed, after a normal landing

    - 9 Feb 1945, he was taxying "with insufficient care" in Tempest V NV780 and hit a vehicle, because he had not noticed that it had stopped

    Severely Reprimanded for this taxying accident


    m. 1943 in Wokingham, Berks, Olive Betty(e) May or Whittington also of the ATA (daughter Mary Anne b. 1944, son John William Andrew b. 1949)

     He and Bettye ran the Edgcumbe Hotel in Newquay, also from 1959 the Coniston Hotel in Newquay


    d. 26 Aug 1984 - Newquay, Cornwall


    Bettye m. 6 Sep 1986 in Truro, Thomas Nelson Gray


    "Oh - Get On! is Bettye Gray's book, [2008] recalling 100 years of Cornwall's holiday scene and how one family (her own) helped to shape it"

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  • Armstrong, Oliver Eric

     M.101  Commander Oliver Eric 'Paddy' Armstrong 

    flag eire

    b. 19 Mar 1903, Dublin  27 May 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

        Irish Free Press    ATAM    


    Father: Samuel Reid Armstrong (d. 1936), Mother: Charlotte Matilda [Sheircliffe]

    Ed. Diocesan School, Dublin

    prev. RAF Sgt Pilot 1919-31, but "it was not until the last four years of his service that he became a pilot."

    "Isle of Man Airways pilot before the war and later Officer Commanding the Belfast Ferry Pool; one of the best-known characters in the ATA - and in many a corner of his native Ireland." - BG

    "It was the glamour of the first Atlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in 1919 which overcome his father's objections to Paddy joining the Royal Air Force as a pilot. This portion of his career lasted to 1931, taking him to Egypt, Iraq, India, 6:lrmo and South Africa. In 1931 he obtained his commercial flying licence arid joined lona National Airways in his native Ireland.

    Captain Armstrong's next venture was on air service of his own which performed the essential function for the Irish —of flying evening newspapers with the racing results from Dublin to Then came a spell with West Coast Air Services until he joined Aer Lingus in 1936, piloting that company's very first flight, five passengers from Dublin to Bristol in a de Havilland Dragon." - Birmingham Weekly Post


    m. 1938 in Kensington, London, Vera Alice [Long]

    Address in 1940: 31 Upper Bagot St., Dublin

     Postings: 3FPP, 1FPP, 6FPP, 8FPP (As CO), 4FPP, 3FPP

    Suspended without pay for a month on 3 Aug 1941, for 'neglect of flying duty"


    4 accidents, 2 his fault:

    31 Jan 1940, an incident involving Hempden AD746

    -  1 Jan 1941, Commended for incident involving Manchester L7292

    - 21 Mar 1941, an incident in Wellington W2749 caused by the the aerodrome being in an unserviceable state

    - 8 Mar 1941, the emergency parachute exit of his Stirling N6011 was accidentally opened by the Air Gunner after landing

    - 19 Aug 1941, forced landing near Jurby, IoM, after the starboard engine failed in his Blenheim V5374. See the account by James O'Halloran (who, along with John Milne Greaves and Peter Twiss, was injured)

    - 22 Jan 1944, whilst taxying 'without due care', the starboard propeller of his Wellington X HE755 struck a petrol bowser.


     "I am very pleased with the way in which Cmdr Armstrong has always run this remote and difficult Pool (8FPP, Belfast).  - MWS Boucher


    " When he cut the cake at the Aer Lingus 21st birthday party at Elmdon last week it was said of Captain Oliver Eric Armstrong that few men have done more for aviation in Britain. He hos done it quietly and unostentatiously, but the facts prove the contention - 15,000 hours, or nearly two years of his life, spent in the air piloting more than 100 different types of aircraft, while his log book during and following the Second World War shows daily flights to destinaions all over Europe, with a journey to South Africa by way of variety.

    "Paddy" Armstrong is now mainly chairborne, as commercial manager of Don Everall (Aviation) Ltd., but as the hum of aircraft penetrates his office at Elmdon Airport what memories it wings of life in the clouds.

    After the war he was with various air services at Bristol before corning to Don Everall (Aviation) Ltd. in Birmingham for whom together with charter flights and services to the Isle of Wight, Jersey, Palma and Perpignan, Captain Armstrong has done as many as 40 short pleasure flips in a day. Now, from his desk, he remains in touch with the flights he once piloted and with such unexpected cargoes as pigs from Glasgow to Paris, and corpses from Birmingham to Ireland. Still aviation is Captain Armstrong's life for, asked about his other interests, he will reply, " If you fly, all your time is involved." " -  Birmingham Weekly Post


    d. 26 Dec 1959 - Birmingham

    "OBITUARY Capt. Oliver Eric Armstrong

    Capt. Oliver Eric ("Paddy") Armstrong, one of the best-known aviators in the Midlands, died on Boxing Day in a Birmingham hospital. He was 58. 

    As soon as he was out of uniform he joined lona National Airways in Ireland as a pilot, and then started an airline of his own. BAN: newspapers from Dublin to Galway. After a period with West Coast Air Services he joined Aer Lingua in 1939.

    When the Second World War broke out, Captain Armstrong, being too old for the RA.F.. joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. " Paddy* and his men at Belfast ferried aircraft in all kinds of weather. He flew nearly 100 different types.

    After the war he returned to civil aviation, flying for Morton Air Services and Cambrian Airways. He came to Birmingham to fly for Don Everall (Aviation), Ltd., and piloted charter flights and scheduled services to such places as the Isle of Wight, Jersey, Palma and Perpignan. He also took many Midlanders for "joy flights" round Elmdon Airport. Later he was appointed commercial manager of Don Everall at Elmdon, and left the airline early in 1968.

    He leaves a daughter. Patricia. aged 11. The funeral will be at Yardley Cemetery on Thursday." Birmingham Daily Post, 28 Dec 1959


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  • Arnette, Kenneth Russell

     M.334 First Officer   Kenneth Russell Arnette
     flag usa   b. 31 Aug 1912, Rutherfordton VA  25 Jan 1941 to Jan-42

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    Married, no children

    prev. Barnstorming; Arnette's Air Show (Stunting shows)

    Address in 1941: Henderson, NC

    Next of Kin: c/o Arnette's Ice Cream Co., Richmond, Virginia

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP

    "A sound and experienced pilot and in every way satisfactory."

    Killed in action in the India-Burma Theatre 4 Feb 1945

    buried Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery – St. Louis, Mo.

    "Learned to fly at the Meyer Airport near Hendersonville, N.C. A graduate of Hendersonville High School where he was an outstanding athlete, he is survived by his mother and four brothers. James Arnette Jr served in the US Navy, Sgt Roy A Arnette with the AAF in France, W C Arnette with the Seabees in the Aleutians, and Milton Prince Arnette, who lives in Hendersonville."

    His brother Roy owned Arnette's Ice Cream Co; he was killed when 3 armed men robbed the company in 1974, hit him on the head and shot him in the arm.

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  • Arthur, Joan Henrietta (W.166)

     W.166  3rd Officer Joan Henrietta Arthur 
     flag england b. 5 Aug 1919, Ealing  8 May-44 to Sep-45 

     joan arthur 1945  RAeC 1945



    The Final 7 Women Pilots - Betty Keith-Jopp (W.167), Sue Alexander (W.163), JoanArthur (W.166), Ruth Russell (W.165), Annette Mahon (W.164), Aimee de Neve (W.168), Katharine Stanley Smith (W.162)


    Father: George Arthur, a Civil Servant; mother Margaret, a nurse

    prev. an insurance clerk

    Address in 1945: 51 Hillfield Rd, W Hampstead, London NW6

     [Ab initio pilot]

    Gained her Royal Aero Club Pilot's Certificate (No 20488) as part of the ATA's 'Wings' scheme on 3 Aug 1945

    m. 1948 in Hampstead, Eric G Barton

     d. 5 Mar 1993 - Hatch End, Middx

  • Artindale, William Anthony

     M.245  First Officer William Anthony Artindale 

    flag england

      b. 21 May 1904, Sheffield  26 Aug 1940 to Aug-45

     ata william artindale 1935      


    prev. a horticulturalist

    [Contract Terminated, but re-engaged 3 Feb 1941]

    d. 1991, Bournemouth

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    IWM interview here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009669


  • Ashburner, Lionel Hector Tracey

     M.340 *  2nd Officer Lionel Hector Tracey 'Ash' Ashburner 
     flag england  b. 17 Jun 1899, Seaford, Sussex  27 Mar 1941 to 30 Jun 1945 

     ata lionel ashburner ATA ATA

     ata lionel ashburner 1971 Flight 1971  ata lionel ashburner 1977 Flight 1977 (both 'Flight')  


    father Rev. William Ashburner, [Rector of Dodington], mother Georgiana Alder [Rinder]

    m. 1926 Gladys Violet [Sheriff]

    prev a Planter in the West Indies

    The Imperial War Museum has a 1971 audio tape of him: "REEL 1 Aspects of training as officer cadet with Royal Flying Corps, 1917: early interest in flying; period in army, 1917; basic training at Hastings; technical training at Denham. Period on flying training at RAF Eastchurch, 3/1918: reaction to former Royal Naval Air Service; first flight in Avro 504 K, 20/4/1918; opinion of instructors during dual flying training on DH6 and Avro 504 K; story of nearly throwing instructor out during loop; first solo in Sopwith Pup, 13/6/1918; influenza attack; first solo on Sopwith Camel, 28/7/1918; course as flying instructor at RAF Manston. Period as flying instructor at RAF Eastchurch, 1918: story of nearly flying out in loop; two-seater Sopwith Camel; method of recovering from spin. Demobilisation, 1919.

    Period as sugar planter in British Guiana, 1920-1929. Passing air license during membership of Bristol and Wessex Flying Club, Filton and Whitchurch Airfields, Bristol area, 1929-1930. Period as rancher in British Guiana, 1930-1935. Period as member of B&WFC and Leicester Flying Club, 1935: aircraft flown; flights to various flying club airfields; Armistice celebrations, 11/11/1918-12/11/1918; development of commercial flying using flying boats in British Guiana; story of giving parents flights. Period prospecting for gold in British Guyana, 1935 -1938. Period flying with B&WFC, 1938-1939: failed attempt to rejoin RAF; question of communicating with control tower. Period as air traffic control officer at Croydon airport, London, 1938-1939: prior training course; question of competition between Imperial Airways and other airlines; types of passenger aircraft; use of Morse code to communicate with aircraft; use of map and pins to record aircraft position; method of landing aircraft by ear; flights of Air France aircraft in bad weather.

    Period at Heston airport, London, 1939: review of services and aircraft; army cooperation exercises. Period as air traffic control officer at airfields at Perth, Aberdeen and Whitchurch, 1939-1943: initial rejection due to reserved occupation prior to acceptance on unpaid part-time basis as Class 1 aircraft ferry pilot with Air Transport Auxiliary, 4/1941; opinion of various aircraft flown. REEL 2 Continues: opinion of various aircraft flown; conversion course as Class II aircraft pilot; opinion of Spitfire; story of arrest by military police due to lack of uniform; near accident due to fatigue whilst flying Spitfire and consequent end of control tower duties, 9/1943. Period as fulltime ferry pilot with ATA, 1943-1945.


    Postings: 2FPP

    1977, "Flight"; "Lionel Ashburner from Sywell, Northampton was awarded the John Player Award for Achievement in General Aviation trophy and a £350 cheque for long service in Air Traffic Control. 'Ash' officially retired as an airways controller at Preston in 1963, but then became controller at Sywell, a post he held full-time into his seventies, becoming part-time only this year. He has long been known for an almost magic ability to talk 'temporarily uncertain' pilots into Sywell, aided only by his keen knowledge of Midlands geography."

    d. 9 Feb 1986 - Bristol

    See also http://www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/

  • Austin, James Stanley

     M.---  2nd Officer  James Stanley Austin

    flag england

     b. 7 Apr 1890, Glastonbury 30 Apr 1941 to 21 May 1941 

     ata james austin 1938 1938


     prev. a Mining Engineer, then a Motor Engineer

    Royal Navy from 1915-18  then Army Air Corps to 1919

    Address in 1938: "Alclutha", St George's Rd, Sandwich, Kent

    d. 7 Mar 1982, Exeter

  • Avery, Philip de Walden

     M.453  2nd Officer*  Philip de Walden Avery

    flag england

     b. 5 May 1909, London  16 May 1941 to 19 Nov 1942

     ata philip de walden avery 1931 1931


     Educated at Harrow

    Pre-WWII amateur aviator who had owned:

    - a 1930 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-AAZD; 

    - a 1931 DH.60G Gipsy Moth, G-ABPT, and

    - a 1933 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-ACML

    He also entered (the one and only) Comper Streak, G-ACNC, for the 1935 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start.

    m. 1939 Ilona de Walyel

    A Company Director (Minox Ltd)

    Address in 1941: Old Mill Cottage, Wargrave, Berks

    Postings: 1FPP

    "An average pilot, with not too good a sense of discipline"

    [* First Officer from 14 Aug-42 but demoted to 2nd Officer 2 weeks later for flying in bad weather, supposedly for a period of 3 months. However, his contract was terminated before this period ended.

    The accident which caused him to be demoted was on the 15th August 1942, when he 'abandoned a Spitfire after running out of fuel through flying in bad weather'. The final straw was when, on the 16th November, he forgot to lower the undercarriage of a Hurricane when landing.]

    In his defence, he did successfully force-land a Short Scion in September 1942 after engine failure; on the other hand, the Hurricane was the second aeroplane in which his cockpit drill had missed out this rather important item - he had also landed a Blenheim with its wheels up on the 30th August...

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 'due to the number of at-fault accidents' (actually, the Hurricane was his 5th)]

    Address in 1967: The Garth, Wellingore, Lincoln and Kafue National Game Park, Zambia"

    d. Mar 1985 - Lincoln

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  • Ayres, Ronald Wilfred

     M.667 * First Officer  Ronald Wilfred Ayres 
    flag england    b. 27 Jan 1919, Huntingdon 23 Sep 1941 to 31 Oct 1945 

    ata ronald ayres MAMM

    Manx Aviation & Military Museum



    prev. an insurance company clerk

    d. May 1998, Huntingdon

  • Bach, Denis George

     M.---- 2nd Officer Denis George Bach 
    flag england b. 22 Dec 1911, Birmingham   19 Aug 1941 to 23 Sep 1941

    ata denis bach 1939 1939



    Prev. a Technical Engineer

    Address in 1939: 16 Holly Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham

    One accident:

    - 20 Sep 1941, in a Magister; "Pilot got lost and then took off after forced landing, contrary to existing regulations. Wheels of aircraft struck the top of the small hedge and the machine hit the ground."

    Contract Terminated 23 Sep 1941

     d. 4 Jan 1985 - Santa Barbara, CA

  • Back, Charles Lionel Griffiths

     M.341  First Officer Charles Lionel Griffiths Back 
    za-1928flag  b. 23 Dec 1913, S Africa 6 April 1941 to 10 Apr 1943 

     ata charles back 1933 1933



    Educated at St Andrews, Grahamstown, SA

    Arrived in the UK in 1928

    prev. RAF (Pilot Offficer) 1935-37

    Address in 1941: Newton House, Barn St, Marlborough, Wilts

    Postings: 2FPP, 8FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP, 15FPP

    He was described as 'a very capable and experienced pilot, and in every way satisfactory', but had a couple of problems during his ATA career, being placed on a weekly salary basis after writing cheques with insufficient funds to cover them in May-42, and suspended without pay for 3 days in Jan-43 for 'failing to surrender clothing coupons'.

    kenneth mackenzie and patricia 7 jun 1941 Kenneth and Patricia [Pruett], 7 Jun 1941

    He then 'committed misconduct' in Luton with Patricia, the wife of Flt Lt. (later Wing Cmdr) Kenneth Mackenzie DFC, while the latter was away as a wartime guest of the Germans. The divorce judge said that it was "a most lamentable feature of the case that a man who was an officer in the RAF should commit misconduct with the wife of a brother officer who was a prisoner in German hands."


    Later a de Havilland test pilot

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  • Badhe, Ramchandra Murlidhar

     M.560  2nd Officer Ramchandra Murlidhar Badhe 
     flag british india  b. 7 Aug 1905, Saugar C.P., British India 24 Jun 1941 to Jan-43 


    ramchandra badhe 1938




     Address in 1941: 19 Hartington Rd, East Feltham, Middx

    Next of kin: (brother) Vishnu Badhe, Kelibag, Mahal, Nagpur, India

    M.Sc., then an aircraft assembler fitter for Heston Aircraft Co, Hounslow. From whom he received this slightly awkward endorsement:

    "I would say that Mr R M Badhe has been in our employ for about three years, and we have always found him to be a first-class reliable man from every point of view, and although it is always difficult to get under the skin of certain classes of Indians, I had no hesitation whatever in recommending him for a commission in the RAFVR, and in your case also I feel that he will give you excellent service... He has always conducted himself here in a very correct and respectful manner."

    However, his instructor's report in October 1942 was less complimentary:

    "A keen pilot whose assessment can only be judged by his ability to use his intelligence, which is below average. It was necessary to reprimand him for gross carelessness and lack of airmanship and he has been told that if on any future occasion his airmanship is proved to be lacking, his contract will most probably be terminated."

    Actually, he did have a few accidents...

    - Jul-42, he had a burst tyre on landing a Spitfire (not to blame).

    - Sep-42, he landed an Oxford in the wrong direction and collided with another Oxford, severely damaging both (pilot to blame);

    - Nov-42, he taxied of the perimiter track (to avoid some cyclists, he said) and nosed over in the soft ground (pilot to blame);

    Hawker Henley TT III target tug in flight c1938 

    d. 20 Jan 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Henley L3408 crashed in trees on Ulpha Farm nr Meathop, Westmorland, while attempting forced landing due to engine failure (suspected to be due to water in the petrol system).

    Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 26 Jan 1942:

    ata badhe cremation

    "He was billeted with us... he made many friends amongst my gentlemen, he was a gentleman in every possible way and we shall greatly miss him"


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  • Bailey, Mary (W.---)



     W.---  2nd Officer

    Hon. Lady Mary Bailey CBE 

    née Westenra

    flag england

    1 December 1890, London  15 Feb 1940 to 29 Mar 1940 

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     photo: 1927, aged 37

    Born in London but brought up mainly in County Monaghan, Ireland.

    Her family's home was Rossmore Castle, which was a grand affair built in the 1820s, with turrets, a vast drawing room and servants' quarters, not to mention about 20 cottages on the estate:

    rossmore castle www.monaghan.ie/museum

    Here she is, with her brother Willie, and parents (Mittie and Derry) on a set of steps by the house, in 1913:

    mary bailey rossmore steps Throttle Full Open

    I visited County Monaghan in 2014 and asked in the local museum if they knew where the house was. 'Oh yes' they said, 'but it was demolished forty years ago'. It seems that it became severely infested with dry rot in the 1940s, was abandoned and, indeed, demolished in 1975.

    Anyway, here's all that's left of it now:

    rossmore steps    rossmore walls

    Mary married South African mining magnate and white suprematist politician Sir Abe Bailey in September 1911 (so, she was 21, he was nearly 47; his first wife had died in 1902 and he already had two children). They then had five more children - 2 boys and 3 girls.

    She learnt to fly at the London Aeroplane Club in 1926. She was the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea 'by the long route' from Chester to Dublin, the following August.

    The following March (1928) she began a solo tour to Cape Town, via Malta and then Cairo. Here, her plane was locked away by order of the Governor-General of the Sudan to prevent her from continuing alone, so she contacted Dick Bentley (who had flown to the Cape a few weeks before) to escort her in his own aeroplane over the "dangerous area of the southern Sudan". She then crashed in Tanganyika, writing off her aeroplane (she said it was her fault), but Abe made arrangements for a replacement Moth to be delivered from Pretoria and she continued, despite having 'flu. Abe was there to meet her when she arrived at the end of April. 

    The return journey was made via the western 'French' route - the Belgian Congo, Angola and the French Congo. She finally arrived back at Croydon on 16 January, 1929, 10 months after she left. It was "undoubtedly one of the finest performances ever put up by a woman pilot." 

    Lady Bailey was "so modest, so vague and so charming", and was "surprised that anyone should make a fuss about her journey". 

    A Director of National Flying Services in 1929, (with Frederick Guest, Colonel the Master of Sempill, Alan Cobham, etc); she was also awarded the Brittania Trophy by the Royal Aero Club, and then made a Dame of the British Empire in 1930 for "services to aviation".

    Mary Bailey in 1930 At the Chateau d'Ardennes in 1930

    She was a guest at Amelia Earhart's reception at the RAeC in May 1932 - photo here.

    In early 1933 she gave everyone a scare by disappearing for several days on another solo flight to Cape Town; thankfully, she had only got lost, run low on fuel and landed safely in the Sahara. [Bert Hinkler, who disappeared at about the same time, was killed in the Alps]. She then flew back to England and almost immediately went down with a bout of typhoid, but recovered in time to compete in the King's Cup later in the year.

    Mary Bailey3

    After that, she concentrated on looking after their horses, giving and attending loads more balls and receptions, and marrying off their many children.

    When Abe died in 1940, she settled near Cape Town (still keeping a house in Rutland) and died there 29th August 1960 aged 69.

    King's Cup in 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933

    Lady Mary's aeroplanes were:

    a 1926 DH.60 Moth (G-EBPU),

    a 1927 DH.60X Moth (G-EBSF, the one she crashed in Tanganyika),

    the replacement DH.60X Moth (G-EBTG, which Abe bought in Nairobi);

    a 1928 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AABN);

    a 1929 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AAEE) and

    a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth, G-AAYA. 


  • Baines, Rita Pauline (W.146)

     W.146  3rd Officer Rita Pauline Baines 
     flag england  b. 13 Nov 1921, Stoke-on-Trent 28 Dec-43 to 30 Sep-45 

     rita baines 1945 

    RAeC 1945



    Ed. Felixstowe College

    prev: Rootes Securities Ltd, (a 'shadow' aircraft factory at Blythe Bridge, near Stoke-on-Trent); MAP from Nov 1942

    Ab initio pilot cadet

    Postings: 15FPP

    Later 'Star Girl No. 2', air hostess for British South American Airlines: (see also Mary Guthrie , who was 'Star Girl No. 1)

    ata rita baines mary guthrie 1946


    m. 1946 Captain David Colby, an ex-Pathfinder Squadron Leader

     ata rita baines marriage 1946The Tatler


    There was a sequel to an air romance at Trentham Parish Church on Saturday when a former transocean passenger air-liner hostess was married to a pilot in the employ of the British and South American Airways. The bride was Miss Rita P. Baines, the 25-years-old daughter of Mr. C J. Baines, head of Messrs C. J. Baines and Co. Ltd . colour manufacturers, of Stoke, and of Mrs, Baines. The Woodlands. Trentham. and the bridegroom. Mr. David Colby, the 26-years-old son of Mrs Colby. Oulton Broads. Norfolk, a former R.A F. squadron-leader and the holder oi the D.F.C.

    The couple met last January when Miss Baines travelled as air-hostess and made a call at the Gambia (British West Africa) station of the airways company. of which Mr. Colby was station manager." Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 30 November 1946

    [David d. 30 January 1948 (age 27) in the crash of British and South American Airlines' Avro Tudor IV G-AHNP 'Star Tiger', lost on a flight between the Azores and Bermuda. 6 crew and 25 passengers died.]

    m. 1949 Christopher Johnson, MD of Johnson Bros Ceramics

    "The marriage took place at the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield. London, on Monday, of Mr. Christopher Johnson. younger son of Mr and Mrs Frank Johnson. Kniveden Hall. Leek, and Mrs Rita Colby, daughter of and Mrs. C. J Baines. Woodlands. Trentham. and widow of Squadron-Leader David Colby. D.F.C. After the reception at the Dorchester Hotel. Mr and Mrs. Johnson left for their honeymoon, which is being spent in Italy." Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 20 August 1949

    d. 2007 - Newcastle Staffs


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  • Baker, John Robert

     M.--- 2nd Officer   John Robert Baker
     flag england   b. 26 Jun 1915, London  26 Sep 1941 to Nov-41


    ata john baker 1938


     ata john baker ATA    


    prev. an electrician for the Borough of Stepney from 1932

    prev. exp 25 hrs solo

    L/AC in RAF 22 May - 4 Oct 1940. His 'reference' from them to the ATA says "After being reported extremely backward this ex-pupil was tested on 29th Aug 1940 after 5 hours dual on Oxfords, when it was found that he was definitely below average and completely lacking in air sense. His reactions were extremely slow, flying rough, cockpit drill hazy and judgement bad. He was therefore withdrawn from flying training. It is considered that this ex-pupil is entirely unsuited for the work of a Ferry Pilot".

    Even his ATA flying test reported him as "keen, but painfully slow at times" and "very lacking in common sense".

    Nevertheless, he was taken on as a Cadet.

     ... And died a few weeks later, in a flying accident.

    Miles M.2H Hawk Major G ACYO W.Waltham 03.06.53

    d. 20 Nov 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Miles Hawk Major DP848 (ex G-AENS) on training cross-country flight ran out of fuel and hit hill nr Priddy Wells Somerset in bad visibility.



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  • Ballard, Edwin Dana

     M.579 First Officer  Edwin Dana 'Eddie' Ballard 

    flag usa

    b. 7 Sep 1913, Holyoke, Mass.  5 Jun 1941 to 23 Jan 1945 




    Father: Harry Earl Ballard, mother Caroline S [Evans]

    Ed. Highland Grammar School, Holyoke; Augusta Military Academy, Long Island, NY

    prev. 1933-34 US Army 62nd Coast Artillery, Private First Class;

    Operator, Valley Air Sales, Springfield, Mass.; Paper Maker. Purchasing Agent

    prev. exp. 470 hrs

    Address in 1941: Leahey Ave, South Hadley Center, Mass.

     Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP

    Reprimanded in Aug-42 for 'flying at low altitude', and suspended for 1 week in Feb-43 for 'taking off in Spitfire with hood open'

    2 accidents, one his fault:

    - 12 Apr 1942, his Spitfire nosed over after taxying into an unmarked soft patch, and

    - 9 Feb 1944, when his Anson developed an engine problem and he did a precautionary landing, but then took off again even though there was a 200rpm mag. drop. Again, the engine misbehaved, so he had to do another forced landing. "It is considered that the pilot made an error of judgement in deciding to take off in the circumstances."

    "A capable and hard working pilot who makes a good officer if he watches his tongue" "His flying is good and his keenness to take on any work at any time cannot be considered anything but first rate"

    "He talks too much and too loudly and appears to have a profoundly irritant effect on many of his colleagues. He is, however, good natured and quick-witted."

    He sailed back to the US on the 11 Jun 1942 with fellow US pilots Marshall Milton, William Byrd Lee Milton, Eddie Grundstrom, Alexander Wilson, Manley Fairbrother, and Harry Kindberg.

    m. 1942 Ethel (Ruth) Lambton, also of the ATA and Edwin then spent September 1943 to January 1943 in the USA.

    In September 1944 Edwin, Ruth and her son Peter Lambton, age 9, sailed to the USA.

    In January, Ruth and Edwin were hauled before a disciplinary court for 'drinking during an unauthorised period in spite of a warning by a senior officer' and 'insubordination'.

    The Court was inclined Not to overlook the offences. "After considering the evidence, and after hearing verbal evidence given by Commander Whitehurst and Captain Rome the Court reached the conclusion that the charges were fully substantiated, and after reviewing the record of both these officers, who as pilots have undoubtedly done a good job, the Court nevertheless came to the conclusion that their disciplinary record throughout, as disclosed by the History Cards, has left a great deal to be desired, despite repeated warnings, and that this incident is so bad as to warrant their instant dismissal".

    Ruth and Edwin were duly dismissed on the 23rd January 1945. 

    They sailed to the USA on the 21 Feb (to Edwin's home town of Hadley, MA), had 2 more children and then moved to Nassau, Bahamas in 1950 where Eddie took a job as a pilot for Bahama Airlines.

    ATA women in Nassau 1957 

    Ann Wood-Kelly, Lettice Curtis, Ruth Ballard and Winnie Fair, in the Bahamas in 1957 (ELC)

    d. 31 Mar 1978 - Nassau

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  • Bambridge, Frederick Edward Arthur

    M.51 Flight Captain  Frederick Edward Arthur 'Bam' Bambridge 

     flag england

     b. 7 Mar 1897, Ealing, London

    8 Apr 1940 to 31 Mar 1943 (as pilot)

    to 30 Nov 1945 (as Flying Control Officer) 

      ata frederick bambridge BG 2 BG      


    Father: Arthur Leopold Bambridge (d. 1923), Mother: Anna Charlotte Caroline [Siebert]

    Ed. Marlborough

    Royal Field Artillery (6th [Duke of Edinburgh's] Wilts Regiment, Commissioned 12 Apr 1915, in France from 28 Oct 1915), RNAS (Flight Sub-Lieut from 17 Sep 1917, 2nd Lieut), RAF from 1 Apr 1918 (Lieut)

    As a Flight Sub-Lieut. in the RNAS, he was seriously wounded in March 1918. This accident, according to research done by his grand-daughter, was "whilst serving as reconnaissance scout in RNAS 2nd Squadron based at Bergues. On 22 March 1918 he and his gunner were hit by anti aircraft fire over Ostende. Bam and gunner Harry Lovelock managed to crawl out onto the wings of the DH4 biplane and witnesses described seeing plane initially diving then fluttering down like a leaf then diving again. Tragically Harry lost his grip and fell at about 1,000 feet from the ground. Bam hung on the tail until a few feet above the ground when he threw himself clear. The plane on crashing rolled over on top of him breaking his legs in several places. The true account was hushed up for the sake of gunner Harry's parents feelings."

    In March 1919 he relinquished his commission on account of "ill-health (caused by wounds)" but was permitted to retain his rank. 

    In July 1919, Flight said (presumably referring to an earlier accident): "Lieut. Bambridge, who had the distinction of losing the tail of his machine at 15,000 ft. in France, and descending on the top plane more or less successfully, was in charge of the ground operations" for an air display in Liverpool.


    m. Jul 1926 in Steyning, Sussex Vera Maud [Fullick]

    vera fullick bambridge Vera

    His patent No 338,495 for 'Improvements in or connected with Braking Means for Aeroplanes and the like purposes" was published in December 1930:

    ata frederick bambridge 1930 patent

    "The braking force is applied directly to the landing wheels and undercariage.... My invention admits of several modes of application and according to one embodiment a bracket or like device having slots in angular or other suitable relation is employed in co-operative relation with and at each end of the axle of the landing wheels."

    ata frederick bambridge fiona

    Address in 1940: Waimate, Gordon Rd, Whitstable

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP, 4bFPP

    Suspended in Jan 1941 for nine days for 'Accumulative Misdemeanours'

    Suspended for 7 days in May 1941 for 'disregard of flying regulations at 33 MU Lyneham'

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 18 Jun 1941, the wheels of his Anson got clogged in long grass, 'which prevented the pilot obtaining sufficient height to clear an obstruction'.

    "This officer though limited in his flying activities for medical reasons has more than made up for it by his energy and organising ability in the Operations Room where he has proved himself a very great asset."

    Transferred to ground duties 31 Mar 1943.

    "Is a very conscientious officer. Unfortunately he is not good at handling his staff, and does not achieve a good team spirit."

    Or, "A first class organizer and highly efficient Chief Flying Control Officer."

    In September 1945 as the ATA was being disbanded, the Air Movements Flight held a 'Farewell Dinner'. The menu, and a 'poem' in the form of an ABC, have survived:

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    ata amf farewell dinner front 1024

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    People mentioned: 

    Aubrey Bower [M.758]

    Bill [Guy] Harben [M.18]



    Toni Combi [M.588]

    Diana Hutchinson [W.107]



    Ian Forbes


    Ireen Garge

    Groupie Hill

    Georgei Hayman

    Harry Hamilton

    Jack Hollande

    Harry Harrison

    Johnny Jordan

    Joesph Smallbone

    Johnny Scarborough


    Les Kemp

    H. C. Mason




    Stan Pigott

    Tom Preston


    Eulalia Rodd



    Becky Sharp

    Len Thornhill




    d. Dec 1966 - Elstree, Herts

    His grand-daughter Fiona kindly tells me that "Bam's mother, Caroline Charlotte Anna Siebert-Charters, was a German aristocrat. His father, Arthur Leopold Bambridge, was an artist who exhibited several times at the Royal Academy and was a Member.

    Bam's parents divorced when he and his elder sister Emily were small, in 1904. It was his mother who filed for divorce; she took Emily to Germany with her, leaving Bam with his father in England, apparently so that he did not get naturalised to being German.

    Bam went to primary school locally in Wiltshire, then later went to stay with his uncle William, who was a Professor of Music and organist for Marlborough College. Bam spent 2 years at Marlborough, although not very successful academically I was informed by their archivist.

    He joined the RFA in 1915, then RNAS. He was shot down twice in France, once whilst his passenger took aerial photos; the passenger was sadly killed, Bam was injured and thereafter always walked with a limp.

    Bam met Vera when he retrieved her Alsatian dog after it had run off in fields near Shoreham airport. When he inherited his mother's money, he and Vera lived the high life - skiing in Switzerland, Cannes for the casinos (Bam loved gambling), and were friends with the Benetti brothers (racing cars). 'Bam' worked as a stunt pilot, carpenter, admin for BOAC in a London office, and also sold sun lamps. 

    Bam and Vera had four children, Angela, Anthony, Brian and John. John became a pilot in the RAF and also flew privately. My aunt, Angela, is the last one still with us

    Bam joined up in the early days of the ATA; a friend of his from Whitstable, Herbert Mason (q.v.) was joining so he applied. At first he flew planes, then later was promoted to Flight Captain. You can see his name in the marvellous poem written at the end of the war for their final evening dinner party.

    Bam and Vera separated around 1940, and divorced after the war. Bam remained in Maidenhead (near the old White Waltham ATA base), living in a small flat,  and used to visit the old ATA base, by then an Aero Club. He also avidly read flying magazines sent to him by his sister Emily. Bam died of tuberculosis in hospital in Herts in 1966.

    He was in contact with some of his relatives during those years including his cousin Philip whose wife told me how Bam lived a very simple life - "one plate, one cup,"less washing up", he said. He was fond of her small children, he was always a gentleman, had twinkly eyes and a lively smile.

    The ATA ladies, Joy Lofthouse and Mary Ellis both told me in 2011 that Bam was a gentleman. He was often to be seen standing at the end of the runway at White Waltham, looking up into the sky." 

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  • Banister, Eirene Rosemary (W.119)

     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

  • Barker, Albert

     M.506 First Officer  Albert Barker 
     flag england   b. 16 Apr 1908, Shipley 6 Jun 1941 to 31 Oct 1945 

     ata albert barker 1935 1935

     ata albert barker ATA    


    Educated at Shipley Central School

    m. 1934 May [Jackson]; 1 child

    prev. Company Director, Valley Road Motors (Shipley) Ltd;

    RAF Jul-40 to Apr-41, AC/2 Cadet

    Address in 1941: 6 Hilton Ave, Frizinghall, Bradford

    Postings: 7FPP, 8FPP

    Off sick from 2 Dec 1942 to 23 Feb 1943, following a crash-landing in Wellington W5587 after complete failure of the port engine.

    Suspended for 1 day in Dec-43 for Loss of Ferry Pilot's Notes;

    Aug-44, reprimanded for low flying: "This pilot has not settled down at this pool, I have recommended C.O.O. to post him [back to 7FPP]. O.C. 8FPP

    "An excellent Officer who, by his good flying and behaviour, has been a real asset to the Pool."

    d. Mar 1981 - Staincliffe, N Yorks


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  • Barnato, Diana (W.59)

     W.59  First Officer  Diana Barnato MBE FRAeS
     flag england  b. 15 Jan 1918, Camden Town, London  2 Dec-41 to Aug-45

     diana barnato walker ATA   ATA



    Father: Capt. Joel Woolf 'Babe' Barnato (a financier, chairman of Bentley Motors and a racing driver), mother: Dorothy Maitland [Falk, divorced 1935]

    Ed. Queen's College, London

    prev. VAD nurse and with the Red Cross

    prev. exp. 10 hrs

    Address in 1941: Ridgemead, Englefield Green, Surrrey

    Postings: 15FPP

    Severely Reprimanded in May 1943 for "appearing at Windsor Races wearing trousers and side cap", and Reprimanded in Jun 1943, and demoted to 3rd Officer for 'divertion of operational aircraft"

    m. 6 May 1944 in Englefield Green, Wing-Cmdr Derrick 'Derek' Ronald Walker DFC (d. 14 Nov 1945 in a flying accident)

    Post-WWII, having gained her commercial licence she became a pilot for the Women's Junior Air Corps, giving air cadets air experience and training flights at weekends.


    In 1956, Veronica Volkersz wrote that Diana was one of only 7 women flying commercially: -  "Diana Barnato-Walker flies regularly for the Women's Junior Air Corps"  - 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, Monique Rendall, Jean Bird, Suzanne Ashton, Zita Irwin and Freydis Leaf]


    She was awarded the Jean Lennox Bird Trophy in 1963:

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     Receiving the Jean Lennox Bird Trophy from Lord Brabazon, 1963 [RAeC]


    On 26 Aug 1963 she became the first British woman to exceed the speed of sound, and the fastest woman in the world when she attained Mach 1.65 (1262 mph) in an E.E. Lightning T.4.

    Wrote "Spreading My Wings" (1994)

    d. 28 Apr 2008

    "In later years Diana Barnato Walker took up sheep farming and was master of the Old Surrey and Burstow foxhounds for thirteen seasons, while continuing to fly for the Women's Junior Air Corps (renamed in 1964 the Girls' Venture Corps). She also became commodore of the Air Transport Auxiliary Association. She died of pneumonia on 28 April 2008 in a hospital near her sheep farm in Surrey, and was survived by her son, Barney."


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  • Barrington, Edward Leslie

     M.699 *   Edward Leslie Barrington M.C., D.F.C.
    flag england b. 23 Jun 1895, Harborne, Stafford 4 Feb 1942 to 19 Oct 1943 




    Awarded the Military Cross 26 May1917 as a 2nd Lieut (temp Captain) in the Devon Regiment, "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He succeeded in establishing telephonic communication with the front line almost immediately the objective was reached. He set a splendid example of courage and determination."

    Later joined the RFC and RAF.

     Flt-Lt in RAF in 1924, later Sqn-Ldr

    One accident:

    - 27 Jul 1943, in Hellcat FN324; "during take-off the aircraft swung to port and sruck the marking post on a cart working out of sight over the crest of the runway"

    d. 1976 - Cheltenham, Glos

  • Bathurst, Benjamin Ludlow

     M.689 * Senior Commander 

    Hon. Benjamin Ludlow 'Ben' Bathurst

    2nd Viscount Bledisloe 

    flag england   b. 2 Oct 1899, Westbury, Wilts 1 Dec 1941 to 15 Dec 1945

     ata benjamin bathurst 19281928



    Ed.  Eton, Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A.)

    2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in WWI.

    prev. a Barrister at Law; Squadron Leader in the RAF.

    m 1933 Joan Isobel [Krishaber]

    Postings: before Apr 43, ATA Chief Establishment Officer; from Apr 1943 Director of Services and Personnel

    "In early 1944 [6 Apr] the ATA were called in to collect a Hudson from Holmsley South in the New Forest, which had been flown in from the Middle East and had been landed, one must suppose, at the first airfield in England that came into view. The task fell to Ben Bathurst, one of the senior members of the headquarters staff, who had only recently completed his Hudson conversion course. Nobody at Holmesley South had ever seen a Hudson but eventually, the crew satisfied themselves as to the serviceability of the aircraft and made their departure.

    The runway at Holmesley South was a long one but even so, the Hudson even with full engine power refused to become airborne and the take-off ended in an adjacent field minus wheels and engines.Ben and his flight engineer were indeed lucky to escape."

    "During the next few months three Hudsons were lost in similar circumstances, in each case the crew being killed. It was at this stage that Coastal Command put in hand an investigation which showed that all four Hudsons had recently returned from the Middle East where they had been parked out in the tropical sun. The sun and heat, it was decided, had split the rubber of the wing leading-edge de-icing boots causing a breakdown of the air over the wings. After this the rubber was replaced by metal sheeting." ELC

    He also had another accident on 2 Jan 1945, when his Stinson Reliant FB669 landed at White Waltham minus an escape hatch, which must have blown off in flight, "probably due to insecure fastening."

     ata ben and joan bathurst 1946

    "The Hon. and Mrs Benjamin Bathurst" Tatler, 1946

    d. 17 Sep 1979

    see his entry in  https://en.wikipedia.org

  • Baugh, Robert Edward

     M.559 First Officer  Robert Edward Baugh 
     flag england  b. 30 Nov 1900, Birmingham 18 Jun 1941 to 15 Mar 1944 




    Father: Robert Baugh, [d. 1946 in Rome], Mother Fanny Dingley [ d. 1935]

    Ed. Kings Norton Secondary School, Birmingham

    m. 1930 Hilda [Thomas]; 2 children [Samuel b. 1934, Miranda b. 1943]

    RAF 1920-24, Flying Officer

    prev. a Representative for Osmond and Sons, Ltd, Grimsby (a Cattle Medicine Manufacturer)

    Address in 1941: Dorrington, Shrewsbury

    Postings: 12FPP, 5FPP, 7FPP

    He was a passenger in the crash of Anson N4929 at Scorton airfield on 18th November 1941. "The tail wheel appears to have jammed on landing and caused a swing to develop on the ground, the swing was uncontrolled and the starboard undercarriage leg appears to have collapsed resulting in the aircraft skiding to a halt with the starboard wing and aileron being listed as damaged."


    Off sick 6 Feb to 9 Mar 1942 with dental caries;

    Off sick 12 Sep to 30 Nov 1942 with concussion.

    "His progress through the School was very slow, due partly to a long period of sickness, and a tendency to lack confidence. He is of a somewhat nervous disposition... as a pilot, he is about average."

    "He is a modest man with a likeable personailty and the makings of a good officer."

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 15 Mar 1944]

    Post-WWII, he worked in Kenya (see below) and travelled back to the UK from Mombasa, alone, arriving on the 28 Nov 1958.

    Hilda had travelled back to the UK, alone, in Aug 1956.

    On 9 Dec 1959, he wrote to Diana Barnato Walker this sad little letter:

    "Dear Mrs Barnato-Walker,

    You may possibly remember me in the old A.T.A. days - but it is a long time ago. I was at St Pauls on Remembrance Sunday this year and saw you there, but did not have a chance to speak to you as I had to leave directly the service was over.

    The purpose of this letter is to ask you if you can help me to get a job in Africa where I believe you have large interests. I have been in Kenya for the last few years doing irrigation and development work and planting. Before the war I was cotton-growing in the Sudan and Egypt. In Kenya I was in a government department working in the Northern Frontier Province, but in 1958 the scheme I was engaged on was abandoned owing to the financial recession, and I became redundant. I stayed on in Kenya for some time with friends hoping to get another job but there was nothing doing; during this time I had the misfortune to have a riding accident in which I fractured my skull and broke my hip-bone, and as I could not afford to pay the hospital fees out there I had to return to this country for treatment.

    I am quite better now but have no qualifications for a job in this country, although I have tried very hard to get work I have had no luck. My money ran out some time ago and I have been (and am) living on a very small allowance from the National Assistance Board, which just pays for my cheap lodgings. I am most desperate to get work, and if you can put me on to anything I shall be more than grateful.

    Yours Sincerely, Robert E Baugh

    p.s. I am perfectly willing to do anything and go anywhere."

    Diana passed the letter on to Mr Moore, who was the ATA contact point, and added:

    "4 Jan 1960

    Dear Mr Moore,

    Here is the letter that I spoke to you on the telephone about. If you can do anything right away for him perhaps you will let me know?

    I have no contacts now in South Africa, but suggest that when you have contacted Baugh re his present position, that I send his letter on to Mr and Mrs Alan Butler - she was Lois Butler of the ATA - & see if they have any ideas, or offers of employment. For they have a considerable estate in Nairobi.

    Unfortunately they are away until mid February."

    ... And that is all I know, so far... (sorry)


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  • Baxter-Jones, Victor Richard

     M.585 First Officer   Victor Richard Baxter-Jones
     flag england b. 7 Jun 1918, Wells, Somerset  15 Jul 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 

     ata victor baxter jones 1936 1936

     ata victor baxter jones ICCL  ata victor baxter jones 1947 1947  


    Educated at Jordan Hill College School, Glasgow

    gertrude eklid 1939 Trudy's 1939 RAeC Cert photo

    m. 1940 Gertrude 'Trudy' [Eklid], 1 daughter

    RAFVR Mar-Nov 1937

    prev.  Ground Engineer for Bristol Aeroplane Co

    Address in 1941: 7 Market Hill, Calne, Wilts

    d. 31 Jan 2014, Gainesville GA

    "Mr. Baxter-Jones also became the senior concierge at Maxim's de Paris in Palm Springs, Calif. He was loved by all the hotel guests for his English appearance, accent and manners.

    When World War II ended Mr. Baxter-Jones worked for the De Havilland Aircraft Company. This career took him from England to the United States in 1957. He lived in Rockford, Ill., Plymouth, Mich., San Antonio, Texas, and Palm Springs, Calif., until moving to Georgia in 1992. He loved the friendly people and beauty of the state of Georgia especially the birds, the wildlife and the climate.

    He met the love of his life, Trudy at a flying club in England at the beginning of World War II. She had learned to fly and had made a solo flight before they married. He felt that it was too dangerous for a woman to fly during the war so she never flew again.

    Mr. Baxter-Jones wished to be cremated and his ashes returned to his birthplace, in Wells, Somerset, England. A memorial service will be performed at a later date in his beloved Wells Cathedral. 
    Mr. Baxter-Jones is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Steve McMillian, Gainesville; granddaughter and husband, Shea Jaworski, North Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Vincent and Anna Jaworski; and his niece, Penelope Baxter-Jones, Hampshire, England. 

    See http://www.legacy.com/obituaries


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  • Bayliss, Peter Wellburn

     M.257  First Officer Peter Wellburn Bayliss 
    flag england b. 17 Jul 1915, Wolverhampton  18 Feb 1941 to Aug-45 

     ata peter bayliss 1939 1939



    educated at Charterhouse

    an Iron Founder (Bayliss, Jones & Bayliis Ltd, Wolverhampton)

    Address in 1941: 'Woodthorne', Tettenhall, Staffs

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, 12FPP, 14FPP

    "A good pilot of sound average ability", but he was:

    a) severely reprimanded and given 2 extra duties for 'Neglect of Duty' in Jun-43; "When detailed for night duty pilot and fire-watcher, he left the airfield on two occasions without permission" and

    b) reprimanded in Feb-44 for taxiing a Proctor so carelesslythat the port wing hit a gate post.

    He seems to have settled down later; his discipline was regarded as "satisfactory" by late 1944.

    aline johncelyne bayliss 1946

    m. Aline Johncelyne Spiers (nee Pickin), also an aviator, in 1946

    Flew Proctor II G-AKXZ in the 1949 Goodyear Race

    He took out a patent in 1956: "Improvements in or relating to vices" (not that sort of vices, silly).

    Later Director and Secretary of Brockmore-Bede Aircraft of the Brockmoor Foundry Co., Brierley Hill, W. Midlands.

    d. 14 Nov 1992 - Titley Kington, Herefordshire

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  • Bayly, John

     M.59 Flight Captain  John Bayly MBE 

    flag england

     b. 23 Feb 1911, Leominster  29 Apr 1940 to Aug-45 

      ata john bayly 1935    ATAM    


    Ed. Winchester, then BA from New College Oxford

    prev. Coldstream Guards 2nd Lieut. 1929-31

    a Timber Merchant

    Address in 1940: Amberde House, Taunton

    prev. exp. 540 hrs. Owned 2 aircraft:

    - G-ACRD, a 1934 BA Swallow 2, and

    - G-AEUX, a 1937 Miles Whitney Straight.

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP, 7FPP, 9FPP (also seconded to AFTS, Air Ministry and RAE Farnborough)

    "An excellent ferry pilot, an admirable officer and a charming person. If his reactions to a situation are not always conventional, they are always sound and sensible."

    Feb-45: "His qualities are such that he has been appointed acting second-in-command of No. 9 Ferry Pool". 

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  • Beaumont, Edith (W.138)

     W.138 3rd Officer  Edith 'Ditty' Beaumont 
     flag switzerland + flag germany ->flag UK  b. 24 Aug 1917, Berne, Switzerland  20 Sep-43 to Sep-45 

      ata edith beaumont

    via Michael Mackenzie

     edith beaumont 1945 RAeC 1945    


    Mother (Emily) and father both German.

    After Edith was born in Switzerland, she and her mother Emily moved back to Bavaria, then Emily married, in 1920, RAF Flying Officer (Later Air Commodore) Frank Beaumont (prev. RFC, PoW in WWI, 1935-38 Air Attaché, Prague, 1942-45 Director of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison, 1945- Air Attaché, Belgrade)

    Ed. Heathfield School, Ascot

    British Nationality 1936

     prev. private secretary to the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia

     ata edith beaumont june cole 1945 

    with June Cole in 1945 (with thanks to Michael Mackenzie)

    Gave up flying in about 1947, after a leg problem.

    m. 1948 Dr. Charles Petri (divorced)

    m. 1953 James Young Mackenzie (2 sons)

    d. 1 Dec 1991

    Her son Michael kindly tells me that "Our mother told my brother that there was a fellow pilot in whom she was interested and on good terms with. One day, she went into the Mess and, while talking to somebody else, saw this man across the room and said, “Ah there is XXXX. I must go and say hello”, whereupon the person to whom she was talking said words to the effect of “But do you not know? He died in a crash.”

    "Our mother was not given to drama, indeed quite the contrary." 


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  • Bebb, John Lloyd

     M.57  Junior Captain John Lloyd Bebb 

    flag wales

     b. 23 July 1901, Aberystwyth  29 Apr 1940 to Jan-42 


    john bebb 1932




    prev. Farming, Engineering and Aircraft Operator

    prev exp. 700hrs

    He owned:

    G-AAHE, a 1929 Avro 594 Avian IV (which competed in the King's Cup, 1931);

    G-ACFH, a 1933 Avro 640 Cadet, and G-ACPB, a 1934 Avro Cadet, which he offered to the ATA.


    Commended by his C.O. in June 1941 - "outstanding... always willing to start at any time of the day for any destination.  One of our best."

    curtiss hawk

    d. 30 Jan 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Curtiss Mohawk AR671 stalled attempting forced landing at Pershore Aerodrome following engine failure.

    buried Capel Madog. 

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  • Beckton, John Anthony Harkness

     M.1009 3rd Officer  John Anthony Harkness Beckton 
     flag england  b. 16 Jul 1917, Brighton   4 Oct 1943 to 30 Jun 1945

     ata john beckton ATA

     ata john beckton MAMM MAMM    



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  • Bell, Betty (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet  Betty Bell 
     flag england  b. 23 Sep 1919, Holborn, London  1 Apr 1942 to 2 May 1942



    Father: Robert Norton Bell, 55 St Albans Park, Sidney Parade, Dublin, mother: Marie [Stemple or Stempel, d. 1939]

    Ed. Westcliff High School, Essex

     [Contract Terminated by ATA - "Unlikely to become an efficient ferry pilot"]

    m. 1942 in Dublin, Matthew David Buchalter(?)

    d. 7 Oct 1978 (?)

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  • Bell, Dorothy Ritson (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Dorothy Ritson Bell 
     flag england b. 27 May 1920, Carlisle   8 May 1944 to 25 May 1944

     dorothy bell ata



     Father: Alfred Redmayne Bell (an agriculturalist, d. 1925 in Nigeria), mother: Ruth Dorothy [Ritson]

    prev: Private secretary; WAAF

    Next of Kin: (uncle) Alan Brewis Bell

    Address in 1944: Cardrona, Wise Lane, Mill Hill London NW7

    Contract Terminated by ATA - unlikely to become an efficient ferry pilot

     m. 1945 in Paddington, John T Tierney (?)


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  • Bell, Frank William

     M.489  First Officer Frank William Bell 

    flag england

    b. 7 Jun 1903, Lincoln  10 Jun 1941 to 12 Jul 1945 

     ata frank bell 1930 1930

     ata frank bell ATA  ATAM  


    Educated at Gresham School, Holt then New College Oxford.

    Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, in 1929

    Father: William Thomas Bell

    prev. an engineer for Robey & Co., Lincoln and an Inspector in the Lincoln City Special Constabulary from Aug-39

    Address in 1941: Hillside, South Park, Lincoln

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP, 5FPP

     "A capable pilot and a good officer. With the exception of the Fulmar accident [when an undercarriage leg collapsed on landing] all his Training Pool work has been satisfactory".

     Lincolnshire Echo, 16 Sep 1942:

    "Ferry Pilot To Pay Damages

    An accident near Saxilby Bridge on June 28 was referred to at Lincoln County Court when Frank William Bell, ferry pilot, South Park, Lincoln, defended an action for damages for negligence brought by Charles Freeetone Cansdale, fitter and erector, and his wife, Olive May, Bell St, Lincoln, who were given judgment for £98 3s 10d, and costs.

    It was stated that a collision occurred just after Cansdale, who was riding a motor-cycle with his wife on the pillion, emerged from Mill Lane on to Saxilby Rd. Cansdale said that when he reached the junction of the lane and the road he stopped, looked both ways, and not seeing any traffic, went on the main road intending to turn right and go over the bridge.

    He was almost on the crown of the road when he saw Bell's car come over the peak of the bridge. He (Cansdale) drove to his correct side of the road, and was straightening up when he saw Bell's car coming over the white line to his side of the road. In an effort to avoid the car he drove so that half the cycle was on the pavement. The car hit the rear of it. His wife was injured, and he was was off work two weeks.


    Bell said he was travelling at about 30mph. After crossing the bridge he could see the motor cycle in Mill Lane. He expected it to stop when it reached the main road, but it did not. He braked hard, and went over to his offside to give the motor cycle a much space as possible. He did not agree that part of the motor cycle was on the pavement when the impact occurred.

    P.C. Gough said there was a brake mark 69ft long caused by the car, commencing 8ft 9ins from the offside and ending close to the curb on its offside.

    Judge Lanaman said that in swerving to the offside Bell made an error of judgement, but the degree of negligence was small."

    d. Sep 1963 - Lincoln

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  • Belville, Rupert

     M.2*  First Officer Rupert Bellville 

    flag england

    b. 28 Dec 1904, Lubenham, Market Harborough, Leics.  1 Feb 1940 to Nov-40 


    ata rupert bellville 1946




    His family had made their fortune in the mustard trade.

    Ed. Eton (left in 1921)

    Height: 6ft 4½ in. Fair hair, blue eyes.

    In 1931, he was Venetia Montagu's personal pilot when they decided to tour Persia and Russia in her DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-ABFW. They left Heston on March 27th, reached Budapest on April 1, made a forced landing at Nisch, Jugoslavia, but were able to fly to Constantinople on the 13th April. 20 days later on May 2nd, "when flying from Teheran to Moscow, their machine crashed near Sabzawar, Persia, and, although the machine was burnt, they were both unhurt.”

    It only took her a couple of weeks to find another aeroplane, however; she purchased a ‘Moth‘ in Iraq, and left for Astrabad, on the Russian frontier, on May 16. They arrived in Moscow from Tashkent on June 1st, and left for Berlin on June 3rd.

    In 1934, he was described as "a very well-known air pilot, of Papillon Hall, Market Harborough, Leicestershire".

    He was fined £10, plus 3 guineas costs, in 1936 for persistently smoking on board the Imperial Airways airliner 'Heracles'. He said at the time "I shall smoke if I like, I have always done so". The Times reported that Mr Bellville had joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1926 and had flown "all over the Continent and all over Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Persia, India, Siam and China". The court was thinking about letting him off with a warning, but were put off by what they described as his "defiant attitude".

    In late August 1937, he got himself into the Spanish Civil War (on General Franco's side) and was briefly taken prisoner by the republicans. Apparently, he had (wrongly) heard that Santander had fallen to the nationalists, so he flew himself and the head of the Gonzales Byass sherry firm there, with "a few cases of sherry for the officers of the victorious troops". When they landed at the airport, he discovered his mistake and was taken prisoner and forced to fly to Gijon, while his passenger was held as a hostage. I don't know what happened to the aeroplane... or the sherry!

    Rupert was released 10 Sep, 1937, prompting a question in the House of Commons as to "in what circumstances, on whose authority, and at what cost a British destroyer was dispatched" to rescue him.

    papillon hall advert rupert bellville

    He sold Papillon Court the following year and thereafter gave his address as "White's Club, London."

    His son Hercules ** was born in San Diego in 1939 (Rupert's then-wife was American).

     He resigned from the ATA on 19 Nov 1940.

    He gave his profession in 1946 as (trust me) "a bullfighter".

    He was declared bankrupt in 1955.

    d. 23 Jul 1962, London

    His obituary said "Rupert's death will leave a gap in many places. He had a host of friends in London, Paris, New York, Spain, and wherever else his wanderings took him and these friends were of all sections of the community.

    Rupert's tragedy was that he was born in the wrong age. He would have been an ideal companion for d'Artagnan or would have been in his element helping Francis Drake to singe the King of Spain's beard. These things being denied to him in this material age, he nevertheless contrived to find adventure in every walk of life. He fought bulls in Spain and became a brilliant air pilot in the years before the war. He also took part in the Spanish Civil War. He loved to gamble and some of his happiest hours must have been spent at backgammon tables all over the world and at the bridge table.

    There were times, perhaps, when the world became too much for him but his many friends will remember him for his cavalier qualities and his companionship. To paraphrase the words from which his great friend Ernest Hemingway took the title of a book, "... never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee".

    ** His son Hercules, who became a famous film director and producer, died of lung cancer on 12 Feb 2009. 


  • Bender, Francis Everett

     M.122 * First Officer  Francis Everett Bender 

    flag usa

     b. 1904, Lopez Sullivan Pennsylvania   c. 20 Oct 1940 to 3 Aug 1941



    Address in 1940: Union NY

    Arrived in the UK 11  Nov 1940 on the SS Duchess of Atholl, with his fellow ferry pilots Howard Charles Alsop (M.165), - Donald Lee Annibal (M.163), Robert Olyn Gragg (M.173), Dan B Jacques, Charles John Smith, Malcolm F Stewart and Roy Edwin Wimmer.

    Postings: 14FPP

    DB7 3

     d. 3 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service) in Havoc AH463 which crashed In bad visibility into hills New Cumnock Ayrshire

    ata francis bender grave findagrave.com

    buried Monkton and Prestick Cemetery


  • Bennett, John Leslie

     M.1049 3rd Officer  John Leslie Bennett 
     flag england b. 17 Oct 1914, Manchester  29 Jan 1944 to Sep-45 


    ata john bennett 1945



    prev. Sales Mgr for BO Morris, Birmingham, then a Sergeant in the RAFVR Oct-39 to Apr-41

    His grandson kindly tells me that "Your website has prompted a conversation with my Mum (his daughter) regarding my Grandfather's life in the war - She informs me that that she thinks he had wanted to be a pilot in the RAF but had not passed the necessary exams, so instead became a rear gunner/bomber in Lancasters.  

    He spoke very little of his time in the RAF, but did regale a story of almost falling out of the gunning position in the Lancaster (through the floor), and of dropping bales of propaganda leaflets over Germany - they were supposed to cut the strings to let them flutter down, but instead just through them out in hope they would land on a German's head!  

    There is then a period of time that is unaccounted for, but my mum wonders if he had had some sort of breakdown from some comments he made very late in his life about spending some time in hospital.  Then he spent 18 months in the ATA - my Mum remembers him talking about flying with the instruction manual on his knees as he flew all sorts of different planes!"


    ...and here are some of the photographs his grandson sent me:

    John Leslie Bennett 1944 45 ATA A Magister   John Leslie Bennett 1944 45 ATA Spitfire2

     ata John Leslie Bennett   ata John Leslie Bennett 2



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  • Bennett, Margaret Ellen (W.45)

     W.45  First Officer Margaret Ellen 'Faith' Bennett 
     flag england

    b. 12 May 1903, London

    8 Jul 1941 to 31 Jul 1945 


     margaret bennett 1934  RAeC 1934


    ata faith bennett  MUWW


    faith bennett 1944  1944



    née Margaret Ellen Riddick

    Father: Harry Riddick, mother Mabel

    Ed. Selhurst High School, Croydon, Surrey

    Her elder brother, Private Stanley Charles Riddick, d. 15 Nov 1916, aged 19, in France during WWI.

     She married Hollywood film writer Charles Alfred Selwyn Bennett in 1930, and calling herself 'Faith Bennett', was an actress pre-WWII -  firstly on the London stage:

    "Faith Bennett, who will play lead in 'Recipe for Murder', a new play by Arnold Ridley, which opens at the Duke of York's Theatre on December 21" (1932)


    ... and then in many films, including 'Eyes of Fate', 'Hawleys of High Street' and 'The Pride of the Force' (1933), and 'Seeing Is Believing', and 'Master and Man' (both 1934)), although I've seen references to other films e.g. 'Love In The Air' and 'Atlantic Crossing'...

      "In taste, quality and packing the equal of much dearer cigarettes but not quite so large; big enough, however, to last the full 10 minutes" (1937)


     ... and also played the Fairy Godmother in 'Cinderella', the Drury Lane pantomime, in !934


    At the same time, she took up flying and passed for her 'A' Licence at Sywell Aerodrome in 1934 (which apparently included wearing 'weird and wonderful costumes' at the Novelty Dance held there in February:


    With her instructor, Tommy Rose  - see



    (Faith and Charles, far right)

     [Charles also took lessons, but doesn't seem to have gained his certificate]

    In May 1941 she decided to 'do her bit': "Faith Bennett, actress and writer, is flying to England to ferry 'planes for the Royal Air Force [sic]. Mrs Bennett was born in London 30 years ago [sic]. Flying is her hobby. She holds both American and British licenses. ''One of my brothers died in the last war, another is in the Royal Navy, my sister is a censor at Bermuda - they are all doing their bit, and I want to do mine,' she said."

    prev. exp. 296 hrs

    Address in 1941: Falcon House, Sonning, Berks

    Postings: 1FPP, 5TFPP, 15FPP

     Off sick from 9 Dec 1941 to 6 Jan 1942 after her Hurricane crash, and 27 Oct 1943 to 13 Jan 1944 with 'concussion'


    Rather unfortunate: 11 accidents, 3 her fault:

    - 8 Dec 1941, she persisted too far in bad weather, stalled her Hurricane BD859 near the ground and broke the undercarriage

               [see https://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york41/bd859.html]

    - 16 Feb 1943, the port leg of her Tomahawk AH802 broke off during landing

    - 24 Feb 1943, in another Tomahawk AH845, the port undercarriage leg collapsed

    - 16 Sep 1943, forced landing in a Hurricane after the landing gear locked up

    - 10 Aug 1943, in Master I T8366, which veered off the runway and collided with a car, due to ineffective brakes

    - 1 Oct 1943, her Hudson swung off the runway on landing, because the tail wheel lock had disengaged

    - 20 Oct 1943, a taxying accident in an Anson, due to an error of judgement on her part

    - 23 Jan 1944, her Mosquito suffered a 'strained' port undercarriage leg on landing - faulty indicator light

    - 25 Apr 1944, forced landing in Seafire MB356, after the landing gear locked up

    - 30 May 1944, the port undercarriage leg of her Barracuda II BV921 collapsed on landing

    - 29 Jun 1945, she failed to control the swing when landing Mosquito XXV KB617


    "Extremely keen and hardworking. Seems to have regained confidence" "Her navigation is somewhat unorthodox. Technical knowlege poor"

    Class IV pilot

    m. 1946 Herbert Henry Newmark, also an ex-ATA pilot:

    herbert newmark 1938

    d. 14 Mar 1969 - London.

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

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  • Bennett, Philippa Mary (W.1)


     Flight Captain


    Philippa Mary Bennett 

    flag england

    b. 22 Nov 1919, Birmingham  26 Jun-40 to Nov-45 


    Philippa Bennett 1937  RAeC 1 Jun 1937 (age 17)



    Father: Capt. Philip Dennis Bennett (5th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, an architect, m. 17 Aug 1915, d. 24 Feb 1919 from influenza)

    Philippa was born 9 months after her father died.

    Mother: Doris Mary [Lowe, m. 1922 Ian Forbes Panton, he d. 1935]

    Philippa's elder brother Dennis Labron Bennett was b. 20 Nov 1917, BA (Cantab), d. 25 Oct 1942 at El Alamein

    Ed. Westonbirt School, Glos

    Address in 1937: Ash Cottage, Harlington, Hayes, Middx

    She was engaged to Francis Richard Bevan, RASC (previously a 'Mountie' with the RCMP) in May 1940.

     Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP

    Class 5 (4-engine) pilot


    7 accidents, 3 her fault:

    - 7 Sep 1941, in Hurricane W9124 at Hatfield, she collided with a Tiger Moth due to 'gross carelessness'

    - 20 Oct 1941, she failed to control the landing swing of Tomahawk AH808, and ground-looped (at Colerne)

    - 18 Nov 1941, a forced landing in Anson R3340 after port engine failure

    - 20 May 1942, she taxied Anson AX537 into a narrow parking space, ignoring the signal made by a member of the ground crew, and the tail hit a starter trolley

    - 9 Sep 1943, a forced landing in Halifax II BB135, after a battery exploded

    - 28 Oct 1944, another forced landing, this time in Walrus I W3008 after she lost all brake pressure

    - 8 Jun 1945, a fourth forced landing, in Barracuda II DR202 when she noticed the batteries were overheating (due to incorrect voltage adjustment).


    Commended for "valuable service in the air", 14 Jun 1945

     Philippa Bennett 1946  RAeC

    26 March 1946: "26-year-old Miss Philippa Bennett has been flying planes ever since she was 17. For 5 and a half years she flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary service, when she piloted all types of planes from 4-engined bombers to Spitfires. She got her B Licence in 1938. Now she is proposing to make a business out of what was her hobby and her war work; she has bought two high wing monoplanes with which she is starting her own air taxi service at Southampton Airport. She hopes to specialise in aerial photographic work.

    Photo Shows: Miss Phillippa Bennett in her taxi monoplane at Southampton Airport"

     The three aircraft Philippa eventually owned included the Foster Wikner Wicko GM1s G-AFJB and G-AGPE (the latter used for spares)


    "When Geoffrey Wickner purchased a surplus Halifax bomber with the intention of returning to Australia he sold the Wicko to Philippa Bennett who used the aircraft in her air taxi service again out of Eastleigh. During that time the machine was extensively damaged in a forced landing, caused by bad weather when it ran over the edge of a cliff, fortunately without injury to the occupants. After repair the aircraft was sold but again was registered to Philippa and Lettice Curtis who raced the aircraft at a number of events under the race number 39. The handicappers were unkind to the Wicko and her pilot and the aircraft was not too well placed at any event. "

    "Although exciting and fulfilling, it was not a financially viable enterprise"


    m. Jul 1947 in Winchester, Wing Commander Maurice Booth DFC (3 sons)

    "She later settled in the village of Durrington in Wiltshire where she owned and ran the village shop" - The Telegraph


    d. 24 May 2007 - Salisbury



  • Bergel, Hugh Charles

     M.307  Commander Hugh Charles Bergel OBE 

    flag england

     b. 19 Nov 1905, London 7 Oct 1940 to 30 Apr 1945 

     ata hugh bergel 1928    ATAM    


    Educated at Rugby School

    m. Priscilla M Baumer, in 1930; 2 children before joining ATA

    A "well known member of the gliding community" with his great friend Philip Wills (q.v.); in 1930 he received the Dent Cup ("in memory of Mr. David Dent, who did such good work for gliding in general"), for the year's outstanding performance, for his cross-country flight to Hornchurch, Essex, made with very little previous soaring experience.

    Here he is in 1938 with Capt. Harold Balfour, the Under-Secretary of State for Air, in a Falcon III glider:

    ata hugh bergel and harold balfour glider 1938 Flight

    prev. an advertising copywriter with WS Crauford Ltd. From 1938, Sales and Advertising Manager for Desoutter.

    Address in 1940: Stamford Brook House, London W.6

    Postings: 1FPP, 16FPP, 6FPP, 4FPP, 4aFPP, 2FPP, 9FPP

    'A keen and competent pilot, and an able and hardworking administrator.'

    From 16 Jul 1942, ran No 9 FPP Aston Down 'in an eminently satisfactory manner'.

    "He leaves ATA with an excellent record behind him." (Gerard d'Erlanger, O.C. ATA)

    Wrote "Fly and Deliver - A Ferry Pilot's Log Book" (AirLife, 1982)

    d. Jan 1986, London

    [His elder brother Jack also joined the ATA in 1941, but died the same year in a flying accident]

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  • Bergel, John Graham

     M.264 First Officer  John Graham 'Jack' Bergel 
    flag england   b. 1 Mar 1902, London 2 Mar 1941 to Nov-41 


    ata john bergel 1934



    ata john bergel




    prev. a journalist for the 'London Evening News' from 1925; "no previous employment"

    His brother Hugh said: "Jack was nearly four years older than I was, so that we never overlapped at school, and were never quite as close to each other as I would have liked. All his working life had been spent on the London Evening News, which he joined as a cub reporter. By the time he left to join ATA he was, or had been, wireless correspondent, motor-racing correspondent, music critic, Rugby football correspondent, aviation correspondent and writer of the Diary. But for years his main job had been that of Dramatic Critic, and there must be some who can still recall the reviews he wrote over the initials J.G.B."

    prev exp. 160 hrs

    He originally applied in July 1940: "My brother Hugh tells me that the A.T.A. is still anxious to recruit ferry pilots. As I am despairing, after ten months, of getting into the RAF in any capacity - I've seen three [selection] boards who all lose interest when they find I'm over 30 and wear glasses - I would like to know if I am any good for your service - which sounds disrespectful, I'm afraid, but isn't meant to be."

    He added: "I'm nothing like as good a pilot, naturally, as Hugh, but I can find my way; it always was my one aeronautical talent."

    [hugh bergel 1928

    His brother Hugh had learnt to fly in 1928, and had already joined the ATA]

    However, when he turned up for a flight test in September 1940, the report was that "this applicant's standard of flying is so low that he cannot be accepted for ATA duties even on light types".

    By January 1941 the ATA had realised that it needed more pilots, even if they had to train them themselves. Accordingly, a second test was arranged for the 19th January; this time he was accepted, and duly started on the 3rd March.

    By the 7th November, when he was posted to No 6 FPP, he had satisfactorily passed training courses on Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 aircraft. Sadly, he was killed a week later.

    d. 15 Nov 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Blenheim Z6080 stalled on landing approach to Oulton. He "made his final approach too slowly, particularly having regard to the fact that it was a fully equipped Blenheim IV, with inner and outer tanks full."

    [Hugh attributed the accident to a faulty air-speed indicator reading, "caused by water in the system, which in turn was caused by aircraft having to live their lives out in the open through all weathers."]

    His mother said of him "Jack's happiest months were spent in the ATA".

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  • Bernard, Paul

     M.----  2nd Officer Paul Bernard 
     flag france b. 21 Jun 1903, Nancy, France  28 Oct to 8 Nov 1940 




    Father: Levy Bernard, a clothing manufacturer; Mother: Marie

    Next of Kin: (wife) Martha Bernard, 49 Avenue Lanterne, Nice, France

    2 children, Micheline c. 1931, Nicole c. 1932

    prev. Society of Industrial Construction of Aeronautics, Ministry of Defence; French Air Force 1922-39; RAF pilot (Flt-Sgt) at Odiham from 16 Jul 1940

    Address in 1940: White Hart Hotel, Odiham, Hants

     Postings: -

     "MAP Refused Employment" "Air Ministry Approval Witheld"

     Sailed from UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina in Apr 1941, then to US


    Paul's US Registration Card, dated 16 Feb 1942. Employer: Bennie Schwabacher of Bessemer, AL

     He, Martha Michelline and Nicole sailed to the USA in 1949


     d. 25 May 1978 - Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Hauts-De-Seine, France


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  • Berry, Nathaniel Addison

     M.499  2nd Officer Nathaniel Addison Berry 
     flag england  b. 31 Aug 1905, London  10 Jun 1941 to Mar-42 


    ata nathaniel berry 1930


     ata nathaniel berry ATA    


    prev. director and factory manager, Nathaniel Berry & Sons Ltd, piano manufacturers

    janes hampden 2

    Died in ATA Service - flying as 2nd pilot with F/O Thomas Bray (joined 1940) in Hampden X3130 which went missing 18 Mar 1942 after taking off from Kirkbride. Their bodies were later washed ashore - Nathaniel's was found on 11 Jul.


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  • Berry, Simpson Fernald

     M.589 3rd Officer   Simpson Fernald Berry
     flag usa b. 7 Nov 1905, Boston MA   26 May 1941 to Feb-42




    prev. 'Civilian Military Training Camp from Aug-Sep 1925. Rank Private' (that appears to be it)

    also, testing refrigerators and ferrying 'new small aeroplanes'

    Contract Terminated by ATA - Failure to reach required standard (3 pilot-at-fault accidents), coupled with disobedience of ATA Standing Orders by repeatedly flying above heavy cloud.


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  • Bertram, Neville Vezey

    M.652  First Officer Neville Vezey Bertram 
     flag england  b. 23 Dec 1910, Birmingham  25 Jul 1941 to Jan-42 




    prev. RAF 1929-34, No. 12 Bomber Squadron, R.A.F., Andover, Hants.

    declared bankrupt in 1934, then went into advertising

     m. Joan Grumbar in 1935

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary reasons]

    d. 1956, London


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  • Bertram, Peter Andreas

     M.619 First Officer  Peter Andreas Bertram Jr 

    flag usa

      b. 28 Dec 1919, Mattoon, IL 31 May 1941 to 30 Mar 1945 




    father: also Peter Andreas Bertram [originally from Denmark, naturalised 1922], owner and operator of the Mattoon Butter Co., d. 1965

    Ed. High School, Monmouth IL

    m. 1945 Ellen Rose [Huckleberry], 1 daughter (Linda Lee)

    prev. a ferry pilot and inspector at Piper Aircraft Corp. Lock Haven , PA

    Address in 1941: 846 4th St, Charleston, IL

    d. 24 Feb 1989 - Fort Myers, FL

    ata peter bertram grave buried Mattoon, IL

    "Peter A. Bertram Jr, moved here 17 years ago from Charleston, Ill, and he had owned and operated the Beach View Cottages on Sanibel Island. He served as Captain in the Air Transport Auxiliary of the RAF of England from 1940 to 1945 [sic]. Mr. Bertram was a  member of the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron, and was a former member of the Sanibel Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel and Motel Assoc of Lee County, and the Charleston Rotary Club of Charleston, Illinois."

    News-Press, Fort Myers FL

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  • Beverley, Charles Robertson

     M.1123 * 2nd Officer  Charles Robertson Beverley 
    flag scotland  b. 5 Mar 1899, Keith, Bannfshire, Scotland 3 Jul 1944 to 31 Mar 1945 

    RAeC 1935 [photo missing]



    prev. an Engineer

    Address in 1935: 212 Wilmslow Rd, Cheadle, Cheshire

    d. 17 Jan 1963 - Cheshire 

  • Beverley, Patricia Gladys (W.93)

     W.93  First Officer  Mrs Patricia Gladys Beverley
     flag england  b. 22 Aug 1910, Egham Surrey  29 Jul 1942 to 31 Oct 1945

     patricia beverley 1945  ATA



     nee Seemann

    Father: Norman Charles Seemann, mother Beatrice Maud [Grey, d. 1926]

    m. 1931 in Barnet, Robert Lewis Beverley, (original surname Baker, based in S. Rhodesia in 1942)

    Her brother, Norman Walter Keith Seeman, was killed age 25 in a car accident in 1934. Patricia was injured in the same accident and was "carried into court", which decided that former racing driver William Berkeley Scott was responsible for the accident due to "careless, reckless and dangerous driving."

     Address in 1942: Stone House Hotel, Hatfield

    Joined ATA originally as an MT Driver

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP

    Class 3 Pilot

    Reprimanded and fined 3 days salary in Feb 1943 for 'Neglect of Duty'


    4 accidents, 2 her fault:

    - 1 May 1943, a forced landing in a Hurricane after a hydraulic failure

    - 20 Jul 1943, while taxying 'without sufficient care', her Spitfire Vb hit a stationary Beaufighter [Severely reprimanded]

    - 29 Nov 1943, she landed her Proctor LZ651 crosswind on wet grass, disobeying airfield 'runways only' signals, skidded and hit an obstruction [Severely reprimanded and suspended without pay for three days]

    - 13 Apr 1945, a wheels-up forced landing in Mustang IV KM217 after the selector lever jammed


    d. 27 Feb 1948 in Miles M.65 Gemini 1a G-AJZI owned by St. Christopher Travel-Ways Ltd, which crashed at Ridge Park, Wallington shortly after take-off from Croydon airport.

    She was acting as co-pilot to Wing-Cmdr William Herbert Whetton; he and the 2 passengers were injured in the crash.


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  • Beville, Emmitt Eugene

     M.1  First Officer Emmitt Eugene Beville 

    flag usa

      b. 10 May 1911, Lees Summit, MO  3 Oct 1940 to May-41

     ata emmitt beville ATA      


    Ed. Burlesan College (M.A.)

    m. M. E. , 1 son Thomas

    prev. "Aviation"

    Address in 1940: 202 Canterbury Dr, Terrill Hills, San Antonio TX

    Postings: 6FPP

    1 Accident, not his fault:

    - 6 Sep 1940, Hurricane broke tail wheel when landing - possibly a fault in the material.

    Seconded to AtFero in 20 Mar 1941

    WWII US Draft Card shows he was employed by Canadian Pacific Railway Air Service Dept on 16 April 1941

    Contract Terminated 13 May 1941 - "Deserted"

    1943-44 Joined American Export Airlines (Naval Air Transport Service) as a pilot

    1945-47, was a pilot for American Overseas Airlines and lived at 407 Bayou View, Houston TX

    m. 25 Dec 1948 Marie [Oscar] in Florida

    1951 Pilot for Pan American

    d. 8 Dec 1974 (age 63) - American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

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  • Beville, Steven Calhoun

     M.219  First Officer Steven Calhoun Beville 

    flag usa

      b. 10 Sep 1914, Gainesville, FL

    7 Dec 1940 to 9 Dec 1941 

    [367 days]


    ata steve and bernadette beville findagrave.com





    ata steve beville

    m. to Bernadette [Dulin] [d. Mar 1990, Indiana]

    Address in 1940: 836 Bauer St, Hammond, Indiana

    prev. a printer, and airport operator

    Postings: 1FPP

     "This pilot is absolutely first class & one of the keenest and hardest working in the pool."

    d. 6 Jul 2000 - Indiana

    "Veteran, Pilot. Flew the infamous P51 Mustang named "The Galloping Ghost" which won many of the Cleveland Air Races and Thompson Trophy Races. Former Spokesman for Kendall Oil. Married to Bernadette Dulin Beville for 56 years."

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  • Biggart, David Goodchild

      M.3 Flight Captain  David Goodchild Biggart 

    flag england

      b. 13 Jun 1916, W Hartlepool, Co Durham 22 Jan 1940 to Apr-42 


    ata david biggart 1936




    Learnt to fly in 1936 at the Witney and Oxford Aero Club

    On the 8 Mar 1941, his C.O. wrote that he was amongst those pilots who "have been outstanding in the way they have worked, and the example they have set".

    d. 1999, New Forest, Hants 

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  • Biggs, Leonard Oliver

     M.521  First Officer Leonard Oliver Biggs 

    flag england

      b. 2 Apr 1904, London 3 Jun 1941 to 30 Sep 1945 

     ata leonard biggs 1931 1931

     ata leonard biggs MAMM MAMM    


    m. 1936 Molly [Child]; 1 child Penelope b. 1940

    Was in Canada from  Aug 1923 to Dec 1924

    prev. a Departmental Manager (Sales) for British Cellophane Co.

    prev. exp. 52 hrs on DH Moth, Blackburn Bluebird

    Home Guard from Jul 1940 to Apr 41, Volunteer

    Address in 1941: 22 Quantock Rd, Bridgewater, Somerset

    Postings: 7FPP, 2FPP

    Off sick (in hospital) from 11 Oct to 7 Dec 1943

    "A good officer and an average pilot. Keen and hard-working. Progress should not be hurried in view of limited experience prior to ATA."

    d. Nov 1995 - Surrey

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  • Bingham, Horace Jerome

     M.---- * First Officer  Horace Jerome 'Hory Ray' Bingham
      b. 12 May 1909,  Summer Hills, NSW 17 Aug 1940 to ?? 




    Father: Horace Henry Bingham, Mother: Eileen Minnie [Dowling]

    Address in 193-36: 1683 Pacific Highway, Wahrooga

    prev. Clerk

     m. Jul 1938 in Camberwell, London, Nina Mary [Jeffereyes]




     Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in WWII - looks like he was in a Sunderland squadron:


    He sailed to South Africa on 19 Aug 1942 as a 'Civil Aviation Traffic Officer'. He gave his address as 38 Underhill Rd, E Dulwich, London SE22


    He flew to Honolulu, en route to California, in November 1957, on Qantas:


    d. 10 Jun 1980 - Poole, Dorset

    * ATA Personnel File Missing

  • Bird, Jean Lennox (W.46)

     W.46 First Officer   Jean Lennox Bird
     flag UK b. 8 Jul 1912, Hong Kong  1 Aug 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 


    jean lennox bird 1930 

    RAeC 1930

     0122 0058a 


     0122 0059a


    0341 0077a



    Father: Col. L G Bird DSO, OBE, of The Old Farm, Beech, nr Alton, Hants

    Ed. Manor House, Limpsfield

    WAAF ASO from 16 May 1940 to 31 Jul 1941

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP, 4FPP, 6FPP

    Class 4+ pilot

    6 accidents, 3 her fault:

    - 15 May 1942, her Spitfire BR236 ran into an umarked soft patch when landing, and nosed over

    - 26 Jun 1942, she stalled Albacore L2174 attempting a forced landing, after the windscreen became obscured with oil

    - 18 Nov 1943, after taking off in Anson R9757, she bent down to retrieve a Form 700, inadvertently pushed forward the control column, and wrecked the undercarriage in the subsequent crash.

    - 15 Mar 1944, a spectacular-sounding crash in Hudson III T9426; on take-off, due to insufficient speed the port wing dropped and hit the ground, and the aircraft cartwheeled. However, she was held 'not to blame'.

    - 17 Jul 1944, she was unable to correct the take-off swing of her Spitfire IX PL162, ran off the runway, ground-looped to avoid some workmen, and nosed over

    - 16 Apr 1945, a jeep ran into her Mosquito VI HR136 while she was taxying, and damaged the starboard undercarriage


    "An extremely sensible, keen and good pilot on whom one can rely... must guard against giving a wrong impression by her difficult manner" - Margot Gore, her C.O.

    Awarded her RAF 'Wings' in Sep 1952, the first of 5 women (all ex-ATA pilots) to do so when serving with the short-lived (1 Feb 1949 - 1954) Women's Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (WRAFVR). The others were Benedetta Willis, Jackie Moggridge, Freydis Leaf and Joan Hughes 



    In 1956, Veronica Volkersz wrote that Jean was one of only 7 women flying commercially: -  "Jean Bird flies a Miles Aerovan on aerial survey"  - 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, Monique Rendall, Suzanne Ashton, Zita Irwin, Diana Barnato-Walker and Freydis Leaf]


    d.  29 Apr 1957 in the crash of Miles Aerovan 4 G-ASIF belonging to Meridian Air Maps. "... evidence was given that the aircraft had been fitted with an incorrect spare part"



     Full biography here: Jean Bird - Wikipedia

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  • Birkett, Trevor Bertram

     M.201  First Officer Trevor Bertram Birkett 

    flag england

      b. 13 Dec 1912, Southsea, Hants  16 Oct 1940 to Aug-45

     ata trevor birkett 1936 1936      


    Educated at Radley

    Address in 1940: 12 High St, Portsmouth

    prev. a Solicitor (Messrs Brutton Birkett & Walsh, 132 High St Portsmouth)

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP

    His Feb-45 recommendation for promotion (he was briefly a Flight Captain) calls him "an officer who sets a very high standard of discipline... during the past 12 months this officer has completed 364 hrs flying and has now flown all types of Class 5 aircraft, including Liberators.

    He has spent 20 days on Accidents Investigation and I understand his work in this respect has been outstanding."

    d. Jun 1983 - Portsmouth

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  • Bishop, David Arthur

     M.626  First Officer David Arthur Bishop 
     flag usa   b. 3 Mar 1911, Hilbert Wisconsin  23 Jun 1941 to 13 Sep 1943


    ata david bishop 1946



    ata david bishop 1948

    1948  (both Green Bay Press-Gazette)



    ather: Willmer Bishop (dec'd) Mother: Catherine [Martin]

    ed. West Green Bay High School (grad. 1929)

    prev. a driver on an automobile boat; a shipping clerk on a boat dock, Manager of Brown County Airport, and a commercial pilot.

    Address in 1941: 231 Allard Ave, Green Bay, Wisonsin ([Mother's address]

    "slight scar on nose"

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP, 2FPP

    Suspended for 4 days in Mar-43 following a wheels-up forced landing in Botha L6508, after he forgot to check that the fuel cocks were correctly set

    Suspended for 4 days in Jun-43 for "a breach of discipline and non-compliance with Standing Order"

    "A capable and intelligent pilot of above average ability"...

    "During the last two months [Aug-Sep 1943] his discipline has improved tremendously, and he has proved to be a most competent pilot who works hard."

    Joined the USAAF in December 1943 (as a private, having first been "listed as a delinquent" when he failed to turn up as agreed in October).

    "After serving as an instructor on B-25s, A-20s, P-38s, C-47s, AT-6s and several other types of trainers, he was sent in February 1945 to the Asia-Pacific theater as a pilot in the Air Transport Command. He served here eight months, and completed 75 flights over the Himalaya "Hump". He holds the Air Medal, Pacific Theater Ribbon with one battle star, European and American Theater ribbons, and pre-Pearl Harbor, Allied Service and Victory ribbons."

    Post-WWII, worked for the Green Bay Auto Distributors as a salesman, and was Democratic candidate for the Green Bay 'Register of Deeds' in November 1948.

    m. 1957 Anna [Sadsuske], 1 daughter.

    Moved to California in 1960 and operated an auto parts business in Oakland.

    d. 4 Mar 1965 - Contra Costa, CA 

    ata david bishop grave 

    buried http://schema.org/PostalAddress" itemprop="address">Chilton, Calumet County, Wisconsin


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  • Bishop, Frederick Arthur



    (Seconded from RAF)

    Frederick Arthur Bishop 
     flag england  b.  4 December 1915, Bristol  19 Oct 1943 to Apr-45 


    frederick bishop

    The Times


    Sir Frederick Arthur Bishop, (1915–2005), civil servant and director-general of the National Trust.


    Joined the Inland Revenue in 1934.

    1 Jan 1940 he married Elizabeth Finlay Stevenson (1915–1999), a fellow civil servant; they had two sons and a daughter.

    RAF from Feb 1942.

    "An ab initio pilot who immediately made steady progress and made great efforts to fly well... he can be assessed as a natural pilot of average ability"

    Oxford DNB says: "Bishop returned to the civil service in 1947, initially in the Ministry of Food. There his abilities were soon recognized; within two years he was principal private secretary to the minister, John Strachey, and to his successors Maurice Webb and Gwilym Lloyd George. He was moved to be assistant secretary to the cabinet in 1953. He was an effective manager of the cabinet's economic business, and secretary of its building committee during the government's drive to build 300,000 houses a year, led by Harold Macmillan as minister of housing. He worked closely with the powerful cabinet secretary, Sir Norman Brook, who in 1956 secured his move to 10 Downing Street to become Anthony Eden's principal private secretary. His calm efficiency won the respect, and the ear, of an increasingly embattled prime minister. Some historians believe that even under Eden his advice, and his ‘hawkish’ views on international affairs, began to acquire the influence that was to be more marked under Eden's successor Macmillan.

    Macmillan kept Bishop on when he took over as prime minister in 1957. Over the next four years Bishop played a key role in the policy process, exercising influence out of all proportion to his formal responsibilities. With a weak foreign secretary in Selwyn Lloyd, Macmillan relied heavily for advice on international affairs on his civil service private secretaries, whose primary loyalty was increasingly to him personally, treating them as a virtual ‘kitchen cabinet’ (Aldous, ‘Family affair’, 14), ‘more akin to American national security advisers than mere private secretaries’ (McNamara, 67). Working closely with his colleague Philip de Zulueta, Bishop did not hesitate to disagree with, and brief the prime minister against, the official Foreign Office line. He and de Zulueta have been described as the ‘“change agents” essential to any process of [policy] redefinition, [giving] access to ideas that had not been dulled by slow passage through the bureaucratic machine’ (Aldous, ‘Family affair’, 15). When in 1957 Macmillan wanted to ensure American collaboration in resisting communist infiltration into Syria, it was Bishop whom he sent to Washington for talks with the secretary of state, John Foster Dulles. Dulles was charmed and impressed by Bishop, declaring that there was ‘genuine, intimate and effective co-operation, stemming directly from Macmillan’ (McNamara, 100). Bishop often travelled with Macmillan, for instance to the Bermuda conference in March 1957 and to Moscow in 1959, the scene of a celebrated row between Macmillan and Nikita Khrushchov. His role and his influence were openly resented by the Foreign Office and the foreign secretary.

    Bishop became deputy secretary to the cabinet in 1959. Although in principle he should now have been impartially serving the cabinet as a whole, he remained very close to the prime minister; he has been described as acting at this time in some respects as though he were still Macmillan's principal private secretary, advising him on European matters. During the protracted debates about Britain's relations with the European Economic Community (EEC), pro-Europeans used Bishop as their direct link to the prime minister. He was appointed CB in 1960, having been made CVO in 1957.

    Bishop returned to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food in 1961. Even there he continued to be influential in international affairs, especially in relation to the EEC. One historian, Jacqueline Tratt, has described him as a leading member of the small group—including Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath, and Sir Frank Lee, permanent secretary to the Treasury—that connived to bring about a major change of policy orientation, almost surreptitiously planning and putting into action the ultimately unsuccessful first approach to the EEC in 1961. He also played a significant part in creating the National Economic Development Council. He intended this in part to rival a department he disliked, the Treasury, arguing that there was a need for ‘a more planned approach to the national economic problem … a partnership with employers and unions’ (Ringe and Rollings, 342–3). His draft terms of reference were reproduced largely verbatim when the creation of the council was announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, Selwyn Lloyd.

    After three years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Bishop's government career seemed to be moving towards a climax when, in 1964, he was appointed permanent secretary of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, newly created by Harold Wilson. Wilson's aim was to speed up the planning process by removing it from what some saw as the dead hand of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. Others felt that the new department, with a remit to bring forward more land for development by taxing landowners and developers, never had a chance. It was doubly unfortunate for Bishop both that his new minister, Fred Willey, was out of his depth and that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government was led by one of the most formidable civil servants of the post-war period, Dame Evelyn Sharp. She was determined that her department should lose no important responsibilities. Exploiting the access of her own minister, Richard Crossman, to Wilson, she fought ruthlessly to ensure, first, that the new ministry was given no real powers and, second, that it was wound up as soon as possible. Willey's complaints and Wilson's resentment were unavailing. Bishop, who had no illusions about either his ministry or his minister, found himself in a non-job. By June 1965 he had let it be known that he wished to resign from the civil service and Crossman was exulting in his diary, ‘He should be sent off as soon as possible. Let's get rid of him this summer’ (Crossman, 261).

    Bishop was an able and well-liked public servant who, in his most senior Whitehall post, was unlucky to be frustrated by such fierce bureaucratic and political in-fighting. He left the civil service in 1965 and took a number of part-time posts, most notably on the board of S. Pearson & Son. In 1968–9 he was a member of a group of former senior officials set up to advise Edward Heath, then leader of the opposition, on reforms to the machinery of government. The Pearson board brought him into regular contact with Patrick Gibson, a committee member (and later chairman) of the National Trust. One result was that in January 1971 Bishop took up his final full-time position, as director-general of the National Trust. He succeeded another former senior official, Sir John Winnifrith, whose name he had suggested himself.

    The National Trust, whose ethos Bishop was to describe as ‘amateurism, in the real and best sense of the word’ (Jenkins and James, 258), was trying to bring its style more into line with modern needs; it had opened its first shop in 1970, and during Bishop's tenure enlarged its professional staff and saw its membership double (to 500,000). Described by a former colleague as ‘by nature a manipulator and negotiator’ (Gaze, 235), Bishop used his Whitehall experience and contacts assiduously on behalf of the trust, in particular helping to secure valuable changes in the rules governing the tax treatment of bequests and gifts. Not all was smooth sailing, however: the 1975 annual report noted that ‘a high level of inflation will make it impossible to maintain the high standard of conservation which both members and the general public have come to expect’. When Bishop that year outlined to staff the executive committee's proposals for a 20 per cent cut in real expenditure, the need for this was hotly questioned and tempers ran high. But in general Bishop was popular, both with members of the trust's committee and with staff, for whom he obtained better salary levels and pension arrangements. His management style was described as ‘unobtrusive’, without undue intervention in matters of detail (Gaze, 244).

    Bishop (Fred to his family, but Freddie more widely) took early retirement for health reasons from the National Trust in May 1975, having been knighted in January that year, and he and his wife moved to Cornwall. He had already been a member of the BBC's general advisory council (1971–75), a director of Pearson Longman (1970–77), and chairman of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee (1966–73); in Cornwall he took up directorships with English China Clays Ltd (1975–86) and Lloyd's Bank (1976–86). He continued to practise his skills as an amateur painter and his gift for friendship, not only with the Gibsons and others but also with Harold Macmillan, who visited the Bishops several times and remained in close touch until his own death. In 1987 Bishop and his wife moved to Hampshire to be closer to their grandchildren. He died at his home, Manor Barn, 65 Church Road, Bramshott, Hampshire, on 2 March 2005, of an acute transformation of chronic lymphatic leukaemia. He was survived by his three children, his wife having predeceased him."



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  • Black, Betty Ellice (W.80)

     W.80 First Officer  Betty Ellice Black 
     flag nz  b. 1 Sep 1913, Dunedin NZ 15 Apr-42 to 30 Aug-45 

     betty black 1943 NZ Herald 1943

     ata betty black   ATAM  


     Father: George Black (NZ Superintendent of Dalgety & Co, d. 1937)

    Ed. St Hilda's Collegiate School, Dunedin

    prev. exp: 129 hrs 50min, on DH 60, DH82, DH94, Miles Hawk, Magister, Whitney Straight, BA Swallow, Percival Vega Gull, Avro Avian in New Zealand and Australia

    Next of Kin: (Aunt) Mrs Owen Gould, Hampton, Otago NZ

    prev. Equipment Assistant, RNZAF, 21 Apr to 24 Nov 1941

    Address in 1942: c/o New Zealand House, 415 The Strand, London

    She arrived in the UK from Aukland on the 19 Feb 1942, quoting her address as c/o Dalgety & Co., Leadenhalll St, London

    Postings: 1FPP, 15FPP, 12FPP, 6FPP

    7 accidents, only 1 her fault:

    - 19 Jun 1942, in a Hart; her approach was too slow and she made a heavy landing, damaging the engine mountings;

    - 2 Mar 1943, she landed her Hurricane and hit an unmarked dip, causing the undercarriage leg to collapse;

    - 18 Sep 1943, the cockpit cover of her Spitfire broke away during flight;

    - 11 Mar 1944, another landing accident, this time in a Typhoon when the tail wheel retracted due to a hydraulic fault;

    - 27 Sep 1944, when the starboard undercarriage collapsed in an Argus; this time a sunken drainage gulley was to blame, and

    - 12 Feb 1945, her fourth undercarrriage landing-run collapse, this time the port wheel of a Beaufighter, and

    - 11 Apr 1945, a precautionary frced landing in a Beaufighter when the port engine lost revs.

    "A cheerful, hardworking pilot" "A good ferry pilot; always ready for any job allotted to her".

    m. Feb 1946 Christopher Dalton Beaumont in Thornbury, Gloucestershire

    d. 9 Jul 1977 - Nelson, NZ 

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  • Blackmore, Richard Henry

     M.--- *  2nd Officer Richard Henry Blackmore 
     flag england b. 21 Sep 1896, Gillingham, Kent  2 Sep to 31 Oct 1940




    Father: Richard Blackmore, Mother: Maud

    2nd Lieut Essex Regiment, RFC Corporal in WWI

    RAeC Certificate 8549 dated 9 Apr 1929, taken at De Havilland Flying School

    Address in 1929: 21 Vale Court, Mallord St, Chelsea

     prev. student of electrical engineering; butcher

    Sailed to Canada in May 1930

    Address in 1931: 2147 Sherebroke, Montreal, Canada, described as a commercial air pilot, living with wife Olive Joy (m. 1928/9, an artist)

    Olive sailed back to the UK from Canada in Sep 1931 and May 1932, Richard in Sep 1932



     Olive d. 1959 as a widow


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  • Blackwell, Patricia Annette (W.73 *)

     W.73 *  First Officer  Mrs Patricia Annette 'Ann' Blackwell
     flag england b. 30 Mar 1913, Putney  24 Feb-42 to Dec-45 

     patricia blackwell 1939  RAeC 1939



    nee Noble

    Father: Major Bertram W Noble OBE ("Messrs. B. W. Noble. Ltd. insurance and reinsurance brokers, of London and Paris"), mother Kate Elsie [Buckland]


    m. 24 Oct 1935 in Knightsbridge, George Wilson Blackwell

      The Bystander

    "They met at the International Marine Insurance Conference at Montreux in September 1933"

      (George moved to Canada, then the USA in October 1945 and became an American citizen.)

    Postings: 6FPP, 4FPP

     1942 ata wedding group ann blackwell bw5500  Naomi Allen on the left, Ann 2nd right. 1942?


    1942 ata typhoon ann blackwell bw5400  Ann in a Typhoon [photos with thanks to Nicholas Thomas]


    At least 4 Accidents, 1 her fault:

    - 9 Aug 1942, a forced landing in Fairchild EV771, with a broken connecting rod

    - 7 Nov 1942, in Hurricane I L1877, forced landing with low oil pressure and high oil temperature

    - 20 Nov 1944, she failed to control a crosswind landing in Seafire III BF499, swung and damaged the port wing

    - 20 Feb 1945, the tail wheel of Proctor III DX229 collapsed during landing

    m. 1948 in Maidenhead, Hugh McLennan Kendall


    d. Feb 1992 - Isle of Wight

  • Blake, Thomas Howes


     First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Thomas Howes Blake
     flag england b. 16 Apr 1913, Isle of Wight 6 Jan 1943 to 15 April 1945 

     ata thomas blake RAFM

     ata thomas blake MAMM MAMM    


    Address in 1943: Apes Down, Calbourne Rd, Newport,  Isle of Wight

    prev. Legal Assistant, IoW Council; RAF 3 Apr 1941 - Dec 1942

    Postings: 5FPP, 2FPP

     d. Apr 1996 - Isle of Wight


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  • Blow, Ernest Lynton

      M.768  First Officer Ernest Lynton Blow
       b. 9 Dec 1906, Dunstable  9 Sep 1942 to Dec-44 

     ata ernest blow 1936 1936

     ata ernest blow ATA    


    prev. F/O in  RAFVR 1939-41; Test Pilot for Airspeed

    prev. exp. 3,843 hrs;


    - 1930 Avro 616 Avian IVM G-ABDP

    - 1931 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABMC

    - 1936 BA Swallow L25C Mk.2 G-AEKG

     "A keen and efficient pilot and a good officer"

    d. 2003, USA




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  • Blumenthal, Charles

     M.---- 3rd Officer  Charles Blumenthal 
    flag france    17 Feb 1942 to 19 Jul 1942




    One accident, his fault:

    - 31 May 1942, in Magister T9887. The aircraft swung on landing and the udercarriage collapsed. "Error of judgement on the part of the pupil pilot in attempting to land in a cross-wind, and subsequent failure to correct swing."

    Contract Terminated 19 Jul 1942

  • Bodinnar, John Kenneth

     M.150 First Officer  John Kenneth Bodinnar 

    flag england

     b. 9 Jan 1906, Bristol  14 Aug 1940 to 3 Apr 1941 


    ata john bodinnar



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    Father: Sir John Francis Bodinnar J.P., The Old Palace, Chippenham, Wilts

    [Sir John Francis Bodinnar (1880-1958) was a Company Director (of, among others, the West of England Bacon Company, Ltd) and Mayor of Calne from 1925-27. "On the site of the Old Palace stood the house in which King Alfred is traditionally said to have burnt the cakes."

    the old palace chippenham

    The Old Palace was bought by the Town Council in 1942 for new offices; it is now the Chippenham Museum.]

    Mother: Mabel Frost [Latham]. [d. 1948)

    Ed. Malvern College

    prev. "various, including fruit growing and engineering" - spent 1926-35 in Canada.

    Address in 1940: 5 Alexandra Court, Wembley Pk, Middx

    m. 1937 in Kensington, London, Sheila Frances Grace [George, d. 1979]

    Next of kin: (wife) Sheila, c/o "Branksome", Old Woking Rd, Pyrford, Surrey

     Postings: 1FPP

    Suspended for 2 days in Dec 1940 for infringement of flying regulations

    2 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 6 Feb 1941, he hit a concrete block whilst taxying a Leopard Moth, having to avoid an approaching Hart

    janes hurricane

    d. 3 Apr 1941 (age 35) (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane Z3166 flew into a ploughed field at Gorse Lane, Tarleton, Lancs, in poor visibility.

    He was held to blame for the accident, having persevered too long in bad weather. Douglas Fairweather was flying in the same area on the same day, and confirmed that the weather was so bad he had to curtail his own flight.

    He had flown 98 hrs in delivering 105 aircraft for the ATA.

    Buried in Maidenhead Cemetery, Sec. D. Row L. Grave 7

    Sheila wrote to Gerard d'Erlanger: "May I send you my very sincere thanks for your flowers and sympathetic letter on the occasion of my husband's death.

    Your kind remarks made me feel very proud of him and I am sure he would not have wished for higher commendation." 

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  • Boilstone, John William


    Flt-Sgt / First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    John William 'Jack' Boilstone 
     flag england b. 28 Jun 1915, Stourbridge, Worcs 30 Jan 1943 to 9 Dec 1943 




    Father: Joseph Pearson Boilstone, a Farmer; mother: Dorothy May [Downing]

    m. 1942 in Bromsgrove, Dorothy Margaret [Taylor, b. 1919]

    prev. a Motor Tester; RAF from 5 Jul 1941, 10 OTU, Abingdon

    prev. exp. 190 hrs on Stearman PT 17, Harvard, Vultee, Oxford, Whitley in UK and USA

    Address in 1943: Hillingdon, Highfield Crescent, Blackheath, Birmingham

     Postings: 16FPP

     "A neat and steady pilot of good average ability who takes his work seriously and has the makings of a very good ferry pilot"

    "He posseses a quick & keen personailty and his discipline has been exemplary"

    One accident, his fault:


     d. 9 Dec 1943 in Beaufort II LZ146 which stalled on approach to Kirkbride, dived into the ground 1000ft west of the airfield and was destroyed. Ferry from 44 MU Edzell to 40 APU Melton Mowbray.


    Buried St Kenelm's Churchyard, Romsley, Worcs

     "Constantly remembered by his wife, parents and all relatives"








    DEC 9TH, 1943

    AGED 28 YEARS.



    Dorothy later (1951) m. Alfred J Newman and d. 2008

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  • Bonnett, Rosemary Leslie (W.155 *)

     W.155 * 3rd Officer 

    Mrs Rosemary Leslie [or Lesley] Bonnett

    flag england  b. 1 Sep 1918, Bristol  21 Feb-44 to Sep-45 

      RAeC 1945



     née Bell

     father: Percy Harrison Bell (2nd Lt in WWI, who gained an RAeC Certificate No 5298, in October 1917) , mother Adele Helene [Gellatly, a midwife, d. 1967 in S. Africa]

    Grew up in South Africa (1924 - Jan 1936)

    prev. a Secretary, typist

    m. early 1942 Flt-Lt Dorian Dick Bonnett DFC

      (39 Sqn RAF, d. 24 Oct 1942 in Lancaster I W4306, which crashed in England on return from a daylight raid on Milan)

     [ab initio trainee]

    Postings: 15FPP, 7FPP

    2 accidents, both her fault:

    - 14 Oct 1944, when taxying on wet grass and in windy conditions, her Argus I EV792 collided with marker flags

    - 9 Aug 1945, taxying in Andon I AX319, she struck a motor sweeper and the aircraft was damaged.


     Gained her Royal Aero Club Pilot's Certificate (No 20610) as part of the ATA's 'Wings' scheme on 3 Oct 1945

    m. Oct 1946 in Surrey, Flight Captain Phillip Lambert Gibbs

    ata phillip gibbs 1935  (also an ex-ATA pilot)


    m. 1949 in Kensington, London, Richard C Towers

     Address in 1989: Garden Farm, Tufton, Haverfordwest

    d. 25 Jan 1989

  • Boucher, Maitland Walter Sabine

     M.449 *  Commander Maitland Walter Sabine Boucher 
    flag UK b. 19 Dec 1888, Port Elizabeth SA  24 Jun 1941 to 11 Sep 1943


    ata maitland boucher

    Capt Boucher R.N. in 1931



    Rear-Admiral Boucher from Jan-41

    "Admiral Boucher had been one of the pioneers of the Fleet Air Arm having obtained his RAF wings in 1925. When he joined ATA he started like any other pilot in EFTS and worked his way up through the ATA School." Lettice Curtis

    After a particularly bad landing whilst on the training course, he was 'carpeted' by his instructor Jimmy Weir. He apologised and then said "And may I say that in 20 years in the Navy, I have never had such an excellent and comprehensive ticking off."

    O.C. ATA Northern Area, 1943

    Returned to the Navy as a Commodore and was put on convoy duty; in December 1943 he commanded Convoy JW55B taking supplies to the USSR, which was the target of the German battleship Scharnhorst. Scharnhorst was intercepted and sunk by Royal Navy forces in the Battle of the North Cape.

    d. Jun 1963  - Maidenhead


  • Bourne, Francis Walter

     M.508 Captain   Francis Walter Bourne

    flag british india

    b. 9 Dec 1904, Faizabad, India   20 May 1941 to 30 Nov 45



    Father: Walter Kemp Bourne, mother Evelyn Frances

    Ed. Royal Naval College

    m. Barbara Frances 

    prev. Lieut. in Royal Navy 1918-28; RAF F/O; Poultry Farmer, Commercial Flying. Ambulance Driver 1941

    Address in 1941: Leighton Brow Lodge, Parkgate, Cheshire

    Postings: 16FPP, 14FPP, 3FPP

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 12 Mar 1943, forced landing in a Wellington after port engine oil pressure dropped.

    "An experienced pilot, consistent and hard-working"

    from May 1944, 2nd-in-command, No 14 FPP (Ringway)

    d. 1 Nov 1967, Hove


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  • Bowhan, Francis Dawson

     M.---  2nd Officer Francis Dawson "Chief" Bowhan 

    flag usa

      b. 30 Apr 1901, Elgin, Kansas 14 Aug 1940 to 2 Oct 1940 

      ata francis bowhan ancestry      


    m. 1921 (divorced, remarried 1934) Charlotte [Blair]

    prev. a racing, joy-ride and test pilot

    Address in 1940: Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma

    ATA Contract Terminated 2 Oct 1940

    The ATA's Administration Officer wrote to him: "You called here yesterday afternoon with a Medical Certificate to the effect that you were unfit for duty and I instructed you to take it to the Chief Instructor and collect my letter, which you did not do.

    As a result of this failure to obey instructions in addition to the complaints about you referred to in my letter, the Minister of Aircraft Production has decided that you are unsuitable for the duty for which you were brought to this country"

    d. 23 Apr 1944 - Kansas City, MO

    ata francis bowhan grave

    Buried Pawhuska City Cemetery


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  • Bowles, Frederick George

     M----  Cadet  Frederick George Bowles
       b. 26 Mar 1912, Newcastle on Tyne  16 Sep 1942 to Dec-42 

     ata frederick bowles1938 1938

     ata frederick bowles ATA    


    prev. an engineering draughtsman

    janes magister

    d. 6 Dec 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Magister L8233 spun in near Letchworth, Herts 1.5m SSW of Baldock.

    Marked as a red spot on this map::

    Bowles crash site




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  • Bowyer, Barbara Petronella (W.120)

     W.120  3rd Officer  Mrs Barbara Petronella Bowyer
     za-1928flag  b. 19 Sep 1917, Johannesburg SA  14 Jun 1943 to 31 Oct 1945



    nee Reid 

    Ed. Rosedean, S Africa, and Witwatersrand University

    m. Jan 1943 in Chelsea, Sub-Lt Alan James Bowyer, an artist who served with the Royal Navy throughout the war

       this is one of his many paintings, "Squally Weather in the Channel" 


    Address in 1943: 2 Manor Court, Hemus Court, London SW3

     Next-of kin changed from her husband to Mrs M Rivett-Carmac, Walnut Tree Cottage, 1 St Johns Rd, Wimbledon, then to (sister-in-law) Mrs Spreadbury, Battersea

    Off sick from 7 to 23 Jan 1944 with influenza

    2 accidents, neither her fault:

    - 31 Jan 1944, a forced landing in a Swordfish after loss of oil pressure

    - 20 Jun 1944, the rudder of her Argus was struck in mid-air by an Anson; in the subsequent forced landing the Argus turned over onto its back.

    She changed her name to Cripps 27 Jan 1945:


    and then when Alan Bowyer married Gladys [Brown] in October 1946, she married Mr Cripps:

    ata derek cripps 1946

    m. Dec 1946 in Hendon, Derek Arthur Rivers Cripps, also an ex-ATA pilot

    One child, Susan, b. Jul 1947


    poss m.  Jul 1957 in Middlesex, Robert G Ostler


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  • Boyd, Casey Thomas

     M.176  First Officer Casey Thomas Boyd 

    flag usa

     b. 3 Aug 1911, Clayton, AL  25 Oct 1940 to 24 Apr 1943 



    Father: George T Boyd, Mother: Mary Clara

    Ed. High School, Blue Springs, AL

    prev. Aviation Machinist; US Navy pilot from 1930 to 1940

    Arrived in Liverpool on 20 Nov 1940, having sailed from Montreal, with fellow ATA pilot William Gregg

    Postings: 8FPP, 2FPP, 14FPP

    Class V (4-engine) pilot

    Suspended for a week in 1941 due to "Breach of regulations relating to collection of aircraft", and

    Suspended for another day and fined $20 due to going AWOL

    4 accidents, none deemed his fault:

    - 1 Feb 1941, the wheels of his Blenheim stuck in an unmarked soft patch

    - 28 Jan 1942, on landing his Beaufort AW345 on slippery ground at Kemble, the brakes failed to grip "owing to [the] bad state of Kemble aerodrome for delivery of Beaufort aircraft"

    - 10 Apr 1942, whilst taxying his Beaufighter I X7825 at Sealand, the tail wheel fell into a small unmarked excavation

    - 14 Oct 1942, forced landing after the starboard engine of his Beaufighter VIc T5265 failed on take off, possibly due to the engine running for a long period on the ground


    "Continues to be a most valuable member of this Pool, both as regards his flying qualities and his conduct."

    Transferred to RAF Ferry Command

    Casey's Draft Card, dated 26 Jul 1943

    Later flew 'The Hump with CNAC - see CNAC Captian Casey T. Boyd


     d. 24 Nov 1970 - Clayton, Alabama

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  • Boyes, Edwin Arthur

     M.776 * First Officer  Edwin Arthur Boyes 
    flag england   b. 17 Feb 1908, Bramley, Leeds 15 Jul 1942 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata edwin boyes 1939 1939


    Address in 1939: 123 Ring Road, Farnley, Leeds

    prev. A Woollen Manufacturer


  • Bradbrooke, Francis Delaforce

     M.4  Captain  Francis Delaforce 'Brad' Bradbrooke

    flag england

    flag canada

     b. 14 Mar 1895, Worcestershire  11 Sep 1939 to Aug-41 

     ata f d bradbrooke 1935 1935 (Flight)  ata francis bradbrooke2Brief Glory   ATAM  


    Ed: Bletchley Grammar School, then Manitoba University

    1914-16 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles;

    1916-1930 1st Lieut., Canadian Machine Gun Corps;

     prev. an aviation journalist, on the staff of 'The Aeroplane'; had flown about 110 types of aeroplane

    Seconded to AtFero 20 Mar 1941

     B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    d. 10 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Liberator AM261 crashed into Goat Fell mountain on Isle of Arran after take off from Heathfield, Ayr (22 killed - 5 crew and 17 travelling as passengers) 

    9 of the victims were Canadian, 5 British, 7 American, and one was an Australian.

    11 of the victims were pilots: Josiah James Anderson (Can), Daniel J Duggan (US), Watt Miller King (US), George Thomas Harris (US), Hoyt Ralph Judy (US), John James Roulstone (US), Harold Clifford Wesley Smith (Can), Jack Wixen (US), Capt. Ernest R. B. White (BOAC, ex-Imperial Airways), F. D. Bradbrooke, and John Evan Price (Aus).

    10 radio operators, including Albert Alexander Oliver, George Herbert Powell and Herbert David Rees from BOAC, and one Flight Engineer, Ernest George Reeves (US), also lost their lives.

    Flight said: "Canada shares with Great Britain the loss of Capt. F. D. Bradbrooke, who, although born in Worcestershire, has spent many years in Canada, where he learned to fly in 1928. Several years ago he came to this country to join the staff of The Aeroplane, of which he became assistant editor. He left that post to become editor of a little journal called The Aero Pilot. On its formation he joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and ferried aircraft from factories to service units, and finally he joined Atfero. He was a very experienced pilot"

    "To say only that aeronautical journalism had lost one of its most important figures in the Atfero accident would be very much understating the case. Capt. F. D. Bradbrooke was much more than an aeronautical journalist. He was one of those amateur pilots who had helped to make private flying in this country, and was, at the same time, an "amateur technician " of no mean importance. He had a finger in every pie remotely connected with his primary interest and hobby, and was by way of being a humorist in his own inimitable way.

    "Brad" was one of the most enthusiastic persons anyone could possibly meet, and his enthusiasm was catching. As a member of the staff of The Aeroplane he was an unstinting supporter of everything which he felt to be a "good thing," and a somewhat vitriolic opponent of anything which he felt to be useless or silly. When, for instance, the tricycle undercarriage was considered merely as a peculiar kind of throwback, " Brad " was vigorous in his praise, and I was with him when he flew the first tricycle type to appear in this country. The machine in question was a " safety-first " type, and until "Brad" started to expatiate (with his usual lack of professional "tightness"), I had been interested only in the slots and things with which the machine was fitted. It was Bradbrooke, in fact, who helped to make this country "tricycle conscious."

    And that was only one of the many ideas which he had sponsored. What was more important is that he was prepared to put his enthusiasm into vigorous practice. In the course of his investigations he would fly almost anything anywhere. And I must say that in his search for truth (of the aeronautical kind) he risked his neck in one or two very queer contraptions so that he could at least give the designer an absolutely fair opinion—in print or otherwise.

    At the beginning of this war he was one of the founders of Air Transport Auxiliary, and here again his enthusiasm was terrific. Later, when the Atlantic ferrying business started, he was one of the first to volunteer for the work, and was thereafter - until he started on the work itself - to be seen, so to speak, with a sextant in one hand and a textbook on astronomical navigation in the other. At odd moments he would hoist the sextant to his eye and compute his position—though he knew perfectly well where he was.

    When there is peace and civil flying returns we shall miss "Brad", a very great deal. All this war-flying was only for him an interlude preparatory to returning to his greatest interest - civil flying. The only kind of flying which is really worth anything in the long run. Yes, we shall certainly miss him."

    A memorial service was held each year on the anniversary of the crash at Lamlash Cemetery, Island of Arran.

    ATA's insurance policy paid out £5,000 to his widow Joan, and £2,000 each to the families of the 3 radio operators.

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  • Bradford, Cassandra Felicity (W.41)


     Flight Captain

     Cassandra Felicity 'Fay' Bradford MBE

    flag england

     b. 22 Sep 1915, London

    1 May-41 to Sep-45 

     cassandra bradford 1939 RAeC


    Address in 1941: Empshott Lodge, Liss, Hants

    Postings: 5FPP, 12FPP

     4-engine (Class 5) pilot


    5 accidents, 2 her fault:

    - 9 Jan 1941, when the rear cockpit cover of her Master fell off, damaging the tail;

    - 26 Jun 1942, forced landing in an Airacobra;

    - 13 Dec 1942, she failed to control the take-off swing of a Hudson;

    - 30 Apr 1943, her Spitfire's port wing touched the ground on a difficult crosswind landing, and

    - 11 Jul 1944, forced landing in an Anson.


    A good natural pilot" "A capable pilot who is keen and quietly confident"

    "Has proved to be a good second in command and was acting C.O. for 2 months with credit"

    m. 1941 Cmdr Peter Hugh Bragg, RAF Boscombe Down

    d. 1984

    See her biography here - Felicity Bragg – solentaviatrix (wordpress.com)

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  • Bradley, Philip Penrose


     M.204 First Officer  Philip Penrose Bradley 
     flag england  b. 25 Jul 1905, Nottingham  1 Jan 1941 to Oct-45 

     ata philip bradley 1928 1928

     ata philip bradley2 ATA  ata philip bradley ATA  


    Ed. Bradfield College, Leeds; Lausanne and Zurich Universities. B.Sc.

    a Company Director

    Sgt pilot instructor in RAF; discharge on medical grounds, Nov-40

    prev. exp. 2,398 hrs

    [Resigned Aug-43, re-instated Apr-44]

    "Reliable pilot and good officer when on duty. General behaviour off duty suspect owing to several police visits on private matters" 

    Hmmm... wonder why the police kept visiting... perhaps because he was (still) a terrible car driver...

    Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 16 March 1937:





    Salisbury magistrates yesterday imposed fines amounting to £10 upon Mr. Philip Penrose Bradley, company director, giving an address in The Park, Nottingham, who surrendered to bail charged with five offences under the Road Traffic Act. When the cases were first before the Bench defendant did not appear, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. It was then discovered that he was in a nursing home, and the case was adjourned, bail being extended.

    The charges were that he drove a motor car without having in force a policy of insurance; that he failed to produce a certificate of insurance; that he drove without a licence; that he failed to produce his licence, and that he, having been prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit, failed to produce his driving licence to the Clerk of the Court prior to the hearing of the summons.

    At the hearing yesterday the Chief Constable (Mr. F. Nixon) said he was now satisfied that the defendant held a driving licence and that he had in force a policy of insurance at the time that the offence was committed, and he therefore asked that those summonses be withdrawn. This was agreed to, and defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining, summonses. Mr. Nixon said when defendant was stopped by the police he promised to produce his policy of insurance and driving licence within five days to the Nottingham Guildhall. This he failed to do. The Nottingham police made several unsuccessful efforts to interview him, and it was only few days ago that the insurance policy was produced. In January summons was sent to defendant for a speeding offence, and with it was enclosed a printed slip instructing him to send his licence to the magistrates' clerk the day before the hearing. On the day of the hearing defendant telephoned to say that he could not attend court, and that he put his licence in an envelope ready to post, but he had forgotten to send it. On January llth he was fined in that court for exceeding the speed limit, and an endorsement of his licence was ordered. He was instructed to produce his licence endorsement, but as no satisfaction could be obtained, further proceedings were instituted."

    Tamworth HeraldSaturday 13 August 1938: "A collision happened at the Bodnets cross-roads, Bonehill, on Saturday afternoon, between a motor lorry driven by Herbert Young. Prospect Street, Old Kent Road, London, S.E.I, and a motor car, the driver of which was Philip Penrose Bradley, Malvern Road, West Bridgford."

    Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 31 August 1940:


    Pleading "Not guilty" to driving a motor-car without due care and attention on March 11, Philip Penrose Bradley, Burnaston, was discharged. He was fined 5s. for failing to produce his driving licence and a similar amount for failing to produce his certificate of insurance. Inspector S. Bradwell said that a private car and police patrol car had to brake violently when Mr. Bradley suddenly stopped his car on the Nottingham road without warning. Mr. H. M. Clifford admitted that the only danger was caused by the speed of the patrol car."


    His daughter tells me that "My father deserted my mother in 1946. They had been married for just a few years, and I never had the opportunity to get to know him. His visits were infrequent and, like my mother, he eventually re-married and had more children.

    During the 1960’s he served a prison sentence. He embezzled a large sum of money from 'Kennings'. He had worked for Kennings for a number of years and became a company director. It was during his term in prison that he became ill and had a stroke. He was given early release but was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer and he died in 1968 in Nottingham."

    "He came from a well known Nottingham family, they were lace manufacturers and also had leather works both in Nottingham and abroad. My mother was Philip's second wife. He married his first wife, Lilian, in the early 1930’s and they had one son, John, who sadly died from polio at the age of approx. 2 years. My mother was introduced to Philip by her older sister and they married early 1940’s.

    I do know that he had owned at least two planes of his own. The first one, I was told, was purchased with money his father had given to him to buy a factory in Holland….Philip obviously had other ideas! Unfortunately my father told numerous lies both to his family and especially to my mother. I attended his funeral in 1968 but had not seen him for several years. I believe his third and last marriage was a happy one."


    He owned:

    - a Leopard Moth,

    - a 1929 Desoutter I, G-AAPK (bought in Dec 1937),

    - a 1933 Comper Swift G-ACGL, registered to 'E Bradley' [presumably his father Ernest Frank Bradley], and

    - a 1934 Miles M.2 Hawk, G-ACOC.

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  • Bradshaw, Stanley Orton

     M.404  2nd Officer  Stanley Orton Bradshaw

    flag england

     b. 2 Feb 1903, London 29 Apr 1941 to 31 Oct 45 

     ata stanley bradshaw 19271927

     ata stanley bradshaw ICCL    


    An aviation journalist (e.g. 'Flying Memories,' 1936) and a prolific and well-known artist, e.g. this from 1931:


    and this, from 1936:

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    Address in 1941: Fivetrees, Wood Lane, Stanmore Middx

    Postings; 1FPP, 6FPP

    [Promoted to First Officer 29 Dec 1941, but demoted to 3rd Officer 21 June 1943 after being absent through injury following a forced landing in a Hurricane, from 27 Mar 1942 to 15 Nov 1942]

    Jan-43: "After a long rest from flying owing to his accident this pilot failed to reach the necessary standard on his Class 2 refresher. He has bnow been checked out on Class 1 and after 3 months experience in this class should be given another trial."

    By Dec-44 he had qualified for Class 2 and 3, and became "a good reliable and well behaved officer. His knowledge of the country and steady flying make him an excellent pilot."

    d. 1950. Flight, 13 Apr: "It is with deep regret that Flight records the deaths, in an air accident at Boston last Friday, of Stanley Orton Bradshaw, pilot, and editorial contributor to The Aeroplane, and of his two passengers, E. J. Riding and N. C. Stoneham. Aged 47, Mr. Bradshaw had been a pilot since 1926 and, following wartime A.T.A. experience, had over 70 types of aircraft in his logbook. In addition, he was a noted aviation writer and painter of flying scenes. He had a happy way of transmitting his intense enthusiasm for aviation, particularly private flying, to all he met. Mr. Riding, also a writer, was an authority on aero-modelling and light aircraft. The third victim, Mr. Stoneham, was a member of the Redhill Flying Club."

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  • Bramson, Mogens Louis

     M.---  First Officer Mogens Louis Bramson 

    flag denmark

     b. 28 Jun 1895, Copenhagen  2 Oct 1939 to Mar-40 


    ata morgens bramson 1923




    Flew with Major J.C. Savage's 'Sky Writers' at Hendon in the 1920s - borrowed an aeroplane to write a certain lady's name in the sky. She, of course, later became his wife.

    And, would you believe it, he was in charge of the 'Scandinavian Sky-Writing Expedition' in 1923-24.

    King's Cup in 1931


  • Brandt, Laurent Frederick Ronald


     First Officer

    Laurent Frederick Ronald Brandt 
     flag england b. 8 Mar 1909, Widnes, Lancs 25 Nov 1941 to Nov-43 

     ata laurent brandt1938



    Ed. Leicester Technical College

    His mother's maiden name was Minnie Gertrude Willis; she was, apparently, the 7th daughter of the co-founder of the firm Freeman Hardy and Willis. On his marriage certificate, he is named 'Laurent Willis Brandt'





    What was termed by the Chairman as 'an atrocious assault' by a 23-year old Leicester man on a 13-year old boy was described  at Leicester City Police Court to-day. 

    Laurent Frederick Brandt, a manager, of Friar-lane, Leicester, was fined £5, with the alternative of 26 days' imprisonment, for an assault on Eric Weston, a schoolboy, of All Saints Road, Leicester.

    John Haylock, of Southgate, said he saw the boy pass a stationary car in Friar-Lane. "Just as the boy passed Brandt Jumped out from behind the car and kicked him," said Haylock." For ten minutes the boy did not seem to be able to stand up, and he had to be taken to the Royal Infirmary." 

    There seemed to the witness to be no reason whatever for the assault. "As I passed the car I said 'Are you letting a drop of wind out?' and then - the man jumped straight out and kicked me" declared the boy.

    Brandt pleaded guilty, and said that the boy tampered with a sidelight on the car. Brandt 'raised his foot' to the boy because he was holding tools in both hands. 

    Miss Denise Branson, of Friar-Lane Leicester, said that she saw the boy tampering with a sidelight on Brandt's car.

    "This was a most vicious and unprovoked assault" said the Chairman. "You may not take the law into your own hands even if the boy had meddled with your car. The only doubt the magistrates have is whether they should send you to prison without the option of a fine." - Leicester Evening Mail - Tuesday 1 March 1932



    Laurent Fredk. Ronald Brandt, 24, electrician, pleaded not guilty to receiving a silver cigarette-case and a sovereign-case, knowing them to be stolen, from James Arthur Blackburn at Great Clacton.

    Mr. Bowman, prosecuting, said Blackburn had pleaded guilty to the theft. The property was taken from the house of Mr. David Jacobs while he was on holiday. Brandt said Blackburn gave him the articles a few days after he met him. He sold the case to buy something for a friend in hospital. Brandt was found not guilty and discharged, and Blackburn was sent to Borstal institution for three years." -Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 26 May 1933



    Civil Air Guard Injured

    Mr. Laurent Frederick Ronald Brandt. aged 30, a member of the Civil Air Guard. crashed at Harmondsworth on Sunday afternoon when flying an Avro Club Cadet two-seater. Mr. Brandt. who lives at Eastcote. was detained in Hounslow Hospital suffering from broken ribs and jaw, with several teeth knocked out. The plane was almost completely wrecked. A passenger in the plane, Mr. Mervyn Basden of Slough, was taken to Windsor Hospital with facial injuries. The crash was in Mr. Philp's field opposite the Technicolor building." - Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette - Friday 28 April 1939


     m. 1935 Elsie Esme Florence [Fox], (separated)

    prev. a radio engineer; Assistant Tester, (Control Room) Generating Station, LPTB

    prev. exp. 150 hrs

    Applied to join the RAF in Sep 1938 but was unable to join due to "unforeseen domestic circumstances", and again in May 1940 but was unable to obtain his release from his employers.


    Postings: 8FPP, 3FPP, 6FPP, 1FPP

    Two accidents, neither his fault:

    - 8 May 1943, his Magister P2436 lost power after take-off, and he force-landed in a field without damage. He was a 2nd Officer, under training at Barton-le-Clay, at the time

    - 3 Sept 1943, another engine failure, another forced landing, this time in a Hart (still under Training) (? - listed as J Brandt)

    Appointed as an 'Approved Instructor' on 17 Apr 1943, but taken off instructional duties on 7 Sep 1943.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 25 Nov 1943 (Died in ATA Service) Beaufighter X LZ536 dived into ground out of cloud at Cronton Mapley Lancs, nr Burtonwood 8m E of Liverpool

    The accident report says, "When accepting this aircraft at a handling Pool, the pilot failed to reveal that he had not flown the type before, did not obtain and read the Handling Notes on the type, failed to obtain a meteorological forecast, and continued too far in bad weather. The aircraft spun out of cumulo-nimbus cloud, crashed, caught fire and was destroyed."


    Laurent had changed his next-of-kin from Esme, his wife, to his mother Minnie, but Minnie declined the offer of the £2,500 compensation from the ATA and it went instead to Esme.

    His final estate, however, was only £288 (and funerals cost about 30 guineas in 1943, so it wasn't that)


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  • Brasher, Ronald David Henry


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF)

    Ronald David Henry Brasher 
     flag england b. 3 Oct 1922, Yorkshire   20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45




    prev. RAF, and an Engineer's clerk

    d. 1986, Derbyshire



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  • Bray, Thomas Charles David

     M.194  First Officer Thomas Charles David ‘Tom’ Bray 

      b. 22 Jul 1906, Sheffield, Tasmania 1 Oct 1940 to Mar-42 

      ? ATAM      


    Next of kin: sister, Sylvia M Bray, 2 Paterson St, Launceston, Tasmania

    Prev. exp. 420 hrs

    Tom was one of a number of Australians who came over to fly for the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club, but when all civilian flying was stopped on the outbreak of WWII in October 1939, he applied to join the ATA.

    They rejected him on the basis of his flight test, but then contacted him again the following July and asked if he would like to be reconsidered; he replied that, in the meantime, he had taken a job with the Rapide Flight of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, but would indeed like to re-apply.

    His next flight test in August 1940 assessed him as: “A pilot of limited experience, who has ability and may prove adaptable to modern aircraft, of which he has no experience.”

    Thomas then started with the ATA and worked well for about a year at Hawarden, but then resigned as the situation in the Far East deteriorated and he became worried about things at home.

    However, his C.O. ‘Wal’ Handley wrote to the ATA to say: “I do not want to lose him, as he is a good pilot”, and they agreed to release Tom in the event of hostilities arising between Japan and Australia.

    He withdrew his resignation, but died in an aircraft accident a few weeks later.

    janes hampden 2

    d. 18 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) – his Hampden X3130 went missing after taking off from Kirkbride at about 15:00, heading for Thorney Island. He and 2nd Officer Nathaniel Berry (joined 1941) were presumed lost at noon the following day when no sign had been seen of them.

    His body was eventually washed up on the shore at Southport, on the 8th June 1942. Cause of death could not be determined. He was buried at  Maidenhead Cemetery on the 13th:

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     "Sadly Missed"

    As sometimes sadly happened, a final letter from home arrived after his death. It is dated 5 Feb 1942:

    “Thursday morning thought I could pen you a few lines while I am waiting for my fruit and vegetable to come in.

    Received money last Friday £24 18s 6d don’t know if that was right I haven’t had any letter to say how much you were sending. The last letter received from you was dated back to sometime in Aug and it arrived the first week in Dec. You said in that you would make arrangement and let me know later when and how much. Anyway thanks very much it arrived just in the nick of time. I ran myself a bit short last month paying £25 for wireless and I gave Stan £20, I had to pay £50 for vegetables for the Military for Feb. so you can guess I was just about on the rocks.

    Well Tom the war gets closer every day. This is Monday the 9th and the paper says Japs are landing in Singapore. Mum seems to worry about it she is so helpless, and there all day on her own. She seems a lot better than she was last time I wrote, but said she felt crook this morning when she got out of bed.

    Our petrol has been cut again so I don’t get out weekends at all, though we did run up to Mabel’s for a few hours yesterday. We have to black out the car lights and everything. What I can see we are going to have a cold black winter. The weather is terribly dry, and vegetables are very dear. But that is all the better for me, can always sell more when it is a good price.

    Auntie A had a long letter from Bett. She is doing canteen work three days a week, and said she hadn’t heard any more of you but would write you in a few days. Edward is away a lot at night. Your letter must be hung up somewhere. I wonder if you are getting mine this is the third time since Xmas. We received greeting and it did your mother a lot of good.

    Well Tom Rita, Dorothy and myself had a day at the Launceston Cup. Had quite a good day and it cost us 1 shilling for expenses, but it was a very poor meeting, no Melbourne horses, and very poor div’s. I wasn’t game to take my car, as they were checking up on all the cars registered for business, they are not allowed on pleasure trips, and for the first time I realised how hard it will be if I can’t get petrol.

    Stan started on his new house this morning. He has two boys at work and they are going to school at night. So he should be alright now.

    Business is going well so far, so I suppose I am lucky. There are quite a few shops closing up.

    Well Tom it is time I did a bit of work. I have a boy and girl in the shop, they are only 14 years but they do a very good job.

    That must be all for now so cheerio and heaps of love from Mum and Syl.”

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  • Breen, Patrick Francis

     M.---   Patrick Francis "Patty" Breen 

    flag eire

    flag usa

     b. 10 May 1905, County Kerry, Ireland  22 Aug to 12 Sep 1940 



    Naturalised American 1934

    Address in 1940: 37-20 76th St, Jackson Heights, Long Island NY

    ATA Contract Terminated - Inefficiency

    "Herewith, I forward Flight Test Reports on the five American pilots, who reported on the 22 August. From these, you will see that only two are in the class of pilot we require.

    Passed: Ortman, Phillips

    Failed: Breen, McCory, Wickford"

    d. 18 Dec 1969 - Denton, TX 

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  • Brinjes, Dennis Gerald

     M.319 First Officer  Dennis Gerald Brinjes  

    flag england

    b. 11 Feb 1918, Hornsey, London

    21 Oct 1940 to Oct-45

    (Ground Duties from Apr-44) 



     prev. aircraft engineer

    RAF 1939-40

    Accidents Committee from Oct-44

    d. 2011, Bideford

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  • Broad, Jennie (W.18)


    Second Officer

    [Training Pool Adjutant 5 Aug 42 to 27 Nov 42]

    Jennie Broad 

    flag UK


     b. 28 Jun 1912, Cape Town, South Africa

    30 Jul 1940 to 11 Jun 43 


    Lettice, Jennie, Audrey, Gaby, Pauline, near Oxford

     jennie broad 1935 RAeC 1935  W018 Broad Jennie ATA   jennie broad 1948 RAeC 1948


    Father: Charles Cecil Broad (a farmer and inventor, m. 1939 Daisy [Bigglestone], d. Nov 1941), mother Dorothy

    The family moved to Sussex in Jan 1922, when Jennie was 9

    Ed. Bournemouth High School

    Flight, April 1937:   "The chief attraction of the weekend was a demonstration of the Hillson Praga monoplane by Miss Jennie Broad. After she had put the machine through its paces, numerous members took the opportunity offered of going up with her in the machine."

    According to the Blue Mountains Advertiser (Katoomba, NSW), Fri 18 Nov 1949: “Miss Jennie Broad first graduated as a pilot in 1934, and to add to her experience qualified as a ground engineer. By this she helped to meet her flying instruction expenses in overhauling engines for airline companies and working as a club engineer. She had many jobs in aviation, including flying passengers to air rallies in Holland and Belgium and demonstrating and selling light aircraft. Through the experience she gained in this field, she became England's first woman test pilot."

    prev. Ground Engineer, W.A.A.F, (transport driver, then Assistant Section Officer, code and cypher).

    prev. exp. 250hrs on Whitney Straight, Miles Hawk & Falcon, DH Moth & Puss Moth, Hillson Praga, Avian in Hololand, France and Belgium as well as UK.

    Address in 1940: Hillside, Tongdean Rd, Hove, Sussex

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP

    Class 3 pilot

    Off sick from 19 Mar to 1 Apr 1941 with 'Pyrexial Debility'; 25 Jul to 9 Aug 1941 with 'Neuralgia & septic throat'; 25 Sep to 19 Oct 1941 with 'Pharyngitis' and 9 Feb to 6 Mar 1942 with 'Psychasthenis'

    Contract terminated by ATA

    (twice, actually - firstly on 5 Mar 1942, reinstated 23 Nov 1942, then 11 Jun 1943, on Medical Grounds)

    4 accidents, 3 her fault:

    - 8 Dec 1941, her Dominie X7449 nosed over, for reasons unknown

    - 15 Dec 1942, a heavy landing in Spitfire Vc JG716 caused the port undercarriage leg to collapse

    - 27 Mar 1943, she collided with a distributor trolley being towed by a tractor [Reprimanded]

    - 21 May 1943, taking off in long grass, for some reason she thought the undercarriage of her Barracuda P9787 was "collapsing", so she selected 'Undercarriage Up'. "No fault found"

     "A keen and intelligent pilot of good average ability"

    "She then joined a welfare organisation for the Royal Air Force and after a few weeks' training in Germany went to the Middle East, where she operated clubs on R.A.F. desert stations in Egypt and Iraq.”

    After WWII, Jennie moved to Australia 'as a refugee from British bureaucracy' (reportedly saying "Australia is the only country in which to live these days"), and in 1951 joined the WRAAF as a 'Flight Officer, Administrative'.

    Jennie Broad 1951

    By then, she had made her political views perfectly clear; she didn't like that there Socialism:

    "In August 1948, I returned to England." she said. "When I had left, the country had had five years of the toughest time. They had had all the horrors of the blitz bombs, the doodlebugs and so on. But I had returned expecting to find my country free of some of the rules and directions of war. When I left the people had a tremendous hope for the future and were proud of the part their country had played. I spent two of the unhappiest months of my life there. Gone was the spring in the step of the people. They were tired and content to accept the rules that had been laid down for them. The queues were longer than ever. The people were living mainly on whale meat and fish. We got one egg every six weeks.

    I could not understand it at all. But slowly it came to me. It was in 1945 that the Socialists took over. They came with the old Labour Party understanding on the part of the people. But it was not long before Mr. Attlee had nationalised everything he could lay hands on. Taxes were on such a scale that the worker found it paid him better to stay away from work at regular intervals. A large number of girls in the Post Office admitted that they had deliberately lost a day a fortnight because it paid them better to do so.

    In 1947, we introduced the 'Engagement Order.’ In 1735 compulsory labour was abolished in England but it rested with a Labour Party to re-introduce it.

    To-day there are at least three men who are serving terms of imprisonment because they refused to accept the work that was offered to them. Refusal to take the job offered means imprisonment. You see the people are gradually again being enslaved. In England, owing to the nearness of war, we had gone further along the road to compulsion in everything and Labour was presented with an already working scheme for the carrying out of their policy. In that regard the Labour Party in Britain was in a better position than was the case in Australia. We have our identity cards. If I move from town in town I have to register and re-register. When I return to England if I go abroad I have to register again. I decided to leave.it. We had won the war but lost our freedom. Nobody is allowed to follow his own will. If he works overtime, he is summoned and fined. In Australia they had been in danger of going along the same path but they had recovered in time and realised what it meant”

    The Biz (Fairfield, NSW), Thu 15 Jun 1950:  "MEET JENNIE BROAD Fairfield residents have noticed an attractive young woman chatting with women in the shopping centre. It was Miss Jennie Broad, one of those courageous women who was a test pilot in Britain during the war. Charming and feminine, Jennie Broad has proved herself courageous during the war; and no less now is she displaying courage of a high degree.

    Knowing the pitfalls of socialism in Great Britain, and the hardships it has brought upon the people who should now be enjoying a measure of relief from wartime restrictions, Jennie Broad came to Fairfield, when she heard 'a woman was standing for Parliament to oppose Socialism'. Although Miss Broad belongs to no political party, she says that she has seen the ill-effects of Socialism on family life, and she felt it her duty to come to Fairfield, meet the family people, and warn them to shake Socialism from their backs before it is too late.' Miss Broad speaks from personal experience, and she says she will address any gathering of women who, want to know the facts about Socialism and how it affects working people."


    Mary Elllis wote: "I did hear that Jennie had married a Frank Roche of Bush Pilot Airways in Cairns, Australia and that in 1954 they both flew a Dragon Rapide from England to Australia. The aircraft was to be fitted out as a special flying ambulance to help those in need in the rural parts of South Australia. Frank Roche was killed the following year in a crop-spraying accident and Jennie, then a widow, moved away."


    d. 30 Jun 2005 on Norfolk Island, Australia

    "Jennie Broad 28 Jun 1912 to 30 Jun 2005. Pilot, Air Transport Auxiliary"


    Di Ennew kindly tells me that "I spent 2 years on Norfolk Island, a small Australian territory (pop.approx.1600) about 1800km east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. We bought a house there and by strange coincidence Jennie Broad, one of your ATA pilots, was my direct neighbour.

    She was quite reclusive and in the 6 years she was my neighbour prior to her death, we did not meet nor talk, as when offered the opportunity to meet by the seller of our house, she very promptly refused the invitation. She was well known on the island for her directness and it was wonderful to read about her. I knew she had had an amazing life in the ATA and I only wish she had been able to meet my father to share their experiences of England."

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  • Broadsmith, Joan Irwin (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet    Joan Irwin Broadsmith
     flag england  b. 23 Jul 1917, Withington Chester 24 Jun 1942 to 23 Aug 1942 

     joan broadsmith 1939  RAeC 1939


    joan broadsmith Empire Air Day 1939  Empire Air Day 1939



    Ed. Upper Chine School, Shanklin, IOW

    prev: Ambulance Driver in Islington Green

    prev exp: 30hrs solo

    Her father, Harry Edgar Broadsmith (d. 1959 in Australia), was one of the original directors of Saunders-Roe.

    joan broadsmith and adam karolyi

    "Adam Karolyi, right, with his girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, in the cockpit of his plane. Adam was 21 when he died of his injuries after he crashed his plane in Sandown, just days before the Second World War started [actually G-AAAL belonging to the IOW Flying Club, on the 21 Aug, 1939]. He had planned to join the RAF."

    [G-ABBX, in the photo above, also belonged to the Isle of Wight Flying Club].

    Adam, 21, was flung from the wreckage but suffered 75 per cent burns and died in Shanklin Cottage Hospital the next day.

    "His girlfriend, Joan Broadsmith, daughter of Saunders Roe’s managing director Harry Broadsmith, was so traumatised by Adam’s death she doused herself in paraffin and set herself alight but survived. "

    See their story here:  http://www.iwcp.co.uk/

    In 1939,  "Interested in aeroplanes since she was 14, and with a Flying Officer brother in the R.A.F., Empire Air Day is bound to hold a special interest for Miss Joan Broadsmith, of Cowes, who is working at Lee Airport, Sandown, to secure her ground engineer's licence. Miss Broadsmith, who is 21, is a member of the Civil Air Guard." Portsmouth Evening News, 18 May 1939

    Address in 1942: 18 The Boulders, Binstead, Isle of Wight.

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]


    1961, in the Court of Appeal:  "Joan Irwin Broadsmith (Spinster) v Dora Helen Mary McCubbin (Widow):

    Lord Justice Sellers: "Miss Broadsmith, the court has heard your submission and we have had the judgment of the learned judge read to us. Having given the best consideration we can to all that you have said, we see no reason to think that the learned judge was wrong. His judgment appears to us to be right and unimpeachable, and your appeal must be dismissed."


    d. Feb 1993, IOW


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  • Bromley, Thomas

     M.892 2nd Officer (Seconded from RAF)  Thomas Bromley 
     flag england  b. 10 Oct 1922, Wigan  18 Mar 1943 to Apr-45 

     ata thomas bromley ATA



    prev. RAF, from Feb-1942, and an Analytical Chemist


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  • Brook, Clarence

     M.365 First Officer   Clarence Brook

    flag england

    b. 25 Jun 1919, Featherstone   22 Apr 1941 to Jun-42

     ata clarence brook ATA

    prev. a Clerk in West Riding Surveyors Dept., Yorks

    RAF Sep-39 to OCt-40, LAC/Sgt.

    d. 26 Jun 1942 - died in a motor accident at East Ardsley, nr Wakefield when returning home to visit his mother on weekend leave.

    Albert Ronald Humphreys (27), a laboratory assistant, of The Avenue, Ledger Lane, Outwood, near Wakefield, was charged with Clarence's manslaughter, but a plea of dangerous driving was accepted.

    At 11 o'clock at night at Ramper's Bend on the Wakefield Road at East Ardsley, Humphreys took the corner at too great a speed. The car turned over and Brook, one of the passengers, was thrown out and killed.

    The Judge imposed a fine of £5O and disqualified Humphreys from holding a driving licence for three years.

    buried in Pontefract Cemetery

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  • Brook, Harold Leslie

     M.---- * 2nd Officer  Harold Leslie Brook DCM
     flag england  b. 11 Oct 1897, Bradford 28 Oct 1940 to 3 May 1941 




    Father: John Wilson Brook, a manufacturer; Mother: Lilian [Charlesworth]

    Sometimes used the surname 'Brooke'

    At the age of 13 he, his parents and his elder sister Violet were 'boarders' at 17 Farcliffe Terrace, Bradford; the landlady was a Mrs Florence Wood.

    "He joined the Royal Field Artillery on August 20, 1914, at the age of 16, obtained his commission soon afterwards, and, despite a couple of wounds, served five years in France and India." - Flight


    RAeC Certificate 11595 dated 29 Oct 1933, taken at York County Aviation Club

    Address in 1933: 6 Lancaster Park Rd, Harrogate, Yorks


    "Restored to his family, he remained a normal civilian until Yorkshire began to build and fly sailplanes and gliders. These occupations kept him mildly diverted until the approach of his 37th birthday. Then he began to yearn for more horse-power. The York County Aviation Club at Sherburn-in-Elmet offered a likely fulfilment of this secret ambition. So, in August, 1933, Brook placed himself in the hands of Instructor Cudemore, and after four hours' instruction became a soloist with serious designs on the MacRobertson Handicap, for which Phillips and Powis have built him the first of their Miles 'Falcons'.

    What happened between last autumn and this spring is now almost historic. Brook bought the "Puss Moth" G-ABXY (Heart's Content) in which the Mollisons had crossed the Atlantic, and, with a total of 43 hr. in his logbook, pushed off solo from Lympne to survey the route to Melbourne. That was on March 28, 1934, at 5.20 a.m.

    By noon the incident had closed. Describing it a few days later Brook said that, while flying through very dirty weather over France, he was forced down from 12,000 ft. by ice formation on the wings, and, before he knew how or why, the side of an unsuspected mountain was rushing up at him out of the murk. Guided by some uncanny sixth sense, he brought off a bloodless landing on the mountain proper. The scene of this epic of the air was Genolhac, in the Cevennes. With some local help he salvaged the "Gipsy Major," brought it back to England, and has had it installed in Heart's Content II.

    Brook's next attempt on the Australian record will not be solo. If expectations are realised, he will be accompanied by two lady passengers" - Flight


    -------------- The 1934 MacRobertson Race ---------

    He just scraped up the minimum 100 hrs solo flying time required to enter the 1934 England-Australia 'MacRobertson' Race, and ordered a newly-designed Miles M.3 Falcon from the Phillips and Powis factory.

    G-ACTM was the first Falcon to fly, on 12 Oct 1934.

    A month before the start of the race, however, it didn't have any seats, and was in "a very unfinished condition". Harold was not impressed by "those fools at Reading... this is not the first time they have omitted to do something".

     FA 31     31 - Falcon

    The race started on the 20 Oct 1934; he and his passenger, Miss Ella Lay, made it all the way to Australia but he was disqualified for 'arriving too late'.

    He then flew back from Australia in record time; you might like to see him talk about his record-breaking flight (on the other hand, you may have some drying paint that needs watching);

    if so, click here: 

      Record Flight From Australia - British Pathé (britishpathe.com)

    [He is described as 'an accountant - but see later...]


    "Last Sunday afternoon, at 3.55 p.m., the original Miles "Falcon" landed at Lympne, having flown in 7 days 19 hr. 50 min. from Darwin, North Australia, with Mr. H. L. Brook, of Harrogate, at the controls.

    The pilot thus beat the unofficial "solo" record of Mr. C. J. Melrose by 13 hr. 10 min., and the officially recognised performance of Mr. J. A. Mollison by 1 day 2 hr. 25 min. The shortest time for the Australia-England trip is still,of course, the 6 days 16 hr. 10 min. of Cathcart Jones and Waller in a "Comet".

    After leaving Darwin at 5.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 24 (Australian time), Mr. Brook's time-table was as follows:-

    Sunday night, arrived Rambang;

    Monday, Penang;


    Wednesday, Calcutta;

    Thursday, Karachi;


    Saturday, Rome;

    Sunday, Marseilles (9.25 a.m.) ;

    Lympne (3.55 p.m.).

    The Timor crossing, he told a member of the staff of Flight, was "rotten", with rain, low clouds and heavy head winds. On the trip from Penang he landed on the delta near Calcutta. Over the Sundarbans low clouds and darkness caused him to take this measure rather than to fly on, possibly missing Calcutta, and, as he put it, perhaps making a crash landing through shortage of petrol.

    Perhaps the worst section of the trip was that between Athens and Rome, particularly the portion over the channel of Corfu, where a gale was encountered.  At Brindisi Mr. Brook was advised not to proceed, but he pushed on and crossed the Apennines in a snowstorm.

    And what of the man himself? He is a thirty-eight-year-old Yorkshireman, who, despite the newspaper stories, has never been an accountant in his life.

    When he was younger he indulged in motor racing and later built a few sailplanes and gliders. Then he joined the York County Aviation Club and went solo after four hours' instruction. He next bought Mr. J. A. Mollison's "Puss Moth" Heart's Content, and set out for Australia to survey the route to Melbourne, for he had decided to enter the MacRobertson Handicap. But ice formation forced the "Puss Moth" down on a mountain side in the Cevennes. Neither Brook nor the "Major" (which, it should be remembered, had already been flown over the South Atlantic) was rendered hors de combat, however. The engine was salvaged and Brook brought it back to England, where it was installed in the first of the Miles "Falcons" which then was fitted with extra tanks for the race.

    During the event it carried a lady passenger and a large helping of appalling luck (no connection is suggested between the two facts!) Suffice it to say that the Australian trip, a large portion of which was made in easy stages, took about twenty-six days.

    During his stay "down under," Brook worked until the "Falcon" and its engine were in tip-top condition before starting his almost unheralded flight.

    Of travelling in the "Falcon" he says that, compared with flying in an ordinary aeroplane with open cockpits, it was" like travelling in a saloon car instead of on a motor cycle". The veteran "Gipsy Major" was run throughout the flight at 2,100 r.p.m." - Flight


    He briefly became a rather unlikely celebrity, endorsing products such as Terry's Springs:

    "H. L. BROOK writes to TERRY'S

    Dear Sirs,

    I should like to take this opportunity of congratulating you on the excellence of your springs in my Gipsy 6 Engine. In a record-breaking flight of this description the engine has to be run for long periods in extreme temperatures, and at a higher rate of revolutions than normal, and for a valve spring to break would spell disaster. I had never at any time any fear of this happening with your springs, and they are now at the end of the flight in just as good condition as they were at the start.

    Yours faithfully,

    (signed) H. L BROOK."


    In 1935 he tried to beat the England to the Cape record in his Falcon, but had a 'mild crash' while landing after dark at Mersa Matruh, about 260 miles E.N.E. of Cairo. He was uninjured.


    m. 26 Mar 1936 in Harrogate, Madge Marion [Edwards]

      Yorkshire Post


    He then owned G-ADZO, a 1935 Percival D.3 Gull Six which competed in the King's Cup for 1936, coming 7th out of 26 piloted by Roly Falk. Amy Johnson used it to break the England-Cape Town double journey record in 1936, and Harold himself broke the Cape Town to England record the following year.

    It was scrapped in May 1938, after he made a forced landing on a sandbank in the Wash, after running out of fuel, on a flight from Skegness to Norwich:

    "Harold, (who recently acquired a garage near Snitterfield, Warwickshire) said, "Just think, one does long-distance flights and nothing happens, and then over a place like the Wash a silly thing like this occurs". Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 27 May 1938

    Despite Harold saying that it was insured for £1200, its resulting value of £32 19s 7d was eventually divided between the 22 Lynn fishermen who salvaged it.


    In 1936, he flew to Cape Town in his Hillson Praga G-ADXL (previously OK-PGC). Mercifully, there don't appear to be any interviews about this one. The aircraft was sold in South Africa and re-registered ZS-AHL, and in 1953 converted to a glider.

     14 1 (similar to this one)


    prev. RAF Pilot Officer, Administrative and Special Duties Branch in May-October 1940. 



    "NEWS from Southern Rhodesia reports the arrival there of Mr. Harold Leslie Brook, formerly of Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, who became world famous in 1935 by breaking the record In a solo flight from Australia to England, and two years later broke the record created by the late Amy Johnson In a solo flight from Cape Town to England. 

    "He has settled In Southern Rhodesia with his wife and three children", states the report. "He has bought a ranch of 12,000 acres in the Midlands where, in addition to raising cattle, he plans to grow a little tobacco and quite an acreage of sorghums."

    Mr. Brook, who is 54, has been farming in South Devon for the past 10 years, and decided to settle in Southern Rhodesia because, to quote his own words, "my wife and I think our three children - there are two girls aged 12 and eight and a boy of six - will have a better future here than they would in England."

    The flight of which Mr Brook was most proud was the one he made from England to Cape Town in 1936 to demonstrate the merits of ultra-light aeroplanes. It took 16 days 4½ hours in a baby 'plane fitted with a two cylinder motor cycle engine, the retail price of which then was only £385. It was designed for short trips of from 300 to 400 miles, but he covered the 8,600 miles at an average fuel consumption of 33 miles per gallon. When referring to the breaking of records on one occasion said: " I do not think they serve any useful purpose. It is really only a question of the machine. Fast machines will continue to clip hours off records."

    Interesting to recall that he flew from London to Harrogate in 1937 with the news reels of the Coronation." Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 08 September 1952


     d. 1965 ?

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  • Brooke-Smith, Thomas William

     M.100 First Officer  Thomas William 'Tim' Brooke-Smith 

    flag england

     b.14 Aug 1918, Kirton, Lincs  27 May 1940 to 31 Oct 1942 

      ata thomas brooke smith 1935      


    Father: Thomas Edward Smith

    Ed. Bedford School; Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering

    prev. aircraft engineer - British & Continental Airways, Croydon from 1934; pilot for Air Despatch Ltd

    Address in 1940: 31 Liverpool Rd, Chester

     Postings: 8FPP

    Suspended for two days with loss of pay in Apr 1942, for "flying in bad weather against orders"

     2 accidents, one his fault:

    - 1 Mar 1942, he stalled his Beaufighter during a crosswind landing and damaged the port wing

    - 30 Apr 1942, after landing in a Boston, a tyre burst.


    "above average. A very capable and experienced pilot"

    later Chief test pilot for Short Bros. and Harland

    "Mr Brooke-Smith is married and has two children, Simon and Selina. His principal hobby is shooting, and he also plays golf" 1951

    d. 1991, Poole


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  • Brown, George Gilbert


     3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF)

    George Gilbert Brown 
     flag england  b. 9 Feb 1922, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northants  20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata george brown ATA



    prev. RAF, and an electric loco driver

    d. Feb 2004, Coventry


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  • Brown, George Stanley

     M.--- *


    Seconded from BOAC

    George Stanley Brown 
      b. 14 Apr 1898, Lincoln ? 8 Oct 1940 to 1941





    prev. RAF from 4 Mar 1918; Imperial Airways





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  • Brown, Grace (W.2*)


     W.2 * First Officer  Mrs Grace Brown 

     flag UK   za-1928flag

      b. 2 Feb 1897, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, SA  27 May 1940 to 28 Dec 1940 


    grace brown 1934  RAeC 1934



    nee Holmes

    Address in 1940: Woodland Rise, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent

    Next of kin: husband, Anthony Brown MC. [d. Dec 1954. He was English, 16 years older than her, described as a 'Managing Director of a Printing Company' [Brown, Knight and Truscott], and they met in South Africa in the 1920s. He was there on business, she ran a driving school, they married and travelled together from South Africa to England in March 1926.

    They lived at 'Broomhill', Southend Rd, Beckenham, Kent, and had one son, Philip, b. 1930; he later became a commercial pilot, encouraged by Grace.]

    Grace Brown c1937

     "Mrs. Grace Brown flew for Air Dispatch (Mrs Victor Bruce's airline)".

    "Air Dispatch Ltd was founded on 9 July 1934, and in 1935 started operating weekend freight (later also passenger) services from its base at Croydon Airport to Le Touquet and Le Bourget, Paris. In April 1935, Commercial Air Hire started passenger shuttle services between Croydon and Heston airports, under the name Inner Circle Air Lines, using GAL Monospar ST-4s. In 1935, Commercial Air Hire purchased an Avro 642 Eighteen16-seat airliner (G-ACFV) for newspaper delivery contracts, and Air Dispatch shared its use for bullion-carrying, excursions, joy-riding flights and scheduled passenger services, until mid-1936. [Mildred] Bruce was co-managing director, with Eric E. Noddings, of both closely linked companies, that were merged in 1936 as Air Dispatch Ltd.  Wikipedia

     In 1935, she flew Redhill Aero Club's Puss Moth to Brussels.

    gabrielle patterson and grace brown fp r, with Gabrielle Patterson, in 1940  (Forgotten Pilots)

    She was an early recruit for the ATA in May 1940 (actually, she joined just as the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk was taking place) but soon had to discontinue ferrying due to "getting into a poor state of health and being unfit for flying duties" - a confidential note some two years later says that "between ourselves, a little elbow-lifting was attached to it"

    She asked for 3 months unpaid leave, on the understanding that ATA could offer to continue with her services at the end of it.

    In the event, when she started back in December, she wrecked the port undercarriage leg of an Airspeed Oxford by selecting 'Undercarriage Up' instead of 'Flaps Up' after landing, and was dismissed shortly afterwards.

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 28 Dec 1940]

    During WWII, "Mrs (Grace) Brown astonished RAF pilots when she landed at an advanced airfield in France during the German attack, carrying consignments of blood for the wounded." An Illustrated History of the RAF (BoB 50th anniversary edition) by Roy Conyers Nesbit.

    Her grand-daughter kindly tells me that "She was actually the first woman to fly to the Front, flying blood to the British Expeditionary Force as it retreated to Dunkirk.  She was one of the first six female pilots to hold the 'B' Licence (Commercial) in the U.K.  She was also a huge character:-) 

    After the war, I don't think she flew again.  She seemed to enjoy buzzing around the country lanes in the sidecar of  a motor bike, driven my by father.  When Anthony died they had huge death duties to pay so had to sell up and move to a small house, still in Sevenoaks. She died in 1956, I believe. "

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  • Brown, James Waldron


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

    James Waldron Brown 
     flag england   b. 6 Aug 1918, Liverpool  23 May 1944 to Mar-45

     ata james brown ATA



    prev. a draughtsman

    RAF from May-41 to May-44

    janes anson

    d. 20 Mar 1945 (Died in ATA Service) - passenger in Anson I DJ471 (pilot Frank Hill, also killed) which collided with a Typhoon at RAF Aston Down, Glos.

    Both aircraft were approaching to land, but neither pilot could see the other; the Typhoon struck the Anson from behind and above.



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  • Brown, Kenneth William

     M.876  First Officer [Seconded from RAF] Kenneth William Brown 
     flag england b. 2 Jul 1920, Bulwell, Nottingham  28 Feb 1943 to Apr-45 




    prev. a teacher



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  • Browne, James Sallee

     M.530 2nd Officer   James Sallee 'Jimmy' Browne

    flag usa

     b. 27 Jan 1921, Evanston IL  22 May 1941 to Mar-42


     ata james sollee browne




    Promoted to First Officer, 15 Feb 1942;

    Demoted to 2nd Officer, 6 Mar 1942 [Dangerous Flying and taking off on an unauthorised flight]

    "Hardworking and capable but not always reliable - now and again indulges in low or dangerous flying"

    [Contract Terminated 23 Mar 1942 by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. c.17 Nov 1942; his China National Air Corporation C-47 went missing flying between China and India.

    In October 1945, his mother wrote to the ATA:

    "Dear Sir,

    We have today received the log book of our son, James S Browne, who was in your service '41-2 as First Officer. He was first stationed at Maidenhead and later at Ratcliffe Hall, Leicester. Perhaps you did not know him personally, or may not have been at White Waltham at the time he was in service - but, in any case, I wanted to let you know that after he returned to the States April 1942, he was engaged by the Pan American & China National Aviation Corporation to transport supplies over the 'Hump' from India to China.

    He flew a DC-3 to Calcutta shortly after his return from England and shortly after his arrival there, was made Captain of a C-47. As you may know that is the most treacherous flying in the world, and the weather conditions are very bad.

    Jim has been missing since Nov 17, 1942. and no trace of him, the plane, or the crew. Almost three years have passed and, of course, we are offered no hope from the China { } - the anxiety has been terrible. He was 21 and our only child.

    It does not help to know that millions of others are also suffering. This is our own personal sorrow.

    I shall be so very glad if you will be good enough to let us know if you happened to know Jim, or did anyone else in your station - it would be a comfort to us to hear from any of his friends. It seems so unreal to us now, that year he spent in England, so long ago - but it was only in 1941. We had not entered the war at the time and Jim did not have to go, but was anxious to try out for that job. He was so very young.

    Hoping to hear from you again, which we shall very much appreciate.


    Harriet S Browne (Mrs Herbert S Browne)

    653 Hill Road, Winnetka, Illinois"

    The wreckage was not discovered until 2011, 13,400 feet up a mountain in China's Yunnan province.

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  • Bruce-Porter, Michael F L

     M.53  First Officer Michael Frederick(?) L Bruce-Porter 

    flag british india

     b. 15 Dec 1912, Bombay 

     (15 Dec 1914 on RAeC Cert.)

    1 May 1940 to May-41 


    ata michael porter 1938

    Michael Porter, 1938



    Address in 1940: 3 Ashburn Gardens, Gloucester Rd, London SW7.

    Wife: Anne Hester Mary Layborne (nee Popham, m. 1939) lived at Carr House, Broxford, Hants, then later 22 Sefton Rd, Hook

    prev. 2nd Lieut. RNVR Sep-39 to May-40

    Postings: 3FPP 

     [Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    later m. 1954 Jean L Jorgensen, in Falmouth

    Mysterious. It looks like this Michael Porter, born in Bombay in 1912 or 1914, changed his name to Bruce-Porter between 1938 and 1939. Anne Hester Bruce-Porter is listed as next of kin on his ATA form; her marriage in June 1939 was certainly to a Michael F L Bruce-Porter.

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  • Brunskill, Eric


    First Officer (RAF Sgt)

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    Eric Brunskill 
     flag england b. 10 Sep 1914, Spennymoor, Co. Durham 19 Nov 1942 to  23 Jan 1944




     In 1939, he worked for Warwickshire County Council on (honestly) "Egg Laying Trials"

    prev. RAF from 3 Mar 1941

    prev. exp. "some experience on fighter types, including Spitfires", in UK, Miami and Oklahoma, USA

    Postings:  3FPP

    3FPP from 24 Jul 1943

     "gave the impression of being casual and rather uninterested.. this may be only his manner but he should realise it is apt to give the wrong impression to others"

    "An average pilot who has tried hard and made normal progress"

    One accident, not his fault:

    - 23 Jan 1944, the accident in which John Hawkey was fatally injured and Pilot Officer Edward Vincent suffered severe burns; his Beaufighter was hit by a Mustang landing on the wrong runway at Hawarden.

    Eric was admitted to Derby Royal Infirmary and then RAF Hospital Cosford with burns to his face and hands, transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead on 19 Oct 1944 and became a  member of 'The Guinea Pig Club' - one of 649 Allied Aircrew treated there for burns injuries.


    m. 1946 in Cambridge, Muriel Maud Allgood; one son Rupert b. 1947


    d. 24 Nov 1983 - Derby


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  • Bryson, Travis

     M.---  2nd Officer Travis Bryson 

    flag usa

    b. 2 Feb 1908, Gainsville TX  3 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 



    Father: Walter (a builder); Mother: George B

    [Yes, his mother's name was apparently George]

    prev. Instructor for Aero Corp of California

    Address in 1940: 1019 W 102nd St, Los Angeles CA

    m. Sep 1940 Dorothy Lillian [Hayward], from Bath, in Bristol (Blimey, he was only here for a month)

    "Wanting her baby to be born an American citizen, Mrs Bryson made arrangements for her passage over, without telling her parents."

    Their daughter Christina was born in Los Angeles on 3 Mar 1943.

    In December 1942, an employee of Lockheed; by 1945 the Douglas Aircraft Co. representative assigned to Sedalia Army Air Field, Missouri.

     The 3 of them travelled back to the UK in the "Queen Elizabeth" in Feb 1947 and stayed until Aug 1948.

    d. 21 Jun 1991 - Los Angeles


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  • Burnett, Gerard

     M.975  3rd Officer Gerard Burnett 
     flag usa  b. 3 Oct 1920, Racine, WI  31 May 1943 to 31 Oct 45

     ata gerard burnett 1945



     [ab initio]

    prev. an ATA Ground Engineer from 1942; an ab initio pupil who "took to flying easily, particularly in Class 1 and 2."

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP, 8FPP, 4FPP

    Certificate of Commendation "for displaying exceptional airmanship. On 15 Nov 44 he landed his aircraft in a small field after hydraulic failure had filled the cockpit and sprayed him with a large quantity of hydraulic fluid possessing powerful anaesthetic properties."

    "A keen pilot who has settled down to doing a very good job."

    2 accidents, one his fault.


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  • Burnhill, Charles Sykes

     M.1040 3rd Officer  Charles Sykes Burnhill 
     flag england   b. 9 Nov 1921, Leeds 28 Dec 1943 to 30 Sep 1945 

     ata charles burnhill poss


    (so may be wrong)



    Ed. Roundhay, Leeds

    m. 1944 Helen [Whitehead]

    prev. Architectural Draughtsman for A Kershaw & Sons;

    RAF Sgt, Jun-41 to May-43

    Address in 1943: 41 Clifton Terrace, Leeds 9

    later Back Bower Farm, Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire

    Postings: 7FPP

    d. Jan 2010 - Leeds


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  • Burns, Harold

     M.434 Flight Captain  Harold Burns 
    flag england  b. 12 Jun 1913, Barnsley, Yorkshire 20 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata harold burns 1936 1936



    Moved to Congleton when his father became a partner in Wadesons, later Burns Garages:

    RAeC Certificate 13805 dated 27 Mar 1936, taken at North Staffs Aero Club on Miles Hawk

    prev. a motor engineer

    Address in 1936: "Dundella", Bromley Rd, Congleton, Cheshire


    prev. exp. 56 hrs, including this:


    Disaster overtook Mr. Harold Burns, of Congleton, when making a flight from the Heir Aerodrome on Sunday in a Flying Flea which he had constructed himself, with the assistance of his father.

    He had previously flown the machine in the Congleton district, and had made several successful flights at Heir on Sunday before the crash. It is stated that the accident occurred because the pilot lost height. The machine struck the ground with great force and was wrecked, and eye-witnesses were amazed to see Burns extricate himself from the wreckage apparently not seriously injured. He appeared to be only slightly upset by his narrow escape. and remarked that it was "part of the flying game".

    The pilot's father was at the aerodrome at the time and superintended the removal of the wreckage. Burns received medical attention at the North Staffs Aero Clubhouse on the aerodrome." Crewe Chronicle - 11 Apr 1936


    m. 1938 Millicent [Parker]

    Postings: 5TFPP, 14FPP, 3FPP


    Class 5 (4-engine) pilot


    5 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 3 Nov 1941, Commended for a forced landing near Evesham in Master I W8734 after engine failure

    - 20 Dec 1942, he failed to correct the landing swing in Spitfire Vc ES318, ran off the runway and nosed over

    - 23 Mar 1943, the port undercarriage of his Wellington XI HE372 collapsed after landing at Middleton St. George, due to a defect,

    - 27 Mar 1943, whilst stationary on the perimeter track at Ringway, the tail of his Argus I EV795 was struck by a taxying Fulmar

    - 20 Apr 1945, after a normal landing at Ringway in Firefly II Z1870, the undercarriage collapsed due to a technical fault.


     "A good all-round ferry pilot with a capacity for hard work. He is thorough in his duties and can be relied upon at all times. He has ferried over 600 aircraft to date"

    "An accurate pilot who flies well, but is inclined to be somewhat careless in drill, and his reactions in an emergency are somewhat slow. 

     Totals: Single-engine types: 423 hrs, Twins: 636.30 hrs, Multi-engine: 283.25 hrs.


    d. 30 Jul 1983 - Congleton

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  • Burnside, Daphne Alice (W.116)


     W.116  3rd Officer Mrs Daphne Alice Burnside 
     flag england   b. 19 Mar 1918, London 6 May 1943 to 11 Sep 1944 




    Not in 'Forgotten Pilots'

    nee Humphrys

    Father: Major Nugent Winter Humphrys (Manchester Regiment, BEF from 14 Aug 1914, d. 1931),

    Mother: Blanche Ada de Vivefay [Wilson] (m.  Apr 1926 Sidney A Gaudion)


    Ed. Wycombe Abbey

    Sailed to Gibraltar with her mother in Oct 1935, was in Colombo in 1936, (Blanche sailed back to the UK in Jun 1937 and Aug 1938), sailed back to UK from Canada in Sep 1938

    prev: Civilian Driver, French Diplomatic Corps

    prev exp: 4hrs 30min in Magister, Hawk and Tiger Moth,  inc. Palestine, Egypt

    Address in 1939: Newton Abbott, Devon

    Address in 1943: (mother) 4 Lawrence Mansions, Cheyne Walk, London SW3

    m. 1940 William A H B Burnside (a wireless operator)

    [ab initio trainee]

    Postings: 5FPP, 12FPP, 15FPP

    Class I pilot

    One accident, not her fault:

    - 28 Jan 1944, her Tiger Moth nosed over while taxying, due to a Liberator in front suddenly opening up one of its engines


    exp in ATA:

    Magister: 102hrs 25min;

    Hart: 15hrs 20min;

    Fairchild: 67hr 50min;

    Moth: 7hrs 25min;

    Swordfish: 3hrs 15min;

    Harvard: 26hrs 20min;

    Hurricane: 5hrs 25min;

    Spitfire: 13hrs 50min;

    Auster: 3hrs 35min;

    Barracuda: 4hrs 45min;

    Fulmar: 50min;

    Master: 4hrs 10min;

    Miles Falcon: 1hr 05min;

    Mustang: 1hr 10min;

    Proctor: 1hr 25min.

    She and William lived in 'Overmead', Lingfield, Surrey [until 1946, when he married Margaret H Grady]


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  • Burton, James Richard

     M.704 First Officer  James Richard Burton 
     flag england  b.  26 Oct 1914, Selby Yorks 2 Dec 1941 to Aug-45 

     ata james burton 1939 1939

     ata james burton ATA  ATAM   


     prev. aircraft fitter for Blackburn Repairs, Yorks.

    Address in 1941: 61 Armoury Rd, Selby Yorks

    Blackburn TF Mk. IV 

    d. 30 Aug 1945 (Died in ATA Service) - Firebrand IV EK635 stalled after takeoff from RAF Brough.

    The Accidents Committee reported that the aircraft was seen to take off tail-down, and the undercarriage was retracted (thus increasing the nose-up trim); it then climbed to about 300 ft, stalled and dived to the ground.

    buried Selby Cemetery


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  • Bush, Francis Joseph

    M.5   Captain  Francis Joseph Bush 
    flag england    b. 26 Apr 1904, Banbury Oxfordshire    11 Sep 1939 - Nov-41 

      ata francis bush1935


    June 1940



     Ed. Uppingham

    prev. a Manufacturer and Company Director

    prev exp 507 hrs. Owned a 1928 DH Moth G-AAAA, then a 1931 DH Puss Moth G-ABLG (which he bought from Margaret Fairweather)

    Address in 1939: 76 High St, Watford, Herts

    By the 6 Dec 1939, when he still hadn't started flying, he wrote to the ATA, "I was wondering if my Puss Moth (which is in tip-top order) would eventually be of use in the ATA, or do you advise me to try and sell it to be shifted overseas?

    I am still at the above address [Green Park Hotel, Bournemouth] waiting for your instructions when and where to report for duty."

    [His Puss Moth was impressed 18 Feb 41, and struck off charge for spares 12 Apr 44]

    Certificate of Commendation "After a satisfactory test flight at Kinloss, F/O Bush set off on the 19th December 1940, in a Boston for Prestwick. After about 25 miles the starboard engine failed and F/O Bush feathered the airscrew. He then returned to Lossiemouth and landed there. In spite of the fact that the brakes were out of action, the landing was made without damage to the aircraft. He had never flown the type before, and the ATA at that time could not provide handling notes."

    "He has beeen outstanding in the way he has worked, and the example he has set."

    "A competent pilot and a very good officer" 

     3 accidents, 1 of them his fault.


    d. 23 Nov 41 (Died in ATA Service) - Liberator AL562 engine caught fire and crashed into the sea south of Burrow Head, Wigtownshire, en route Prestwick to Hawarden.

    2nd pilot, F/O EE Uhlich (USA) (q.v.) also killed.

    'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) wrote later that "the ship was one of the first Liberators in England, but... through some grim blunder on someone's part the anti-aircraft crew had not been advised of its being a new addition to the British Air Force. Elmer Ulich (sic) was shot down and killed by British anti-aircraft fire."

    The official accident report says "Insufficient evidence to establish cause but thought to be through bad weather causing aircraft to catch fire in the air."

    The ATA insurers paid his mother Edith and sister Violet £2,000.

    buried Maidenhead Cemetery

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  • Butler, Lois (W.3*)



     W.3 *  First Officer

    Mrs Lois Butler

     flag canada -> flag UK

    3 Nov 1897, Montreal, Canada 

    15 Feb 1940 to 31May 1945 

        RAeC 1929  KC1933 Lois Butler King's Cup 1933  Lois and Winnie at Hatfield  Lois and Winnie at Hatfield  


    née Reed

    the "beautiful" [so said Harald Penrose] wife of Alan Butler. (Later, the 'Flying Grandmother')

    Her first husband (Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh William Knox-Niven) having died in 1923, she married Alan Butler in 1925; together they had a daughter and a son.

    15th in the Women’s Combined Alpine Skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics, skating for her native Canada (although she was a member of the British Team before that).

    Postings: 5FPP

     1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

    Completed more than 1,000 hours, in 36 types of aircraft.

    2 accidents, neither her fault:

    - 24 Jan 1942, the wing flaps of Hurricane AG202 were damaged by water from melting snow, during a precautionary landing at Abingdon

    - 6 Aug 1942, a forced landing at Cranwell in Anson DG761, after starboard engine failure

    Post-WWII, the Butlers moved to Rhodesia and bought a tobacco farm, but eventually moved back to Studham Hall, Bedfordshire.

    She owned a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABGX, which was sold in France in December 1934, re-registered as F-AMRX and whose registration was finally cancelled in 1936.

    d. 17 Aug 1970 in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece from a heart attack while on holiday, and is buried in Studham.


  • Butterworth, Dennis Mills


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     Dennis Mills Butterworth
     flag england   b. 24 Apr 1921, Manchester 27 Apr 1944 to Apr-45 

     ata dennis butterworth ATA



    prev. a Commercial Artist

    RAF May-40 - 1944


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  • Buxton, Kenneth Alfred



    [Seconded from BOAC]

     Kenneth Alfred Buxton
    flag england   b. 19 Sep 1916, London 1 Sep 1940 to  15 Jan 1942

     ata kenneth buxton 1935 1935



    Imperial Airways before WWII

    Address in 1935: Welford House, Hampstead, London

     The BOAC pilots seconded to the ATA were the mainstay of the Advanced Flying Training Unit from September 1940, but; they were all recalled to BOAC in January 1942.

    Lettice Curtis says ""with the going of the BOAC pilots the school was never the same again, and certainly a lot of fun and gaiety went out of the instructors' room when it passed into the hands of the generally older professional instructors."

    "With pilots like BOAC Captains Griffiths, Derrington Turner, Weston Taggart, Ken Buxton and last but no means least Jim Weir, there was never a dull minute."

     "since the war he has been flying on the BOAC routes to North America. He is married and has two children"

  • Calver, Maud Agnes (W.---)

     W.---  Cadet Maud Agnes 'Molly' Calver 
     flag england  b. 13 Apr 1910, Wix Essex 24 Jun-42 to 30 Jun-42 (7 days)

     molly calver 1936  RAeC, 18 Oct 1936

    (Member of London General Omnibus Co ("the Busmen's") Flying Club)

       Daily Herald, 29 Jul 1936    


    Father: William Calver, mother Edith Annie 

    Ed. Mistley Council School

    prev: Stewardess, Welfare Dept, London Transport

    Next of kin (mother) Annie Plummer, 47 Victor Rd, Hythe, Colchester

    prev exp: 14 hrs 

    Address in 1936: 9 Basedale Rd, Dagenham, Essex

    Address in 1942: 58 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex

    "Molly Calver pours out tea every day for the busmen at her London garage. Each time she hopes it will be the last time. She paid her subscription of sixpence a week when the London Transport Flying Club started"

    "From bus garage canteen stewardess to air ferry pilot is the wartime change by Miss Molly Calver, only woman among the 1,200 members of London Transport's Central Buses Flying Club. She'll soon be leaving her job at Dalston to become a member of Air Transport Auxiliary. "Daily Mirror - Wednesday 21 January 1942


    m. Jan 1949 Joseph T Pulham


       Daily Mirror 15th May 1953

    "Molly Calver seated in her aircraft before taking off at Chobham. Molly is a stewardess employed by London Transport at their Romford Garage and has worked for the London Transport Board for 20 years, but only very few of her hundreds of workmates realised that she is 'an old sweat' aeroplane pilot during World War II.

    Before the war, Molly was a pilot in the London Transport Road Services Sports Association Flying Club and, during the war years, was an Air Transport Auxiliary Pilot, ferrying all types of aircraft. "



    Later Mrs Warr(?)

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  • Cameron, Herbert Seddon

    M.300 * First Officer  Herbert Seddon 'Jock' Cameron 
    flag england b. 1909  30 Apr 1941 to 30 Sep 1944 




    m. 1931 in Staines, Patricia Harriet Louise [Watson]

    prev. a ground engineer at Heston Airport


    d. 1 May 1952 - Tripoli, Lebanon

    buried Anglo-American Cemetery, Beirut

  • Campbell, Albert Bower


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF] 

    Albert Bower Campbell 
     flag england   b. 11 Jan 1913, Alderley Edge 10 Jun 1944 to Apr-45 



     prev. RAF A/C inspector



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  • Campbell, Bruce

     M.260  First Officer  Bruce Campbell
     flag england   b. 9 Feb 1910, Harrow 18 Feb 1941 to May-43 

     ata bruce campbell 2

     ata bruce campbell ATA    


    prev. A Stockbroker

    RAF Sgt Pilot 1938 then P/O Jun 1940

    Later a test pilot with de Havilland

    "In July 1955 Bruce Campbell, a long-time friend of mine, as well as owning a boat in the south of France, had a de Havilland two-seater Hornet Moth registered G-ADNE. From his boat, then in the south of France, he asked me to fly the Hornet down to Cannes for both of us to fly home in."  Lettice Curtis

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  • Campbell, Thomas James McOran

     M.213 Flight Captain  Thomas James McOran Campbell 
     flag england  b. 15 Aug 1906, Plympton   21 Jan 1941 to Jun-42 (as pilot), then Technical Dept until Sep-44

     ata james mcoran campbell 1935 1935



    Eldest son of Rear-Admiral George McOran Campbell, C.M.G.

    Address in 1941: 'Jacques', Pipers Lane, Harpenden, Herts

    Educated at St Edwards, Oxford; BA (Eng), Cantab

    prev. 2nd Lieut, Royal Corps of Signals Aug 1926-Nov 1929, then an Aeronautical Engineer and pilot

    m. Jean Emily [Mitchell] in 1928 (d. 1976)

    (3 children before 1941)

     Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 4FPP, 4aFPP, 6FPP, 15FPP

    "A hardworking and methodical pilot, and a good officer."

    "(Jan-42) Has done very little flying as a pilot lately, as he is employed on the engineering side on Liberator training."

    "This officer's work on the collection of data for and the writing of handling notes is of a very high order. He is a very hard worker and has put in exceptionally long hours."

    In May 1955, Flight reported: "Another Bristol appointment announced last week was that of Mr. James McOran Campbell as senior technical representative in Pakistan... In pre-war years Mr. Campbell was with de Havillands and Imperial Airways, and during the war flew as an A.T.A. pilot, later becoming a Hawker production flight development engineer and test pilot. He joined the Bristol engine division in 1951."

    d. 4 May 1990 - Plymouth: a "much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather... A very special and Christian life, greatly missed by all of us."

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  • Canning, Ralph Vincent

     M.221  First Officer Ralph Vincent Canning 

    flag usa

      b.1 Dec 1904, San Francisco CA  9 Aug 1940 to 8 May 1941

      ata ralph canning ATA      

    Ed. High School

    m. R, 2 children

    prev. "Aviation"

    Address in 1940: 1823 2nd Ave, Sacramento CA

     ata kleaver canning du puy 1940 3 Sep 1940

    "Ken Kleaver, Ralph Canning and Fred Du Puy ["Berkeley World War Aviator", later a Lt-Col, USAAF], all from California, en route to Canada where they will serve the British Government"

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP

    Suspended without pay for a week in Jan-41 for "General Misdemeanour" [as was his fellow 'California Prune Picker' Ken Kleaver]

    Off sick from 21 Feb 1941

    Contract Terminated 8 May 1941

    d. 1969, Texas



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  • Cant, Herbert George

     M.--- Cadet  Herbert George Cant 
       b. 21 Jun 1906, Clapham  22 Apr 1942 to 6 May 1942 

     ata herbert cant 1939 1939



     ed. Acton Council School

    m. 1929 Elsie Clarice [Reed]

    prev. an Insurance Clerk, then a Drawing Officer Manager at Phillips and Powis Aircraft, Reading

    Address in 1942: Winnersh Corner, Berkshire

    On 5 May, Herbert stalled his Magister whilst attempting to land, causing a broken propeller and other damage. This led to...

    Contract Terminated 6 May 1942 - Unsuitable

    d. Jun 1982 - Basingstoke



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  • Carpenter, Anthony

     M.457  First Officer  Anthony Carpenter

    flag england

     b. 4 Sep 1913, London 27 May 1941 to Jun-43 

     ata anthony carpenter 1936 1936

     ata anthony carpenter ATA    


    Educated at Caterham School

    m. 1940 Ruby Violet [Haines]

    RAeC Certificates in 1936 (in an autogiro) and 1938

    prev. A/C erection foreman, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd

    Address in 1941: 289 Alleseley Old Rd, Coventry

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP

    "A keen and conscientious officer, inclined to be a little slow."

    vickers wellington

    d. 21 Jun 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Wellington XIV HF136 crashed and burnt out at Hawarden. Port engine lost power immediately after takeoff, due to an electrical short-circuit which caused the port propeller to feather.

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  • Carr, Walter Raymond

     M.553 * First Officer  Walter Raymond Carr 
    flag england b. Oct 1897, Carlisle  13 May 1941 to 31 Aug 1945 



    prev. a Company Director

    Lived in Kenya during the 1920s and early 30s

    d. 20 Apr 1957 - Hampshire

  • Carragher, Francis Dean

     M.31 First Officer  Francis Dean Carragher 

    flag usa

     b. 19 Feb 1915, Greenville, Texas 8 Oct 1940 to 1 Feb 1941 

     ata francis carragher College photo


    1939, when a student pilot at Randolph Field, TX



    Father: Sidney Francis Carragher, (Step-father Milton M Cranston), Mother: Amy Carragher Cranston, of 100 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI

    Five sisters, one brother

    Ed. Rhode Island State College (BSc, 1936). President of the 'Phi Delta' student dramatic association:

     with thanks to George Cogswell



    prev. Flying Instructor at Glendale Airport; 2nd Lieut. US Air Corps 1938-40

    prev. exp. 645 hrs on Stearman PT15, Yale, Pursuit P.12, Harvard, B.18, A.17, O.46, BT.14, P.12

    Address in 1940: 2920 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Reach, CA

    "Mr. Carragher appears to be a man of considerable experience, consequently his handling of twin engine equipment is good" - Flight Test Report in Toronto, Oct 1940

    Postings: Ringway

    curtiss hawk

    d. 1 Feb 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - while performing unauthorised aerobatics at Ringway airport in Mohawk AR664 - engine failure led to a stall and spin into the ground.

    "On February 1st at about 5 p.m. I saw the Mohawk AR664 which Carragher was flying dive down to about 500 ft. and then climb vertical to about 1000 ft. then turn on its back. Just as the machine was almost flat on its back the engine ceased to fire, the machine fell off the loop, came out of the dive right side up and commenced to glide towards the aerodrome, the machine looked to travel about a mile in a glide then did one turn and a half of a spin and went down behind the trees. The flaps and wheels were not lowered." - Joseph Shoesmith, fellow ATA pilot, who was also ferrying a Mohawk from Squires Gate and had landed first.

    buried Central Cemetery, Manchester; "His Worship the Mayor of Altrincham, who knew the deceased personally during his posting at Ringway and held a very high opinion of him, attended the funeral."

    Some of the cheques written by Francis, found in his personnel file


    He was the first American pilot to lose his life in ATA service.

     "My own impression, borne out by reports from all quarters, indicated that whereas we may have a number of other pilots as good, and some possibly better than the late Francis Dean Carragher, there was no one of any nationality in this organisation of higher principles and greater all round merit." - F D 'Brad' Bradbrooke, ATA Chief Ferry Officer at the time, who died in ATA Service 6 months later


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  • Carreras, José Maria

     M.149 Flight Captain  José Maria Carreras 

    flag spain

      b. 26 Aug 1906, Barcelona, Spain 5 Aug 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

      ata jose carreras 1939 RAeC 1939  

    ata jose carreras

    Brief Glory



    Father: Richard Carreras

    Ed. "High School, Spain"

    m. Maria Josefa [d. 2004], 2 children

    prev. a Civil Engineer and pilot in Spain

    Took his Royal Aero Club Certificate in a Tiger Moth at Luton Flying Club, on 4 May 1939.

    Travelled to the UK from New York in December 1939.

    Address in 1940: "Ardvana", 17 Ronaldsshaw Park, Ayr, Scotland

    Postings: 4FPP, 3FPP

    Certificate of Commendation: "On 22 Apr 1943, Flt-Capt Carreras was instructing on a Catalina aircraft. Through no fault of his own the aircraft crashed on to the sea and the crew were thrown into the water. F/O Gibbs lost an arm, and but for Flt-Capt Carreras's efforts would have lost his life. Flt-Capt Carreras also made the utmost efforts, but just failed, to save Flt-Engineer HFP Waldron from drowning, and helped other members of the crew to safety. He himself had experienced considerable shock and bruising."

    3 accidents, none his fault.

    "A pilot of considerable experience who sets a fine example to his fellow officers."

     "I spoke with 38-year-old Flight-Capt. Jose M Carreras, a stockily-built Spaniard from Barcelona, who has flown in various countries, and was with the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War. He has been flying since he was 18. Capt. Carreras has ferried over 1,000 ‘kites” to all parts of the British Isles. His logbook tells an interesting story. He has flown 120 different types. over 2,000 hours, and 300,000 miles, since joining the A.T.A. in 1940." Daily Record, Oct 1945


     d. 20 Aug 1982 [age 75] - Epsom, Surrey


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  • Carter, Charles Leo


     First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Charles Leo Carter 
     flag england  b. 19 Jan 1915, Manchester  29 Jan 1943 to Apr-45 

     ata charles carter 1939



    prev. Newspaper photographer, then RAF from 1939



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  • Carter, Raymond Harry


     First Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Raymond Harry Carter 
     flag england  b. 19 Feb 1921, Rugby  23 May 1944 to Apr-45 




    prev. a Travelling Salesman, then RAF 41-44 (Africa Star and Clasp)



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  • Castle, William Frederick Bertram

     M.683  First Officer William Frederick Bertram Castle 
     flag england  b. 13 Oct 1908, London  4 Nov 1941 to Nov-45

     ata william castle 1939



     d. 1987, Weymouth


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  • Cathey, James Mitchell

     M.545 First Officer  James Mitchell Cathey 

     flag usa

    b. 7 May 1915, Asheville NC  20 Apr 1941 to Apr-43 

    Had a twin sister, Martha

    High School in Washington DC

    prev. Service Dept, Piper Aircraft Corp.

    Address in 1940: 131E Main St., Lock Haven, PA

    Postings: 2FPP, 9FPP

    "A good pilot. Demeanour - lacking in enthusiasm."

    He was due to return to the US in May 1942 (with fellow American pilots Jack Groover Durham (M.332), Bruce Elmer Raymond, H Stirling, Gerald Gilbert Yerdon, W Walters and Ernest Carl Ewing (M.470), but his contract was renewed at the last moment.

    Reduced in rank to 2nd Officer for 1 month from 31 Jan 43 after showing 'very bad airmanship' when flying a Typhoon; he misjudged his approach, undershot the landing and struck a gun post.

    Captain in USAAF until 1947, then with the Curry School of Aeronautics

    m. Ethel Brown of the Army Nurses Corps, 22 Sep 1948

    d.  11 Nov 1984

    Burial: Culpeper National Cemetery

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  • Chadwick, Mervyn George Checkland

     M.821  First Officer  Mervyn George [Checkland] Chadwick
       b. 18 Jun 1907, Barnes, London  13 Oct 1942 - 30 Nov 1945

     ata mervyn chadwick ATA



    Father: Bernard George Chadwick [d. 1916 in Flanders], Mother: Millicent [Kettle]

    [Checkland was his grandmother's maiden name]

    Ed. St Lawrence College, Ramsgate

    m. 1929 in Eton, Bucks, Marjorie Joan [Crockford], 2 children

    prev. RAF 1930-32 then Oct-40 to Feb-42 (Sergeant Pilot)

    prev. exp. 1,436 hrs plus 8 hrs 45min night

    G AETU Gordon Dove via Richard Durrant

    Together with Raymond Gordon, formed Premier Aircraft Constructions Ltd in 1936, based at Maylands Aerodrome, Romford, to market the Gordon Dove, but this was unsuccessful and Mervyn was declared bankrupt in 1939.

    Address in 1942: 119 Riverview Gardens, Barnes, SW13

    Later moved to 44 Ingrave Rd, Battersea, SW11

    "slight limp left leg"

    Postings: 16FPP, 9FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP

    Suspended without pay for 2 days in Feb-43 for "breach of airmanship and breach of flying discipline"

    2 accidents, both his fault:

    - 5 Jan 1944, when his Auster III landed in a strong and gusty wind with flaps down (contrary to pilots handling notes) and tipped onto its nose;

    19 Mar 1944, when he did exactly the same thing in an Argus, except this time the wingtip was damaged - "The attention of C.O.O. is drawn."

    "A keen, hard-working and well behaved officer. He is not over-confident, but as a pilot he is not quite as good or as quick-witted as he thinks he is."

    At 2 FPP, "although he has been on the strength of this Pool for seven months, has been away for three of these due to sickness and conversion to Class 3."

    "An intelligent and careful pilot who shows great competence. A well disciplined officer who has been of great value."

    m. Oct 1946 Joan Edith [Nobbs], 3 children

    d. 3 Nov 1971 - Brent, London

    With thanks for the family and other research by Richard Durrant


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  • Chaffin, Emmett Kenneth

     M.568 Acting First Officer  Emmett 'Kenneth' Chaffin 
     flag usa   b. 24 Nov 1921 **, Forth Worth TX 24 Feb 1941 to Feb-42 


    ata kenneth chaffin

    Fort Myers News-Press Apr 41



    ** On his registration forms, Kenneth gave his date of birth as 2 Feb 1920 - thus making him 21. However, he admitted that he was only 20 when he returned to the US in 1942. Obviously, he had lied about his age in order to join the ATA!

    prev. Gulf Airways, Fort Myers, Florida (newspaper delivery by plane) 2 yrs.

    He was a member of the Fort Myers high school boxing team!

    Address in 1941: Beach Rd, Fort Myers, Florida

     Arrived in the UK 22 Apr 1941 on the SS Mercier with fellow American ferry pilots James Emor O'Halloran, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), Gilman Benedict Warne, Marvin Harrison Dunlavy (M.408), Harold Lindsey Price.

    Off sick for all of May 1941 with acute appendicitis.

    kenneth chaffin and ruth

    m. 29 Sep 41 to Ruth Alice Maud Morgan, from Abergevenny, in London (divorced 1946);

    Sailed back to the US on the SS Vibran on 20 Mar 1942 with fellow American ferry pilots James Bruce Warren, Jack Edison Jenkins, Homer Edward Anderson (M.496), Robert Leonard Hamilton, John Cleveland Davis (M.416), James Emor O'Halloran, John R Scribbens, Paul Bleecker Makepeace, Raymond Sylvester Allen, George H Robertson, Frank C Hoffman, William Raymond Cooper (M.531)

    Later, 2 years in the US Army Air Force as a Flight Officer - he force-landed in a pea patch near Brownsville, Texas in Aug 1944.

    m. Martha Blackburn in 1947

    In 1947, a pilot for C Adrianza, Venezuela; from 1949, a pilot for Delta Airlines.

    His father (also Emmett Kenneth) owned a grocery store, once had a pilot's licence, filed a patent for aircraft carburettors, became mayor of Medley, Florida in the mid-60s, and finally committed suicide by shooting himself in the head (having tried to shoot his second wife in the head just beforehand, but only grazing her temple).

    Kenneth became a police lieutenant in Medley.

    d. 11 Mar 1992 - Deland, Florida

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  • Chalmers, Ian Campbell

     M.205  First Officer Ian Campbell Chalmers 

    flag scotland

      b. 12 Jun 1914, Edinburgh 23 Dec 1940 to Sep-45 

     ata ian chalmers ATA      


    prev. P/O in RAF

    Metropolitan Police

    m. K M Chalmers

    Address in 1940: Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

    Postings: 4FPP

    "An officer who tries hard but has had some bad luck."

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  • Chambers, Arthur Edward

     M.54 * Flight Captain  Arthur Edward Chambers

    flag england

    b. 11 Oct 1913, Lowestoft 8 Apr 1940 to 20 Aug 1945 

     ata arthur chambers 1936 1936   ATAM    


    prev. a motor mechanic (Science Dept.)

    Address in 1936: 16 Ellys Rd, Coventry

    Postings include 8FPP



    d. Jul 1993 - Waveney, Suffolk


  • Chang, Raymond Lu Yu

     M.338 *  2nd Officer Raymond Lu Yu Chang 
    flag republic of china   b. 11 Feb 1918, Peiping, China 18 Feb 1941 to 6 Oct 1941 

    ata raymond chang 1938 1938



    Learnt to fly in 1938 with A.S.T. at Hamble

    d. 14 Sep 1981 - Los Angeles

  • Chapin, Emily (W.96)

     W.96  2nd Officer Emily Chapin 
     flag usa   b. 22 Nov 1912, Twin Falls ID  12 Aug-42 to 11 Feb-44 

     ata emily chapin WASP https://twudigital.contentdm.oclc.org




    Father: Charles Hall Chapin, Advertising Manager for the White Rock Mineral Co. in NYC (d. 1960)

    Ed. Wellesley College, MA

    Next of kin: (mother) Mrs Dorothy [Traill]

    prev: File Supervisor for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey

     prev. exp. 203 hrs

    Address in 1942: 291 Rye Beach Ave, Rye, NY

    Postings: 15FPP

    She was reprimanded in April 1943 for "careless taxying resulting in accident, when the propeller of her Master II struck a marking flag.

    2 other accidents, one her fault:

    - 27 Jul 1943, forced landing in a Spitfire, which was damaged, "due to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot" (the hood blew off in flight. Presumably she was held to blame because she had failed to secure it properly);

    - 16 Nov 1943, she made a forced landing in a Swordfish which developed high oil pressure and temperature.

    ata emily chapin roberta sandoz 1943

    (2nd L) with Bobby Sandoz and 'a couple of fellow Yanks' at the Red Cross Club, 1943

    She flew 18 types of aircraft (Class 1 and 2) with the ATA.

    "A keen and hardworking pilot whose confidence appeaqrs to have been shaken by her recent (Jul-43) accident. Discipline good."

    Later a WASP, then an engineer for General Precision Laboratories and the Singer Corporation.


    d. 23 Jul 1978 - Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County, New York

    ata emily chapin grave

    Her wartime correspondence is in the Texas Woman's University Collection:




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  • Chapman, Laurence Alfred


    First Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

     Laurence Alfred Chapman
     flag england b. 13 Sep 1921, Upminster   19 May 1944 to Apr 1945

     ata laurence chapman 1946 1946





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  • Chapman, Suzanne Palmer (W.154)

     W.154 3rd Officer  Suzanne Palmer Chapman 
     flag wales b. 8 Dec 1918, Swansea  21 Feb 1944 to 30 Sep 1945 

    W154 Chapman Suzanne  ATA

    suzanne chapman 1945  RAeC 1945

    Suzanne Chapman 1952 0187 0023 c.1952



    mother: [Mills]


    Postings: 15FPP


    (r) with Flt-Capt Coltman


    One accident, not her fault:

    - 1 Oct 1944, she ground-looped in Argus I EV809, due to a faulty port wheel casting


    Gained her Royal Aero Club Pilot's Certificate (No 20592) as part of the ATA's 'Wings' scheme on 29 Sep 1945

    Address in 1945: Fernbank, Murton, Bishopstown, Swansea, S Wales

    In 1949, she was a staff pilot at Hereford airfield.

    m. 1951 in Hereford, John H Ashton


    In 1956, Veronica Volkersz wrote that Suzanne was one of only 7 women flying commercially: -  "Suzanne Ashton flies an Auster 'talking aeroplane' on advertising work"  - 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, Monique Rendall, Jean Bird, Zita Irwin, Diana Barnato-Walker and Freydis Leaf]


    m. 1961 in Swansea, Richard John Hart

    d. 5 Feb 2011 - Swansea


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  • Chase, Alexander Hartman

     M.306 Flight Captain  Alexander Hartman Chase 

    flag usa

      b. 10 Nov 1908, Faribault, MN 4 Sep 1940 to Sep-45 



    Postings: 3FPP, 4FPP, 4bFPP

    He "cemented his union with this country by choosing a British wife and, being of a very modest and unobtrusive nature, arranged a Registry Office wedding without mentioning the matter to any of his friends.

    As was to be expected, every pilot at his home station, Prestwick, was soon aware of the day, the place and the time, and, when the unfortunate couple left the Registrar they were met by a solid block of 40 pilots. After being carried out and suitably feted at a nearby hotel, the bridegroom was finally escorted from the scene in a wheelbarrow." BG

    "An excellent officer in all respects."

    d. June 1, 2000 in San Luis Obispo, CA


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  • Chater, Harold

     M.80 First Officer  Harold Chater 

    flag england

     b. 4 Sep 1908, Eastbourne  23 May 1940 to Jun-45 

      ata harold chater 1931      


    A Pilot; owned 1932 Avro 504K G-ABVC (ex F8834), known affectionately as "Screaming Annie".

    "Mr. Chater, who has become well known locally for the amount of spare time he has put in at the [Cinque Ports Flying] Club building up an Avro 504 from spare parts. He has fitted an equally aged Bristol 'Lucifer' engine." (Flight, 1933)

    He advertised it for £225 in 1936, but it appears not to have found a buyer, and its registration was finally cancelled in 1945.

    Chief Instructor at the Kent Flying Club in 1939.

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP

    "A pilot of above average ability and a capable instructor. He does, however, easily lose interest and he would do well to show greater keenness and enthusiasm." (T A Gale, Chief Flying Instructor, Jan-43)

    May-43: "This pilot, although posted here with a somewhat moderate report has not shown any of the bad qualities he was reported to possess... I find him a likeable individual."

    Address in 1944: 1 Glynde Ave, Hampden Pk, Eastbourne

    m. 1944 Susan Kathleen Speak Or Eastwood (an ATA driver at 6FPP)

    He was still interested enough in aviation in 1965 to write to 'Flight': "My wartime ferry pilot [colleague] Tom Brooke-Smith said that flying a VTOL aircraft was like coming down a ladder for the first time. I saw the Hawker Siddeley P. 1127 at Farnborough last summer and decided that this sort of aviation was here to stay.

    Having been a commercial pilot for 30 years I know that nothing annoys a customer more than unpunctuality at either end of the line. Whether you do 200 or 2,000 m.p.h. doesn't matter if he can't keep his appointment.

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  • Cheer, Leonard Massie

     M.78 First Officer  Leonard Massie Cheer 

    flag scotland

    b. 20 May 1914, Aberdeen  23 May 1940 to May-41 



    Address in 1940: Thirlmere, 12 Greenway, Anlaby Pk, Hull

    Postings: 1FPP, Prestwick

    Suspended from all duties for two days in early May 1941 for "continued unpunctuality".

    [Contract Terminated 25 May 1941 by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons]

    d. 25 Sep 1942 when a Sub-Lieut., RNVR, in Fairey Fulmar II DR636, 795A Squadron Tanga, which force-landed on hilltop in darkness 45 miles south of Tannarive, Madagascar.


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  • Cheer, Vernon

     M.293  First Officer Vernon Cheer 
    flag scotland b. 1 Mar 1913 or 1914, Aberdeen  4 Mar 1941 to Feb-44 

     ata vernon cheer 1936 1936

     ata vernon cheer ATA    


     brother of Leonard Massie Cheer (M.78)

     m. Sep 1941

    Address in 1941: 12 The Greenway, Anlaby Pk, Hull, Yorks, then

    14 Fonthill Terrace, Aberdeen

    prev. a motor engineer and garage proprietor;

    Pilot Officer in the Air Defence Cadet Corps Apr-40 to Dec-40

    Also worked for Blackburn Aircraft Co. in Hull, Yorks.

    Postings: 2FPP, 4,FPP, 4aFPP

    Accident in Walrus 9 Jul 1942: when landing, a/c dropped wing, hit violently and caught fire. Pilot is held responsible.

    Jan-43: "A good officer whose flying is now quite satisfactory, but still receiving treatment after his recent accident."

    d. Jun 1973  - Holderness, Yorks.

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  • Chifney, Ronald Walter Francis


    3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

    Ronald Walter Francis Chifney 
     flag england b. 6 Oct 1918, London   19 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata ronald chifney

     ata ronald chifney 2 ATA    




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  • Chigi, Vincent

     M.669  2nd Officer   Vincent Chigi
     flag usa b. 25 Jan 1915, Union City NJ 10 Jun 1941 to May-42 




    [Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Below minimum height', (although if this refers to his stature, I'm not sure why it took them 11 months to notice). Perhaps it's a reference to his flying]


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  • Chirasakti, Suprabhat

     M.548 2nd Officer  Prince Suprabhat Chirasakti 
     flag thailand   b. 4 Sep 1917 or 1918, Bangkok, Siam (Thailand) 9 Jul 1941 to Sep-42 


    suprabhat chiraskti 1936



    ata suprabhat chiraskti





     hurricane XII

    d. 12 Sep 1942 (Died in ATA Service) -  Hurricane XII JS346 collided with hillside in poor visibility at Ewes Les Farm nr Mosspaul Inn, between Hawick and Langholm, Dumfrieshire.



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  • Cholmondeley, Victoria Millicent (W.39)

     W.39  First Officer  Victoria Millicent Cholmondeley
     flag australia b. 5 Mar 1902, Longford, Tasmania   10 Mar 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

    victoria cholmondeley 1933  RAeC 1932




    Father: Richard Vernon Cholmondeley, (vigneron, Hurtle Vale Vineyard Happy Valley near Adelaide, d. 1918); mother: Hilda Georgiana [Leyland], by 1941 living in South Africa

    brothers Richard Vernon (b. 1909, 2nd Lieut, Royal Scots Fusiliers, d. 27 May 1940 in Belgium) and Charles Christopher (b. 1917); sisters Hilda Georgina (b. 1901), Lettice (b. 1911) and Caroline Ethel (b. 1913)

    Travelled to Adelaide in Jul 1906, to the UK in Jan 1920, then to New Zealand in Oct 1922, to Canada from the UK in 1928, then back to the UK in Aug 1931

    Her "large pointer dog" was stolen in Gepp's Cross, S. Australia in 1925


    First woman in South Australia to get a pilot's licence:



    via Jerome Wells


    Address in 1932: Leighton Hall, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire (with sister Lettice)

    prev. Farmer; "Branch of the War Office" from 3 Sep 1939

    Address in 1941: 18 Queens Gate Place Mews,. London SW7 (with brother Flt-Lt Charles Christopher Cholmondeley MBE and sister Hilda Georgina)

     1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

    King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

    Still living at 18 Queens Gate Mews, with Charles and Hilda, in 1956, but alone there in 1964 after Hilda moved to Dorset and Charles got married.

    d. 13 Jan 1986 - Hereford

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  • Chothia, Homi Nandbhoy

     M.126 First Officer  Homi Nandbhoy Chothia  

    flag british india

    b. 13 Oct 1914, Bombay 1 Aug 1940 to Nov-43 

      ata homi chotia ATA      


    Address: 174 Court Lane, Dulwich, London SE21

    prev. pilot with Western Airways (BOAC)

    In 1934, when he was 19, Homi had been fined 40 shillings, and ordered to pay witnesses expenses of 32s, for driving a car without due care and attention; he tried to overtake a lorry near Bank Bridge. Tarleton, and "as a result an approaching coach had run against the bridge wall to avoid a collision."

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP

    Flight Captain from Feb-42 to Oct-43, when he was demoted to First Officer: "was party to a breach of Standing Orders C47 and C38"

    "He has had difficulty in winning the confidence of pilots under him, which has impaired his efficiency as a Flight Captain.... his record as a pilot has been exceptionally good."


    d. Dec 1982  - Bromley, Kent 

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  • Christie, Frederick William


     3rd Officer

    (Seconded from RAF)

    Frederick William Christie 
       b. 5 Dec 1917, Aberdeen  13 Jul 1944 to Oct-45 

     ata frederick christie ATA



    The ATA Benevolent Fund reported in 1958: "On 6 Sep 1944 while flying a Miles Magister he crashed at Toddington, Herts. He was based at Thame at that time, and had taken off on a test flight from Barton. He was admitted to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, suffering from concussion, fracture of the spine, fractures of both femurs, fracture of ankle, and shock. He has a complete loss of memory concerning the accident and has never recovered his memory about the events before or after the accident.

    He was in L&D for about 6 months and the under treatment for several months as an out-patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This was followed by a period in the RAF Hospital, Halton, and at Loughborough Rehabilitation Unit, finally returning to Halton. Altogether his treatment occupied nearly three years."

    "Since his return to work his health has been poor - he suffers from stomach trouble, and also has nervous symptoms and sleeplessness. Also he told me he worries about trifles which a normal person would not consider.

    He struck me as a very genuine person and not someone who was cadging."

    The Fund agreed that a sum of between £50 and £60 should be awarded "towards the cost of a holiday for Mr and Mrs Christie and the two dependent children."


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  • Clark, George Roger

     M.375 Flight Captain   George Roger Clark
    flag usa   b. 29 Apr 1903, Union City, Randolph County, IN 17 Mar 1941 to Apr-43 




    Educated at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

    US Air Corps from Feb-25 to Feb-28, then 'actively engaged as pilot and in aviation sales and service work. Engineer."

    Worked for Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co. in Philippines for 3 years

    Address in 1940: 5647 Fountain Ave, Hollywood, CA

    Postings: 3FPP

    Aug-41: Fined one week's salary ($50) for lighting a cigarette in a Spitfire

    "A good officer and an excellent pilot."

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  • Clark, Helen Riddell (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet    Helen Riddell Clark
     flag scotland  b. 6 Sep 1917, Selkirk  8 May 1944 to 10 Jun 1944

     helen clark ata  ATA


     Father: W M Clark

    Ed. Dame Alice Owen's School (then in Islington, London - now Potter's Bar, coincidentally)

    prev: Insurance Typist, Meteorologist

    Address in 1944: 428 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Middlesex

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

     m. 1949 Philip (Greberg) Clark

    d. 1963 - Brechin


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  • Clark, John Taverner Wilson

     M.6 *  First Officer John Taverner Wilson Clark 

    flag england

     b. 9 Apr 1910, London  21 Sep 1939 to May-40 

      ata john clark 1938  1938

    ata john clark  ATA



    prev. civil pilot -  'B' Licence holder

    prev exp. 483 hrs on DH Moth, Puss Moth, Hornet, Leopard Moth, Tiger Moth, Tomtit, Avro 638, 640, 504N, Avian 

    m. Oct 1934 in London, Norah [Penny or Ford] (one daughter b.1934)

    Instructor's Report (Nov 1939) says "has no outstanding faults and has flown the Harvard, Battle and Blenheim very satisfactorily. He should be capable of flying all types."

    Address in 1939: 'Crossways', Lower Babington, Wirral, Cheshire

    Address in 1940: Meads, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead, Berks (the home of his brother Paul')

    Postings: Filton, 3FPP (White Waltham)

    blackburn botha

    d. 25 May 1940 (the first pilot to die in ATA Service) - took off in Blackburn Botha L6160 from Yeadon but shortly after take-off, finding himself approaching two houses on high ground, banked steeply right and, in doing so, hit a stone boundary wall and crashed in Layton Rd, Horsforth, Yorks..

    His next-of-kin (and Executor of hs will) was his brother, Lieut. Paul Clark, RN

    buried Yeadon Cemetery, Leeds, Yorkshire


    The £2,000 insurance money was paid to his widow Norah in October 1940, but on 15 August 1941 she wrote to the ATA:

    "Dear Sirs,

    I am wondering whether you could advise me or help me in the following manner:

    I am left with a small daughter aged 7, and my living to earn, she will have to go to boarding school as I have no income coming in now.

    [Is there] a possiblility of my getting a small pension, if not for myself, for my little girl to help towards her education, my husband's family are in Australia and I cannot get assistance from them, could you in any way possibly put me in touch with the right source of approach to anyone who could help me in this matter.

    Thanking you in anticipation of a reply.

    Yours Faithfully

    Norah Clark (Mrs)"

     Nothing seems to have come of this, although an ATA Benevolent Fund file was opened for her (but not until July 1945).


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  • Clarke, Charles Sidney

     M.90 * Flight Captain  Charles Sidney Clarke 

    flag england

    b. 8 Feb 1896, Birmingham 12 Sep 1940 to 31 Jan 1945 

     ata charles clarke 1941 1941      


    RFC in 1917

    Address in 1941: The Close, Olton, Warwickshire


  • Clarke, Rodney Eyre

     M.507  First Officer Rodney Eyre Clarke 
     flag england  b. 10 Nov 1915, London 20 Jun 1941 to 23 Jul 1942 

     ata rodney clarke 1

     ata rodney clarke 2 ATA    


    Father: Francis Clarke

    Ed. at Berkhampsted School

    prev. RAF 1935 -1941 (F/O from 1940)

    m. 1 Jan 1940 Sibyl Faith [Ingram-Johnson, divorced; d. 1993]; 2 children John b.1940, Pamela b. 1943

    6 ft 4in tall

    Address in 1941: Old Manor House, Squires Bridge Rd, Shepperton, Middx

    Postings: 1FPP

    "A pilot of fully average ability."


    The 'Liabilities (War-time Adjustment) Act', allowed people who reckoned they were in serious financial difficulties owing to war circumstances to apply for help:

    "ORDERS OF DISCHARGE. No 6. CLARKE, Rodney Eyre, now of Ship & Bell Hotel, Horndean, Hants, previously residing at "St. Vincent," Woodland Grove, Weybridge, Surrey, and formerly residing and carrying on business at the Ship & Castle Hotel, St. Mawes, Cornwall. Now Hotel Manager, previously Air-Transport Pilot, formerly HOTEL PROPRIETOR. Date of Order of Discharge—Jan. 21, 1944"

    "M.S.A.E., F.R.S.A., A.M.I.M.I., F.Inst.D. Chairman, Continental Cars, Ltd, since 1943; General Manager, Connaught Engineering (Automobile and General Engineers), since 1949. b: November 10, 1915. London. Educ: Berkhamsted; A.E.T.C., Chelsea. Served apprenticeship in Electronics research, 1933-35; Royal Air Force commission (night-bomber Captain), 1935-40; Air Transport Auxiliary (Ferry Pilot), 1941; engaged in Motor Industry as from 1943. Club: R.A.C. Add: Connaught Engineering, Portsmouth Rd., Send, Surrey, and St. Vincent, Woodland Grove, Weybridge, Surrey. " Who's Who in the Motor Industry 1959

    d. Jun 1979 - Surrey


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  • Clarke, Roger Grenville

     M.911  First Officer  Roger Grenville Clarke
     flag england  b. 5 Dec 1921, Leicester  10 Apr 1943 to Oct-45 

     ata roger clarke ATA





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  • Clayton, Edna Violet (W.30)

     W.30  2nd Officer

    Edna Violet 'Sammy' Clayton

     flag england b. 26 Jul 1900, Hampstead, London  1 Mar 1941 to Feb 1942 

     sammy clayton 1936  RAeC 1936

       The Sketch, 1942    


    née Samuel

    Father: Barnett Samuel (a financial broker, d.1925), mother Annie Leah [Barnett] (d. 1933)

    Ed. St Paul's Girls School; Slade School of Art

    2 sisters (Amelia b. 1891, Olga Esther b. 1893, later Mrs Roys), 1 brother (Ivor Dudley b. 1894)

    m. 5 Mar 1927 in Hampstead, Harold Clayton (later Sqn-Ldr with No 40 Group, Andover)

    Address in 1936: 128 Dorset House, Gloucester Place, London NW1

    prev. 1939- Dec 1940 Section Cadet Officer, Mechanised Transport Corps

    prev. exp. 87 hrs on Tigers [sic], Hornet Moth, Puss Moth, Potez, Tanpin, Swallow in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, America, Czechoslovakia, UK

    Address in 1941: 36 Viceroy Court, Prince Albert Rd, London NW8


    Harold and Edna contested the will of Edna's father, Barnett Samuel, in 1941.

    Briefly, Barnett had left Edna a large legacy, but specified that she would forfeit it if she married someone "who is not of Jewish parentage and of the Jewish faith"

    "This is a case in which the testator has sought, in the words of the Master of the Rolls, to direct the lives of his children from the grave... to control his daughter Edna's choice of a husband."

    Now, Harold Clayton was an English Wesleyan, "not in any possible sense of the words a person of Jewish parentage, nor has he been at any time in any possible sense of the words a person of the Jewish faith"

    ... which sounds like an open and shut case, but No!

    In a rather Dickensian twist, their appeal was (thankfully, IMHO) upheld as (I can only quote the judgement): "It is true that, on any possible construction of the clause Mr. Clayton was disqualified. But any possible construction is not the question: the actual construction must be certain: and as it is not the Appeal succeeds."

    So there you have it. Hope that's clear.

    [On her application form for ATA, Edna gave her religion as 'Protestant']

     Postings: 5FPP

     Described herself as an 'Artist' when emigrating to Kenya in Nov 1957 (and was either widowed or divorced at the time)

    d. 13 Aug 1970 - Nairobi, Kenya


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  • Clennell, Geoffrey James Ian

     M.209 First Officer  Geoffrey James Ian Clennell 
    flag england   b. 29 Oct 1912, Letchworth 4 Feb 1941 to 17 Jul 1941 




    m. 1934 Joan Ossory [Dunlop - she was an M.T. driver with the ATA from 20 Jul 1942 to 27 Jan 1943], 3 children

    prev. RAF Sep 1932 - Sep 1938 (Pilot Officer in 1934, promoted to Flt-Lt 8 Jun 1937); apprentice to Bentley Motors

    A test pilot in 1939.

    Address in 1941: 38 Richmond Hill Rd, Birmingham

    Suspended for 2 days in April 1941 for "aerobatics"

    "First Class pilot, very keen and hard-working. Occasionally has fallen down on small points of discipline."

    Resigned to join RAF

    d. 25 Feb 1942 when a Squadron Leader with 255 Sqn, RAFVR when crash landing Beaufighter II T3023 due to engine failure on final approach to RAF Coltishall.

    P/O Harold Vincent also died of injuries sustained in the same accident. 

    buried Scottow Cemetery

    Mrs Clennell wrote to Pauline Gower in May 1943, asking for help as she was "in very straightened circumstances."

    Pauline passed it on to the RAF Benevloent Fund, who were already paying for her elder son's education (£25 per term).

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  • Close, John

     M.468 First Officer   John Close

    flag scotland

     b. 27 May 1902, Kelvin Side, Glasgow 16 May 1941 to Oct-43 

     ata john close 3 1936

     ata john close 2 ata john close  ATA  

     m. Amy Clifford Florence

    prev. a bus driver for London Transport;

    Staff Sgt, Royal Artillery Sep-36 to Sep-38;

    RAF Link Trainer Instructor Feb-40 to May-40

    Address in 1941: 5 Fairway Terrrace, Muswell Hill, London N.10

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP

    "A difficult man to assess - proved himself equal to one emergency and yet has made silly mistakes when everything was going right."

    "A careful pilot of average ability. His progress has been marred by a long period of sickness."

    "Slow generally and judgement rather poor, but improved later and by working hard showed great progress... somewhat underconfident."

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  • Cobb, John Rhodes

     M.824 * First Officer  John Rhodes Cobb 
        b. 2 Dec 1899, Beddington  23 Sep 1942 to 30 Sep 1945

     ata john cobb 1924 1924



    Ed,. Eton, Trinity Hall Cambridge

    prev. a Produce Broker

    Address in 1924: The Grove, Esher, Surrey

    "An English racing motorist. He was three times holder of the World Land Speed Record, in 1938, 1939 and 1947, set at Bonneville Speedway in Utah, US. He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1947. He was killed in 1952 whilst piloting a jet powered speedboat attempting to break the World Water Speed Record on Loch Ness water in Scotland."


    d. 29 Sep 1952 - Loch Ness

  • Cochran-Odlum, Jacqueline (W.72)

     W.72  Flight Captain  Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cochran-Odlum
     flag usa   b. 11 May 1906  24 Jan-42 to Jul-42

     mini macr - jackie cochran



     prev. exp. approx 2,000 hrs ("These hours are reasonably accurate as my logbook was left in America") on "Fleet, Travel Air Trainer, Waco 210 Continental, Northrop Gamma, GB 750hp Cyclon, Beechcraft, Douglas DC-2, Douglas DC-3, Lockheed 12, 14 & Lodestar, and many light type aircraft."

    Jackie started her ATA Class 1 Training on 31 Mar 1942 and completed it on 1 Jun 1942, having flown Magister (8hrs 20min), Wicko (3hrs 55min), and Fairchild (8hrs 05min).

    d. 1980

    Well-known, and well-documented elsewhere:

    e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Cochran


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  • Cochrane, John Noble


    3rd Officer [Seconded from RAF]

     John Noble Cochrane
     flag england b. 31 Jan 1923, Newcastle on Tyne  5 Oct 1943 to 15 Apr 1945 

     ata john cochrane 1947 1947

       ATAM   ATAM  


    Father: Wilfred Theodore Claude Cochrane, Mother: Yseult Joan

    Ed. Eton, Magdalene College Cambridge

    prev. RAF Sep-42 to Oct-43

    Address in 1943: Edenmore, Stranolar, Co. Donegal, Eire

    Postings: 8FPP

    2 accidents, 1 his fault:

    - 1 Nov 1944, he landed his Spitfire VII with the tail wheel retracted, due to a technical fault [The Mk VII was the first Spitfire with a retractable tail wheel, btw] [The accident happened at Aldergrove, so I think this must be him, although the pilot is recorded as 'T.M Cochrane'];

    - 2 Mar 1945, he seriously injured a pedestrian, naval rating A M Ducker, while taxying in a Swordfish. His attention was distracted by a motorcyclist coming towards him.

    Address in 1947: 15 Alpha Rd, Cambridge

    m. 1952 Georgiana Elizabeth Fane de Salis [4 childen]

    He was a Development Engineer with Bristol Aeroplane Co. between 1947 and 1961, and was in the Scientific Civil Service at RAF Farnborough.



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  • Coe, Euclid W

     M.643  First Officer Euclid W. 'Ed' Coe 
     flag usa   b. 18 Jun 1912, Cleveland, TN 21 Jun 1941 to 21 Jun 1942 




    Father: John W. Coe, mother Retta [Hagler] both dec'd

    Ed. High School, Porterville, CA

    prev. Gas and Electric Welding; Mechanic. 1940-41 US Army Civilian Flyng Instructor in Albany, GA

    prev. exp. 1800 hrs

    Address in 1941: Main St., Richland Center, WI

    Postings: 3FPP, 6FPP

    Suspended for one day and fined £5 in Dec-41 for "failing to report to police on being posted to 3FPP", and then suspended for 2 days in Apr-42 for "low flying".

    One accident:

    15 May 1942, his Spitfire broke an undercarriage leg during a forced landing following a drop in oil and brake pressure. Not his fault.

    "A steady and reliable pilot and a good officer."

     m. 1943 Mildred Kathleen [Christie] from NY [2 children]

    Post-ATA, he joined RAF Ferry Command and was stationed in Nassau and Montreal, until 1946.

    Later a test pilot for Canadair, operator of a number of flight schools, and owner of ABC Rentals in Glen Falls, NY.

    d. 15 Oct 1990 - Glen Falls, NY (Age 78)


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  • Colby, Louise Marie Melina (W.48*)

     W.48 *  2nd Officer  Mrs Louise Marie Melina Colby
        b. 5 Dec 1910, Montreal Canada 1 Aug 1941 to 31 Dec 1941 

     louise colby 1936  RAeC 1936



    née Morin, father Alexandre Ovide Morin

    Educated at the Institut Normal Catholique Adeline Desir, Paris

    m. Oct 1931 in Woking, Surrey, William Marcus Colby, b. 1903, a Stockbroker (partner in Walter, Walker & Co. from 1933) :

    william marcus colby 1936

    They got their RAeC Certificates at the same time [and look, they had their photos taken in the same place!]

    Address in 1941: The Tile House, East Horsley, Surrey

    However, in 1941 she gave her next of kin as her sister, Mrs D. West, 666 Kensington Gardens, London W8.

    [William was in the RAF from December 1939 to August 1945]

    Postings: 5FPP

    She had one accident: 20 Nov 1941, at White Waltham, in Hart L7213 - "Unsuccessful forced landing after engine failure due to (1) incorrect cockpit drill prior to take-off and (2) failure to make quick survey of cockpit which would have revealed that main petrol cock was off."

    She was then off sick until the 2 Dec, returned briefly but then off sick again from the 9 Dec to the 17th.

    Contract Terminated 31 Dec 1941

    d. 1995, Surrey [William d. 1991]


  • Cole, Claude Porter

     M.---   Claude Porter Cole 

    flag usa

     b. 16 Oct 1903, Cumberland, Westchester Co., MS  28 Oct 1940 to Oct-41



    " A good hard-working and reliable pilot"

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  • Coles, John Leslie Courtenay

     M.170 2nd Officer John Leslie Courtenay Coles

    flag england

    b. 26 Aug 1905, London  19 Nov 1940 to  27 Jul 1941

     RAeC 1934 (Photo missing)      


    Ed. "Douai Abbey. Russia. USA"

    prev. RAF 1921-23; Signalman in Royal Corps of Signals 1924-26; Engineer Tool Maker; "Rough Rider"; Pilot for BOAC

    prev. exp. 200hrs

    m. Ivy Maude

    Address in 1940: Kim, Powercourt Rd, Barton-on-Sea, Hants

    Postings: 2FPP, 4FPP

    Off sick from 29 Apr to 20 May 1941 with 'nervous debility', and from 12 to 27 Jul 1941 with 'cellulitis of ankle'.

    Suspended for 3 days without pay for going AWOL in Jul 1941

    "A pilot whose flying ability and sense of judgement I have no great confidence in."

    "Has carried out the duties allocated to him satisfactorily."

    Contract Terminated 27 Jul 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons

    d. 24 Mar 1984 - Barnet, London

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  • Collinge, Alexander

     M.103 First Officer  Alexander Collinge 

    flag england

     b. 2 Jun 1906, Oldham Lancs  10 Jun 1940 to Apr-41 

      ata alexander collinge 1931      


    A Secretary in 1931

    In October 1933, he and his wife, and Mr. Gifford Hallam, made "a successful journey to Paris and return", and in 1934 he was a close runner-up to Alan Goodfellow in the Senior Landing Competition at Woodford.

    Address in 1940: Flat 39, Parrawood Court, Didsbury, Manchester

    Postings: 1FPP


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  • Collins, Harold James Whitfield

     M.552 * Flight Captain   Harold James Whitfield Collins
    flag england   b. 4 Oct 1896, Kings Nation Worcestershire 6 May 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 




    Lieut., 16th Gloucestershire Regiment, RFC and RAF in WWI

    Certificate of Commendation

    "On the 10th February, 1944, First Officer Collins was ferrying a Walrus when the engine failed completely over mountainous country. He landed it undamaged on a bend of the River Devron between high banks, and managed to moor it successfully."

    One accident, his fault:

    - 10th Oct 1942, Tomahawk AH806 was being flown to Catterick on a delivery flight so the aircraft could join No.1472 A.A.C.Flight. It landed at Dishforth at 13.15hrs with its undercarriage retracted and was slightly damaged.

    d. 5 Sep 1979 - Cannock, Staffs

  • Collins, Percival John

     M.629 2nd Officer   Percival John Collins
     flag england   b. 6 Feb 1912, Woolwich, London 26 Aug 1941 to Jan-42 


    ata percival collins  ATA



    prev. A Civil Servant

    janes hurricane

    d. 29 Jan 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane V7001 crashed into hillside during snowstorm at Pen-y-Cae nr Ruabon



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  • Colman, Alan Rees

     M.761  3rd Officer (Acting 2nd Officer) Alan Rees Colman 
      b. 3 Jan 1901, Norwich  8 Jul 1942 to Jan-43 

     ata alan colman 1932 1932



    6ft 3in tall;  educated at Eton and Cambridge

    A Director of the family firm, J&J Colman Ltd (Colmans Mustard)

    A very keen yachtsman; member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, and 'other local clubs'.

    prev. Army Reservist 1932 to 1942 (Major). He went on active service to France with the Norfolk Yeomanry in 1939, returning with the evacuation of Dunkirk.

    prev exp. 315 hrs. He had owned 3 aircraft:

    - G-ABCD, a 1930 Avian IVM;

    - G-ACTL, a 1934 DH Leopard Moth, and

    - G-AFBC, a 1937 Percival Vega Gull.

    Ferry Pool: No. 6

    On Aug 5, 1942, he wrote to Cmdr Bathurst from 'Gastlings, Southill, Biggleswade':

    "My dear Bathurst,

    I have been expecting to turn out the guard for you at Barton this past 10 days on one of your routine inspections but have been disappointed in that so far.

    This is a job to end all jobs as far as I am concerned and have enjoyed nothing so much in years: if you can kindly arrange to forget my existence until the winter afterwards it will be A1 by me!

    I have drawn Paull for Instructor and he is first class, as are, I shd think, most of your team here."

    He transferred to the Administrative Staff from 1 Dec 1942, as Assistant to the Chief Establishment Officer - essentially, a Personnel Officer, a job for which he was expected to be "occasionally flying".

    On the 1st January 1943 he wrote this set of 'Handling Notes':

    "Prima Donnas

    I venture to put forward for your consideration the suggestion that you should cause to be promulgated amongst O.C.s and Adjutants of this Organisation some technical instruction on the above subject - either orally or in writing.

    There is no dispute that the average pilot has more than the Human Average of Prima Donna Complex embedded in his temperament, and it appears probable that, more often than not, it will also be found that this Complex is highest in the best pilots and progresses geometrically with Anno Domini.

    The Prima Donna may be defined for this purpose as one who can perform desirable - or even remarkable - feats of virtuosity over almost indefinite periods, granted only that a favourable atmosphere is maintained around her by the thoughtful provisions of four opportunities:

    1. To exhibit Personality by indulging in a few little whims.

    2. To blow off steam about Everything to a Sympathetic and Untiring Ear.

    3. To receive occasional Encouragement or Praise.

    4. Never to be criticised - or, if this must be done once in a while, then to have it so well wrapped up in the Chinese or Irish Manner that she may get the Idea without loss of 'face'.

    It is undeniably a great nuisance to have to worry about such apparent trifles, especially in wartime, but the fact remains that our job is not to remake human nature, but to try to make the absolute best of the material that happens to be available, and I have a feeling, based on all too little experience admittedly, that we may sometimes be apt, in a natural attempt to produce a well-run and well disciplined show, to pay too little attention to the delicate art of handling our Prima Donnas.

    The recent Meadway incident seems to illustrate this. The Army have an excellent and wise tradition that no superior officer should come within striking distance of a soldier who is under the influence of alcohol: I seriously suggest that for at least 24 hours after landing an aircraft, a pilot - if he has any pride at all - will be feeling so low and bloody-minded that it will be well worth his Superior Officer spending a few seconds thought before coming within verbal striking range of him.

    ... During the four months I spent in E. and AFTS I served under two or three C.O.s and several adjutants, but I do not think any one of them ever took the trouble to find out anything about me as an individual (except possibly my name and flying record) and I suspect that much the same would be true of Meadway. The latter, as it happened, was an easy going type whom you could get anything out of round the the fire over a glass of ale, but practically nothing over the Orderly Room Table or on the Mat, and armed with this knowledge I still believe that ATA might have made a useful servant out of him."

    He went on to suggest that "O.C.s and adjutants be impressed with the need for knowing their personnel more intimately than they now do, and...for future appointments the quality of being a Good Mixer be designated a sine qua non for adjutants, and a Major Qualification for O.C.s."

     Sadly, he died shortly after in a bizarre accident:

    Hurricane II

    d. Sunday 17 Jan 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - in Hurricane II KX441 which made a normal landing at Sherburn, but struck a very wet patch and nosed over onto its back.

    Alan drowned, in about 18in of water, before he could be rescued.

    His obituary in the Eastern Daily Press concludes: "Generous, capable, and with the keenest zest for life and all its interests, throwing himself with all his varied gifts into all that he undertook, he inspired those around him to give also of their best. Only those who knew him well realised the depth and sincerity of his desire to help his fellow men, and his loss to those who knew him is an irreparable one."

    He was cremated in Leeds, and his ashes were scattered from an aircraft, piloted by Douglas Fairweather, flying over Southampton Waters on the 29th January.


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  • Coltman, Arthur Edward Henry


     M.214 Flight Captain  Arthur Edward Henry Coltman 
     flag england  b. 25 May 1906, Leicester  1 Jan 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata arthur coltman 1929 1929

     ata arthur coltman 1939 1939    


    Ed. Narborough School; Leicester Technical College

    m. 1932 Hilda [Hayward] (2 children before 1941)

    prev. Motor salesman, and then pilot for Taylorcraft Aeroplanes, Syston, Leics

    RAF Sergeant - Link trainer instructor, Jun-Dec 1940

    prev. exp. 153 hrs

    Address in 1941: 'Avion', 60 Edward Ave, Braunstone, Leicester (later 3 Derwent Ave, Streatley, Luton, Beds)

    Postings: 6FPP

    Instructor from Jan 1943

     with Suzanne Palmer Chapman (ATAM)


    3 accidents, 2 his fault:

    - 4 Apr 1941, he landed his Hurricane on grass instead of runway as instructed

    - 24 Feb 1942, swung to port and wingtip struck the ground, after partial engine failure

    - 8 Mar 1942, port undercarriage leg of his Hampden broke adrift on landing


    "A willing and hard working instructor who fits his present job better than he would a ferry pilot... his patience and placid temperament has undoubtedly been of great value in assisting backward pupils through the elementary stages of their training."


    d. Sep 1997 - Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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  • Combi, Umberto Anthony

     M.588  First Officer Umberto 'Anthony' Combi 
     flag italy 1861 1946 -  flag UK   b. 22 Jun 1902, Poona, India 1 Jul 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata anthony combi 1932 1932

     ata anthony combi ATA  ata anthony combi 1948 1948  


    Father Italian; [Anthony Combi served in the Italian Army 1890-1898], Mother British

    Ed. Cathedral High School, Bombay

    m. 1939 Catherine A [Groom]

    prev. Technical Adviser, the Combi Electric Co. Ltd, Slough, Bucks

    Address in 1941: 4 Hurstfield Drive, Taplow, Bucks

    Postings: 1FPP, A.M.F.

    "A very willing and hard working pilot. During this winter [1944-5] he has shown good ability and sound judgement. Discipline very good."

    Earlier, though, he did have a number of accidents for which he was held responsible:

    - 18 Sep 1942, he taxied a Spitfire into a starting trolley;

    - 23 Nov 1942, undershot a landing in a Blenheim;

    - 8 Jan 1943, piloting an Oxford, he accidentally knocked the main switches to 'on', and a ground crew member was injured when an engine fired when being turned over by hand, and

    - 15 Feb 1943, he failed to control the swing during takeoff in a Wellington and the aircraft skidded sideways.

    d. 1980, Harrow


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  • Conner, Clarence Bernard

     M.593  First Officer  Clarence Bernard Conner

    flag usa

    b. 21 Aug 1908, Charleston WV  2 Jun 1941 to Jun-42 



    Address in 1941: 1109½ Bigley Ave., Charleston

    Imprisoned for 10 days in 1932 for "Violation of the National Prohibition Act"

    prev. exp. 700 hrs over 11 years

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    Clarence sailed back to Montreal on the 8th June 1942, with his fellow American ATA ferry pilots James 'Whit' Ansley (M.511), Kenneth Fogelberg, Russell Gates, Russell Gibson,John Morrison, Nicholas Pickard,  William Ressegger, Clay Steffee, Stewart Updike, and Keith Williams.

    d. Dec 1974 - Columbus

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  • Cook, Arthur Harry

     M.976  2nd Officer Arthur Harry Cook 
     flag england  b. 29 May 1909 in Bletchley, Bucks  14 Jun 1943 to Jun-45 

     Arthur H Cook ATA 1932

     Arthur H Cook ATA2 ATA    


    Educated at Bletchley Grammar.

    In 1932, worked for Beacon Brushes Ltd, Bletchley; apparently, brush-making is Bletchley's oldest large-scale industry and Beacon Brushes was formed in 1926 by 'Jack Cook and his sons'. See http://www.discovermiltonkeynes.co.uk

    Arthur's father was called Arthur John Dennis Cook, but anyway by 1943 our Arthur was 'Works Manager and Joint Managing Director' of the firm, based at Church Farm, Wavendon, Bucks. Which is near Bletchley (that's enough mentions of Bletchley).

    Competed in the King's Cup in 1934 and 1935

    Although he had over 400 hrs flying experience before WWII, presumably due to a long lay-off from flying he joined as a Pilot Cadet. However, he progressed well ["a quiet and hard-working pilot... he has worked keenly and well and his discipline has been excellent]", and was appointed 3rd Officer in September 1943, then 2nd Officer in Jan 1944. 


    During his ATA career he flew 29 single- and twin-engine types.

    d. 1980



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  • Cook, Ernest

     M.7  Captain  Ernest 'Bertie' Cook

    flag england

     b. 12 Jan 1915, Colchester  7 Nov 1940 to Aug-45 

     ata ernest cook ATA      


    prev. RAF, Pilot Officer, Aug-1931 to Jun-40

    prev. exp. 260hrs

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP

    Deputy C.O. of 4FFP after Apr 1942

    1942 ata birdie cook plus2 bw5700 

    right, 1942 [with thanks to Nicholas Thomas]

    Off sick after a flying accident from 22 Apr to 1st Jul 1943

    "An excellent officer, who handles all duties assigned to him in an excellent manner."

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  • Cook, Gerald Victor


     M.183 Commander  Gerald Victor Cook OBE 

    flag england

     b. 14 Aug 1910, Alverstoke (Gosport) Hants  19 Aug 1940 to Jul-45 

      ata gerald cook 1935    ATAM    


    "The second son of the late A. W. Cook, C.I.E., I.C.S., of Calcutta, and Mrs. Cook, Willstead Lodge, Lee-on-Solent"

    prev. exp. 325hrs

    prev. RAFVR from 1935-7 (invalided out due to ill health)

    and, a Tea Broker

    O.C. No 7 Ferry Pool, Sherburn, from 22 July 1941

    "He is exceptionally keen, hard-working and competent as a pilot, but there has been some risk that he judges others by his own standards and drives his pilots too hard."

    ... although Brief Glory puts it rather differently: "But from the Pool Commander - who in most cases spent as much time in the air as his most junior pilot - downwards, everyone was happy."

    d. Jun 1958  - Surrey 

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  • Cooke, John Caister

     M.793 First Officer  John Caister Cooke 
       b. 26 Jan 1908, Spalding 16 Sep 1942 to Nov-45 

     ata john cooke 1938

     ata john cooke 2 ATA    ATAM  


    MA Oxon

    prev. a Maths Lecturer, Raffles College Singapore;

    Flt Lt. in the Malayan Volunteer Air Force, Sep-40 to Aug-42

    Postings: 3FPP, 7FPP, 16FPP

    "A sound pilot of good average ability who made rapid progress."

    later published several aeronautical engineering papers, e.g. "Supersonic laminar boundary layers on cones, (Aeronautical Research Council. Current papers, no. 1063)" (1969)

    d. Sep 1991 - Dover, Kent



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  • Coombs, Arthur Wesley

     M.47 * First Officer  Arthur Wesley Coombs 

    flag eire

     b. 21 Feb 1912, Tipperary  8 Apr 1940 to 30 Nov 1940 


    Father: Major Arthur Gundry Coombs MC [d. 1937]

    prev. Pilot Officer, RAFVR & Civil Service. DPO Ministry of Mines, Reading 1937-40

    4 May 1939, The Cornishman:


    Licensees duped by specious story.

    How the licensees of the Coach and Horses Inn, Breage. and the Godolphin Hotel. Marazion, were duped by a specious story was revealed at Helston, on Thursday, when Arthur Wesley Coombs, a young man. of Limetree House, Castle Crescent, Reading, was charged with obtaining £5 and £6 by false pretences from Mr. Wilfred Hope, licensee of the Coach and Horses Inn. Breage.

    There was a further charge against the accused of obtaining from Stanley Linscott Turner, of the Godolphin Hotel, Marazion, on January 27, £5 by means of a worthless cheque, with intent to defraud.

    Mr. Eric Thomas, who prosecuted, stated that on January 18 the accused called the inn and told Mr. and Mrs. Hope he was the owner of an air circus of six 'planes flying between Reading and Edinburgh, and made other statements which led Mr. and Mrs. Hope to believe he was a person of a certain amount of substance. He stayed at the inn as a boarder from January 28 to February 2. January 23 he borrowed £5 from Mr. Hope, giving a cheque obtained from a customer, changing the name of the bank to that of Bank of Scotland. The following day Mr. Hope lent him £6, and the same procedure was followed. On January 31 the cheques were returned marked "No funds."

    Accused pleaded "Guilty," and said he expected to have sufficient money to meet the cheques. As soon as he realised he was unable to clear them he sent Mr. Hope a payment on account. Mr. Thomas confirmed that Mr. Hope had received £4 from the accused. Accused asked the Bench to take the second charge into consideration when passing sentence. Accused pleaded ''Not guilty" to having obtained food and lodgings to the value of 19s. from Mrs. Hilda Hope, wife of the licensee, and the Bench dismissed the case. The Bench fined the accused a total of £12 including costs. The Chairman (Mr. 0. Rows), said the Bench had been influenced in their decision by the fact that accused was on the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and that he would be reporting for duty on May 1. They had strained a point in not depriving him of his liberty."

    Address in 1940: 14, Castle Crescent, Reading (Mother, Ellie Maud [Wesley] Coombs)

    Postings: 3FPP

    Contract Terminated (Disciplinary Reasons)

    Post-ATA, Arthur said he "worked for the Ministry of Aircraft Production, as a test pilot then as Chief Technical Officer, from 1939 until 1946". He then claimed to have been "General Manager of an aircraft company", and to have operated his own aircraft company from Croydon and Eastleigh.

    From 1954 he was employed first as a wine salesman and then as a driving instructor.

    In 1954, he was convicted of stealing a typewriter.

    In 1955, he was sent to jail for 18 months for fraud and theft, again involving dishonoured cheques.

    During his trial, "Mr Guy Willett submitted that the accused was a man who, having been extremely successful, could not believe his luck had changed."

    d. 1979 - Portsmouth 


  • Cooper, Geoffrey James


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Geoffrey James Cooper
     flag england  b. 8 Dec 1917, Worcester   10 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata geoffrey cooper

     ata geoffrey cooper 2 ATA    


    prev. Advertising, and RAF for 4 years



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  • Cooper, Howard Lee

     M.512  First Officer  Howard Lee Cooper

    flag usa

     b. 12 Apr 1914, Pesotum, IL 

    [Pesotum is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, named after

    an Indian warrior in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.]

    9 May 1941 to 21 Dec 1942 




    Father Ira Monto Cooper; mother Anna [Knapp] b. 1880 d. 1984

    m. Jul 1938 Kathryn Louise [Tudor]; 3 children

    ["Mr and Mrs Cooper took a honeymoon trip by plane, piloted by the former, who owns and operates a private ship."]

    prev. an Airport Manager

    prev. exp. 1369 hrs

    Address in 1941: Tuscola, IL

    Postings: 1FPP, 12FPP, 4aFPP, 16FPP

    Suspended for 7 days with loss of pay in Sep-42 for low flying over Carlisle.

    "A most reliable and willing pilot"; "A good pilot and very keen"


    Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons

    "Mr and Mrs Cooper celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception. They both farm."

    Briefly, their farm produced oil; however in 1965 the Decatur Herald said that only 2 of the 11 wells in Macon and Christian counties were still operating, and amongst them "Howard L Cooper's Long No. 2 was no longer profitable to operate. The pool in which it was located has been discovered less than 7 years."

    d. 24 May 1989, Evansville IL

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  • Cooper, William Raymond

     M.531  First Officer William Raymond Cooper 

    flag usa

     b. 6 Jun 1914, Prescott, AR  18 May 1941 to Mar-42




    prev. New Orleans Private Police. Service as Private Patrolman;

    National Guard - Army Sergeant

    Ground Instructor Aviator

    prev. exp. 380 hrs

    Postings: 3FPP, 15FPP

    Later flew 'The Hump' for CNAC - see CNAC Captain William Cooper


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  • Coopper, David John

     M.686  First Officer David John Coopper 
        b. 20 Apr 1915, Bristol 6 Jan 1942 to Nov-45 

     ata david coopper

     ata david coopper 2 ATA    



    prev. A clerk with WD & HO Wills, Bristol; RAFVR Sgt. Pilot 1937-41

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 8FPP

    "An extremely conscientious pilot"

    d. Apr 2000, Bristol


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  • Cordner, Jay Herald

     M.114 *  Flight Captain Jay Herald Cordner 

    flag usa

     b. 24 Jan 1893, Bethany Nebraska c.8 Sep 1940 to 2 Mar 1944 

     ata jay herald cordner 1936 1936      


    Military Service in WWI from 5 Jun 1917 to 19 Feb 1919 and 1924-27

    prev. a copper miner and farmer, then pilot; "he established and then flew an air-mail route from Kansas to Denver in the early 1920s"

     m. 1914 Judith M [Anderson], 2 children

    Address in 1930: District H, Denver, Colorado

    Shelton AG 4 Crusader

    In the mid-30s he was the pilot of the splendid "sub-stratosphere" Shelton AG-4 Crusader, which was expected to "Whiz-z-z to Paris" but the company folded in 1938 under securities fraud investigations before the Crusader could go into production.

    In 1940 they were living with her mother, and his brother-in-law's family in Pasadena, CA

    Sailed back to Montreal on the SS Tilapa on 19 Aug 1941, with fellow-pilot John Marine, on a vist to Pasadena. He said "I am sure the British will win. They have so much spirit and actual courage. Even during the height of a bomb raid, they will put on the tea pot for that 4 o'clock cup of tea."

    d. 2 Mar 1944 of natural causes at Prestwick, S Ayrshire, Scotland

    ata Jay Herald Cordner grave

    Buried Cambridge American Cemetery, England

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  • Corrie, Robert Arthur

     M.232 First Officer  Robert Arthur Corrie 

    flag england

     b. 18 Sep 1905, Maidstone 25 Sep 1940 to Dec-43 

     ata robert corrie ATA  ata robert corrie BG BG    


    "One-armed pilot and film actor" (Brief Glory)

    prev. exp. 300hrs (pre-war he was restricted to single-engine types, but also flew twins in the ATA).

    Postings: 1FPP

    "An excellent ferry pilot whose disability handicaps him surprisingly little.... inclined towards conceit, but this does not detract from his usefulness."

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  • Corsellis, Timothy John Manley

     M.625  2nd Officer Timothy John Manley Corsellis 
     flag england   b. 27 Jan 1921, Eltham, London 19 Aug to 10 Oct 1941 

     ata timothy corsellis  ATA



    Father: Douglas Henry Corselis, a Barrister-at-law:


    [Douglas died 1 Nov 1930 when his DH.60G Moth G-AAEI crashed and caught fire after he hit the perimeter fence on landing in fog at Stag Lane Aerodrome, Edgware.]

    Mother: Helen Mary [ Bendall], of Gaunt Mill, Standlake, Oxford

    Ed. Winchester

    prev. RAFVR pilot AC/2, LAC 11 Jul 1940 - 14 Feb 1941, based at Carlisle and Cranfield; Assistant ARP Organiser, Wandsworth

    prev. exp. 35 hrs in Magister, Oxford

    "The reason for my discharge from the RAF was my application to be drafted to a fighter squadron in order that I might avoid the possibility of being ordered to take part in indiscriminate bombing, which I would feel bound to disobey."

    [I suppose we should point out that the RAF only allowed its most promising pilots to go for fighter training.]

    The Town Clerk for Wandsworth Borough Council (one of his 'referees') said "He is a young man of considerable mental attainment and keen interest. His education at Winchester and work here should fit him for any appointment of responsibility and I have no hesitation in saying he will be thoroughly trustworthy"

    Having checked with the Air Ministry to ensure that he was not required by the RAF or for other duties, the ATA invited him for a flight test. The resulting assessment was, "Take-off: Good; General Flying: Poor; Approach and Landing: Fair. Nervous type. 15 hrs for Class 1, Doubtful for Class 2"

    Address in 1941: 2 Montague Gardens, London W1

    By 27 September, Timothy had completed his Class 1 Technical Course, training in Ground Navigation and Morse Code, and about 25 hrs flying in Magister, Moth and Tutor. He was rated as a pilot of average ability, "but he has made good progress."

    He was then cleared to fly Class 1 (light single-engine) aircraft.


    janes magister

    d. 10 Oct 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - on his 3rd ferry flight, from Luton to Carlisle, Magister L8286 crashed at Warmanbie House, nr Annan, Dumfries. 

    He died instantly, from a fractured skull, and inter-cranial haemorrage.

    There was "Insufficient evidence to determine the cause of the accident."

    Retired Colonel Charles Spencer, the resident of Warmanbie House, said, "I was at the east side of Warmanbie House, when an RAF plane flew over the house from about north-east at a low altitude. I then saw it make a sudden violent swerve towards the north-west and dive out of sight.... In my opinion the engine did not stop prior to the crash." However, other witnesses reported that the plane had circled "a number of times" and the engine did stop before the crash.

    Fellow pilot Percy Olieff also ferried a Magister from Luton to Carlisle that day, and had spoken to Timothy en route, at Sealand. "He told me he had stopped at Worcester to refuel, and I expressed surprise at this as the endurance of the Magister is about 3 hours. S/O Corsellis seemed to be jittery and on enquiry admitted that he had had a night out. I asked him why he had not been to see the Doctor, and he replied that he did feel all right."

    His body was cremated in Oxford on 15 October 1941, and his ashes were scattered from an ATA Anson over heath land between Oxford and Kemble.


    "November 7th 1941

    Dear Captain Kiek,

    It was good of you to let me come to White Waltham - it comforted me to know that Timothy must have been happy in that atmosphere of efficiency & inspiration & aliveness.

    I shall not forget how wonderfully patient & sympathetic you were - it was a hateful job for you to have to do but you did it perfectly and I do thank you.

    I think it had to be, with Timothy - I felt sure the moment he started flying - just as I felt sure with his father.

    I am thankful he was spared any agony.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Helen Corsellis"


    The £2,000 insurance claim was paid to his mother Helen on 13 Apr 1942.


    Oxford DNB: "As with so many servicemen poets of the period, Timothy Corsellis first had his work published by the admirable Keidrich Rhys, himself serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. It belongs to the group of air force poets who include Henry Treece, John Pudney, and Vernon Watkins, while remaining distinctive and troubling. An edition of his collected poems has never been published. Corsellis's originality lies in his ability to reveal youthful disappointment with what was offered him. Barely grown up, and lacking his friend Weir's strong sense of cause, he wrote poetry that is a severe indictment of the grim world into which the war cast him.

    Sometimes we pray to be hardened and callous,
    But God turns a deaf ear,
    And we know hate and sorrow—intimately,
    And we do not mind dying tomorrow.
    (Corsellis, ‘Dawn after the Raid’, Poems)"

     Wikpedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Corsellis

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  • Cotter, David George Sinclair

     M.439  Flight Captain David George Sinclair Cotter MBE 

    flag england

     b. 18 May 1913, Leicester  16 May 1941 to Dec-45

     ata david cotter 1945


     Ed. St Paul's, London

    RAF Short Service Commission, terminated 1933 due to ill health

    Company Commander in the Home Guard May-40 to Jan-41

    prev. Aircraft Inspector for Fairey Aviation, Hayes.

    "A sound and smart officer who is a great asset to the ATA"

    He was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for his part in the rescue of the crew of a returning operational Halifax III of No. 420 Squadron, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R. A. Kalle which, having been damaged during a sortie over Normandy, overshot the runway and caught fire at White Waltham on the 30th July 1944.

    The full list of those commended was:

    - pilots David Cotter (M.439), Reginald Davidson (M.918), Marvin Dunlavy (M.408), Alan Murray (M.1053);

    - Fire Officer D Baldwin, 

    - Senior Flight Engineer Kenneth Payne, Engineer Second Officer Albert Gardner, Engineer Third Officer John Gulson, Engineer Second Officer Francis Lees, Engineer Third Officer Donald Soutter,  and

    - Mr J.J. Thompson.

    He was also awarded an MBE. The citation reads "An aircraft crashed on landing and burst into flames. Despite the fire and the bombs on board, which subsequently exploded, the crew, five of whom were seriously injured in the crash, were extricated... First Officer Cotter gave invaluable help in getting the Rear-Gunner out of his turret, which had become jammed. The man was unconscious, lying partly in the turret and partly in the rear of the fuselage. While others worked on the turret from the outside, Cotter, finding the turret could not be swung back, entered the fuselage, after forcing the normal entrance. The starboard wing was blazing fiercely and the heat was so intense that the starboard elevator burst into flames. It was then found necessary to remove the gunner’s flying equipment before those outside could extricate him safely... Cotter showed great courage without thought for his own safety."


    d. 2003, Surrey

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  • Cotton, Ralph Douglas

     M.9  First Officer  Ralph Douglas Cotton 
    flag england b. 15 Feb 1908, Hendon  11 Sep 1939 to Jun-41 


    A Bank Clerk in 1927; RAF Flying Officer 1928-30

    m. Emily Mary Rawstron in May 1938: "The many Bedford sportsmen who remember R. D. Cotton, the Old Modernian, will wish him well in his married life. Last week Mr. Cotton married Miss E. M. Rawstron, of St. Anne’s, Lancashire, at the Parish Church, Lytham St. Anne’s.

    Ralph Douglas Cotton, who is a flying and physical training instructor, played Rugby football and cricket for the Bedford Modern School about twelve years ago, and was also prominent as an athlete. In the Public Schools Championships in 1926 he won the pole-vault challenge cup at nine feet, and four years later he pole-vaulted for England.

    On leaving school Cotton’s prowess as a centre-threequarter was soon recognised by the Town Club. He played many fine games for the Blues and also for the East Midlands. On moving north he won a place in the Lancashire fifteen. He has also played for the Royal Air Force, and is at present a member of the Fylde R.U.F.C. He is a member of the Blackpool and Fylde Aero Club.

    Mr. Cotton is the only son of the late Mr. J. B. Cotton, and of Mrs Cotton, 16 St. Leonard’s Road, Marton. His wife comes of a well-known St. Anne’s family, being the third daughter of Mr. Arthur Rawstron. Alpha House, St. Andrew’s South. Mr. and Mrs. Cotton will live at Old Farm House, Little Poulton, Poulton-le-Fylde."

    [Contract Terminated by ATA 7 Jun 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons]

    Flying Instructor in Egypt post-WWII 

    Landlord of the Golden Cross Hotel, Marlbrook, near Bromsgrove in 1956 and of the Old Cock Hotel, Halifax, in 1961.

    d. Jan 1986, Bedford 

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  • Couser, Archibald Campbell


    3rd Officer 

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Archibald Campbell Couser 
     flag scotland b. 5 Jan 1920, Falkirk  7 Sep 1943 to 17 Aug 1944 


      Falkirk Herald    


    Father: Archibald Couser

    prev. Post Office Telephone Engineer; RAF (LAC)

     Address in 1944: 75 High Pleasance, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

     Postings: 5TFPP

    One accident, not his fault

    - 9 Feb 1944, his Magister was in a "slight collision in mid-air" with another Magister, denting the ends of his propeller.

     "A very keen and alert type who has, on the whole, shown average progress and ability although he is a little inclined to rush himself at times in his enthusiasm."

    janes airspeed oxford

     d. 17 Aug 1944 (age 24) as a passenger in Oxford PH235, piloted by First Officer Thomas Frank Thompson (M.841).

    Ferrying from Airspeed's factory in Portsmouth to 44 MU Edzell, Angus, Scotland; for an unknown reason (possibly hitting HT cables), the aircraft dived into the ground at about 17:30 near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

    The other passenger, Third Officer John Douglas Dale (M.968) was also killed.


    Buried 22 Aug 1944 in Camelon Cemetery, Falkirk: Sec 12 Grave 662. 


    "Killed on Active Service in Cheshire, Eng."

    Dearly Beloved Son of


    The Above


    Died 28th Oct. 1947, 

    Aged 58 Years.

    Also the above


    Died 5th Jan. 1980

    Aged 85 Years


    "Mr and Mrs Archibald Couser, 75 High Pleasance, Falkirk, received official intimation last week that their only son, Third Officer Archibald Campbell Couser, Air Transport Auxiliary, had been killed on active service.

    Third Officer Couser, who was 24 years of age, a native of Falkirk and a former pupil of Falkirk High School. On leaving school, he obtained employment in the telephone engineering department of Falkirk Post Office, and continued in that until he proceeded to service with the Royal Air Force in May of last year. In September last he was transferred to the Air Transport Auxiliary. Since his lamented death, his parents have received many letters offering condolences in their bereavement, including one from Sir Stafford Cripps, Minister of Aircraft Production, who wrote: “His work for the Air Transport Auxiliary was, as you know, extremely important to our war effort, and we can ill afford to lose such a valuable pilot and officer as your son had proved himself to be. His loss will be greatly felt by all his colleagues."

    Mr A. H. Brown, telephone manager of the South- West Telephone Area, also wrote expressing regret, adding that Third Officer Couser had held the respect and esteem ‘of all his colleagues in the department and that he was of an extremely zealous and industrious nature, and would undoubtedly have had a successful career in the Post Office. Sympathy from the High School was expressed in a letter from the rector, Mr A. C. Mackenzie. In civil life, Third Officer Couser’s chief interest outside of his work was music. He was an accomplished pianist, and was associated as such for some time with the Imperial Dance Band. He was also fond of swimming and skating." Falkirk Herald - Saturday 26 August 1944


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  • Coutanceau, Henri Rene Paul

    M.---- *


    [Seconded from RAF]

    Henri Rene Paul Coutanceau
       + flag UK b. 5 Aug 1921, Ganges, France c. 1 Jul 1943 to 12 Feb 1944




    Father: Dr. Jean Leon Maurice Coutanceau, a GP and regional Medical Officer for the Railway Company PLM (Paris-Lyons-Mediterranée); Mother: Madeleine Jeanne [Goiran], of  236 Royal Road, Rose Hill, Mauritius

    Ed. Royal College of Mauritius, Curepipe

    On 4 Mar 1942, Henri sailed to the UK from Mauritius to join his brother Maurice Coutanceau in the RAF, first as Radio-Observer, then as an Airfield Controller.

     Postings: IFTS


     m. 1945 in Westminster, Paula D (3 children)

    Post-WWII, studied in Australia to became a Medical Practitioner; lived in Heathcote St, London WC1 in 1956, and emigrated to Australia in Nov 1958


    d. 4 Jan 2004 - Balwyn, Victoria

    Commemorated at Templestowe Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, Victoria

    * File not seen

  • Coutanceau, Maurice Gaston Emile


    Pilot Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

     Maurice Gaston Emile Coutanceau


    flag UK

     b. 23 Feb 1920, Montpellier, France 20 Nov 1942 to 26 Oct 1943 


     3 Mar 1942


    as an RAF pilot 1941-2


    Flying an Airspeed Oxford, 1941-2



    Father: Dr. Jean Leon Maurice Coutanceau, a GP and regional Medical Officer for the Railway Company PLM (Paris-Lyons-Mediterranée); Mother: Madeleine Jeanne [Goiran], of  236 Royal Road, Rose Hill, Mauritius

    His younger brother, Henri Coutanceau, also joined the ATA, but did not progress beyond 'Cadet'.

    Ed. Royal College of Mauritius, Curepipe; Loughborough College, Shrewsbury(?)

    "He ended his studies in 1938, having been partly handicapped by asthma." - Henri Coutanceau


     m. Aug 1942 at St Laurence Church, Upminstrer, Essex, Pauline Doris [Weston]

    prev. exp. 115 hrs on Tiger Moth, Oxford, Whitley

    Sailed to the UK after the fall of France in 1940

    Flt-Sgt, RAF from 23 Jan 1941 to 19 Nov 1942 (Pilot Officer from 1 Sep 1943)

    Address in 1943: 19 Claremont Gardens, Upminster, Essex

    Postings:  3FPP


    This photo was taken by his brother Henri, only a few weeks before Maurice's death:

      Ferrying a Wellington from Broughton to Dumfries, Sep 1943


    Hurricane II

    d. 26 Oct 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane IIc LE262 struck hillside at Flatfell, Kinniside Cleator, Cumberland, 10 miles E of St Bees Head, in bad weather 

    buried St Laurence Church, Upminster, Essex


    This commemorative plaque was placed in the church on 7 Apr and

    dedicated at the parish mass on 14 May 2000"

    - Henri Coutanceau and Alfred Ellis



     "Writtle Land worker bereaved.

    Mrs Pauline Coutanceau, of Claremont Gardens, Upminster, of the Essex Women's Land Army, has received notification that her husband, Pilot-Officer Maurice Coutanceau. has been killed on active service. Pilot-Officer Coutanceau came from Mauritius early in the war to join the R.A.F and met Miss Pauline Weston, who was then in the W.L.A. at Writtle. They were married in August, 1942. The young wife continued in the W.L.A., in which she enrolled at the age of 17 in 1940. In training at the Writtle Institute she specialised in horticulture, and is employed by Mr. Lawrence Taylor, of Galleywood."Chelmsford Chronicle - 19 Nov 1943

     "Maurice had been interested in both aviation and photography since he was a small boy. Not long before he left Mauritius to join the RAF, on the 5th and the 22nd November in 1940 he had given two talks on the local Radio Station in Mauritius, one entitled 'Photography Through the Ages', and the other on
    aviation entitled 'Commercial and Test Flights'.

    There is also a plaque with Maurice's name on it in the French Protestant Church in Soho Square, London, commemorating the French Protestant (Huguenot)
    Servicemen who died in action during the Second World War." - Henri Coutanceau


    Pauline re-married in 1951


    ** with huge thanks to Maurice's niece Suzanne, who kindly shared many documents and photos of her father Henri, and her uncle Maurice.

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  • Cowan, Willard Edwin

     M.660 * First Officer   Willard Edwin Cowan
    flag canada

     b. 8 Jan 1898, Wentworth, Ontario,

    but travelled to UK in Jun 1919 as a 21 yr old student, and again in 1922.

     25 Nov 1941 to 30 Nov 1945




    m. 1919 Patricia Jessie [Hamilton]; 5 children (inc. Patricia b. 1919, Mary b. 1923, Lenora b. 1924)

    RAF May 1923 - 29 Nov 1927

    Portsmouth Evening News, 6 May 1925:


    Expensive Outfit.


    How a young Canadian, and Flying Oflicer, aged 27, found himself in difficulties, and eventually had recourse to money lenders, was told to the Winchester Bankruptcy Court yesterday, when Willard Edwin Cowan appeared for his public examination in bankruptcy.

    His liabilities were stated to be £420, and his assets nil, and he alleged that his difficuties were caused by illness in his family and injuries to himself by a flying accident in Irak, having caused his expenditure to exceed his pay.

    Flying Officer Cowan stated that he was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army in December. 1910, came to England, and in June 1917 obtained a commission, and was transferred to the Royal Naval Air Force. He served in the war until December, 1919, when he received a gratuity of £150 and returned to Canada.

    For a time he was out of employment, but subsequently obtained clerical work. In September 1922 he returned to England, was for a time without employment, living on money he had saved whilst in Canada and proceeds from the sale of furniture.

    In July 1923 he joined the Royal Air Force in which he holds a commission as Flying Officer, receiving pay at the present time amounting to £450 a year. When in Irak his total pay was £55 a month, and had he continued to receive this he could have met his liabilities.

    Married in 1917, his wife had five children. He had been living beyond his means, mainly due to the illness of his wife and family, and in order to meet pressing claims has been borrowing from moneylenders and others. He had known he was insolvent since July 1924.

    Replying to the Assistant Official Receiver, debtor said that in one instance when he negotiated a loan for £30 with a moneylender he actually received £27 in cash, paying £3 commission for the introduction.

    Examining debtor on his bills, the Assistant Receiver commented the items that "four shirts. £2 12s.; hat, £3 13s. 6d.; flannel trousers, 2 guineas” seemed rather extravagant, and debtor agreed, but said that he ordered a complete outfit from the firm, who had only one price. and he was not in a position to pay cash. 'This bill was increased subsequently to £200 and he had paid £56 15s. off it. 

    Debtor intimated his willingness to set aside £5 a month from his pay, and the examination was closed, subject to the signing of the notes."

    m. 1982 Ellen E [Harris]

    d. 4 Aug 1990, Luton

  • Cowdry, Roland Harry

     M.992 2nd Officer  Roland Harry Cowdry 
     flag england b. 3 Oct 1919, London   12 Jul 1943 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata roland cowdry MAMM




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  • Cramer, Leonard Wright

     M.177 First Officer  Leonard Wright Cramer 

    flag usa

     b. 2 May 1906, Fulton NY 3 Aug 1940 to Oct-41 


    ata leonard cramer 1929 1929

    from http://jeffmichaels.org/?p=252, which has a full biography



    Father: Frank I Cramer

    Ed.: 4 yrs High School, 1 yr Cornell University

    m. 1929 Vida Pearl [Hewes, divorced, later Dolamore]

    prev. a Commercial Pilot. Manager of Oneida Airport.

    He had to swim a mile and a half after his seaplane crashed following engine failure and then an engine fire, at Onodaga Lake, Syracuse , N.Y. in Jun 1930.

    Address in 1940: Baldwinsville, NY

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP

    He was commended for his forced landing after an engine failure in a Short Scion on 8 Dec 1940, but blamed for another forced landing in a Fairey Battle when he continued a flight in failing light and bad weather on 5 Jan 1941.

    Seconded to Atfero 20 Mar 1941

    Contract Terminated 31 Oct 1941

    d. 8 Jan 1945 - Port of Spain, Trinidad, in Martin M-130 'China Clipper' of Pan American Airways.which crashed while landing in darkness. 10 of the 13 crew, and 13 of 17 passengers died in the accident.


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  • Crane, Allen Albert

     M.--- 2nd Officer  Allen Albert Crane 

    flag usa

     b. 1 Jul 1905, Redding, CA  7 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata allen crane 1940 1940      


    m. 1938 Clara [Gregory]

    prev. a Commercial Pilot; "he has been flying for the last 10 years as a hobby", then an Instructor in the civil aeronautics authority student programfor the last six months.

    Address in 1940: 869 N Idaho St, San Mateo CA

    ATA Contract Terminated 12 Sep 1940 - Inefficiency

    d. 2 May 1994 - San Diego CA


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  • Craven, George


     3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    George Craven 
     flag england   b. 4 Mar 1914, Keighley, Yorks 14 Jul 1944 to Apr-45 




    Lived at: 26 James Place, Edinburgh with wife Sadie

    prev. a worsted spinner

    Postings: 4FPP, 5FPP, 16FPP

    "His progress was slow... he showed a tendency to let things drift and not take action to remedy faults quickly."

    At 16 Ferry Pool, he spent 1 month ferrying and he carried out his duties "satisfactorily."

    d. Sep 1959  - Worth Valley, Yorks



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  • Crawford, Milford Kenneth

     M.392 2nd Officer  Milford Kenneth Crawford 
     flag usa  b. 11 Nov 1910, Kalamazoo, Michigan  20 Mar to 31 Jul 1941




    Father: Jollie George Crawford, a Credit Manager for Peoples Outfitting Co; Mother: Marie A [Ramstain]

    Ed. Southwestern High School, Detroit; Detroit College of Law

     m. 8 Aug 1936 in Detroit, Genevieve 'Grace' R [Magalikski] (d. 2002)

    prev. Sewing Machine Dept of Sears Roebuck, Detroit

    prev. exp. 525 hrs

      Draft card, dated 16 Oct 1940

    Address in 1941: 10200 Lakepointe Ave, Detroit, Michigan

     Postings: 6FPP

     1 accident, his fault:

    - 12 Jun 1941, a heavy landing in a Hurricane after an error of judgement


    Contract Terminated - "Inefficiency"

     Lieut in US Navy, 19 Jul 1943 to 22 Jun 1947

    Still flying in 1948 - he and his passenger escaped unhurt after he crashed a twin-engined plane at the Municipal Airport, Jackson MI, after "both motors quit as he was circling the field"


    d. 29 Sep 1986 - Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

    Buried at Mount Olivet CemeteryEastwoodKalamazoo CountyMichigan


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  • Cremonini, Guy Alan

     M.296  2nd Officer (Acting First Officer) Guy Alan Cremonini 
    flag england b. 6 Jul 1917, Birmingham  25 Mar 1941 to Mar-42 

     ata guy cremonini ATA



    prev. RAFVR Jan-39 to Feb-40 (Sgt Pilot, OTC)

    [Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Temperamentally unsuited']

    'A highly nervous pilot whose sense of judgement does not seem to be very steady. He is keen, but in the four months at [Ratcliffe] Pool he has consistently taken longer to complete jobs than other pilots.'

    Changed surname to 'Jordon' (his mother's maiden name) in 1944

    d. 1977

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  • Crews, Willie Amos

     M.---  2nd Officer  Wille Amos Crews

    flag usa

    b. 11 Feb 1912, Lawrenceburg, TN  5 May 1941 to 27 Jul 1941 

     ata willie crews ATA



    Father: Walter Brown Crews, Mother: Annie Mae

    Ed. Kerser High School

    m. 1935 in Arkansas Bertha Christine [Johnson] (an 'FAA licensed Pilot')

    prev. a commercial pilot (Delta, Finkles Bros) flying instructor and crop dusting

    Address in 1941: 1201, W Ash St., Blytheville, Arkansas

    Contract Terminated - Medical Reasons. "This pilot was found to be sufferng from syphilis, which he contracted before he left the USA, and received treatment in this country. This condition was too far developed to permit flying activities."

    "He should never have been enrolled."

    later Capt in US Air Transport Command 1942-1946

    d. 20 Mar 1974 (Age 62) - Los Angeles

     ata willie crews grave

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  • Crim, Omar William

     M.212  2nd Officer  Omar William Crim

    flag usa

     b. 4 Aug 1904, Bucyrus OH 29 Nov 1940 to 24 May 1941


    ata omar crim

    via Alisa Scott



    Father John Bennett Crim [d. 1932, Charleston WV], mother Mathilda (b. 1878 in Germany, family emigrated to USA in 1881)

    Ed. Public School, Charleston

    prev. Trooper, WV State Police 1929-32; motor mechanic, pilot

    m. 1934 Hazel Gaye [Roberts] [d. 1985]

    Adress in 1940: 1407½ Jackson St, Charleston WV

    Travelled from St. Johns to Liverpool on the SS 'Nova Scotia' with fellow pilots Edmund Jarrett, Kenneth Douglas, Kenneth Seeds, Robert Vinson and Edwin Whittington.

    Postings: 6FPP

    He joined a Mr. Hubert M Covert in setting up 'Flight School Inc.' an air taxi, cargo and ambulance service, at Clark Field nr. St Albans, WV, in Nov 1954.

    Crim Omar W 1978 News pg1

    d. 31 Jul 1987, Charleston WV

    Cumberland Times News - February 9, 1989, Cumberland, Maryland:

    "Scholarship Established At University
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -The West Virginia University Foundation has received nearly $80,000 from the estate of a Charleston aviator to establish a scholarship in his name.
    Omar W. Crim, a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, died July 31, 1987, at the age of 82. He was one of the oldest active airplane pilots in West Virginia. Those eligible for assistance from the Omar W. Crim Scholarship Fund are the winners of the Spaatz Award,
    which is presented by the Civil Air Patrol of West Virginia. The highly prestigious award is named in honor of Carl Spaatz, a pioneer in aviation. Any recipient of a $3,000 per year Omar W. Crim Scholarship must attend WVU.

    Crim began flying in the late 1920s and made his first solo flight in 1933. After World War II, he returned to Charleston where he operated
    Clark Field for several years. Later, he flew charters and gave flight instruction as a pilot at Kanawha Airport (now Yeager Airport).

    Crim worked as a pilot from 1972-74 for Eagle Coal & Dock Co., Aviation Division. He then served as safety director. With his wife Hazel, now
    deceased, Crim operated a weekend sightseeing service offering flights over the Kanawha Valley.

    Under the terms of the fund, half of the yearly scholarship amount will be paid at the beginning of the academic year. The remainder will be paid at the beginning of the second semester providing the recipient maintained a 2.5 grade point average during the preceding term. The WVU Foundation is a private corporation which serves as the fund raising arm of the  University. The Foundation also is the administrative organization for those funds."

    Thanks to Alisa Scott for her research

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  • Cripps, Derek Arthur Rivers

     M.491  Flight Captain Derek Arthur Rivers Cripps 
     flag england  b. 17 Jun 1905, London   10 Jun 1941 to Nov-45

     ata derek cripps 1928 1928

     ata derek cripps ATA  ata derek cripps 1946 1946  


    ed. Malvern College - OTC Private 1919-22

    prev. with Turner, Adamant Engineering Co, Dallow Lane, Luton

    Postings: 1FPP, 5FPP, 6FPP, 7FPP

    In Apr-43 he was posted to AFTS as an instructor: "A hard working & keen officer who had the making of a good instructor, but unfortunately, he apparently felt the work too much of a mental strain and he made application to revert to ferrying."

    m. "Barbara Petronella Bowyer Or Reid" (also of the ATA) in Dec 1946


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  • Critchley, Charles Brian

     M.578  First Officer  Charles Brian Critchley
     flag england   b. 14 Apr 1917, St Annes on Sea, Lancs  19 Jun 1941 to Nov-42

     ata charles critchley ATA



    prev. Fleet Air Arm Feb-39 to Sep-40;

    A Cotton salesman for C Tattersall & Co, Manchester

    d. Mar 1943, Hatfield?


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  • Crossley, Fidelia Josephine (W.27)

     W.27  2nd Officer

    Fidelia Josephine 'Delia' Crossley

    Mrs Schubert

    flag england

    b. 1 Jun 1905, Altringcham Cheshire  16 Dec-40 to Jan-42 

      RAeC 1930      



    0370-0014a - Delia Crossley

    0312-0097a - Fidelia in KC

    The daughter of Sir Kenneth Irwin, 2nd Baronet Crossley, Chairman of the Crossley Car and Engineering companies in Manchester.

    In 1919, the Crossley family moved to Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire and her father held the offices of High Sheriff and Justice of the Peace for Cheshire. These days, although it continues in private ownership, Combermere Abbey ‘welcomes visitors in groups or on specific days by appointment’. It has been described as ‘one of the most romantic places in Europe’ .

    Gained her pilot’s licence in 1930. She only competed in the King’s Cup once - in 1931, when she was the only woman competitor to finish, a gallant 20th out of the 21 finishers (another 20 dropped out on the way, don't forget).

    August 1931 found her in Dublin; "Among the visitors was one who deserved especial mention, and that was the intrepid Miss Crossley, who put up such a fine show in the recent King's Cup race. She flew the long way round, and is now continuing to tour the country."

    In 1932, she visited India, where "we hear she has been doing a considerable amount of flying." In fact, she competed in the Viceroy Cup (India's version of the King's Cup) with 5 other English pilots and 6 from India.

    She also competed in several other races and gatherings, e.g.

    • Ladies event at Reading (May, 1931) - the other competitors were Amy Johnson, Pauline Gower, Dorothy Spicer, Gabrielle Burr (Patterson), Susan Slade, and Winifred Spooner - a historic gathering indeed.

    • London-Newcastle, August 1932, in Comper Swift G-ABUA; finished 11th of 18
    • Yorkshire Tophy Race, September 1932 (not placed);
    • Heston-Cardiff, October 1932, also in Comper Swift G-ABUA; finished 3rd of 9
    • the second 'Bienvenue Aerienne' in France (July 1934)

    0370-0005a - C Grey Delia Connie  0370-0029a - Delia and friend

    Delia with C C Grey (editor of 'The Aeroplane'), Mrs Grey, Connie Leathart and others.

    She also entered her Comper Swift in the 1932 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start, and seems to have retired from air racing in 1935.

    On the outbreak of WWII, Delia became an ambulance driver for the London County Council, but then applied for a job as a ferry pilot for the ATA. She started as a Second Officer on the 16th December 1940, but suffered a bout of 'corozyia' (presumably coryza, i.e. catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose) which kept her out for 6 weeks in October/November 1941, so that she didn't complete her training and start at a Ferry Pool until December 1941.

    A few weeks later, on the 11th Januuary 1942, she had an accident in a Hurricane; when landing in bad weather, she overshot and went through a hedge. She was considered to be at fault, having 'persisted too far in bad weather and had to land in conditions which were too difficult for her', and her contract was terminated a couple of weeks later.

    She married Geza O Schubert in September 1949.

    0022-0001a - G-AAKC

    Fidelia’s de Havilland D.H. 60G Gipsy Moth G-AAKC (seen here behind G-AACY) was first registered in July 1929, and she bought it from Malcolm Campbell Ltd, the Moth distributors for the UK. She eventually passed it to her father, and it was then sold in South Africa in 1937.

    Her Comper Swift was first registered in February 1932 to  J D M Gray, and she sold it to Arthur H Cook (q.v.). It ended up in Indonesia.

    d. c.1980

    ... and there's a splendid page about 'Combermere's Pioneering Aviatrix Delia Crossley' here, written by the archivist at Combermere Abbey.

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  • Crossley, Winifred Mary (W.4)



    Flight Captain

    Mrs Winifred Mary 'Winnie' Crossley

     flag england

     9 Jan 1906, St Neots.  1 Jan 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

    RAeC 1934



    nee Harrisson

    Her father was a G.P. Dr. Ernest  Henry Harrisson and they lived at 'The Priory' and/or 'The Shrubbery', St Neots. He was famous for bringing the St Neots [Miles] quadruplets into the world in 1935.

    She had an older brother [John Ernest McRae], a  twin sister [Daphne Louisa], a younger brother George Granville, and a younger sister Muriel (b. 1912).

    Educated at Burchett House, Dorking

    m. Sep 1926 James Francis 'Frank' Crossley. In 1930 they lived in Mallowry, Riseley, N. Beds.

    They had 1 child, John James, b. 1929 (he apparently "often flew with her.") **

    ata winifred and daphne harrisson The Tatler, 1935

    prev. exp 1866 hrs on 'most single engine types; slight knowledge of twins'.

    Owned a DH Gyspy Moth I in 1935. Learnt to fly at the Norfolk and Norwich Aero Club.

    prev. performed aerobatics with CWA Scott's 'Flying for All' Aerial Circus:

    winifred crossley 1936

    Mrs. Crossley, the Display's lady aerobatic pilot, with Master Rice (whose father deals with the publicity) and the Hillson-Praga Baby monoplane.  [Flight, Apr 1936)

    3 Sep 1936: (Flying for All) "Mrs. Winifred Crossley provides one of the most amazing features of the display. She is the first woman acrobatic pilot, and although she has only been flying for two years she has reached a surprisingly high standard."

    ... then the only woman pilot for Air Publicity Ltd, Heston from 1936, towing advertising banners; for example, in July 1937 she flew over Whitehall towing a banner reading "Give All Civil Servants Pensions".

    Lived in Gamlingay, Beds from 1932-39. Represented Bedfordshire at lawn tennis.

    Address in 1940: Newhaven Court Hotel, Cromer, Norfolk

    4-engine (Class 5) pilot

    Postings: Hatfield, 5FPP, 9FPP, 6FPP, 4FPP

     1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

    "General Conduct: Average. Qualities of Leadership: Not markedly good. A pleasant and amiable person who is friendly and helpful to her less experienced colleagues."

    "Has now cultivated a sense of responsibility. Very reliable pilot."

    ata winifred and joan 1940  with Joan Hughes in 1940


    In 1944 Norman Whitehurst wrote: "A smooth and polished pilot. She is apprehensive of poor weather to an extraordinary degree for such an experienced and good pilot. Discipline is fair and her influence, which is considerable, is not perhaps always in the best interests of the unit. She has lately shown improvement in this respect. She is at all times an amiable person of great charm and is extremely kind-hearted."

    ata winnie and peter fair ELC

    Separated from her first husband Frank; in 1943 she married Canadian airline captain Peter Cleugh Fair, later General Manager of BOAC-owned Bahamas Airways in Nassau.

    Daily Record - Thursday 09 September 1943: "FLYING ROMANCE. Mrs. WINIFRED CROSSLEY, one of Britain’s finest women fliers, is spending a golfing holiday in Ayrshire with her fiance, Captain P. C. Fair, of British Airways. Slim, dark-haired, she is the daughter of the late Dr. E H Harrison, who brought the St. Neots quads into the world. She flew milk for the quads from London daily during the first weeks of their life. Captain Fair, who has been flying for 18 years, says that his bride-to-be is a better pilot than himself. She has done 4,000 flying hours, probably far more than any other woman in the world."

    Peter Cleugh Fair (b. 18 May 1906 in Ontario) had travelled to England in 1927 and joined the RAF. He was promoted to Flying Officer in Dec 1928, was stationed at Uxbridge in 1934, and eventually was placed on the retired list at his own request in April 1937.

    Andy Pickering tells me that "Peter Fair was an Imperial Airways pilot who lost a Lockheed model 14 Super Electra in the Mediterranean on Dec 21st 1939, G-AFYU. It seems it was the first ever BOAC loss, the company having only being formed a few weeks before. There were 6 survivors from a complement of 11, Fair being injured and rescued by a French ship off Sicily after a RN search."

    In  January 1955, when 'fun-loving royal' Princess Margaret flew from London to Trinidad for an official visit, she was piloted by "Captain Peter Cleugh Fair, 48-year old Canadian who has flown the Atlantic nearly 400 times.

    peter cleugh fair 1955

    Captain Fair is one of BOAC's senior commanders and has logged more than 13,000 flying hours."

    ** Sadly, her son died in 1950: "On November 18, 1950, at Bovey Tracey. John James Crossley, only son of Mr. Frank Crossley and Mrs. Winifred Fair" Western Morning News

    Western Times - Friday 24 November 1950: "LOSS TO PARISH.—The death of Mr. John Crossley has cast a gloom over local cricketing circles. Deceased was only about 22, and had been a playing member of the Bovey Tracey Cricket Club for some years. He lived at Harbertonford. His death came with tragic suddenness. He was at Bovey Tracey on Thursday night last, and, not feeling very well, went to bed. Returning to his home, he became worse, and on Saturday was removed to Bovey hospital, where he died soon after admission. Only a fortnight ago he received the president's bat for being the best all-rounder for last season. Mr. Crossley was a nephew of Dr. John Harrison, the president of Bovey Tracey Cricket Club. There was a large attendance at the funeral service held in Bovey Tracey parish church. The Rev. G. O. C. Duxbury, M.A.. vicar, officiated. Members of the club acted as bearers."

    ATA women in Nassau 1957

    l to r Ann Wood-Kelly, Lettice Curtis, Ruth Ballard and Winnie, Nassau 1957 (ELC)

    They came back to the UK to visit Alan and Lois Butler in Studham in 1960.

    Peter died in 1961, and was buried with his mother [Sophia Meiklejohn Cleugh Fair] and brother [Howard Cleugh Fair] in Pennsylvania. 

    Winnie moved back to the UK and d. 1984 in Aylesbury, Bucks.

    [Ultimate trivia fact: Winifred's younger sister Muriel married Peter Fair's brother Alfred!] 

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  • Crowder, Eric Noel

     M.709 2nd Officer  Eric Noel Crowder 
       b. 4 Dec 1903, Chester 20 Jan 1942 to Oct-44 

     ata eric crowder 1931 1931

    ata eric crowder   ata eric crowder 2 ATA  


     prev. Managing Director, RC & EN Crowder [Hardware Merchant], Seller St, Chester

    'Perfectly happy when flying up to Class 3, and in these classes he is a most useful ferry pilot."

    "I consider he has reached the limit of his ability."

    d. 1979


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  • Cruttenden, Percy James Wulliens

     M.565 First Officer  Percy James Wulliens Cruttenden 
     flag england b. 16 Aug 1905, Bexhill on Sea   1 Jul 1941 to Aug-45

     ata percy cruttenden 1931 1931

     ata percy cruttenden  

    ata percy cruttenden 2




    prev. a Prison Officer in Cardiff

    m. Tetdora Anna Oltmans in 1933

    When Douglas Bader crashed his Bulldog at Woodley Aerodrome, Reading, in 1931, "a man called Cruttenden got to the Bulldog first, undid the straps, somehow dragged Douglas out of the cockpit, and transferred him to an ambulance... Cruttenden stuck a large hand tightly over his leg... Douglas was convinced that Cruttenden saved his life by that action alone." The Bader Wing

    Postings: 2FPP, 6FPP

    'A competent and careful all round pilot, who has completed 4 years excellent work with No 2 Ferry Pool. As an officer, he has been deservedly popular with all ranks.'

    Prison Commission, 1961

    d. 1978, Brighton


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  • Cummergen, Victor

     M.1112 Third Officer (Seconded from RAF)  Victor Cummergen 
     flag england b. 27 Mar 1916, North Shields   4 Jul 1944 to Apr-45

     ata victor cummergen ATA

     ata victor cummergen 1946 1946    


    prev. 3yrs 9months in RAF

    A Dispenser

    The RAF Selection Board in Harrogate reported that he "has good all round ability but is liable to lapses in concentration and is thus inclined to make mistakes."

    d. 23 August 2012. The Pharmaceutical Journal reported his death: "Victor Cummergen, MRPharmS, aged 96, of 1 Widecombe Close, Bedford MK40 3DR. Mr Cummergen registered in 1948 and was formerly manager of various Boots stores in the North East, London Earl’s Court and Bedford."


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  • Cummings, Sydney Edward

    M.43* First Officer  Sydney Edward Cummings 

    flag england

      b. 14 Dec 1903, London 26 Sep 1939 to Aug-40 


    ata sydney cummings




    Owned 1936 Foster Wikner Wicko GM1 G-AENU

    prev exp. 161 hr solo

    prev. a construction engineer

     curtiss hawk

    d. 29 Aug 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - died from injuries received on 26th Aug; stalled when piloting Curtis Hawk AR666 which caught fire in the air. 

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  • Cummings, William Franklin

     M.309 First Officer  William Franklin Cummings 

    flag usa

     b. 22 Oct 1904, Lela, GA 19 Sep 1940 to Jun-41 



    Address in 1940: Donalsonville, Georgia

    Arrived in the UK on the 'Duchess of Atholl' 5 Oct 1940, with fellow pilots Roger Inman, Howard Mussey, Edward Vencill, Martin Wetzel and Constant Wilson.

    Contract Terminated by ATA 27 Jun 1941 - Disciplinary Reasons

    He  took over the guardianship of his neice, Sidney Ethel Cummings, after the death of his brother Peter Sidney Cummings and his wife, and gave her away at her wedding in 1955.

    d. 3 Sep 1991 - Brinson, Decatur GA

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  • Cunnington, Joan (W.121)

     W.121 3rd Officer  Joan Cunnington 
     flag england b. 22 Jan 1921, London   1 Jun 1943 to 13 Sep 1944




    Father: John Leslie Cunnington, mother Florence Chosa [Downes]

    Ed. Loretta Convent, Colmel, Eire and Pitmans College, London

    prev: Secretary, ATA from Nov-41

    Address in 1943: "Crowland", 84 Broadwalk, Winchmore Hill, London N.21

    [Ab Initio trainee]

    Postings include: 7FPP

    One accident, her fault:

    - 7 Nov 1943, she made a heavy landing in a Swordfish II and the undercarriage collapsed

    Contract Terminated 13 Sep 1944

     d. 1977?


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  • Cunnison, Margaret MacDonald (W.6)



     W.6 Flight Captain 

    Margaret MacDonald Cunnison 

    Mrs Ebbage

     flag england 

     b. 29 May 1914 in Bourneville, Birmingham  1 Jan-40 to Mar-43 


    RAeC 1933

       Dec 1939    

     Ed. Laurel Bank School, Glasgow.

    Father: Professor James Cunnison, of 19 Montrose Gardens, Milngavie, Dumbartonshire.

    5 foot 2, eyes of, er, hazel. Veronica Inness described her as "a rather dour little Scotswoman"

    From May 1937, Chief Flying Instructor with the Strathtay Aero Club, Perth (the one in Scotland). She was only the second woman in Scotland to gain a commercial pilot’s licence, and the first to become a flying instructor. 

     Jun 1937, with quite tall members of Strathtay Aero Club


    "Miss Margaret Cunnison, flying instructress of Strathtay Aero Club, Perth, giving some wrinkles to a pupil"  - The Courier and Advertiser, 13 Jul 1937


    She married Major Geoffrey Bruce Ebbage, an ophthalmic surgeon with the RAMC, in 1941.

    She then became one of the 'First 8' women ATA pilots, joining on the 1st January 1940 as a Second Officer.

     1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

    After couple of years at Hatfield, she was posted to Luton as an instructor; her report at the time said she "is a steady and reliable pilot. She works extremely hard and has proved invaluable as an instructor on light types".

    She was promoted to Flight Captain in Feb 1942, but suffered a bout of appendicitis from July to October, and then went off sick again on the 19th December 1942 and never returned to the ATA; her contract was terminated in March 1943.

    She did, indeed, only work on 'light types'; her log book shows 'Moth, Magister, Courier, Master, Oxford, Hart, Proctor, Rapide, Anson and Piper Cub'.

    d: 4 January, 2004, in Haddington, aged 89 



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  • Curtis, Eleanor Lettice (W.5)


    First Officer

    Eleanor 'Lettice' Curtis 

    flag england

    b. 1 Feb 1915, Denbury, Devon 6 Jul 1940 to 31 Nov 1945 


    Lettice Curtis 1937   RAeC 1937



    Father: Walter Septimus Curtis, The 'Lord of the Manor', Denbury Manor, Newton Abbott, Devon; mother, Eleanor Frances [Master]

    6 siblings, inc.  Robert M (b. 1920), and 4 sisters inc Lillias Marion, (b. 1902), Rosemary (b. 1905), Adelaide Gabrielle (b. 1909), and Evelyn (b. 1922)

    Ed. Benenden School, Cranbrook; St Hilda's College Oxford (BA Mathematics)

     prev. exp. 440 hrs on "Puss, Leopard, Tiger & wooden Moths", Swallow, Hornet, Spartan

    prev. C. L. Surveys Ltd., Southampton

      Postings: 15FPP, 6FPP, 5FPP, 1FPP

    4-engine (Class 5) pilot

     Off sick from 23 Apr to 7 May 1944 after her flying accident in the Typhoon

    4 accidents, one her fault:

    - 22 Aug 1942, brake failure when landing in a Havoc II

    - 18 Jul 1943, starboard engine failure in an Anson

    - 10 Jul 1943, she opened the throttles of her Mosquito VI too rapidly and the aircraft swung

    - 22 Apr 1944, she crashed in a Typhoon after complete engine failure when approaching to land.


    "Flying exceptional. Discipline greatly improved. When in her best mood her behaviour is impeccable but when in her worst, Oh Lord!"

    "Shows a tendency to disregard the interests of others"


    In August 1948 she set a new international women's record for the 100-kllometres closed circuit of 313.07 mph (flying a Spitfire XI owned by the United States Embassy) In the Lympne high-speed flying handicap, beating Jacqueline Cochran's 1940 record.

    Lettice Curtis in Spit 0456 0003



    - 'The Forgotten Pilots' (1985); 

    - 'Winged Odyssey' (1993)

    - 'Lettice Curtis - her autobiography' (2004)

     d. 21 Jul 2014 



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  • Curtis, George Henry Lawrence

     M.8  Captain  George Henry Lawrence Curtis 
    flag england b. 13 Apr 1903, London  11 Sep 1939 to Jan-42 

      ata george curtis 19321932      



    A 'Wiper Merchant' in 1932

    prev exp 440 hrs

    Ferry Records Officer from Feb-41

    Resigned 7 Jan 1942

    d. Sep 1982, Southend

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  • Cuthbert, William

     M.366  Flight Captain William Cuthbert MBE 

    flag england

     b. 17 Jul 1912, Belsay, Newcastle on Tyne 22 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata william cuthbert

    ata william cuthbert 2


    prev exp 90hrs

    a Ground Engineer for Rotol Airscrews in Gloucester

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 9FPP

    "A pilot of outstanding ability on all types, with the added advantage of having an excellent technical background."

    O.C. No 2 FPP wrote in 1945: "I cannot speak too highly of this officer's ability as a Flight Captain and a pilot. He has been one of the mainstays of this pool since the beginning of 1942."

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  • Cutts, Cyril Ernest

     M.269  Air Gunner, then First Officer  Cyril Ernest Cutts

    flag england

     b. 19 Apr 1910, London  23 Sep 1940 to Jun-45 

     ata cyril cutts 1936      


    prev. in Advertising

    prev exp. 170 hrs

    "A capable and intelligent pilot of above average ability."

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  • Cyphus, Sylvia (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Sylvia Cyphus 
     flag england  b. 27 Oct 1920, Stow-on-Wold, Glos 29 Jan-44 to 22 Mar-44 



    Father: Arthur Cyphus (a farm labourer), mother Lily [Archer]

    Ed. Council School, Gt Rissington; Westwards Grammar School, Northleach (School Cert.)

    prev: from May 1939, Telephonist, GPO Cheltenham

    Address in 1944: 11 Great Rissington, nr Cheltenham, Glos


    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

     m. Oct 1963 in Cheltenham, Goldwin How(e) Edwards (d. 1992)

     d. Oct 1978 - Cheltenham

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  • Czyzewski, Stefan

     M.62  First Officer Stefan Czyzewski 

    flag poland

      b. 11 Jun 1899, Szarpance, Poland 11 Nov 1940 to 21 Jul 1942 


    ata stefan czyzewski




    "Before 1918 I was forced to be Austrian Citizen, but my nationality was every time Polish."

    Ed. University of Vienna, Technical School

    Sergeant Pilot in the Polish Air Force Sep-1918 to Jul-1921

    A Mechanical Engineer; Chief Engineer for Avia in Warsaw from 1927.

    prev. exp 1,500 hrs on "about 70 different Polish, German, French, English and Italian types".

    Address in 1940: 19 Racecourse Rd, Ayr, Scotland

    He applied to the ATA having been rejected by the RAF, and was assessed initially as a 'capable pilot, but inclined to be heavy-handed."

    There is a handwritten note on his file: "My wife Janina Czyzewska is living in Warsaw Pulawska Street, 152 m 11. Because you could not reach her until the War is over the only one thing to do in case of my death is to put the insurance money in my Barklay [sic] bank account in Maidenhead. This is maybe not conforming to your regulations, but I can't help.

    To spare you troubles, I can only try very hardly to avoid any deadly accident what I am promising."

    He had an unfortunate experience when he unknowingly hit and killed a labourer while taking off in a Wellington at Prestwick in December 1941; he subsequently took time off suffering from a 'lack of confidence'.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 21 Jul 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Beaufighter X7764 flew into Glengavel Hill, 7 miles south of Strathaven, Lanarkshire, in bad visibility. He was deemed to be to blame for the accident, having persisted too far in bad weather.

    "A good and careful pilot. The fine example he set to others made him very popular."

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  • d'Anacker, Mercedes (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet  Mercedes 'Baba' d'Anacker 
     flag england  b. 7 Oct 1916, Aldershot 31 Mar 1942 to 8 Apr 1942 

     Mercedes dAnacker 1936 RAeC 1936

    Mercedes dAnacker ATA ATA



    Father: Valentine Otto d'Anacker; mother Eva Mary [Savage]

      1939. "Mummy's Vauxhall & Daddy's M.G." - Ancestry

    Address in 1936: "Elvern", Hindhead, Surrey

    prev exp: 50hrs on Gypsy/Tiger Moth

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]

     m. Jul 1943 in Surrey, George Walter Courtland Baker (a Canadian soldier) (2 sons)

    Moved to Toronto, Canada


    d 2015 - Brampton, Ontario



  • d'Erlanger, Gerard John Regis Leo

    M.10  Commodore  Sir Gerard John Regis Leo d'Erlanger CBE 
    flag england b. 1 Jun 1906, Bexley, Kent  11 Sep 1939 to 31 Dec 1945 

      ata gerard derlanger 1931 1931  ata gerard dErlanger BG Brief Glory    


    Father: Emile Beaumont d'Erlanger (French, naturalised British in 1890)

    Ed. Eton

    m. 1928 American pianist Edythe A [Baker],

    edythe baker dErlanger 1927

    [divorced] ;

    m. 1937 Gladys F [Sammut], 3 children

    prev. a Banker, Director of British Overseas Airways

    prev. exp. 670 hrs

    Address in 1939: Lane Farm, Cherry Garden Lane, Nr Maidenhead.

    6ft 2in tall, 'scar on left side of neck'

    Postings: White Waltham

    Although he was the Creator and Commanding Officer of the ATA, d'Erlanger insisted that he (and all his station commanders) flew as often as possible. In fact, he was deemed responsible for one accident:

    - 31 Oct 1942: Typhoon Ib R7880 hit a ridge during take-off, he failed to control the resulting bounce and the propeller touched the ground.

    He flew 54 different types of aircraft during his time with the ATA; everything from a Horsa glider up to Sunderlands and a Catalina. His instructors reported him a "safe good average pilot", but said his "aerobatics were poor". However, he showed a "real appreciation of the difficulties that can be encountered on flying boats."

     CBE in 1943

    Chairman of BEA from 1947; Chairman of BOAC from 1956 - he said his aim was to make it the "most formidable and outstanding airline in the world."

    d. 15 Dec 1962 - London

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  • Dackers, Ernest Fraser

     M.612  First Officer Ernest Fraser Dackers 
     flag england  b. 10 Dec 1900, Wallasey 22 Jul 1941 to 29 May 1945 

     ata ernest dackers 1931 1931

     ata ernest dackers ATA    


    Ed. Wallasey School

    m. 1930 Alnesa M [Brookes], 2 children

    prev. a Master Tailor (Own Account) - 42 Argyll St, Birkenhead

    prev. exp. 73hrs on Avians, Gypsy and Puss Moth

    Address in 1941: "Mamore", Thornton Rd, Birkenhead, Cheshire

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP

    Off sick from 20 Mar to 6 May 1943 (urethritis); 3 Jul to 28 Jul and 9 Oct to 29 Oct 1943 (abdominal trouble);

    Reprimanded in Oct-42; "Absented himself from Fire Guard Duty. Also Night Duty Pilot."

    Suspended with loss of pay for 2 days in Feb-43 for "habitual lateness for duty."

    "An officer of just average ability. Has had a spell of sickness during his course which delayed his progress. His flying although safe is rough and not accurate."

    d Mar 1971 - Birkenhead


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  • Dale, John Douglas


    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    John Douglas Dale 
     flag england b.  5 Aug 1921, Templeton, Co. Durham 7 Sep 1943 to 17 Aug 1944 



    Father: James Dale

    Ed. Consett Secondary School

    prev. a police constable: RAF

    Address in 1944: 10 St Marys Crescent, Blackhill, Co. Durham

     Postings: 14FPP

     "He is not a particularly polished pilot but seems quite sensible and flies the Spitfire satisfactorily."

    janes airspeed oxford

     d. 17 Aug 1944 (age 23) as a passenger in Oxford PH235, piloted by First Officer Thomas Frank Thompson (M.841).

    Ferrying from Airspeed's factory in Portsmouth to 44 MU Edzell, Angus, Scotland; for an unknown reason (possibly hitting HT Cables), the aircraft dived into the ground at about 17:30 near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

    The other passenger, Third Officer Archibald Campbell Couser (M.967) was also killed.



    Three pilots of the Air Training Auxiliary (A T.A.) were killed when their 'plane crashed in a field off Knutsford-road. Holmes Chapel, last Thursday. They were Thomas Frank Thompson (23). chief pilot, of 31 Patmos-road. London ; John Douglas Dale (23). of 14. St. Mary's Crescent, Blackhill. Durham, and Archibald Campbell Couser (24), of 73, High Pleasance Falkirk. Their 'plane was seen flying low over the the village before diving suddenly to earth. The bodies were recovered from a wood thirty yards away.

    At the inquest conducted by Mr R. A. Daniel on Monday Dr. A. D. Picton said he saw the machine flying level over the village at about 500 feet. Within a second or so it went into a fairly steep dive and crashed behind some trees. His impression was that the engines cut out and that the machine then dived. Before that be thought the engines were working normally.

    Norman Forshaw, electrical engineer, Macclesfleld Road. Holmes Chapel. and Walter Caulfield, 30. Middlewich-road, Holmes Chapel. also gave evidence.

    A Captain of the A.T.A. said it was a bad crash—too bad to ascertain any technical cause. The Coroner recorded a verdict of " Accidental death" in each case.

    First Officer Moore. A.T.A., thanked the local police for their assistance. " - Winsford Chronicle - Saturday 26 August 1944


    Buried Old Blackhill CemeteryConsett

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  • Damsz, Jerzy

     M.13   Jerzy Damsz 

    flag poland

     b. 6 Sep 1911, Lodz, Poland  5 Dec 1940 to 10 Jun 1941


    ata jerzy damsz

    from http://www.polishairforce.pl, which has a full biography



    Ed, Warsaw Polytechnic

    Polish Air Force (Pilot Officer) from 21 Sep 1936

    m. Zofia

    prev. Aircraft Engineer

    Address in 1940: 8 Horncliffe Rd, Blackpool, Lancs

    Postings: 1FPP, 4FPP

    A "reliable and keen pilot", but he had 3 accidents in 4 months;

    4 Feb 1941 - Harvard (Partly Blamed);

    6 Mar - Hurricane (Exonerated), and

    14 May - Hector K8137 (Completely Blamed:  "He should have known that brakes on this type are not very positive in action and have exercised increased caution in consequence.")

    Transferred to 307 Sqn, RAF in July 1941.

    d. 22 June 1987 - Sopot

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  • Daniel, Al Fred

     M.564 Acting First Officer  Al Fred Daniel 

    flag usa

     b. 7 Sep 1920, Jackson, Mississippi 12 May 1941 to 11 May 1942 


    ata al fred daniel



    ata al fred daniel 1964

    1964 (both Jackson Clarion-Ledger)


    Father: Albert Frederick Daniel, mother Lizzie Mary [Bonner]

    daniel studio

    [His father was the owner of the Daniel Photographic Studio from 1907 until his death in 1935, when Lizzie took over.]

    Ed. High School, Jackson, then University of Mississippi

    prev. Mississippi National Guard until Jun-40

    A Commercial Pilot

    Address in 1941: 224 E. Amite St, Jackson, MS

    ata al fred daniel c1944

    After the ATA, Al joined the US Navy as a trainee Naval Officer, taking part in bombing raids against Japanese islands in 1944, and eventually becoming a Colonel.

    m. Feb 1943 Dinah [Brown] of Lauderdale; 2 daughters [Sandra Lynn and Dianne Brown Daniel].

    He returned to Jackson and took over his father's photographic studio; he was elected 2nd Vice President of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi in 1947.

    In 1964, Col. Daniel was described as "a manufacturer's agent", and lived at 4236 Oakridge, Jackson. 

    dianne brown daniel 1973

    His daughter Dianne Brown Daniel married in 1973. 

    He donated his collection of photographs of Jackson to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History: "After taking a break from photography to be film manager for Jackson television station WLBT (1953-1959), Secretary-Treasurer for Wilson-Geyer Co., Inc. (1960-1963), and a manufacturer's agent (1964-1966), Al Fred Daniel acquired Standard Photo ("the photographic store of Jackson since 1926," according to the Jackson city directory) and served as its president from 1967 to 1987. His wife, Madge Rosalyn "Dinah" Brown Daniel, also worked at Standard Photo from 1970 to 1987. Al Fred Daniel died December 13, 1996, and was survived by Dinah until November 14, 2004."

    You can see his photos at http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/series/daniel

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  • Davey, Geoffrey Ernest Richard

     M.848   Geoffrey Ernest Richard Davey 




     Postings: 8FPP


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  • Davies, Joy Dorothy Lilian (W.102)

     W.102  3rd Officer Mrs Joy Dorothy Lilian 'Jane' Davies 
     flag england  b. 12 Feb 1916, Cambridge  16 Sep-42 to Mar-43

     joy pond 1938  RAeC 1938


    joy davey ATA ATA



    Not in 'Forgotten Pilots' or 'Brief Glory'

    née Pond

    Father: Henry William Pond, mother Dorothy Rosie [Piggott]

    Ed. County Girls School, Cambridge

    prev: Secretarial/Clerical, Marshalls of Cambridge

    prev exp: 11hrs 10min on DH Moths

    m. 1940 RAF F/O (pilot instructor) Renford Percy Davey [widowed -  Renford d. 9 May 1941, shot down by an intruder at Sibson, Leics during a night training flight]


    m. Apr 1942 in Swindon,

      RAeC 1938

    Derrick Stephen 'Steve' Davies (b. 6 Feb 1907, a solicitor)( 2 daughters and a son John Anthony Renford Davies)

    exp in ATA:

    Magister: 100hrs 40min;

    Hart: 11hrs 50min;

    Fairchild: 14hrs 05min;

    Tutor: 1 hr.

    [Resigned 11 Mar-43]

    Her daughter tells me: "Incidentally the reason she resigned  in 1943 was because she became pregnant - with me"

    The family moved to Egypt in 1947, and to Kenya in 1953

    d. Dec 2008



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  • Davis, John Cleveland

     M.416 First Officer  John Cleveland Davis 
    flag usa   b. 9 Jan 1920, E. Setauket, Long Island, NY  18 Mar 1941 to 6 Mar 1942




    prev. a flight instructor for the 'Spartan School of Aeronautics', which still exists:

    blackcat13The Spartan College Black Cat with the 13 signifies that “Knowledge and Skill Overcome Superstition and Luck”.


    Postings: include 8FPP


    d. 11 Mar 1993, Topanga, Los Angeles, California

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  • Davis, Mavis Agnes Kennard (W.---)

     W.--- Cadet   Mavis Agnes Kennard Davis
     flag england  b. 13 Feb 1917, Tenterden Kent 24 Jan 1944 to 24 Mar 1944




    Father: Leonard James  Kennard Davis (Private in Royal East Kent Regiment, d. 1 May 1944 in Italy), mother Annie Mavis

    prev: secretary, Foreign Office

    Address in 1944: Forstal House, Selling, nr Faversham, Kent

    [Contract Terminated by ATA]


    d. 11 Aug 1977 - Chelsea


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  • Davison, Elsie Joy (W.---)

     W.--- 2nd Officer 

    Elsie Joy Davison 

    née Muntz, 

    flag canada

    b. 14 Mar 1910, York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  1 Jul-40 to 8 Jul 1940 

      elsie muntz 1930 RAeC 1930   joy davidson 1933  1933    


    Father: Rupert Gustavus Muntz, a clerk (b. 1863 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, m. 1906, d. 1914); Mother: Lucy Elsie [also Muntz] (d. 1955)

    m. 1933 in Chester, William Fettis 'Frank' Davison, an 'engineer (railway rolling stock)', later owner and manager of Hooton Aerodrome in Cheshire:

       RAeC 1927


    Co-Director, with Frank, of Utility Airways Ltd

    'B' Licence holder. Prev. Exp: 1,265 hrs


     Elsie Joy Muntz, who was always known as Joy, and signed herself as ‘E. Joy Davison’, originally wrote to Pauline Gower in early December 1939:

    My Dear Pauline,
    I have just this minute got wind of the W.S.A.T.A [Women’s Section Air Transport Auxiliary], and would very much like some further details about it.
    At present I am flying for the N.A.C. with Portsmouth, Southsea and I.O.W. Aviation, based at Cardiff, but I am not particularly impressed, though the pay is reasonably good. Could you let me know how much the ATA are offering as a salary, and whether (if you know yet) there will be any chances of promotion later, or will one stay for ever as a Second Officer?
    My experience at the moment is nearly 1,300 hours, of which about 600 is on twins and about 100 night. Normal peace-time occupation is Commercial Pilot; age is 29; not married any more (since 20/11/39!) ‘B’ Licence No 2567. Types flown: Moth, Avian, Puss Moth, Fox Moth, Cadet, Swift, Desoutter, Drone, Proga, Monospar, Tiger Moth, Klemm, Airspeed Courier, Airspeed Ferry, Miles Falcon; Privately owned: Cadet; experience: British Isles only.
    My best wishes to Dorothy, if you should see her, and of course to yourself.

    By the 9th of December, however, she wrote:
    My Dear Pauline,
    Many thanks for your letter and dope enclosed, also for the further circular letter from BA detailing salary etc.
    Sorry old thing, but I fear the dough isn’t good enough, particularly considering one would be flying open cockpit stuff for a large majority of the time! Afraid I’m getting soft or old or something, but when I’ve got a job which pays about twice as well and where one earns one’s money in more or less comfort, the change offers no worthwhile attractions! Nevertheless I wish you all very well, and if any of you should happen to come to Cardiff for any reason do look me up. Of course I may be away I can give no promises!
    Let me know when you have time and things have progressed a bit further, which of our flying females you have roped in!
    Best of wishes to you, my dear, and the very best of luck to you. Awfully glad they picked you to be at the head of this thing. May it and you go far together!”

    Six months later, and things had moved on somewhat:
    “Dear Pauline,
    Herewith the dope about me. Since chatting on the phone, I’ve managed to get some extra petrol to cover the trip to Hatfield by car, so think maybe it would save time if I were to come through while the contracts going through official channels – what do you think? If you agree send me a wire, and I’ll pack up and come pronto. Point is, the posts here are awful and I didn’t get your letter till this morning so a whole day was wasted which in these times is the devil!!
    What sort of digs accommodation is there around Hatfield? Pretty crowded I reckon.
    Am looking forward to coming a lot and so glad I can be of assistance. I’ll tell you more about what’s kept me out of it since N.A.C. cracked up, when I see you!”

    Joy started on the 1st of July, 1940.


    Exactly one week later, unbelievably, tragically, she died in a crash.

    The accident report said that the aircraft made a ‘spiral dive’ (not a spin) at about 600-700ft. "It continued in this spiral until it hit the ground and eye-witnesses, who are experienced pilots, state that they had no reason to consider that it was out of control but, for some unknown reason, it remained in the spiral until it hit the ground."

    The pilot/instructor, Sgt l’Estrange was an exceptionally experienced instructor and was well acquainted with Master aircraft; Joy, as we have seen, was an exceptionally experienced pilot on many different types of aircraft.
    No cause was ever found for the crash. One theory was that carbon monoxide leaked into the cockpit (despite Joy’s prediction, and unlike many pre-war Miles designs, the Master had an enclosed cockpit) and rendered the two of them unconscious.

    Her many friends were aghast; Jennie Broad, who had also just joined the ATA, wrote to Pauline the very next day (9th July):
    “Dear Miss Gower,
    I would appreciate any information you are able to give me of Mrs Davison’s accident. We were old friends and if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to let me know at once.
    I have written to Mrs Davison’s mother, but as she will probably be in Hatfield before she receives my letter, will you be so kind as to give her, or anyone else representing her, my address and ask them to get in touch with me?”

    Pauline wrote straight away to Joy’s mother:
    I should like you to know how we shall miss your daughter. She was a most kind and cheerful member of this Section, and a first class pilot. May I offer you our most sincere sympathy in your bereavement."

    Cremated at Bristol.

    Nearly a year later, on the 4th July 1941, Joy’s sister, Hope Muntz, wrote to Pauline Gower, asking her if possible to ‘write a few lines to my mother on the 8th…. If you could give any news of the ATA and of Jenny Broad & Mrs Patterson I know she would be so pleased.”

    Pauline, of course, did write, to say; “we shall be thinking of Joy and wishing she could still be with us.” 


    Frank had married fellow aviator Margaret Ann Longstaffe in 1939:


    and 3 years after he was killed in a sailing accident in 1949, she became the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic.

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  • Davy, Frederick Robert

     M.450  Flight Captain Frederick Robert Davy 

    flag england

     b. 30 May 1900, Great Yarmouth 13 May 1941 to 31 Dec 1945 

     ata frederick davy 1936 1936



    Royal Flying Corps/RAF from Nov-17 to Jun-19; 'Boy and Aircraft Mechanic'

    m. 1925 Adelaide [Holmes], 2 children [Robert, b. 1929, d.2002, Pamela b. 1931, d. 1936]

    A jeweller and watchmaker (his own business: apparently, "The sign on Frederick Davy's shop in Great Yarmouth said "Watchmakers since 1700."), also an instrument maker for the Air Ministry.

    He was a witness in a rather sad case in May 1937, as reported by the Thetford & Watton Times:

    "FOUND HANGING. Yarmouth Man’s Suicide In His Home.

    A verdict of "Suicide while temporarily of unsound mind” was recorded by the Borough Coroner, at the Town Hall on Tuesday, at the inquest on Edward Gilbert Edwards (53), of 8 Caister Road, who was found hanging from a bannister in his home on Saturday.

    Frederick Robert Davy, watchmaker, of 37, Calster Road, said that at 1.40 a.m., in consequence of information he received, he went across to 8, Caister Road. 'When I got into the house', 'said witness, 'I saw the man hanging by the neck from a bannister rail; his feet were about ten or twelve feet from the ground floor. I could see that the man was dead and had been hanging for some time, and owing to this fact I telephoned the police.'"

    Address in 1941: 8, Caspard Pl, Barry, Glamorgan

    Postings: 16FPP, 15FPP, 14FPP, 4FPP, 1FPP

    "A careful pilot of average ability, has sound judgement but was inclined to be underconfident at first"... "Since promotion to Flight Captain [in September 1944] has assumed the position of Accidents Investigation Officer." 

    Off sick from 17 Dec 1942 to 1 Jan 1943 with a 'touch of pleusiry [sic]'

    King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

    d. Mar 1979  - Norwich

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  • Dawes, Leslie Gordon

     M.803   Leslie Gordon Dawes 




    Postings include: 8FPP



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  • Dawson, Lawrence Saville

     M.436 First Officer   Lawrence Saville Dawson

    flag england

      b. 13 Jan 1908, Bradford 20 May 1941 to 8 Dec 1944 

     ata lawrence dawson 1927 1927

     ata lawrence dawson ATA    


    Father: Sir Benjamin Dawson, 1st Baronet (d. 1966)

    Educated at Harrow

    alice hudson dawson 1931

    m. 1932 to Alice [Hudson], 1 child before 1941

    A Wool Merchant, (Joseph Dawson Cashmere Works, Bradford)

    Address in 1941: Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorks

    Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP, 782 Sqn RAF

    "a safe and reliable pilot who carries out his work in a conscientious manner and has proved a useful Class 5 (4-engine) pilot to this Unit." C.O. 7FPP, Oct-44

    He wrote to the ATA on 10 Jan 1945: "I am very sorry I had to resign from ATA at my firm's request, and would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and all your officers for the help and consideration I received all over the country during the course of my duties as a ferry pilot.

    If a further emergency arises, and you require my services again, I shall be very pleased if you will let me know, in which case I would do everything possible to come back."

    The Yorkshire Post reported on him thus, in November 1955:

    "Flew too low over sports field, fined

    Prosecution witnesses at Bradford City Court yesterday claimed that a twin-engined aircraft flew over a Dudley Hill sports ground at 100 feet, frightening young children.

    To this, Lawrence Saville Dawson (47), company director, Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, the pilot of the plane, said: “I should have hit mill chimneys and all sorts of things at 150 feet.”

    Dawson, a war-time ferry pilot with 30 years flying experience, and director of Yeadon Aviation Ltd., was accused of flying over an “assembly of persons” at less than 1,000 feet. He was fined £5O and ordered to pay £5 costs.

    Dawson told the Court that he appreciated the folly of low flying. He had been asked to fly over the works field on their sports day and did so at about 1,000 feet."

    He owned Taylor Auster AOP5 G-ANID, which was written off after he crashed it at Stonor, Oxfordshire on 13 Feb 1958.

    Lawrence became 2nd Baronet on his father's death in 1966.

    d. 14 Aug 1974

    buried St John Churchyard, Acaster Selby

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  • Day, Kenneth Howard Vivian

     M.271  First Officer  Kenneth Howard Vivian Day
    flag wales   b. 27 May 1917, Newport  13 Mar 1941 to Jun-45




    Address in 1941: 71 Albany Rd, Cardiff

    Educated at Cardiff University

    RAF Flying Officer 1936-40

    Postings include: 8FPP


    m. Sheila E M Draper 1945, Betty M Davies 1957

    d. May 2001 - Chester 

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  • de Bunsen , Mary Berta (W.44)

     W.44  First Officer Mary Berta de Bunsen 
     flag UK b. 29 May 1910. Madrid, Spain  1 Aug 1941 to 1 Aug 1945 


    mary de bunsen 1934



    Mary de Bunsen 1941 




    Mary was born in Madrid, the daughter of Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen, Bart, GCMG, GCVO, CB, the British Ambassador there.

     "Miss Mary de Bunsen, the youngest daughter of Sir Maurice and Lady de Bunsen, is making her debut this year" - The Bystander, 1928

    She had been dragged round dances and hunt balls by her parents in the hope of finding her a suitable husband - these were, of course, in short supply after the carnage of WWI. "I was far too innocent to realise... that with a lame leg [after a childhood attack of polio] and horn-rimmed glasses I stood no chance whatever". 

    She ws an aeronautical journalist, especially writing about women pilots - see http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/pioneering-women?filter_tag[0]=24

    When WWII broke out, she joined the London Auxiliary Fire Service as a driver, and then, on the 1 May 1941, the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service.

    "In May 1940 Air transport Auxiliary tested my flying and turned me down, for I was very rusty and the standard for women was still high. But it was a bitter moment, for those of us who were accepted that day had the dewy, sparkling look of souls reborn"

    Wrote "Gliding with the Germans" in 1940

    Address in 1941: Redwode, Chiddingford, Surrey

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP, 16FPP, 7FPP

    "Wears spectacles. Slight Limp"

     Class 4+ Pilot

    9 accidents, 

    - 2 Jan 1942, an error of judgement in Hurricane L1975, but she was not held responsible as she had "never passed through T.P."

    - 2 May 1942, a wheels-up landing in Spitfire P7623 after the selector lever jammed

    - 2 Sep 1942, her Spitfire EP825 nosed over after she taxied into an unmarked soft patch

    - 9 Sep 1942, a poor landing in Spitfire Vb (Tropical) ER266 damaged one undercarriage leg

    - 26 Nov 1942, the undercarriage of her Spitfire Vc ES111 collapsed on landing, due to a fault

    - 16 Feb 1943, yet another Spitfire (MB274) undercarriage collapse; this time she was held to blame as she had failed to control the swing in a crosswind landing

    - 5 Oct 1944, a forced landing in Avenger II JZ427 after the engine cut intermittently

    - 21 Dec 1944, the starboard engine of her Hudson I P5419 caught fire when starting

    - 20 Apr 1945, a forced landing in Anson I PH693 after suffering low oil pressure and high engine temperature


    "This pilot has been a great asset to the Pool, (7FPP), both as regards to her flying and also in respect of social activities. She voluntarily undertoook the duties of Mess Secretary, and has been tireless in her efforts to make a success of everything she has undertaken"


    She wrote the excellent "Mount up with Wings" in 1960, about her life, her time in the ATA, and her life-saving heart surgery.

    d. 1982 - Weymouth, Dorset.


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  • de Greeuw, Berno Geoffrey

     M.----  Cadet  Berno Geoffrey de Greeuw
       b. 2 May 1912, New York NY  25 Oct 1943 to 6 Apr 1944 




    Father: William Johanns (Dutch)

    Ed. Surrey House Prep. School, Maidenhead College

    Address in 1943: Grandleigh Hotel, Inverness Terrace Bayswater London W2

    Next of kin: (Mother): Mrs Amy de Greeuw, 68 Welldon Crescent, Harrow Middx

    prev. LAC in RCAF 16 Oct 1940 - 26 Aug 1941; Canadian Firefighters Aug-42 to Sep-43

    prev. a Parachutist

    m. Helen Grace [Lackey] (divorced 1944) wife resident in Toronto

    Sailed to Liverpool from Canada on 17 Nov 1943

     m. 1949 Eileen H [Jarvis] in London (divorced 1960)

    Moved to Boca Raton FL in May 1949

    m. 1969 Joan [Kennewick] in Bay Head Ocean, NJ

    m. 1988 Joan Beverley [Hutton] in Okeecobee, FL (divorced 1997)

    d. 12 Jan 2000 - New York 


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  • de Neve, Aimee (W.168)

      W.168 3rd Officer  Mrs Aimee (or Aime) de Neve 
      b. 19 Aug 1919 Gampola, Ceylon  8 May 1944 to 30 Sep 1945 

     aimee de neve 1945   RAeC 1945


    The Final 7 Women Pilots - Betty Keith-Jopp (W.167), Sue Alexander (W.163), Joan Arthur (W.166), Ruth Russell (W.165), Annette Mahon (W.164), Aimee de Neve (W.168), Katharine Stanley Smith (W.162)



    nee Aime Gholdstein Jonklaas

    Father: Ernest Gholdstein Jonklaas, a proctor of Gampola, Mother: Amelia Beatrice Cecile 'May' [Daniel], from Sutton, Surrey

    Two brothers, Ernest and Cecil; one sister, Evelyn Ninette

    [Ernest attended Brasenose College, Oxford, played tennis at Wimbledon and represented Oxford University in a tournament in Newport, USA in 1925. He m. Alice Cox, from Woodmere, Long Island, USA in 1926]

    Ed. convent in South India

    She and her mother visited the UK in 1925, and Aimee moved to the UK c.1935

    Address in 1939: Hendon, London NW, described as a 'Commercial and Secretarial Student'

    prev: WAAF

    m. Oct 1940 in Marylebone, Rev. Tom Ryder, from New Chapel, Horwich, Lancs

    m. 25 Sep 1943 in London, F/O Gilles Peter Cornelia de Neve  322 (Dutch) Sqn, RAFVR (d. 16 Jan 1944 in Spitfire Vb AD428 in a training accident nr Hawkinge, Kent)

    Ab initio pilot:

    In 'WAAF with Wings', by Yvonne Eveleigh, Aimee described moving on to the Harvard as "Very exciting! The Harvard felt so powerful after all the light aircraft and Marks (her instructor) liked to give me quite frightening shocks to make sure I was awake!"... "My first Spitfire flight was unbelievable! This beautiful aircraft was actually all mine for a brief time. I was rather worried when I had to do several circuits, as a RAF aircraft had done a belly landing, and I had all the red flares, etc. thrown at me".

    Postings: 15FPP, 6FPP


    Gained her Royal Aero Club Certificate No 20545 on 11 Sep 1945, as part of the 'ATA Wings' Scheme.

    Address in 1945: 56 S. Molton St, London W1

    m. Oct 1945 iin London, Jan Mowinckel Helen, a Norwegian naval officer from Bergen (three children, Teeny, Erik and Jan Ernest, b. 1946, 1949 and 1953)


    m. 1996 in London, Mark G  Williams, whom she met in Sri Lanka

    Lived in Brighton, Sussex


    d. Jul 2000 - Spain

    Her ashes were interred in 'an English village' on 20 Jul 2000

    "Man, woman or child, Aimee made time for them, and if she met a person for the first time her enthusiasm for life left a stranger breathless. Intelligence, bounding energy, beauty and charm were Aime."

    see http://www.sundaytimes.lk/000820/plus5.html

  • Deane-Drummond, Marigold (W.114)

     W.114  2nd Officer Marigold Deane-Drummond 
     flag england b. 13 Aug 1919, Upton-on-Severn, Worcs 1 May 1943 to May 1945 

     marigold drummond 1939  RAeC 1939



    Father: Col. John 'Jack' Drummond Deane-Drummond DSO, OBE, MC, Mother: Marie Lily Anne [de Cuadra, b. 1883 in Madrid]

     Address in 1939: The Old Vicarage, Little Barrington, Oxford

    [Her elder brother Anthony also learnt to fly in 1939, and wrote, in his 1992 autobiography 'Arrows of Fortune': "My mother had to divorce my father in 1926... This was not the end of my father's amorous adventures and, at the time I was married in 1944, my wife had the dubious distinction of having no less than three living mothers-in-law"

      RAeC 1939

    He escaped from German captivity three times in WWII:  - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Deane-Drummond]

    m. 15 Apr 1944 in Cirencester, George Rowland MBE,  of the Royal Corps of Signals

    In Jul 1949, the Western Daily Press reported that "The heavy rain on Saturday played havoc with the final day's programme of the R.A.F. Week on Durdham Down, but it did not prevent Vampires of 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron from carrying out their fly-past. When they returned to Filton. however, the pilots discovered that, due to the high speed at which they had been flying, the rain had washed the crests and identification markings off the aircraft.

    Other sufferers from the weather conditions were the five W. R. A. F. V. R. pilots, from No. 8 Reserve Flying School at Woodley, Reading, who were scheduled to fly formation over the exhibition 2.30 p.m. During the morning a squall  hit their airfield, damaged some of the aircraft and delayed their take-off. Ten minutes after their arrival Filton, however, the five Tiger Moths were airborne again, flying over Southmead towards .the Downs cloudburst, and at 2.30 exactly led by Miss Vera Strodl, they flew over the exhibition site. The other four pilots were Mrs Fay Bragg, Mrs Marigold Rowland, Miss Sheila Van Damm *, and Mrs Ann Kendall. All of them were, at one time A.T.A. pilots. "


     [* Sheila van Damm, motor rally driver in the 1950s, and sometime owner of the Windmill Theatre, wasn't an ATA pilot:

    She only learnt to fly in 1947]


    m. Jan 1955 in Chelsea, John M Saville


    d. 1 May 2003 - Warwickshire


  • Deems, William Francis

     M.620 First Officer  William Francis Deems 
     flag usa  b. 1 May 1916, Easton, Maine  7 Jul 1941 to 6 Jul 1942  

     ata william deems ATA



    Original surname Stevens; Deems by adoption

    Father Dr. Oren Manfred Deems [An Ear Nose and Throat specialist, living at 20 Maple St., Springfield, Mass.] Mother Winifred [Purdy], deceased

    Ed. at Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn. and University of Pennsylvania, PA

    m. 1939 Mary Lou or Marjory L [Ameluxen, b. 1919, later Marsh], 1 son Oren Louis b. 1939

    prev. a Flying Instructor for Barnes Air Services, Westfield, Mass.

    Address in 1941: 122 Pleasantview Ave., Longmeadow, Mass.

    Postings: 1FPP, 3FPPP, 16FPP

    Suspended for 14 days in Mar-42 for Neglect of Duty prejudicial to the interests of ATA - "flying F/O Anderson... which was 130 off course" [Not sure what happened, or if this was Opal or Homer Anderson].

    Off sick from 16 May to 5 Jun 1942 with acute tonsillitis;

    Either "A fair pilot but a bad officer" (Stan Ogden, OC 3FPP) or "has worked hard and given every satisfaction whilst on my strength" (OC 16FPP)

     Sailed from Cardiff to New York on the 28 Jul 1942 with fellow ATA pilot Ralph Jacobson.

    Married Edith [Richardson] in 1975 but they are listed as defaulters on a mortgage in Burlington, Vermont in 1977, and they then divorced.

     d. 18 Nov 2008, Manatee, FL 


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  • Delacour De Labilliere, Francis Cyril

     M.--- 2nd Officer  Francis Cyril Delacour De Labilliere 
     flag scotland  b. 8 Mar 1900, Perth, Scotland 15 May to 7 Nov 1940 




    Father: Rev. Charles Edgar Delacour de Labilliere, Mother: Evelyn Georgina [Harington] of Langatoch Vicarage, Monmouth (later moved to Heatherlands, Bingham Ave, Lilliput, Dorset)

     RAeC Certicate 16356, 20 Sep 1938 at Portsmouth Aero Club

    prev. a book-keeper; Assistant Flying Instructor to the Barnstaple and N Devon Flying Club; RAF Link Trainer Instructor

    prev. exp. 363 hrs

     Postings: ---

    2 accidents, both his fault:

    - 29 Jun 1940, he persisted too far in bad weather and got lost in a Tiger Moth

    - 3 Nov 1940, damaged his Puss Moth after landing in a field


     Contract Terminated - "Disciplinary reasons, in respect of both his flying competence and also his conduct both on and off duty"

    "We cannot possibly recommend you to consider his application [to BOAC]"

    Temporary Sub-Lieut then Lieut, RNVR from 28 Feb 1941 - 1945


    Address in 1947: The Mount, Studland, Dorset

    Royal Aero Club Certificate 22595, 14 Apr 1947


     d. 29 Aug 1952 - Southern Rhodesia

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  • Derbyshire, Gerald Wilfred Pearson

     M.60 * First Officer  Gerald Wilfred Pearson Derbyshire

    flag england

     31 Mar 1913, Surrey 1 May 1940 to 17 Mar 1944



    m. 1934 in London, Ida F [Sharman]

    m. 1942 in Eton, Bucks, Imogen D [Duncan]

    prev. Pilot Officer in RAF Reserve Mar-34 to Apr-35;

    RAF Apr-35 to Jul-38.

    Accident Report: 

    On 10 Feb 1938 the pilot of Hector K9723 was on a night flying exercise when he became lost in bad weather whilst flying over the East Coast, he force-landed the aircraft in a ploughed field near Filey whereupon the aircraft overturned. It is not known whether there were any injuries sustained. The investigation reported: "The pilot...found difficulty in stowing the Verey pistol and as a result lost direction".

    Pilot - P/O Gerald Wilfred Pearson Derbyshire RAF. Probably uninjured.

    d. Jan 1970 - Devon

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  • Dew, Stanley Anthony

    M.431 *  First Officer  Stanley Anthony Dew
    flag england  b. 29 April 1910, London   7 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata stanley dew 1935 1935



    prev. a tobacconist

    Address in 1935: 7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE 22

  • Dickinson, Vincent Neville

     M.--- *  2nd Officer Vincent Neville Dickinson
     flag england b. 15 Apr 1899,  Wolverhampton, Staffs   5 Jun to 5 Jul 1940




     Father: Frank Dickinson, a Merchant, Mother: Sarah Jane [Bayley]

    2nd-Lieut, RFC, RAF in WW1; Pilot Officer, RAF from 20 Nov 1923

    He was one of two pilots who inaugurated the Belfast to Liverpool Daily Air Service in April 1924 (the other was Alan Cobham), He started out at 05:30am in his D.H. 50, but the weather was so bad he could get no further than Southport Sands.

    m. 18 Nov 1923 in Richmond-upon-Thames, Marjorie Winifred [Lloyd-Still] (1 daughter, Katheen b. 1926)

    Elected a Member of the Royal Aero Club in June 1925

    Formed Aero Hire Ltd in 1927, based in Birmingham, to "establish, maintain and work lines of aeroplanes, seaplanes and taxi-planes and aerial conveyances, etc." (later co-owned, with L W van Oppen,)

    Competed in the King's Cup in 1929, flying G-EBTH, a DH.60X Moth. He was forced to retire at Blackpool.

    prev. Hon. Secretary and Chief Instructor, Hertfordshire Flying Club, St Albans in 1932

    He owned G-EBZZ, a 1928 DH60 X Moth, which crashed at Stansted Abbots 23 Jun 1934

     One reported accident:

    - 14 Mar 1939, flying G-AEDD, a 1936 Avro 504N belonging to Publicity Planes Ltd; he hit a fence and crashed at Calderfields Farm, Walsall, after engine failure.

    Address in 1939: 'Muree', Queen's Rd, Sandown, Isle of Wight

     Postings: ---


     Post-ATA, a Sub-Lieut in the Royal Navy from 15 Jul 1940

    Address in 1962: 10 Oakwood Rd, Rayleigh, Essex

    d. 3 Sep 192 - London


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  • Dixon, Hubert James

     M.736  Acting 2nd Officer Hubert James Dixon 
       b. 26 May 1914, Northernden, Cheshire  17 Mar 1942 to 28 Nov 1942

     ata hubert dixon 1938 1938

     ata hubert dixon ATA


    1942 caricature by 'Pat Rooney'

    via George Cogswell



    prev. an aero engineer, for Ford Aero Engines (Rolls Royce) in Eccles, Lancs.

    prev. exp. 97 hrs

    Address in 1938: 'Moliere', Wythenshawe Rd, Northernden

    Address in 1942: 'Manilla', Nansen Rd, Gatley, Cheshire

    Hubert originally applied to the ATA in February 1941, but they replied that they weren't allowed to take pilots of military age unless they had been turned down by the RAF.

    He replied that he had indeed offered his services to the RAF, twice, but they had refused him because he was in a strictly reserved occupation. The ATA replied, somewhat archly, that as he seemed now to able to obtain his release, he should go back to the RAF and ask them again...

    After another session with the RAF (who still said they couldn't take him), he then talked to the Ministry of Labour and the National Service Controller in Manchester. Who agreed that, if he could find a job of even greater national importance than his current one, they might be able to secure his release.

    Finally, the RAF had a chance to turn him down properly, which they duly did because the vision on his left eye was not up to their standards. Hubert said "In my own personal opinion I can see perfectly."

    Anyway, by December 1941 the ATA was prepared to offer him a job, and he was eventually taken on as a Pilot Cadet. His instructors (Margaret Ebbage, Harry Woods and Eugene Prentice) assessed him as 'an average pilot' with 'an average amount of common sense.'

    After training, he was seconded to 6FPP at Ratcliffe on 27 Nov 1942. He died the next day in an unlucky accident.

    220px Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I in flight

    d. 28 Nov 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Defiant I N3319 which stalled and crashed at Wood Lane, Timperley, nr Ringway, while he was attempting a forced landing after an engine problem.

    The aircraft ended upside down and on fire with Hubert, already dead, trapped in the cockpit. Harry Warburton, (an ex-RFC pilot) who owned the adjoining nurseries, was the first to arrive on the scene, "followed by many others", who righted the aircraft and carried the body away. Mr Warburton said later that he "was only 12 feet away when the petrol tank exploded."

    The Coroner praised the rescuers: "I should like to congratulate Warburton and the others on the very prompt way they responded... they recovered the body as little burned as was possible... it was very commendable. I trust those who were injured will soon be well again."


    He was buried at Altrincham Bowden and Hale Cemetery, Cheshire, near Bill Elliott and Earl Renicker (q.q.v.)

     ATA Memorial Herbert Dixon

    "Always thoughtful and kind, a beautiful memory left behind. Mother, Raymond & Dora

    with thanks to Barbara Grayson


    The ATA's Flying Establishment Officer visited his widow Elsie and her two children in January 1943. Elsie had in fact moved out a few months before Hubert died, and was living with her parents in "rather a humble dwelling, in a poor quarter of Manchester."... "I gathered the impression that Mrs Elsie Dixon was rather young and irresponsible, so I decided to call on the deceased's parents, to obtain what information I could."

    Annie (Mrs Dixon senior) agreed, and went as far as to say that "whatever money was given as a lump sum to Mrs Elsie Dixon would be squandered." Annie also showed him a letter from her son dated 12th May 1942, in which he had written "About the insurance - I have had it made payable to you (Annie Dixon 23 Nansen Rd Gatley). If anything should happen I want £800 to go to Elsie and £800 for Michael and the other baby [Martin, who was born 13 September 1942] to be divided equally when they are 21. The other £400 is for you - don't say you don't want it."

    And so that is what they did.


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  • Dlugaszewski, Klemens Franciszek

     M.11 * Flight Captain  Klemens Franciszek 'Double Whisky' Dlugaszewski MBE


    b. 23 Nov 1899  21 Jun 1940 to 31 Dec 1945 

      double whisky BG  dw  dw_elc ELC   ATAM


    prev. Polish Army and Air Force; from 1925, one of the first five pilots of LOT.

    In September 1939, he flew LOT's Lockheed Electra SP-BNF from Finland, bringing Alexandra, the wife of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, and their daughters Wanda and Jadwiga.

    Klemens and Jadwiga both joined the ATA.

    Post-WWII, rejoined LOT. 

    d 3 July 1985 and is buried at the Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw.


  • Dorrell, Alan Blair

     M.727  First Officer Alan Blair Dorrell 
     flag england b. 8 May 1910, Worcester   5 Mar 1942 to 1 Dec 1943


     ata_alan_dorrell.jpg  ATA  ata_alan_dorrell_2.jpg  


    Father: John Dorrell, Kylemore, Avenue Rd, Malvern, Worcs.

    Ed. Bromsgrove School. Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    "French - moderate", having lived in Paris for 6 months

    prev. Director and Secretary of the family drapery firm in Worcester; also Hon. Sec. of the Worcestershire Flying School

    RAF Oct 1939- Sep 1940, LAC Air Observer

    prev. exp. 20hrs on DH Moth

    Address in 1942: Link Elm, Malvern Rd, Worcester

    Originally joined ATA in 1941 as an Assistant Accountant, at £400 a year:

      Alan's original ATA Identity Card

     [He said he wsn't concerned about the salary]

     Postings: 3FPP, 1FPP, 2FPP

     To begin with, he was trained by Joan Hughes. "A very slow starter but made steady progress and reached a satisfactory standard. He has worked hard and his discipline has been good."

    3 accidents, 2 his fault:

    - 16 Jun 1942, his Hart swung violently after landing, due to a technical defect

    - 21 Jul 1942, he "over-estimated his ability in adverse conditions" in landing a Gladiator, a type with which he was unfamilar, and it swung


    d. 1 Dec 1943 in Spitfire VIII JG546 which crashed nr Byron Hall Farm, Stag Lane, Lowton, nr. Warrington, Lancs.

    He was flying from Brize Norton to 18MU Dumfries. He dived out of low cloud but over-corrected, the tail struck the ground and the aircraft disintegrated. He was deemed to be at fault, having "persisted too far in a local patch of bad weather."

    His CO, Leonard Leaver, reported: "On being handed his chit by the Operations Officer in the morning, his remark was "Thank you very much indeed, this is just the sort of job I like". On the way to Brize Norton in the Anson, First Officer Coopper states that Dorrell was extremely bright and cheerful, and said to him, "This Spitfire job is the nicest job I have had given me this month."

    Buried in Maidenhead Cemetery, Section D No 15W; his pall bearers were ATA First Officers KWD Jones, H Freemantle, P Cruttenden, FH Rooke, MB Steynor and J Joss ("or another")

    He left £7,265 11s 5d.

    Also commemorated on the Bromsgrove School WW2 Memorial, and Malvern WWII Memorial.

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  • Douglas, Ann Courtenay (W.26)


     W.26  First Officer

    Ann Courtenay Douglas MBE OBE

    flag england

     b. 20 May 1917, Paddington, London  1 Dec 1940 - 19 Aug 1942 


    ann edmonds 1934  RAeC 1934


    Ann Welch 0257 0004  In 1959, at an RAeC 'do'




     née Edmonds

    Father: Major Courtenay Harold Wish Edmonds (a railway engineer; RN and Royal Engineers in WWI, Royal Engineers in WWII, d. 1953), mother [Austin] (m. 1914 in Exeter) of Wish House, Bickley, Kent 

    Ed. Stratford House School, Bickley, Kent

    prev. Instructor, Dunstable Gliding Club; Founding Member of Surrey Gliding Club

    prev. exp 185 hrs on 'standard light types'


    m. 1939 Flt-Lt (later Wing-Cmdr) A 'Graham' Douglas (3 daughters, marriage dissolved 1948)

    Address in 1940: Staplehurst Farm, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey


     1942 caricature by 'Sammy' Clayton

    Postings: 5FPP, 15FPP

    Two accidents, neither her fault:

    - 23 Dec 1940, one wheel of her Queen Bee (the optionally-unmanned aircraft based on the Tiger Moth) sunk into a concealed hole, damaging the propeller

    - 11 Mar 1941, another Queen Bee, an accident due to engine failure


    Contract Suspended 19 Aug 1942, when she became pregnant

    "After the war, in 1946, Ann restarted the Surrey Gliding Club at RAF Kenley, initially with five members – but no aircraft. Almost all the country’s gliders had been requisitioned by the RAF and had been broken up or rotten away in unsuitable storage conditions during the war.

    Their first glider, a Weihe, was an ex-German requisition. In 1947 the club relocated to nearby Redhill airfield – it wouldn’t return to Kenley until 1985 as the Surrey Hills Gliding Club which still flies from the airfield.

    Ann worked hard to re-establish the British Gliding Association, resigning as its vice chairman in 1976. She managed the British Team at the World Gliding Championships between 1948 and 1968. She presided over the formation of the British Hang-Gliding Association in 1974 and was president of the British Microlight Association. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 1997 was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

    Awarded an MBE and OBE for services to gliding, Ann Welch was an amazing all-rounder. A mother of three girls, she was a pilot, an instructor, a flying competition organiser, national administrator, author, painter, skier and one of Kenley’s famous faces."https://www.kenleyrevival.org/content/history/local-lives/ann-welch-aviatrix-extraordinaire


     m. 1953 in Surrey,


    Patrick Palles 'Lorne' Elphinstone Welch (who played a major part in designing the famous two-seater glider secretly constructed in the attic of Colditz Castle PoW Camp. d. 1998):


     © RAeC [0517-0226]

    Receiving the Royal Aero Club Silver Medal [from Lord Brabazon], for her service to the advancement of gliding, 26 Mar 1959


    Wrote her autobiography, 'Happy to Fly' in 1983


    d. 5 Dec 2002 - "the world's best-known glider pilot"


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  • Douglas, Kenneth Richard

     M.217 First Officer  Kenneth Richard Douglas 

    flag usa

      b. 15 Feb 1904, Latrobe WV 25 Nov 1940 to Nov-41 



    son of John Lawrence and Elizabeth Douglas; m. to Viola May

    Address in 1940: 410½ Fayette St, Charleston, WV

    prev. 1 yr Air Force Mechanic, 5 yrs C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps) Transportation pilot

    Postings: 2FPP, 15FPP

    "A keen and competent pilot... rather reluctant in taking conversion course when offered but I think this was due to several minor illnesses. Discipline v. good."

    d. 21 Feb 1968 - Flushing, Belmont County, Ohio

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  • Drabble, Arthur Irving

     M.458 First Officer  Arthur Irving Drabble 

    flag england

    b. 16 Feb 1901, Conisbrough, Yorks  20 May 1941 to 28 Apr 1945 

     ata arthur drabble 1933 1933

     ata arthur drabble ATA    


    Educated at Mexborough Secondary School

    m. 1923 Phyliss [Akester]

    Corporal in Home Guard 'B' Co, Hatfield, Sep-40 to Mar-41

    A "Manufacturing Confectioner"

    Address in 1941: North Cliffe House, North Cliffe Rd, Conisbrough, Nr Doncaster

    Postings: 2FPP, 3, FPP, 14FPP

    "A steady and conscientious pilot who has worked well. He is a little inclined to be forgetful at times."

    "A very slow starter [on the Class 5 conversion course] due partially to complete lack of experience on 4+ aircraft and the fact that he was inclined to be somewhat nonchalant towards the whole course, showing little interest. After realising the high responsibility he was accepting he showed considerable improvement."

    d. 1958  - Don Valley, Yorks

    "A confectionery business was established in Conisbrough by Jos Drabble and brother-in-law John Maxfield during 1890. But after a while the two men parted company and established their own confectionery businesses. John’s firm was short-lived and a number of his staff joined Jos’s venture which by 1924 was a limited company.

    Jos’s son, Arthur, succeeded his father and he was also well-known in motorcycling circles. He was in the first four in the 1924 Isle of Man TT Races and was a keen flyer. On Sunday afternoons during the 1930s he was frequently seen performing ‘loop-the-loops’ and other spectacular tricks in his aeroplane over Conisbrough.

    In 1938 Drabble’s warehouse caught fire and residents said that this led to the road being covered in melted chocolate. Arthur Drabble died in 1958 and was succeeded in the business by daughter, Doreen. The company ceased trading after she retired in 1981."


    Evidence of his motor-cycling career comes from the 'Sheffield Independent' in 1923: "MOTORISTS' OFFENCES In the West Riding Police Court on Saturday, William S. Flower, dentist, and Arthur Drabble, confectioner, Conisborough, were fined £7 each for riding motor-cycles in a manner dangerous to the public on the Great North Road. The police evidence was that defendants were travelling at 60 miles per hour."

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  • Drabble, John Edmund Layard

     M.292  First Officer John Edmund Layard Drabble 
     flag england  b. 14 Mar 1901, Twickenham  27 Feb 1941 to Apr-42 


    ata john drabble in 1932

    1st on left, with other members of 40 Bomber Sqn, Upper Heyford, 1932 (Flight)



    Royal Navy from 1914 to 1919 (Sub Lieut.)

    Victory Medal

    RAF 1919 to 1932 (Flight Lieut.)

    m. (One child before 1941)

    a Civil Pilot

    prev. exp. approx 3,000hrs

    "Lost right foot and ankle - artificial foot" [Possibly in the accident to Avro 504K J732, of 39 Sqn, Spittlegate which spun in during aerobatics on 2 Feb 1923; F/O Cyril Chambers (24) killed, F/O John Edmund Layard Drabble injured. The inquiry found that the accident was due to an error of judgement on the part of Flying Officer Drabble.]

    June 1932: "FLIGHT LIEUTENANT FINED. John Edmund Layard Drabble, Flight Lieutenant. 49 Squadron, Upper Heyford, Bicester, did not appear to answer a charge of using a motor car with no Road Fund licence at Waddesdon on Tuesday, April 26th. but sent a telephone message explaining that was on duty until noon. P.S. Snelling deposed that in High Street, Waddesdon, he noticed that defendant’s Road Fund licence expired on March 24th. Defendant said, " I forgot all about it."

    Director of Aircraft Equipment Ltd from Jan 1936, presumably based on his patent for 'increasing the field of vision in aircraft", filed the same year.

    Address in 1941: 1 Lanark Rd, Maida Vale, London

    Postings: 3FPP, 6FPP

    "A pilot of considerable experience... a capable pilot who is working hard and well." but...

    [Contract Terminated 10 Apr 1942 by ATA  - Disciplinary Reasons]

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  • Drumm, Austin Marcus

     M.414  First Officer Austin Marcus Drumm 
    flag usa   b. 14 Jan 1915, Union City, Michigan 17 Mar 1941 to 9 Dec 1941