• 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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  • 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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  • 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, 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

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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]

    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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  • 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    


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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 Nov-45 



    prev. RAF Sgt Pilot 1919 to 1931

    "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


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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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  • 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:

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    "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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  • 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. 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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      


    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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  • 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, 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    


    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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  • 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      


    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.

    blenheim hendon

    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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  • 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 Jul 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 

  • 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

  • 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


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    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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  • 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 


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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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  • 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


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    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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  • Bower, Aubrey Kingsley

     M.758 First Officer  Aubrey Kingsley Bower 
      + flag UK b. 4 Apr 1909, Colombo, Ceylon  10 Jun 1942 to  30 Nov 1945

     ata aubrey bower 1938 1938

     ata aubrey bower ATA    

     Ed. Royal College, Colombo; Loughborough Engineering University

    Father: Alfred James Bawa, of Eladuwa Estate, Paiyagala, South Kalutara, Ceylon, d. 9 Jul 1919) 

    (presumably therefore 'Bower' is an anglicized spelling)

    Next of kin: (mother) Mrs Martha Elaine Bawa, ?alaha Tea Estates, Ceylon 

     prev,. Aircraft Inspector for Vickers Armstrong, Weybridge, Surrey

    Postings: 7FPP, 6FPP

    "...was slow to get to a passable standard on all his IFTS flying. Eventually he just made the grade and passed into the AFTS. Here his work was poor and he did not show the keenness expected of ATA pilots and had to be warned about his slackness and his poor behaviour as an officer"

    "Since this officer reported to this unit on the 5th June (1943) he has shown considerable improvement"

    "He would do much better if he was not so lazy"

    d. 16 Nov 1991 - Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France


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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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  • Boyd, Casey Thomas

     M.176  First Officer Casey Thomas Boyd 

    flag usa

     b. 3 Aug 1911, Clayton, AL  25 Oct 1940 to Apr-43 



    US Navy pilot from 1930 to 1940

    Postings: 2FPP, 8FPP

    "Continues to be a most valuable member of this Pool, both as regards his flying qualities and his conduct."

    Later flew 'The Hump with CNAC - see CNAC Captian Casey T. Boyd


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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    


    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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  • 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 



    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:

     ata bray funeral 1     ata bray funeral 2

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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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  • 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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  • 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, 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.415 * Flight Captain  Harold Burns 
    flag england  b. 12 Jun 1913, Barnsley  20 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata harold burns 1936 1936



    m. 1938 Millicent [Parker]

    prev. a motor engineer

    Address in 1936: "Dundella", Bromley Rd, Congleton, Cheshire

    d. Sep 1983 - Congleton

  • 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    


     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      


     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.

     B 24 Liberator RAF Bomber

    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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  • 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"

  • 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      


    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

  • Chapman, Laurence Alfred


    First Officer

    (Seconded from RAF) 

     Laurence Alfred Chapman
     flag england b. 13 Sep 1921, Upminster   19 May 1944 to Apr-45

     ata laurence chapman 1946 1946





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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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  • 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, 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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  • 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

  • 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



    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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  • 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




    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 Nov-45

     ata arthur coltman 1929 1929

     ata arthur coltman 1939 1939    


    Address in 1941: 'Avion', 60 Edward Ave, Braunstone, Leicester

    m. Hilda Hayward 1932 (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

    Postings: 6FPP

    Instructor from Jan-43: "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      


    "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    


    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.349), Reginald Davidson (M.918), Marvin Dunlavy (M.408), Albert Gardner, John Gulson, Francis Lees, Alan Murray, Donald Soutter;

    Fire Officer D Baldwin, Senior Flight Engineer Kenneth Payne, 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, Maurice Gaston Emile

     M.---- Flt-Sgt (Seconded from RAF)   Maurice Gaston Emile Coutanceau
       b. 23 Feb 1920  20 Nov 1942 to Oct-43 




     RAF from 23 Jan 1941 to 19 Nov 1942

    Hurricane II

    d. 26 Oct 1943 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane IIc LE262 struck hillside at Kinniside Cleator, Cumberland, 10 miles E of St Bees Head, in bad weather 

    buried St Laurence Church, Upminster, Essex


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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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  • 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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  • 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  

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    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 


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    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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  • 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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  • 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'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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  • 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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  • 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]'

    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 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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  • 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 


    b. 23 Nov 1899  21 Jun 1940 to 31 Dec 1945 

      double whisky BG  dw  dw_elc ELC  


    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, 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 




    father Earl Drumm (dec'd), Mary Eta Parkman

    m. 1939 to Benita 'Bonnie' Vieve [McCarthy] [d. 2 Jun 2008]

    prev. exp. 5yrs as a flight instructor in Virgina Air Service, Gordonsville

    Address in 1941: 503 Carleton Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Postings: 6FPP

    "A good pilot who has done all work allocated to him in a satisfactory manner", but:

    Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons

    Later a pilot in the US Army Air Transport Command, and then a Colonel in the USAAF.

    In 1944, he and his crew bailed out of a B-24 near Georgetown, British Guiana and spent about 2 weeks in 'the roughest jungles in South America'. One of the pilots sent to look for him was James Ansley (M.511), who had travelled to the UK with him in 1941.

    In 1946, Drumm "picked up a copy of the Southeastern Airport News and read that Ansley was running Page Field for Lee County. After an exchange of telegrams he flew over to Page Field in his PT-17 for a happy reunion with his old flying partner."

    After WWII, the family lived in Utah and North Carolina while Austin completed his education, then moved to Lexington, Virginia, where from 1963 he was Professor of history at Virginia Military Institute.

    d. 8 Jan, 1997 - Barboursville, Virginia

    buried Weedsport, Cayuga County, New York

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  • Drzewiecki, Jerzy

     M.263 First Officer  Jerzy Drzewiecki MBE 
    flag poland b. 7 Aug 1902, Warsaw Poland  25 Feb 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 




     ata jerzy drzewiecki MAMM Manx Aviation & Military Museum    

     Educated at Warsaw University of Technology 

    An Aircraft Designer - one of the three founders (with fellow students Stanisław Rogalski and Stanisław Wigura) of RWD, which was a Polish aircraft construction bureau active between 1925 and 1939.

    In 1933, Rogalski, Drzewiecki and Wędrychowski founded the company Doświadczalne Warsztaty Lotnicze (DWL, Experimental Aeronautical Works) in Warsaw, which became a manufacturer of further RWD aircraft. 

    He fled the German-Soviet occupation of Poland in September 1939 and found work as a draughtsman at Westland Aircraft from Feb 1940, but was frustrated that they would not allow him to do "creative work."

    prev. exp: over 1500 hrs in about 60 land and seaplanes

    Address in 1941: 4 West Park, Yeovil, Somerset

    Postings: 2FPP, 6FPP, 9FPP, 14FPP

    Off sick from 24 Nov 1941 to 19 Jan 42 following a forced landing in a Beaufort after both engines failed.

    "A most reliable and experienced pilot. Discipline excellent."

    Post-WWII, after working for Bristol Aircraft for a while (and again getting frustrated by what he saw as a lack of opportunity) he emigrated to Canada in Dec 1947.

    d. 15 May 1990 - Ottawa

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  • Duckett, Reginald Wilfred

     M.109  First Officer  Reginald Wilfred Duckett

    flag england

      b. 30 Jun 1907, Porstmouth 1 Nov 1940 to Jun-45 

     ata reginald duckett 1937      


    Address in 1940: 25 Parkside Drive, Cheltenham Reach, Gloucester

    prev. RAF Instructor, Estate Agent, Surveyor

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 6FPP, 14FPP, 16FPP

    He had an exciting time in a Warwick in June 1943. The undercarriage failed to lock down due to an uncoupled pipe; he and the passengers reconnected the pipe and replaced the hydraulic fluid with "a mixture of ethanol and urine" and pumped the undercarriage down by hand. They were all commended for their efforts.

    ... and then 10 months later, in April 1944, the same problem occurred in a Barracuda - a hydraulic connection came adrift. This time, as there were no passengers with the necessary, he made a successful forced landing.

    "A keen and willing worker who, after a slow beginning, reached average ability. A pilot who knows his own limitations and has no special faults."

    Rejoined the RAF post-WWII; Pilot Officer in the Aircraft Control Branch from Nov 1950.

    d. Jun 1976  - Hampshire

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  • Ducler des Rauches, J Phillippe

     M.1065 *

    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

     J Phillippe Ducler des Rauches
    flag british mauritius b. 26 Apr 1914, British Mauritius  26 May 1944 to 15 Apr 1945




    Father: Philippe Ducler des Rauches

    m. 12 Feb 1947 Marise Sauzier

    F.C.C.S; Gen. Se. Mauritius Sugar Producers' Assoc.; Sec. Mauritius Ch. Of Com. And Mauritius Ch. Of Brokers 1946-53;

    Mem. Maurtitius Labour Advisory Brd., Vice-Chair. Maurtitius Employers Federation

  • Duigan, James Evelyn Brian

     M.157  First Officer James Evelyn Brian Duigan 

    flag nz

      b. 5 May 1918, Auckland NZ 27 Sep 1940 to Feb-42 

     ata james duigan ATA      


    One of 3 sons of Sir John Evelyn Duigan, Chief of the General Staff of the New Zealand Military Forces from 1937 to 1941

    Ed. NZ University (B.A. NZ), R.N. College

    prev. Dept of Internal Affairs, NZ Gov't

    Pilot Officer RNZAF then RAF Sep-38 to Sep-40

    Postings: 1FPP

    He was blamed for a wheels-up forced landing in a Hurricane in Dec-40; "Pilot should not have taken off when he knew weather conditions were bad and is entirely responsible."

    However, by 1942 his discipline had "improved beyond all knowledge, and he is a first class asset to the Pool."

    [Contract Terminated by Mutual Consent]

    d. 17 Jun 1945 on a delivery flight in Canada

    buried Metis Beach (United Church) Cemetery, Quebec, Canada

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  • Dunlavy, Marvin Harrison

     M.408 First Officer   Marvin Harrison 'Alabam' Dunlavy Jr
     flag usa   b. 14 Oct 1916, New Orleans 27 Feb 1941 to 10 Apr 1945 

     ata marvin dunlavy

     ata marvin dunlavy 2 ATA    


    Marvin was one of a team of 6 pilots, in 3 aeroplanes, who made an attempt on the world endurance flight record (which stood at 22.5 hrs), in Sarasota, Florida in April 1940. However, he had to land after just over 6 hrs in the air, as they were getting low on fuel and efforts to refuel them in the air had failed.

    Address in 1941: 1913 3rd Ave, Bessemer, Alabama.

    Brief Glory says he had "black curly hair, rolling eyes, a broken nose and an accent you could cut with a knife. A disconcerting habit he had of rolling his head from side to side was due to an early boxing accident."

    When asked about his opinion of England, he said "Gee, that's a terrible country! I can't think why they don't cut all their balloon cables and let the god-damn country sink to the bottom of the sea."

    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 Flt Lt 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.349), Reginald Davidson (M.918), Marvin Dunlavy (M.408), Albert Gardner, John Gulson, Francis Lees, Alan Murray, Donald Soutter;

    - Fire Officer D Baldwin, Senior Flight Engineer Kenneth Payne, and

    - Mr J.J. Thompson.

    d. 17 Oct 2003, California.

    The East Bay Times, Oct. 26, 2003: "When he returned from the war, M.H. opened Bessemer's first Airport, teaching and sharing his love of flying with many local residents. He was married for forty-five years to the love of his life, Carolyn Masingil and had two daughters, Marilyn and Anne. He went on to become a Captain with Capitol Airways. He later owned a boat rental and resort at Lakeport, California, continuing to fly and maintaining his flight instructors license into his seventies.

    He was fortunate enough to return to Bessemer and Clarksville, Tennessee to visit family and friends for his eighty-seventh birthday. Graveside service was held at Cedar Hills Cemetery in Bessemer on Monday, October 20th at 11 AM.

    M.H. is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Dunlavy (Todd) Plum of Martinez, California, Anne Dunlavy of Napa, California, brother, Louis "Eddie" Dunlavy of Bessemer, granddaughter Elizabeth (Lisa) Karen Dunlavy and great-grandson Phillip Harrison Wierson, both of Bogart, Georgia."

    His son Marvin Harrison Dunlavy III, (by his first wife Jane Bell Crosby), was killed in 1969 when the truck he was driving went off the road nr Yanceyville, N.C.

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  • Durham, Jack Groover

     M.332  First Officer Jack Groover Durham 
    flag usa   b. 2 Nov 1919, Fort Payne AL 1 Feb 1941 to May-42 

     ata jack durham ATA



    Educated at Birmingham High School

    prev. a pilot, instructor and crop dusting with Dawn Crop Dusting Corp., Leland, Miss.

    Address in 1941 (grandparents): 5326 Court P, Birmingham, Alabama

    'My family is Democratic'

    "This pilot has developed into a very fine influence in the Pool by reason of his keenness and good sense of discipline. He is also a first class pilot."

    d. 19 Apr 1943 when a Captain with RAF Transport Command, in Baltimore FA330 which was lost en-route Dorval, Quebec to Natal, Brazil (or possibly en-route from Natal to the Middle East). Also killed were F/O John Dickson Grant (RCAF) and Radio Operator Harold Alfred Picher.

    No known grave. Commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial.

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  • Dutton, Hon. Charles

     M.138 First Officer  Hon. Charles Dutton 

    flag england

     b. 13 May 1911, Burford Oxon  23 Jul 1940 to Nov-45 

      ata charles dutton 1933 1933      


    George Dutton's brother

    Physical Defects: No right arm [the result of a congenital defect, not amputation]

    Next of kin: Father, Lt-Col James Huntly Sherborne, 6th Baron Sherborne, Sherborne Park, Cheltenham, Glos.

    Ed. at Stowe

    He worked in the Finance Department of the Hospital Savings Association, and was  a Temporary Assistant, Ministry of Economic Warfare, Apr-40 to Jun-40

    Postings: 1FPP, 9FPP, 12FPP

    He got a Certificate of Commendation, in 1942: "On the 29th April, F/O C Dutton (a one-armed pilot) was ferrying a Spitfire from Lyneham to Biggin Hill. When he had got about a mile beyond Kenley he experienced complete engine failure due to a broken connecting rod. He succeeded in lowering his undercarriage and flaps and in landing his aircraft at Kenley (runway aerodrome) in a high wind without further damage."

    "This officer has been flying consistently well and keenly... a most likeable person whose discipline is good."

    Lettice Curtis described him as 'a particularly English pilot'; "One day, in an honest effort to excuse something which American instructor Charles Smith had said or done, he said to all and sundry 'Remember he's just an American'."

    m. Joan Molesworth Jenkinson, also an ATA pilot, in 1943:

     ata joan and charles dutton HB

    Despite his disability, Charles ferried 541 Spitfires, 14 Mustangs, 232 Typhoons, 4 Fireflies and 47 Tempests during his time with the ATA.

    He duly became 7th Baron Sherborne in 1949, on the death of his father. He then farmed in Gloucestershire and was a member of Gloucestershire County Council for some years.

    d. 25 Dec 1983 

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  • Dutton, Hon. George Edward

     M.124 Flight Captain  The Hon. George Edward Dutton 

    flag scotland

    flag england

    b. 23 Sep 1912, Beauly  2 Jul 1940 to Dec-45 


    ata george dutton 1929

    A student in 1929

     ata george dutton ATA  ata george dutton MAMM MAMM  


     * King's Commendation for valuable service in the air


    Charles' brother (see below)

    Next of kin: Father, Lt-Col James Huntly Sherborne, 6th Baron Sherborne, Sherborne Park, Cheltenham, Glos.

    Ed. at Stowe

    prev. Foreign Office (Communications) Aug-39 to Jul-40

    prev. exp. 250 hrs

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 15FPP

    "A pilot of exceptional ability, and a successful Flight Captain, inasmuch as his high qualities as a pilot set a good example to others. His quiet disposition and lack of natural aptitude for leadership prevent him from being an outstanding Flight Captain as well as an outstanding pilot."

    m. Joan Doreen East 1945;  Pauline Stewart Robinson 1959

    d. 21 July 1981, Hereford 

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  • Eayrs, Arthur Frank

     M.380 * 2nd Officer  Arthur Frank Eayrs 
      flag england  b. 2 Aug 1895, Manton, Rutland  13 May to 18 Sep 1941 

       1930 RAeC

    (No. 9050 - Nottingham Aero Club)



     pre. a motor engineer; garage proprietor (Scott and Eayrs Limited, High Street and Melton Rd, Oakham)

    m. 1925 in Uppingham, Rutland, Mabel E [Taylor]

    Address in 1930: 2 Parkfield Rd, Oakham, Rutland


    with (we think) Tom W Shipside at Tollerton; presumably G-ABCS in the background.

    [G-ABCS was a 1930 DH 60G Gipsy Moth based at Stag Lane, Heston and then Yeadon, but was requisitioned in 1939 as X5039 and 'used as decoy']

    [Thomas Wiliam Shipside was, like Arthur, a motor garage proprietor in the Midlands, so this is probably how they knew one another.


    He was a founder member of Tollerton Aero Club, managing director of a string of BMC garages (the firm was founded by his ex-blacksmith father) and learnt to fly in 1927.]




    This document confirms the end of Arthur's ATA service on 18th September 1941; he received 3 months pay (£71 5s) in lieu of notice.

    A note in his logbook says "approx 480 hrs in Hart, Audax, Gladiator, Swordfish, Anson, Oxford, Whitney Straight, Leopard Moth, Miles Magister, Tiger Moth etc." but this may include his pre-WWII hours.

    "The information in our family was that his ATA flying had been cut short by a medical problem, possibly related to blood pressure."

     d. 9 Jul 1965 - Rutland

    His grandson (who kindly sent me the photos and documents) describes him as a "rather distant and forbidding figure."

  • Echallier, Claudius Philippe

     M.356 First Officer  Claudius Philippe Echallier 
    flag france  b. 24 May 1911, Saint-Lager, France  6 Mar 1941 to Jun-44 


    ata claudius echallier


    ata claudius echallier 2    


    prev a test pilot; arrived in the UK in June 1940, and worked at the RAF Repair Depot at Burton Wood.

    prev exp. 500 hrs

    He was in demand as a 'very highly skilled engineer'- The Container Engineering Co. Ltd of Maidenhead even asked if he could be transferred to them, in March 1942.

    Although his initial flying reports were fine ("A good pilot, very careful and of good average ability"), in June 1943 he failed the conversion course for Class 5 (4-engine) aircraft (Stirling): "This pilot proved temperamental and erratic and his flying generally was disappointing... especially taxying which was much too fast and careless!" Charles Tutt, who was on the same course, said that, if he had been the instructor, he "would have failed him two hours earlier".

     He continued to do good work on single- and twin-engine aircraft, however, and eventually amassed 1,135 hrs in the ATA.

    beaufighter 6

    d. 8 Jun 1944 (Died in ATA Service) - Beaufighter NV235 flew into hillside in poor visibility near Mull of Galloway, Scotland.

    ata royston staniford

    23-year-old Senior Flight Engineer Royston Edwin Staniford also died in the crash.

    After the funeral, his wife Lucienne returned to Scarborough but two days later was taken ill and subsequently had a miscarriage. She returned to France in late 1944.

    He is commemorated in Saint-Lager:

    800px 69218 Saint Lager MM4

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  • Edgar, William Silver


     M.272 First Officer  William Silver Edgar 
     flag usa b. 7 Oct 1906, Waco TX  2 Jan 1941 to 2 Apr 1942 

     ata william edgar ATA

      from "Fighting Men of Texas" (1948)    


    'Silver' came from his mother Estelle's maiden name

    Educated at Baylor University, Waco

    2nd Lieut., Army Air Corps 1932-35, stationed at Ft Crockett, Galveston, TX

    Awarded his 'wings' at Kelly Field, Texas in 1933

    Author of "Wings across the World", a syndicated newspaper column

    Also a pilot, rancher, and with some 'banking experience'

    prev. exp: about 900hrs

    Address in 1941: 1305 Jefferson Ave, Waco, Texas

    Postings: 4FPP

    His initial ATA test described him as "a rather nervous type, but general flying fair."

     ata william edgar id card

    "An excellent officer. A keen and reliable pilot."

    He had a nasty forced landing on the 2 Mar 1942, in Airspeed Oxford L4597 following an engine failure. "He crash-landed on the ice of Loch Laidon but returned to the burning aircraft and saved the Log Books and his kit. The ice broke under him before he reached the shore and he was completely immersed. He then walked nine miles before he found a barn for shelter."

    [During 1978 the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engines from L4597 were recovered by the Scotland West Aircraft Investigation Group using a raft. Subsequently the engines were restored by staff at Rolls Royce’s Hillington site. At least one of them was subsequently put on display at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.]

    He put in a request for a replacement cap, but before this could be actioned died in another accident:

     Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

    d. 2 Apr 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Spitfire BM358 crashed at Chapel of Garioch, 20 miles NW of Dyce, (or possibly at nearby Boghead, about 4 miles southwest of Inverurie) on a flight from Castle Bromwich to Kinloss.

    The very next day, a telegram arrived from home:


    Buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery, and commemorated at Baylor University: "William Silver Edgar lights up Fountain Mall every day and Robert Warren illuminates the courtyard by the Carroll Science Hall. These two men, along with 123 other Baylor men and women, made the supreme sacrifice in World War II. Now they stand as the honor guard at Baylor in the form of red granite light posts."

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  • Edison, James Arlington

    M.153 *

    First Officer James Arlington 'Eddie' Edison 

    flag usa

     b. 29 Aug 1898, Kansas   

    13 Aug 1940 to 23 Sep 1941

     ata james edison 1943 1943      

    "He has been flying since he was 18".

    prev a a stunt-man and crop-duster. 

    1933-4 instructor to 60 Chinese pilots of the army of General Chang Kai-shek

     m. to Mary E (d. 1986)

    [arrived in Manchester 5 Sep 1940]

    [Transferred to AtFero, probably in Mar 1941]

    "His name was scratched from the crew list for a ferry flight to Montreal, so that he could return to London to renew his papers.The bomber flew into the side of a mountain, and all 22 of the crew were killed and the ship completely destroyed." [This was Liberator AM261, on the 10th August 1941. See also F D Bradbrooke (joined 1939) and George Thomas Harris]

    "Lt. Edison helped to bury this group of fellow fliers, immediately after which he received an assignment to leave for another trip. On this day, one hour before take-off, and while en route to the airdrome, there was an air raid and while the taxi in which he was riding was waiting, there was an automobile accident that resulted in two broken ribs for the lieutenant, sending him to the hospital instead.

    Before getting away, however, he saw the ship in which he was supposed to leave run off the runway, catch fire and all 22 of the fine American pilots which made up the crew were burned to death.  [This was Liberator AM260, on the 14th August 1941. To be precise, 12 pilots [9 of them American], 8 radio operators, 1 flight engineer and 1 civilian were killed. See also Elbert Anding, Philip Lee, Buster Trimble and Martin Wetzel,]

    He says he made his next journey with fingers crossed - but safely."

    Later joined the US Navy and was Chief Aviation Pilot at Stanford Naval Air Station, FL, in 1943.

    d. 28 Apr 1945 in PV-3 (ex-RAF Lockheed Ventura) which crashed after hitting trees shortly after take-off from NAS Lake City, FL.


  • Egginton, Roy Leonard

     M.749  First Officer Roy Leonard Egginton 
     flag england b. 2 Nov 1921, Coventry  20 May 1942 to 9 Jun 1944 



     Father: Sidney Lawrence Egginton, Little Heath Post Office, Coventry; mother, Florence [Bolton]

    Ed. King Henry VIII School, Coventry

    prev. a sub-Post Master; RAF LAC from 22 Feb 1941 to 15 Sep 1941

    prev. exp. 37 hrs

    Address in 1942: Rose-Mary, Coventry Rd, Fillongley, Coventry

    He was fined 7s 6d in June 1939 for ignoring a 'Halt' sign while riding his bicycle (!)

     Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP, No 782 Sqn RAF (Donibristle), 3FPP

     The Air Ministry reported: "After 18 hrs dual and 12 hrs 30 min solo general standard below that required. Extremely slow thinking and has also found great difficulty in mastering the fundamentals of navigation"...

    ... but his 'reference' from Pilot Officer T C Sumner MSc. said "I found him most capable and can say without hesitation that in many respects he was quite brilliant... he was awarded the 'Holt Memorial' Medal for Service and Leadership"

    His instructor perhaps summed it up: "Egginton is a likeable chap, thoroughly trustworthy and keen to fly"  but "In war time there are limits to the amount of time we can give to a slow pupil"

     6 accidents, only one definitely his fault:

    - 23 Aug 1942, a loose stone flew up while taxying and chipped the propeller

    - 2 Feb 1943, he landed a Hurricane with gear retracted; the gear operation was faulty

    - 29 Jul 1943, an error of judgement while landing a Martlet led to an uncontrolled swing

    - 9 Nov 1943, forced landing in a Warwick after engine failure

    - 14 Jan 1944, his Swordfish collided with a van while taxying, due to "insufficient care on part of the van driver"

     d. 9 Jun 1944 in Avenger II JZ560, which disappeared on a flight from Hawarden to Hawkinge, Kent. It was assumed that he had flown too far and crashed into the English Channel as neither he nor the aircraft were spotted after takeoff, or ever found.

    The ATA (who continued paying his salary) even contacted the Red Cross to find out if he had accidentally flown to France and been taken prisoner, but nothing had been reported and he was finally presumed dead after 9 months, although it took until 1 Jul 1946 for probate to be finalised.


     Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


    When Coventry Cathedral was rebuilt in 1953, he was also remembered there:


    The Lady Chapel window, situated over the Lady Chapel altar, portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has been given by parents, relatives and friends in memory of six young men of St. Paul's Guild who gave their lives in the Second World War.

    Their names—Kenneth Aspell. Geoffrey Burrows. Anthony Crabb. Howard Checkley. Roy Egginton. and Edward Savage - are inscribed in the window. "


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  • Ellam, Frederick

     M.12   Commander Frederick 'Joe' Ellam Jnr 
    flag england  b. 15 Aug 1895, Bexley  11 Sep 1939 to Nov-41 


    ata frederick ellam 1917 




    RFC (17th London Regiment) and RAF Reserve 1914 to 1933

    prev Director of Ellams Duplicator Co.

    Transferred to MAP, November 1941

    d. Sep 1973, Eastbourne 

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  • Elliott, William Johnston

     M.343  First Officer William Johnston 'Bill' Elliott 
     flag usa  b. 18 Apr 1917, Chambersburg Pennsylvania 17 Feb 1941 to Feb-42 

     ata william elliott



    prev. a flight instructor, charter and barnstorming pilot

    prev exp. 786 hrs, mostly on Lockheed 10a

    Bill worked for the Stanley Company as a shipping clerk from 1935 to '36, then was a general electrical contractor ('house and motor wiring - small repairs') until he became a flight instructor at his local airport (Sunset Airport, Chambersburg PA)

    ata william elliott ID Card

    He had a one-year contract with the ATA, which they wanted to extend - his CO wrote: "First Officers Fitzgerald, Elliott and Hoover. All three excellent pilots and are some of the best types of Americans that I have seen over here. I think everything possible should be done to get these pilots to renew their contracts."

    Bill replied that he had decided to return to the US "after February 16th [1942] as soon as the details of my transportation can be arranged", but sadly before this happened he died in an accident.


    d. 8 Feb 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Anson W1793 crashed into the side of a hill in bad visibility 3 miles N of Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. The accident committee concluded that he flew into snow-covered ground "in conditions which would cause confusion between ground and cloud".

    He and Earl Renicker (q.v.) were buried at Altrincham Bowden and Hale Cemetery, Cheshire, near Hubert Dixon (q.v.)

     ata william elliott funeral 1  ata william elliott funeral 2


    "Senior officers were present, with American members of the ATA. RAF men bore the two coffins, which were covered with flags, the Stars and Stripes of America. Air Transport Auxiliary pilots followed the coffin. An RAF Chaplain officiated, and the vicar of Timperley, the Rev. Dr Lindare, assisted." - Manchester Evening News, via George Cogswell

      via George Cogswell


    He was "an exceptionally careful and steady pilot and his general behaviour was excellent."

    His parents Gernard and Louise wrote "He studied hard and to be a good pilot was his whole ambition. Sorry as we are that he had to give his life so soon in this his chosen occupation, we are proud that he was a member of your organisation."

    ATA Memorial Bill Elliott 

    with thanks to Barbara Grayson

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  • Ellis, Arthur Godfrey

     M.274  First Officer  Arthur Godfrey Ellis
    flag england  b. 23 Feb 1913, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent  26 Feb 1941 to Nov-44 

     ata arthur ellis 1934 1934

     ata arthur ellis ATA    


    Educated at North Staffordshire Technical College;

    Bronze Medal in Pottery

    Works Manager for Colclough China Ltd, Regent Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

    m. (1 child before 1941)

    Address in 1941: 227 Stone Rd, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

    prev. a member of the Civil Air Guard

    Missing index finger on right hand, and bad scar

    prev. exp. 153 hrs 

    Postings: 2FPP, 3FPP, 6FPP, 12FPP

    "A willing, keen and reliable pilot, a good officer with a keen sense of discipline", but was given a severe reprimand in Dec-43 for taxying a Beaufighter without sufficient care and colliding with a Blenheim. Both pilots were held equally to blame.

    Filed a number of patents post-WWII, e.g. in 1948, "a chuck for holding articles of clay, glass, plastics or other materials, in manufacture or finishing operations", and 1952: "Apparatus for shaping clayware."

    [Colclough China Ltd became part of the Royal Doulton Group in the early 1970's; production ceased in 1996.]

    d. Nov 2003 - Stoke On Trent

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  • Ellis, Harry Alfred

     M.139 Flight Captain  Harry Alfred Ellis 

    flag england

      b. 8 Dec 1908, Mitcham Surrey 29 Jul 1940 to Dec-45 

      ata harry ellis 1934 1934      


    Address in 1940: 214 Pullman Court, Streatham, S.W.2

    prev exp. 300 hrs

    A Commercial Traveller in 1934

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    ata white waltham pilots

    Early days at White Waltham, Anson taxi pilots - Ronnie Malcolm, Douglas Fairweather (M104), Jim Kempster and Harry Ellis (M139)

    Brief Glory

    " A first cass ferry pilot... albeit one who does not always take too kindly to regulations."

    "He is still inclined to be somewhat controversial."

     d. May 1989 - Slough 

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  • Erickson, John Burge

     M.469 First Officer   John Burge Erickson

    flag usa

      b. 26 Jul 1906, Oklahoma City, OK  9 Jun 1941 to May-42

     ata john erickson ATA



    prev. an airplane mechanic from 1935, and a Flight Instructor at Oklahoma Air College

    prev. exp. 3,500hrs

    Address in 1941: 220 S Lake St, Ponca City, OK

    m. to Dorothy Louise [Young], 1 child

    Postings: AFTS, as Instructor

    "A natural pilot" - ATA's Chief Instructor T.G.L. Gale said: "It was because I had the highest opinion of his character that I selected him for instructional duties... his work has been excellent and highly successful and has deservedly earned him the praise of his superiors and the gratitude of his pupils."

    blenheim hendon

    d. 9 May 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Blenheim I K7086. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft's tail was broken in a collision with another Blenheim (L8439, piloted by First Officer Richard S Pavey (M.445)) which had also just taken off, and it dived into the ground and caught fire.

    Trainee Pilot Thomas Walton, a director of Burnley Aircraft Products Ltd, was also killed. F/O Pavey survived with a fractured shoulder, spinal injuries, shock and burns.

     ata john erickson funeral     

    Buried at Maidenhead Cemetery - Sec. D. Row K.K. Grave 21.


    His brother Glenn had sent him this photo of himself, wife Ruby and their child outside their house in California in April 1942:

    glenn erickson and family 1942

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  • Estes, Willard Noel


     M.322  First Officer Willard Noel Estes 
     flag usa   b. 15 Jan 1911, Monett, Missouri 15 Jan 1941 to Jun-41 


    ata willard estes




    prev. exp. 1,050 hrs during 12 years civilian flying

    Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

    d. 26 June 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - overshot while landing at Biggin Hill in Spitfire Vb P8538, tried to take off but hit top storey of airmen's barrack block.

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  • Ewing, Ernest Carl

     M.470  First Officer  Ernest Carl Ewing 

    flag usa

    b. 15 Jan 1914, Savannah in Chatham, GA 3 May 1941 to 2 May 1942 



     Address in 1941: (mother) 607 15th Ave E, Cordele, GA

    Ed. Georgia Military College

    prev. A Banker; Flight Instructor; US Army Sep-28 to Aug-40, 2nd Lieut.

    'Flying since 1928'

    Postings: 3FPP

    Either "a good and capable pilot", or "This pilot gossips and grumbles too much about things of which he knows nothing; a troublemaker."

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  • Ewing, Norman Brock

     M.520  First Officer  Norman Brock Ewing

    flag scotland

     b. 13 Apr 1904, Glasgow   4 Jun 1941 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata norman ewing 19371937

     ata norman ewing ATA    


    Father: John Mitchell Ewing

    Ed. Hutcheson Boys School

    Next of kin: (Sister) Miss Nora Ewing

    prev. a Garage Proprietor (Torrance Garage, East Kilbride, Glasgow)

    prev. exp. 142 hrs on DH Moth Minor, Gipsy III, Tiger Moth, Hornet Moth, Leopard Moth, Moth Major

    Home Address in 1941: St. Helier, Norwood Drive, Whitecraigs, Giffnock, Renfreshire

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP, 4bFPP, 10FPP, 3FPP

    "A dependable pilot of average ability and a willing worker."

    d. 1973, Suva, Fiji

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  • Fairbrother, Manley William

     M.604  First Officer  Manley William 'Lee' Fairbrother
     flag usa  b. 23 Aug 1911, Grand Rapids, MI 10 Jun 1941 to 10 Jun 1942 

     ata manley fairbrother ATA



     father Leo James Fairbrother, a building contractor, mother Anna [Kennedy]

    ed. Martin School, Grand Rapids

    m. [1] 1931 Dortha Ann [Johnson], 1 child; [2]  c.1947 Anna May [Gillis]; [3] 1981 Grace L [Laterza]

    prev. 1927-30 Corporal in Michigan National Guard, 1931-36 Fireman 2nd Class in US Naval Reserve.

    A 'pilot parachute jumper'

    prev. exp. 550hrs certified, 600hrs uncertified in (his own aircraft) J.5 Travelair NC89M, Avian Sport

    Address in 1941: R.R. 3, Grand Rapids, MI

    Postings: 2FPP

    "A good pilot, keen and conscientious"

    Off for a month after an accident in a Hurricane on 6 Dec 1941 - following partial engine failure, he overshot his selected field for a forced landing and hit a tree.

    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, Eddie Ballard, and Harry Kindberg.

    He came 4th in the 1947 Thompson Trophy at the Cleveland Air Races [the race was won by Steve Beville, another former ATA pilot]. He thereby won $500 -  he bought the  P-51 for $5,500.

    Battle Creek Enquirer, Oct 1948: "FINED FOR 'BUZZING' Manley W. Fairbrother, of Minneapolis, a prominent racing pilot, paid a fine of $100 and costs in municipal court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to 'buzzing' near the home of his parents in Grand Rapids while returning from the Cleveland Air Races September 12."  [He qualified in 9th position for the 1948 Thompson Trophy, flying at 351.593 mph in his 'stripped-down P-51', but after 12 laps his engine stalled and he had to pull out.]

    d. 28 Jan 1994


    His obituary says: "He came to Florida in 1971 from Star Prairie, Wis. He was an airline pilot for 24 years with Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis, a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, and a member of the Retired Airline Pilots Association. Survivors include his wife Grace 'Jo'; two daughters, Nora Bercaw, Naples, Fla, and Patricia Hollowell, Spring Hill."


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  • Fairey, Richard

     M.186 First Officer  Richard 'Dick' Fairey 

    flag england

      b. 21 Nov 1916, Iver Bucks 26 Aug 1940 to Dec-41 

     ata richard fairey 1935      


    Son of Sir Charles Richard Fairey MBE, the aircraft designer and industrialist. He joined his father's firm in the jig and tool office in 1936, then transferred to the design office.

    Educated at Harrow and Cambridge

    Address in 1940: Sutherland Grange, Oakley Green, Windsor

    Special Characteristics: "High blood pressure, must not fly high"

    A "very good pilot, good worker" but he suffered ill-health for most of 1941: 4 Jan to 11 Jun, ischio-rectal abcess; 22 Jun to 5 Jul, multiple minor injuries, and 18 Sep to 25 Nov, injury to back and knee.

    He resigned from the ATA in December 1941.

    Shortly afterwards, on the 24 Jan 1942, on his way to the USA to visit his father, his ship (the Norwegian vessel Ringstad) was torpedoed and he spent six days in a open boat. As a result of frostbite and exposure, both his legs were amputated below the knee.

    "At 15.25 hours on 24 Jan 1942 the Ringstad (Master Jacob K. Knudstad), straggling from convoy ON-55 due to several days of stormy weather, was hit on the starboard side in the foreship by one torpedo from U-333 about 85 miles southeast of Cape Race. All on board abandoned ship in three lifeboats and were questioned by the U-boat that surfaced after the ship sank after 20 minutes by the bow. The Germans offered water and food to the survivors and told them the direction of the nearest land before leaving the area after wishing them good luck.

    The lifeboats were separated in the stormy and cold weather. Two lifeboats containing 27 crew members and three passengers were never seen again. Only the motor boat of the master that was completely covered in ice was spotted after five days by an aircraft that escorted a convoy and sent USS Swanson (DD 443) to rescue the master and eleven other survivors in it. The exhausted men were landed at Reykjavik on 5 February."

    [In case you ever look up the Times' obituary, you will find that they mistakenly thought that Dick was torpedoed in 1941 on his way to join the Atlantic Ferry Organisation. However, Dick, as his personnel file confirms, was ill for most of 1941, and was not seconded to Atfero. The Times reporter may have thought that Dick was on the SS Nerissa, which was indeed torpedoed in 1941, but she was bringing American ATA pilots to Britain - 11 of the 13 pilots on board were killed. Dick also said in April 1942 that he had been on a Norwegian ship which was torpedoed.]

    After WWII Richard rejoined Fairey and became a Director and later Vice-Chairman. He also became "an outstanding private pilot", and flew for the company all over the world.

    He  was also a keen follower of powerboats; the 'Fairey Huntress' class of marine motor cruisers was his idea, apparently. He entered his Huntress in the 1960 Miami - Nassau race but this blew up and sank, the crew escaping unharmed. d. 27 Jul 1960 - Villa Benefiat, Cannes, "as a result of physical disabilities which followed injuries he received in the Second World War."

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  • Fairley, Charles Harry

     M.883 * First Officer   Charles Harry Fairley
    flag canada  b. 16 Oct 1923  9 Mar 1943 to 30 Jun 1945 




     m. Jun 1945 Betty K [Abbott]

    Sailed back to Montreal with Betty on the "Manchester Trader", 8 Jul 1945.

    d. 8 Dec 1985, San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Fairman, Albert Edward


    3rd Officer

    [prev. RAF Flying Officer, 146431] 

    Albert Edward "Roy" Fairman 
     flag england b. 9 Nov 1921, London  30 May 1944 to 15 Feb 1945 



    Father: Albert Francis Bessemer Fairman, mother Lily Mildred [Ketley]

    Ed. Sir Walter and St John's School, Battersea, London

    m. Apr 1942 Grace [Varney]

     prev. RAF Flying Officer in Bomber Command from 21 May 1940 to 29 May 1944, based at Abingdon

    Awarded the 1939-43 Star for at least 60 days of service in an operational unit, including at least one operational sortie

    Injured by enemy action [flak injury to foot] and was released from the RAF on medical grounds.

    prev. exp. 550 hrs on DH Moth, Proctor, Anson, Oxford, Hampden, Hereford, Manchester, Lancaster, Whitley

     Address in 1944: 32 Middleton Sq, London EC1

     Postings: 5TFPP, 6FPP, 14FPP

      Albert's Flight Authorization card, 16 Aug 1944

    "A pilot of average ability, but very overconfident, combined with a happy-go-lucky kind of temperament. Capable of carrying out some very useful work, but may require curbing as regards weather, and needs firm handling generally"

    "It may be that in view of his past experience in the RAF he has disliked the idea of having to pass through Training Pool with some far less experienced, and those who were ab initio."

    He was only cleared for Class I and II (single-engine) aircraft, but it was intended that he should later also deliver Class III and IV (twin-engine) aircraft.


    d. 15 Feb 1945 from injuries received in the crash of Mustang IV KH838 at Wrightington near Wigan, on a ferry flight from Lockheeds Renfrew to Rootes Meir.

    "The aircraft was seen to complete a roll to the left, and commence a second roll. During the second roll the pilot was thrown out of the cockpit... After the crash the shoulder straps of the cockpit harness were found broken."


      At the crash site in 2010, including Albert's two younger sisters 

     See http://laituk.org/P-51KH838.htm,  and


    which describe the excavation of the crash site.

    They speculate that "... the reported manoeuvres... have been identified by experienced pilots as being consistent with an incapacitated pilot unable to maintain control of an aircraft or perhaps trying to hold the aircraft steady with one hand whilst trying to open the canopy to bail out? "


    Buried Greenwich Cemetery

      "F/Lieut" appears to be a mistake


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  • Fairweather, Douglas Keith

      M.104 Flight Captain  Douglas Keith Fairweather 
    flag scotland b. 25 Oct 1890, Glasgow  11 Sep 1939 [* 11 Jun 1940 as pilot] to Apr-44 


    ata douglas fairweather 1928 




      (Mother Margaret, née Eureka)

    Educated in Glasgow and Berlin; FCIPA, MIESS.

    Chief Petty Officer in the RNVR, 1915-19

    prev. Assistant Air Attache in the Hague

    A Chartered Patent Agent - Cruikshank and Fairweather, 86, St Vincent St, Glasgow, with offices in London and Manchester.

    prev exp. 1456 hrs. Owned Leopard Moth G-ACXH

    * When Douglas took his test at CFS Upavon on 25 September 1939, he was graded 'D' [Douglas was rather overweight...] and therefore 'unsuitable for ferry work'. His contract with ATA was therefore cancelled on the 1st November, and it took them until the following June to set up their Air Movements Flight and re-start his ATA career as its first C.O..

    Douglas wrote to the ATA on 3 Jun 1940: "I think I am due you a line to thank you for keeping the Chester job open until Thursday on my account. The job which you offered is not only tempting but would prove to be more pleasurable than any other now in sight, particularly in view of the possibility that I might not be grounded completely.

    If the worst happens, I propose to train down to about 15 stone, so as to fit the RAF harness and go back to try my luck with Squadron Ldr. Cox at Upavaon. I have only to drop a pound a day to be ready for Cox in August, or for the Derby in 1945."

    ata white waltham pilots

    Early days at White Waltham, Anson taxi pilots - Ronny Malcolm (M140), Douglas Fairweather (M104), Jim Kempster and Harry Ellis (M139)  (Brief Glory)

    He was off sick for 4 months in 1941 and had to have an orchidectomy; when he was recovering, Gerard d'Erlanger (Head of ATA) wrote to him: "It was nice to hear from you and I am glad that the surgeon is satisfied with your progress. Perhaps he has made a new man of you which will be cause for rejoicing all round".

    Took command of 4b Ferry Pool, Prestwick, from November 1941 to August 1942.

    "An excellent pilot and a most hard working officer who has never spared himself in the slightest. He has served me with absolute loyalty. He has a strong, somewhat excitable, character and a good heart. He has great influence, particularly with the American pilots whom he handles well. He is quite unorthodox and generally seems to get his results in a somewhat disorderly manner."

    Not everyone appreciated Douglas' sense of humour; his C.O. MWS Boucher reported on 19 May 1942: "I have today reprimanded Capt Fairweather for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the ATA' despite his good qualities... I have been influenced by numerous instances of petty indiscipline which although small in themselves cannot be permitted to accumulate unchecked by official censure. I have handed to Capt Fairweather a list of his typical shortcomings and discussed the matter with him in detail."

    janes anson

    d. 3 Apr 1944 (Died in ATA Service) - Anson N4895 lost in Irish Sea on ambulance flight White Waltham to Prestwick to pick up patient (with Nurse Kershaw). His body was washed up on the west coast of Scotland on the 22nd April.

    "I was most distressed to learn that Douglas Fairweather was missing... He was such a great personality that his loss will seem a personal tragedy to many - as it does to me. I will of course write to his wife [Margie Fairweather q.v., who herself died a few weeks later]. How sad that he never saw the long awaited baby. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of such an old associate, such a fine pilot, and such a lovable character." Jack Keeling.


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  • Farquharson, Roderick Ayscough Fraser

     M.--- First Officer  Roderick Ayscough Fraser Farquharson 

    flag UK

     b. 26 Aug 1908, Peradeniya, Ceylon  20 Sep 1939 to 4 May 1940 

      ata roderick farquharson 1929      


    A descendant of Henry VII.

    A Tea Planter

    m. 1936 in Liverpool  Joan Staveley [Boumphrey], 2 children (Gail b. 1946 and Gordon b. 1949)

    Joan also gained a pilot's certificate in Ceylon, in 1939:


    Owned G-ADJN, a 1935 BA Swallow 2, which he wrote off in an accident at Lympne in September 1940.

    His younger brother George Evelyn married 'Jill' Rees, also of the ATA.

    Roderick left the ATA to join the RAF - Pilot Officer from 6 May 1940, Flying Officer from 6 May 1941.

    AFC in January 1944 (when he was a Flt-Lt with No 46 Maintenance Unit, RAFVR)

    A Squadron Leader by 1946, when he and J.P. Obeysekara both flew Austers from the UK to Ceylon.

    Emigrated to Rhodesia in 1958

    d. 25 Oct 1984 - Hillcrest, Natal, South Africa


  • Fellows, George Bruce Stewart

     M.368 *  First Officer George Bruce Stewart Fellows 
    flag UK    b. 24 Aug 1909, Mysore India 12 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

    ata george fellows 1932 1932 



    prev. an engineer


    d. 15 Jul 1979 - Torremolinos, Spain

    ata george fellows grave "Hail to the blithe spirit"

    buried Cementerio Inglés de Málaga

  • Ferguson, Alexander Dickie

     M.455  First Officer Alexander Dickie Ferguson 

    flag scotland

      b.3 Nov 1912, Glasgow  1 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945




    Educated at Fettes College, Cranwell College

    RAF Pilot Officer Sep-31 to Apr-34, 111(F) Sqn RAF Hornchurch flying Siskins and Bulldogs

    m. 1943 Denise Germaine [Dartnall] in Maidenhead

    an Instructor in Air Navigation, for Air Schools Ltd.

    Address in 1941: 26 Weymouth Mews, Weymouth St., London N1

    Postings: 6FPP, 3FPP, 4aFPP, 4FPP 5FPP, and AFTS as instructor

    "An excellent officer and reliable pilot", but developed "a rather worrying disposition and would probably overcome this if he mixed more with his collleagues."

    d. 3 Apr 1986 - Bournemouth, Hants

    "Elder son of the late Professor and Mrs A R Ferguson of Cairo and Edinburgh and father of Christopher." The Times [actually Christian A J Ferguson, b. 1947]

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  • Ffrench, Patrick

     M.630  First Officer Patrick Ffrench 
     flag england   b. 2 Mar 1907, London  6 Aug 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata patrick ffrench 1938 1938



    Father Nicholas George Ffrench

    Ed. Surbiton Grammar School. Cert. AIB (Banking)

    m. 1930 Esther [Jones], 1 son John b. 1935

    prev. a Bank Cashier, then Home Guard private Jul-40 to Aug-41

    Address in 1941: "Chelsey", Weston Green Rd, Thames Ditton

    Postings: 5FPP, 16FPP, RNAS Arbroath (Jun-Jul 1943), 1FPP, 9FPP, 2FPP, 7FPP, 3FPP

    He had a spectacular accident on 31 May 1943; his Hudson III "swung first to port and violently to starboard during take-off and just after leaving ground, port wing dropped. The aircraft cartwheeled and was destroyed." He was held to blame but, luckily, uninjured.

     "A well-behaved, smart and conscientious officer and a safe, average pilot. Had very little experience prior to joining ATA and is rather retiring and a trifle under-confident."

    "A keen and hard-working pilot. He has made good progress throughout"

    d. Apr 2003 - Surrey


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  • Fields, Herbert Roy

     M.--- First Officer  Herbert Roy Fields 
    flag england b. 26 Jul 1901, Hull  11 Sep 1939 to Aug-40 


    ata herbert fields 


     ata herbert fields 2 1936    


    a Garage Proprietor in Hull in 1929;

    a Company Director in Dunswell E Yorks in 1936

    miles master bw

    d. 4 Aug 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - Miles Master flew into hill in fog and crashed at Burnhead Tweedsmuir Peebles

    Buried Maidenhead Cemetery:

     "To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die"

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  • Firby, Geoffrey Maurice

     M.557  First Officer Geoffrey Maurice Firby 
     flag england  b. 21 Sep 1910, Bradford  10 Jun 1941 to 5 Feb 1944 

     ata geoffrey firby 1938 1938

     ata geoffrey firby ATA    


    Father: George Firby, Mother Annie

    Ed. Bradford Moor, Ansons Secondary School

    m. 3 Jan 1944 Doris [Watmough] S.R.N.

    prev. a Haulage Contractor (Own business)

    prev. exp. 57 hrs on Gipsy Moth

    Address in 1941: 4 Dundas St., Bradford

    Postings: 7FPP, 6FPP

    Jan-42: Suspended without pay for 7 days and promotion deferred for 3 months for being "AWOL at Christmas 1941 & submitting a false report."

    "A hard working and safe pilot, but who is inclined to be irresponsible."

    janes anson

    d. 5 Feb 1944 (Died in ATA Service) in Avro Anson W4945 which disintegrated in the air, crashed between Newsham Hall and Walkers Farm, Winston, Darlington and was destroyed.

    "Investigations showed that the starboard aileron was struck in flight by a fast moving metal object such as the propeller of another aircraft. This caused dislocation of aileron hinges & subsequent disintegration of the starboard wing. In this connection two Spitfires were observed manoeuvering around the Anson just before the crash. One was reported to have descended and circled the wreckage after the crash."

    See also http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york43/fr172.html

    Buried at Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

    He had only been married 33 days and hadn't informed the ATA, which meant that the insurance money of £2,000 was paid to his nominated next-of-kin, his mother Annie. She agreed to pass on £675 to his widow Doris, who also inherited Geoffrey's estate of £201.

    A daughter Christine was born in March 1944 but died shortly afterwards.


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  • Fisher, Everitt

     M.--- 2nd Officer  Everitt Fisher 

    flag usa

     b. 15 Jan 1899, New Jersey  12 Aug 1940 to 12 Sep 1940 

      ata everitt fisher 1931      


    Volunteered in 1916, a year before America entered WWI, to go to France as an ambulance driver and stretcher bearer:

    "He worked his way across the Atlantic, paid all his expenses for uniforms, had trouble wioth the customs officials in France, but finally got to the front lines where he remained until an exploding shell at Verdun caused hime to return to the United States." Tampa Bay Times, 2 Aug 1931

    In 1931, Chief Instructor for the St. Petersburg Aeronautic Association, Florida. 


  • Fisher, John Charles

     M.347 First Officer  John Charles Fisher 
    flag england  b. 6 May 1918, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs  30 Mar 1941 to Mar-42 


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    a Sergeant Pilot in the RAFVR from Apr-39 to Jan-41; exp. 120 hrs. He was discharged - "unable to complete course following a night crash."

    prev. an insurance agent

    He proved himself a "quiet, steady and conscientious officer", but had a couple of accidents during his short ATA career; on 25 October 1941 he taxied a Swordfish "carelessly" into a parked Piper Cub, and the following January he suffered head injuries in a forced landing in a Mohawk after engine failure.

    His third accident, sadly, proved fatal.

    janes airspeed oxford

    d. 15 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Oxford X7190 crashed into ground 300' above sea level nr Wigtown. He was deemed to be 'at fault' as he persisted too far in bad weather, "of which the forecast he received gave him warning."

     The wreckage was not discovered for 3 days, and the sketch map below shows its location:

    ata john fisher crash site

    He was buried in Newcastle-under-Lyme Cemetery. His parents took some flowers to his grave in September 1943 and were sorry to see a wooden cross had been put there by the ATA, despite his parents having erected a stone memorial the previous November. The wooden cross was later removed.

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  • Fisk, Thomas Maxwell

     M.947 2nd Officer  Thomas Maxwell Fisk 
      b. 9 Jun 1919, Sydney, Australia 18 May 1943 to 25 Jun 1944 


       Australian War Memorial    

     Father: Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk FRSA. 16 Beaconsfield Terrace, Lindfield, Sydney, Australia [Director General of Economic Development, and a former Secretary to the Economic Cabinet, in Australia] - see https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/fisk-sir-ernest-thomas-6177

    Ed. Geelong, Australia

    prev. a University Student, then an Engineer Officer on board SS "Queen Mary" [Jan-Jun 1942] then SS "Queen Elizabeth"

    prev. exp. 10hrs on Gipsy Moth - failed RAF entrance due to his eyesight

    Postings: 5TFPP, 4FPP, 1FPP, 83 GSU (Seconded for 1 week)

     In October 1943, he and fellow Australian pilot Ian Llewellyn asked for, and were given, permission to wear 'Australia' on their uniforms. "We have lived in Australia all our lives and arrived in this country early this year."



    d. 25 Jun 1944  in Mustang III FB348 which crashed near Petworth, W. Sussex. "...the pilot was executing violent manoevres near the ground, probably resulting in a high speed stall. The aircraft then spun to the left and crashed."

    Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium; his ashes were scattered from DH Rapide X7417 over White Waltham Airfield on 8 July 1944. Ian Llewellyn and Flt-Sgt Pollard flew as passengers, with Capt. Herbert Mason as the pilot.


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  • Fitzgerald, Derek Lionel William

     M.397 * First Officer   Derek Lionel William Fitzgerald
    flag england b. 21 Jun 1918, South Stoneham, Hants  6 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945




    Postings include: 8FPP


    m. 1946 in Maidenhead, Jessie H [Wilson]


    d. 1996, Winchester, Hants

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  • Fitzgerald, Jack

     M.298 First Officer   Jack Fitzgerald
     flag usa b. 10 Jul 1915, Bagwell TX  23 Jan 1941 to Jan-42 

     ata jack fitzgerald AR



    Educated at Paris Junior College then Texas Technology College.

    prev. An airline pilot for Braniff, and 18 months at Odena Flying School at Odessa, Dalton, Texas

    prev. exp. 800hrs

    Postings: 6FPP, 15FPP

    Oct-41: "A most capable pilot, who now seems to have settled down and is doing a good job of work."

    In 1971 the Abilene Reporter said, "Jack, the fifth son of the six 'Flying Fitzgeralds', was being honored by American Air lines in Los Angeles for his 25 years with American. Jack like [his brother] Glenn attended Texas Tech and learned to fly at an early age. He was a pilot for American Air lines [sic] by the time he was 20. During the war he served in the airlines military operation for the Air Transport Command in India. He also flew supplies from San Francisco during the Tokyo Airlift.

    Jack lives in Los Altos, Calif., with his wife Betty and four children. Betty is a former airline stewardess. Today he is based in New York, from where he flies 747s."

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  • Fogelberg, Kenneth Walter

     M.556 First Officer  Kenneth Walter Fogelberg 

    flag usa

     b. 25 Nov 1914, Chicago IL  22 May 1941 to 21 May 1942




    Father: Wilfred Fogelberg (Swedish, naturalised American); Mother Ida Olsen

    Had a sister, Ella M Johnson

    Ed. Lake View High School, Chicago (4 yr Diploma)

    m. 1941 Jeslyn Margaretha [Stark, d. 2013]; 3 children post 1941

    Jeslyn Stark in 1940 Jeslyn in 1940

    prev. own laundry business, and aviation charter work.

    prev. exp 740 hrs

    Address in 1941: 922 Gordon Terrace, Chicago, IL

    [His brother-in-law Elwood Walmsley was in the ATA from Feb-41 to Jan-42; he was married to Jeslyn's sister Laverne.]

    Postings: 1FPP

    Offf sick from 30 Sep to 14 Nov 1941 with 'post trauma debility', after he stalled and undershot a landing in a Hurricane.

    "A keen and hard-working pilot. Flying ability above average."

    He travelled back to Montreal on 18 Jun 1942 with his fellow American ferry pilots James Ansley, Clay Steffee, John Morrison, Stuart Updike, Russell Gibson, Keith Williams, Russell Gates, Nicholas Pickard, William Ressegger, and Clarence Conner.

    From 1956  he ran a store selling "childrens wear, toys, and juvenile furniture" in the Eden's Plaza Shopping Center, Wilmette, Chicago.  

     d. Apr 1967 - Chicago

    buried Mount Olive Cemetery

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  • Fontes, Luis Goncelvis

     M.--- First Officer  Luis Goncelvis Fontes 

    flag england

     b. 20 Dec 1912, London  1 May 1940 to Oct-40 


    ata luis fontes 1938




    Father Brazilian, mother English

    Racing driver [1935 Le Mans winner] and sometime jailbird [spent 3 years in jail - convicted of manslaughter having killed a motorcyclist in a car accident whilst drunk]. Operated a speedboat firm in Torquay.


    1935 Miles Hawk Speed Six G-ADGP G-ADGP Miles Hawk Speed Six Luis Fontes 3


    1938 B A Eagle 2 G-AFKH G AFKH Tommy Rose 0129 0039

    luis and ruth fontes

    with his sister Ruth, King's Cup 1935

     janes wellington

    d. 12 Oct 1940 (Died in ATA Service) - while circling to land at Llandow, his Wellington R1156 struck a telegraph pole in Llysworney during a second circuit and crashed into a bank.

    Buried Mapledurham, Oxfordshire

    King's Cup in 1935, 1938 

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  • Forbes, Ian Archibald

     M.664 First Officer  Ian Archibald Forbes 
     flag england +flag usa  b. 29 Nov 1919, Oxted, Surrey 30 Sep 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata ian forbes 1937 1937

     ata ian forbes ATA    


    Father: James Grant Forbes II (d. 1955) Mother: Margaret [Winthrop] (both American)

    Margaret was a descendant of John Winthrop, one of the leading figures in founding the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s,

    His mother inherited €100,000 from her aunt Ida Means Mason, who died in 1928 in Boston, Mass., and then €75,000 "and personal effects" from another aunt, Ida's sister Miss Ellen F Mason, who died in 1929 in Newport, RI. The remainder of Ellen's €5,000,000 went into a charitable trust, the money to be distributed within 21 years of the death of the last of Margaret's children. His father James Grant Forbes was named Trustee of a fund of €300,000 (€150,000 each from Ida and Ellen) for his children's education "and comfortable support".

    Ed. Eton, Trinity College Cambridge

    5ft 11in, brown hair

    Address in 1937: Little Plumyard, Seven Hills Rd, Cobham, Surrey

    prev. in 1939 a Student of Music (changed his mind) Economics in Kensington

    He traveled to the USA in June 1939 on the 'Queen Mary' and was listed as an American "by virtue of his father's citizenship."

    Address in 1941: (Mother's address) 43 Swan Court, Manor St, Chelsea, London

     m. Oct 1941 Phoebe V Thomas in Marylebone, Middlesex

     Off sick from 21 Feb to 21 Mar 1943 

    1 accident, not his fault:

    - 4 Aug 1944, during the take-off run in a Hudson at White Waltham, the port tyre burst. He "completed the take-off, noticed that the tyre was apparently loose and wobbling, and therefore decided to execute a belly landing."

    Address in 1947: Friary Lodge, Old Windsor, Berks

     His mother Margaret died in 1970 aged 91, at her home in St Briac, France, leaving 11 children (including his sister Rosemary, the mother of John Forbes Kerry (68th US Secretary of State and Democratic Nominee for President, 2004) and Mme Alain Lalonde), 30 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

    John F Kerry visited the Forbes' family estate at Les Essarts, near St-Briac-sur-Mer, on several occasions:

    "In his youth, Kerry joined the family gatherings while his father, a U.S. diplomat, was posted in Europe. Young Kerry also attended a Swiss boarding school and brought a touch of America to this corner of northwestern France.

    "He introduced us to games like capture the flag. We still play something called kick the can," said [John's cousin] Brice Lalonde, who at 58 is two years Kerry's junior.

    Walking along a beach where Kerry and his cousins once played, Lalonde talked about their summers of swimming, cycling and tennis.

    "We would take boats and go to islands and have a picnic. We'd go shrimping and have them cooked up in the kitchen," he said.

    It was in Saint Briac, or nearby, that Kerry's parents met, when his father, Richard Kerry, was traveling in Europe before World War II.

    During the war, the Nazis occupied Les Essarts and then destroyed it when they left. A family reunion was held last summer [2003] to mark the 50th anniversary of the home's reconstruction, but Kerry didn't attend.

    Kerry told The New Yorker magazine that seeing the aftermath of the war in Europe kindled his interest in politics.

    "My very first memory — I was 3 years old — is holding my mother's hand and she was crying... as we walked through the broken glass and rubble of her childhood house in France, which the Germans had used as a headquarters and then bombed and burned as they left," Kerry was quoted as saying." - Fox News, 29 Mar 2004

    Ian Forbes lived at the rebuilt Les Essarts in 2004.

     d. 2015


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  • Foreman, Clyde Cecil

     M.482  First Officer Clyde Cecil Foreman 
    flag usa  b. 6 Jul 1911, Nowata OK  6 Apr 1941 to Apr-43 




    Address in 1941: 6340 Community Drive, Houston, TX

    prev. a private in the National Guard 165 Field Artillery, 1927-30, then charter work for the oil business - Air Activities Inc., based in Houston

    Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

    After losing all his things on the SS Nerissa, the ATA bought him a new set, at a total cost of £89 7s 6d. It included a pipe and a watch (Second Hand):

    ata clyde foreman nerissa list (click to enlarge)

    "A good, keen and hardworking pilot who has carried out all his work most satisfactorily."

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  • Forster, George William

     M.172  Flight Captain  George William Forster 

    flag england

    b. 26 Nov 1912, Deptford London  19 Nov 1940 to Dec-45



    Address in 1940: 19 Ford View Rd, Stowmarket, Suffolk

    prev. RAF Sgt Pilot May-31 to Jun-40, then Pilot Officer to 30 Sep 40

    Postings: 1FPP, 3FPP

    "Exceedingly keen as a pilot and takes his duties as a Flight Captain seriously."

    d.  Apr 2002 - Greenwich, London

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  • Fossett, Ian Stewart

     M.407  Flight Captain Ian Stewart Fossett 

    flag england

     b. 14 May 1917, Wolverhampton 13 May 1941 to 31 Jul 1945 

     ata ian fossett 1939 1939

     ata ian fossett ATA    

     prev. a draughtsman for Bristol Aeroplane Co

    RAFVR L/AC from Sep-39 to Oct-40

    prev. exp. 52hrs

    Address in 1941: (father) Outwood, Almondsbury, Bristol

    Later: Rosemary, Imber Pk Rd, Esher, Surrey

    Postings: 16FPP, 5(T)FP, CTO

    Reprimanded in Mar-43 for a taxying accident in which his Dominie struck Pilot Officer Reinke and knocked him over, although both were held responsible.

    "This officer at all times carries out his duties and responsibilities in a very satisfactory manner."

    King's Commendation for valuable service in the air

    m. 1952 Kathleen M Kromhout Or Fraser in St Albans

    The ‘quiet and reserved’ executive aircraft sales manager of Hawker Siddeley.

    d. 27 Apr 2001 - Sootfield Green, nr Hitchin, Herts

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  • Francis, Francis

     M.318  Commander  Francis 'Frankie' Francis

    flag england

     b. 28 May 1906, London 

    18 Oct 1940 to 11 Nov 1944

     [1,485 days]

     ata frankie francis 1929 1929  

    ata frankie francis elc

    Off-duty at White Waltham [ELC]



    Educated at Rugby and Sandhurst

    m. , 2 children

    prev. a Lieutenant in the Horse Guards, 1926-29, and a 'Director of Companies'

    Address in 1940: The Pavilion, Datchet, Bucks

    Next of Kin: Wife, c/o City Bank Farmers Trust, 22 William St, New York

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP

    On the 17th Feb 1944, he jumped out of a perfectly good Beaufort; "On encountering bad weather the pilot turned on a reciprocal course but lost sight of the ground. He then ran into severe icing conditions... he climbed over the cloud, proceeded to the vicinity of Hawarden, and when an engine started to fail through lack of petrol, headed his aircraft out to sea and abandoned it by parachute."

    "Unfortunately", as he later recounted in 'Brief Glory', "my baling out (a somewhat difficult operation) upset the trim of the aircraft, which proceeded to fly in circles round me as I descended, to my great embarrassment. However, it got on to the straight course and later plunged into the [Irish] sea as I had hoped."

    Although he was held to blame for the incident, "the measures subsequently taken by the pilot showed commendable presence of mind."

    Officer Commanding 1FPP from May-44

    [Released by mutual consent]

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  • Freshfield, Edwin Hanson


     M.236 First Officer  Edwin Hanson Freshfield 
     flag england   b. 16 May 1909, Buckland, Surrey 8 Jan 1941 to 18 May 1942 

     ata edwin freshfield 1929



    ed. Lancing College, Trinity College Cambridge M.A.

    prev. an Air Traffic Controller, attached to HQ Fighter Command Bentley Priory, 1937-date

    Order of St John

    'Slight limp left leg'

    prev. exp. 1450 hrs; owned a 1928 D.H. Moth G-EBZE from 1930 to 1932, and had flown in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His instructor at Brooklands was George Lowdell.

    His flying may have been curtailed after this incident on the 23 Mar 1932: "Animals at the Whipsnade Zoo rushed about an excited state and there was danger with elephants carrying children when an aeroplane flew low overhead, it was stated at Luton, where a summons against Edwin Freshfield, a Cambridge undergraduate, the pilot of the machine, was dismissed on payment of costs."

    Address in 1941: Glovers Farm, Reigate, Surrey

    Postings: 1FPP, 4FPP (part time)

    "Keen pilot, but owing to part-time duties this officer is not seen very much."

    [Services Discontinued] 

    d. 18 Feb 1985 - Lewes, Sussex

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  • Fryer, Noel

     M.780  First Officer  Noel Fryer
       b. 25 Dec 1912, Newcastle on Tyne  22 Jul 1942 to 31 Oct 1945

     ata noel fryer MAMM MAMM




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  • Fulton, Dale Rigney

     M.574  First Officer Dale Rigney Fulton 

    flag usa

    b. 9 May 1921, Pierson Station, IL  9 May 1941 to 8 May 1942 


    ata dale fulton 1941

    Decatur Daily Review, 1941


     Father William B. Fulton, a farmer; mother Rosa B [Rigney] [d. 1969]

    prev. "Flying for Pleasure"

    prev. exp. 300hrs

    Postings: 16FPP

    "A good average pilot": "An enthusiastic pilot, steady in temperament."

    ata dale fulton 1946 Decatur Herald, 1 September 1946

    d. 11 Oct 2017, Decatur IL

    His obituary in the Decatur Herald and Review reads: "

    ata dale fulton from obituary

    Dale R Fulton, 96, of Pierson Station, IL passed away at 8:20 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

    At age 17 Dale's parents got him his first airplane which led to a long carreer of flying. He ferried planes from factories to fighter fields in England during the war. In 1942 he signed on with Transcontinental and Western Air, which became TWA.The company had a contract with the government to fly transport planes and they needed pilots. His mother received a draft notice, but he was already serving in the Air Transport Command. In 1946 Dale won the first place trophy at the Soho National Air Races in Cleveland, OH, his average speed was 352 mph.

    Dale went to work as an international pilot for TWA after World War II. While working he flew around the world on a monthly basis for many years. He also served as a test pilot and did engineering for TWA at their Kansas City hub. At the time of his retirement in 1981, Dale was #2 on the seniority list at TWA.

    Dale returned to the family farm full time in 1981 and continued to plant and harvest the crop yearly until retiring in late 2014.. He was on the board of directors at the State Bank of Hammond from 1981 until his passing. Dale was a very generous man who would do anything to help anyone. He loved animals and would feed any stray that came along." 


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  • Gale, Thomas George Lamb

     M.56 Commander   Thomas George Lamb Gale OBE

    flag england

      b. 11 Nov 1910, Stoke Hammond, Bucks 19 Nov 1940 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata thomas gale 1945 RAeC 1945      


    Ed. at Berkhampstead School

    RAF [originally an appentice at Cranwell, eventually Sqn Ldr] 1927-1940; winner of the Sir Charles Wakefield Scholarship in 1930; Indian General Service Medal

    Married 1935 Helen [Cragg], 2 children

    Address in 1940: The Cottage, Wicks Lane, Shurlock, nr Reading

    Postings: 1FPP, 6FPP, AFTS

     Officer Commanding, ATA's Advanced Flying Training School (AFTS) from Aug-42

    "The AFTS has given excellent results for which the credit goes to Cmdr Gale. As an individual, if he were to unbend occasionally, he might get even better results from his staff and pupils." G d'Erlanger


    d. Dec 1956 - Colchester, Essex 

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  • Gallery, Daniel Vincent

     M.266    Daniel Vincent Gallery Jr
     flag usa   b. 10 Jul 1901, Chicago IL  19 Feb 1941 to 9 Apr 1941

     ata david gallery ATA



    Father: Daniel; mother Mary [Onahan, d. Jan 1941]

    Ed. US Naval Academy

    m. 1920 Vera [Dunn] (3 children)

    prev. US Navy from 1917 to present

    Address in 1941: 2023 North Danville St, Arlington, VA

    Postings: Training Pool

    "Likely to be only for a few months"

    Wikipedia says "In 1941, while the U.S. was still neutral, he was assigned as the Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Great Britain. While in Britain, he earned his flight pay by ferrying Supermarine Spitfires from the factory to Royal Air Force aerodromes. He liked to claim that he was the only U.S. Navy aviator who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain [sic - looks like he was a bit late for that], but they were unarmed."

    Flew from Lisbon to New York in Pan Am Clipper NC-18603 on 9 Apr 1941.

    Later a Rear-Admiral; "During World War II, while Captain in command of the U.S.S. Guadalcanal in June 1944, he captured the German submarine U-505 off Cape Blanco, French West Africa. This was the first boarding and capture at sea of an enemy naval vessel since 1815. He also wrote 8 books on US Navy life in the 1940s to 1960s."

    ata david gallery grave findagrave.com

    d. 16 Jan 1977 - Bethesda, MD

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  • Garlow, Lee Leslie

     M.659 First Officer  Lee Leslie Garlow 
     flag usa  b. 4 Oct 1908, Pittsburg PA  8 Aug 1941 to Dec-41 


    ata lee garlow




    Adopted son of Leonard L Garlow, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Attended Tucson University in 1934-5 and was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity.

    Next of kin given as: "Mrs Spencer Kennelly, 677 S Bronson, Los Angeles"

    prev. Arizona and Michigan Flying Schools, then from 1930 a commercial pilot.

    prev. exp. 1419 hrs.

    Posted to 8FPP on 13 December, but got lost on one of his first ferry flights (22 December) and force-landed in Eire. See www.ww2irishaviation.com

    Joseph 'Gen' Genovese (q.v.) described him as a "tall, handsome, curly-headed fellow with a trim black mustache, who, before coming to England, had made several pictures in Hollywood", although this (as is not unusual with Mr Genovese) may be a slight exaggeration; Lee only seems to have appeared as an extra in the 1938 musical, “Start Cheering”.

    'Gen' also says that Lee had "brought the playboy spirit with him from the States, where he had been a rich man's son, a sportsman flier .. but Lee had changed after flying for the ATA for a few months. He was more serious and seemed to take a sincere pride in the work he was doing. He told me once that flying for England was the first real job he had ever had and the first honest responsibility he had ever felt."

    His instructors rated him as a "man of excellent character... a good pilot but overconfident."

     Hudson 4

    d. 26 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Hudson III AE489 flew into ground nr Blacklaw Farm, 4 mi N of  Stewarton, Ayrshire, 15mi NE of Prestwick, in thick fog.

    2nd Officer David Marks (q.v.) also killed.

    It appears that Lee had taken the Hudson without proper authorisation, having altered his own paperwork (which was for a Wellington).

    Buried Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery, Prestwick, but later moved to the Cambridge American Cemetery.

    After his death, his friend Mrs Kennelly claimed to have Power of Attorney for Lee's affairs, and asked for all his belongings "including his wings if possible" to be sent to her, but to "keep such clothes of useful [sic] to others in England."

    However, it then emerged that Lee had only been informally adopted by Leonard Garlow and his wife Martha Snyder. Leonard had pre-deceased Lee, but Martha, along with Mrs Kennelly and his natural mother, Elizabeth Squires (formerly Baker) all made a claim to Lee's estate.

    His estate (including the £2,000 insurance money) was sent to the American Consulate and it took until 1946 for them to decide that all three women should be joint beneficiaries.

    With thanks to Dennis Burke for his research



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  • Garrett, Ruby Dwight

     M.237 *  3rd Officer Ruby Dwight Garrett Jr 

    flag usa

      b. 5 Jan 1916, Kansas City, MO 18 Mar 1941 to 2 Dec 1941 

     ata ruby garrett 1933 1933      


    Father: Col. Ruby D Garrett Snr, [a lawyer, Kansas City Councilman and WWI veteran, d. 1968], Mother Alma M

    Ed. University of Kansas City

    m. 24 Dec 1940 Carolyn [Stockwell] in Jackson, MO

    In 1939, "Although he has been swimming one mile a day in a local pool, Ruby D. Garrett Jr., son of a Kansas City councilman, has thirty-one pounds to lose yet before the air corps will accept him as a Randolph Field recruit. In two months, he has lost thirty-seven pounds, and now weighs 211 pounds."

    "'I'll soon be getting down to bone" he said.

    Address in 1940: Flying Cadet Detachment at Randolph Field, TX, then Parks Air College, St. Clair. IL

    Postings: 6FPP

    One accident:

    21 Nov 1941, he overshot his landing on the only (short) runway available; the brakes were inefficient on wet ground, and he hit a barbed wire fence at the end of the runway.

     After ATA, sailed back to the USA on 19 Dec 1941 with fellow ATA pilots W Hanks, F P Skillen, P Lowman, J R Holloway, G C Shreve, S C Neville, G R Heintz, and Franklyn Rule Mershon.

    A pilot for TWA from 1942.

    In 1969, "At the not particularly advanced age of 53, Ruby Garrett tired of seeing the world from 30,000 feet or so — Paris, Rome, London, Hong Kong, Saigon, etc. And so he began hauling things (including boats) at zero altitude, over highways to meet people.

    Ruby is a solidly built, balding, blue-eyed extrovert who has put in 27 years as a pilot with TWA, most recently as a captain on international flights. He presently is on medical leave from TWA and plans to retire next March."

    d. 22 Dec 1990 - Clinton, van Buren, AK

    [... and don't let anybody tell you that Ruby D Garrett was a woman ferry pilot!]

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  • Garrod, Francis Roland Peter

     M.638 * First Officer   Francis Roland 'Peter' Garrod
    flag england b. 1920, Croydon ?   28 Aug 1941 to 31 Oct 1945




    m. 1945 in Kensington, London, Rosamond Z [Goddard]

    Peter (far right) at the unveiling of the ATA Memorial in Hamble-le-Rice, 2010


    d. 23 Jun 2016


    Interviewed here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009727

  • Gasser, Ernest Edward

     M.540  First Officer Ernest Edward Gasser 

     flag usa

     b. 16 Feb 1910, Peoria IL.

    Parents both Swiss.

    28 Apr 1941 to Dec-41 



     Studied Engineering and Accountancy in College, then in the US Marine Corps (Radio & Comms) 1931-35

    Started flying at Washington Airport on Fleet in 1936, then 1939 on Taylor Cubs and Aeronca. Bought his own Aeronca Chief, took a commercial pilot's license and an instructor's course in Rockville.

    A corporal in the Washington DC Special Police, as a radio operator.

    prev exp  445hrs on Aeronca, Fleet, Wco, Stinson, Fairchild, Cub.

    Address in 1941: 4848 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD

    Trained on Magister, Hawk, DH Moth and Avro Tutor; completed his training on Harvard and Hurricane in Aug 1941

     Hurricane II 

    d. 7 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - in Hurricane IIb Z5663; became lost in snowstorm and nose-dived into ground in Wyre Forest, nr the Button Oak Inn, 5mi NW of Bewdley, Worcestershire.

     the button oak inn The Button Oak Inn, 2015


     ata gasser funeral ATA

    Buried in All Saints Church, Wribbenhall on the 10th December. The pall bearers were Sergeant Pilots Jeffery (Canada), Munro (Canada), Brown (USA), Terry (USA), Isfield (Canada) and Wilson (USA).

    Chief Mourners were F/O Jack Terry, F/O Anthony Storey, and Miss Stamford. The many wreaths included one from Mrs Jane Spence, "the only American-born resident in Bewdley."

    His wife Mrytle wrote "Numbers of my husband's friends, both officers and fellow-pilots, have written to me. Will you please give them my sincere thanks? I'm glad he made so many friends, and I appreciate their sympathy."

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  • Gates, Russell F.

     M.607  First Officer Russell F. Gates 

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      b. 17 Oct 1910, Kansas City MO 31 May 1941 to 30 May 1942 

     ata russelll gates ATA



    Father: Ford Gates, mother Essie [Martin]

    Ed. Grammar School, Lake Forest IL

    prev. private flying for 8 years. Trucking Business.

    Address in 1941: R.F.D. Route 2, La Grange, IL

    m.  and she lived at 4 Park Avenue, Prestwick then 26 St Augustine Avenue, Croydon

    Postings: 4aFPP, 6FPP

    Off sick from 12 Dec 41 to 5 Mar 42 with appendicitis.

    "An officer who could never be relied upon to do much, owing to a great amount of sickness he had during the period of his attachment to this Pool."

    He travelled back to Montreal on 18 Jun 1942 with his fellow American ferry pilots James Ansley, Clay Steffee, John Morrison, Stuart Updike, Russell Gibson, Keith Williams, Kenneth Fogelberg, Nicholas Pickard, William Ressegger, and Clarence Conner.

    US Military 1943-46

    d. 3 Oct 1998 - Sarasota, Florida

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  • Gemmill, Henry Clay Joseph

     M.---  First Officer Henry Clay Joseph Gemmill 

    flag usa

     b. 3 Jul 1909, Indianapolis IN  12 Sep 1940 to 23 Dec 1940 



    Ed. Fishburn Military Prep School, Virginia Military Institute, Purdue University, Indianan State University.

    m. Marjorie R

    Address in 1941: 2707 N Haskee, Dallas TX. Employed by the Dallas Aviation School at Love Field.

    Later Regional Manager for Loral Electronics.

    d. 29 Oct 1967, Dayton OH

    "He flew with the RAF Cayton Wright Committee before joining the US Navy [in June 1942] from which he retired as a Lt-Commander."


  • Genovese, Joseph

     M.631  First Officer Joseph 'Gen' Genovese 
     flag usa  b. 6 Jan 1911, New York 24 Jul 1941 to 23 Jul 1942 


    ata joseph genovese cnac

    with China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) flying 'The Hump' between India and China, 1942-3




    Ed. New York University (B.S. in Commerce)


    prev. a commercial pilot, and aircraft production engineer. USA Air Corps Flying Cadet from Sep-38 to Apr-39,

    Address in 1941: 4144 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA

    Address of mother (Anna): 68 Aberdeen St., Brooklyn, NY

    Postings: 16FPP, 6FPP, 1FPP

    He was suspended without pay 3 times in his year with the ATA:

    - 15 Feb 42, for 3 days, for 'conduct and neglect prejudicious to the interest of A.T.A.';

    - 26 Apr 42, for 2 days for Low Flying, and

    - 7 Jul 42, for 7 days for Shooting up Ratcliffe.

    And also had one accident, when he force-landed his Airacobra after a complete engine failure. Not his fault.

    His C.O. reckoned him a "willing and able pilot, somewhat self-opinionated in character", but a later report describes him as "a very capable pilot but unreliable both as an officer and in the air."

    He says he was offered a new contract but declined it, because "I was eternally maddened by that rule against instrument flying. They should have been teaching it to their pilots instead of forbidding them to do it; had they done so many lives might have been saved."

    After ATA and then CNAC, he joined Republic as a test pilot. In March 1944, he was the pilot of a Thunderbolt which suffered engine failure: "Miss Marjorie McCutcheon was treated for bruises when a plane crashed into her home. The plane glided downward on a line toward the McCutcheon home, shearing 3 powerline poles before crashing into the kitchen. Capt Genovese was bruised and one knee was injured."

    Wrote 'We Flew Without Guns', 1945 (having apparently promoted himself to 'Flight Captain'):

    We Flew Without Guns Ad front

    d. 10 Apr 2010



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  • George, Peter Macdonald

     M.493 First Officer  Peter Macdonald George 

    flag england

    b. 22 Dec 1920, Hammersmith London   7 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

     ata peter george 1946 1946



    Ed. at Perse School, Cambridge

    father: Robert Evelyn George

    m. Jun 1943 Wendy M [Tadgell]; 3 children b. 1944, 1947, 1949

    prev. a Master Tailor

    RAF Sgt. from Mar-39 to Jan-41 "Unable to fly satisfactorily at night"

    prev. exp. 182 hrs

    Address in 1941: 68 Panton St, Cambridge ["Telephone No 3943 during day, not Thursday afternoon or Sundays (shop)"]

    Postings: 1FPP, 12FPP, 4aFPP, 6FPP, 7FPP

    Seconded to RNAS Lee-on-Solent Aug-Sep 1944

    "This officer was very slow at the beginning but is progressing slowly."

    "Flying of average standard. Slowness was due to sickness and domestic worries."

    "A likeable officer whose discipline is good. A capable pilot although somewhat underconfident."

    Peter (3rd from right) at the unveiling of the ATA Memorial in Hamble-le-Rice, 2010


    d. 10 Feb 2012 - Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire

    "Former WWII ATA Pilot. Died peacefully at home, on Friday, 10th February, 2012, aged 91 years. Beloved husband of the late Wendy and very much loved and admired by all his family. Funeral service at the West Chapel, Cambridge City Crematorium, CB3 0JJ on Friday, 9th March at 2.15pm. Family flowers only, but your kind donation in Peter's memory to Maidenhead Heritage Trust may be forwarded." Cambridge News

    'The proportion of women fatalities was lower than the proportion of men.  The late Peter George said simply that “the women were more reliable.  They didn’t do the same damn fool things as the men did.” '  http://maidenheadheritage.org.uk

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  • Gerrard, Robert

     M.599  First Officer  Robert Gerrard
     flag england   b. 9 Apr 1900, Surbiton on Thames 1 Jul 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata robert gerrard ATA



    British by naturalisation of father (Arend Jartams was Dutch)

    Ed. Lindisfarne College, Essex

    m. 1928 Winifred [Culshaw]

    prev. private in RAMC, 1915; RFC Cadet, 1917, 2nd Lt. in RAF, 1919;

    an aircraft fitter for A.S.T., Hamble

    prev. exp. on Bristol Fighter, R.E.8, SE5, Martinsyde, Dolphin (!)

    Address in 1941: c/o Etheridge, Bank St, Bishops Waltham, Hants

    Postings: 15FPP, 7FPP, 6FPP, 4aFPP, 4FPP

    "An excellent officer and capable pilot who gets on with the job in a quiet and efficient manner."

    d. 1963 - Tiverton, Devon


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  • Gibbons, Anthony Bridgeman

     M.370 * First Officer   Anthony Bridgeman Gibbons
    flag england   b. 3 Jul 1899, Wolverhampton  15 Apr 1941 to 23 Feb 1944 

     ata anthony gibbons 1928 1928



    prev. an 'Assistant Manager'

    Address in 1928: Penn Hall, Penn, Staffs

  • Gibbs, John Wright

     M.413  First Officer John Wright Gibbs 

    flag scotland

     b. 28 Mar 1915, Queensferry, W. Lothian, Scotland 4 May 1941 to 21 Apr 1944 (as pilot) 

     ata john gibbs ATA

     ata john gibbs 1946 1946    


    prev. a salesman (Gents Tailors), and a Ground Instructor for Marshall's Flying School, Cambridge

    m. , one child before 1941

    RAFVR Sgt in General Duties Branch, Apr-39 to Aug-40, exp. 70 hrs solo

    Address in 1941: 34 Elfloda Rd, Cambridge

    Postings: 4FPP, 4aFPP, 1FPP, 10FPP

    He had 4 'at fault' accidents:

    - 30 Jun 1941: overshot on landing in Fairey Battle P6668;

    - 24 Oct 1941: his Hurricane BE341 collided with a Blenheim in bad visibility [suspended for 3 days without pay for landing late and in bad weather];

    - 22 Mar 1942: failed to control landing swing in Spitfire Vb BL775, swung off runway and nosed over, and

    - 11 Jun 1942: failed to control swing (again), but at least there were extenuating circumstances in that he was making a single-engine forced landing in Beaufort W6498 at the time.

    He was then injured as a passenger in yet another 'landing swing' accident on 22 Apr 1943; "Consolidated Catalina FP321 swung on landing after a training flight and sank. The accident on Cumbrae involved Captain Ernest Cook, Flight Captain Jose Carreras from Spain, and Flying Officer Gibbs, who all survived the accident, but sadly, the body of Flight Engineer Harold Frank Peter Waldron was never found. Flight Captain Jose Maria Carreras, who was a former Spanish Civil War pilot, was instructing on the seaplane when through no fault of his own, the aircraft crashed." 


    "Mr J.W Gibbs, for many years afterwards Air Safety Officer for BEA, was a co-pilot when the plane crashed. 

    “Gibbie, as he was known by everyone, found himself swimming in the water with the wing floating close by with one of the crew sitting on it. When he put up his arms to grab the wing he found, for the first time that his right arm had been taken off at the shoulder as he was flung from the plane.”



    "A good officer whose flying was entirely satisfactory."

    Transferred to Admin (Air Accidents Investigation Officer)  Apr-44 [at a salary of £525 a year.]

     Off sick from 29 Nov 1944 to 13 Apr 1945 - "Reporting to Canadian Hospital"

    When he returned to flying, "This pilot flew the Moth and Argus well and is perfectly safe on those types. These two aircraft are at the moment the limit of his ability due to his physical handicap."

    "Occupational Ability: Average. Very good but inclined to be erratic."

    "General Remarks: With growing experience his judgement is improving. At first he was inclined to be a little emotional and prejudiced in his judgement, and to be argumentative, but he is settling down."

    ATA contract terminated Jan-46.

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  • Gibbs, Philip Lambert

     M.479 * Flight Captain  Philip Lambert Gibbs 
    flag england  b. 16 Nov 1913, Staines, Middx 6 Jun 1941 to 31 DEc 1945 

     ata phillip gibbs 1935 1935



    m. 1936 in Worthing, Eileen F [Wylie], a hairdresser

    prev. a Motor Salesman; in 1939, an aircraft rigger and fitter

    Address in 1935: Lairnsmore, Leighton Ave, Worthing

    m. 1946 in Surrey, Rosemary Bonnett (also of the ATA)

    d. 1980 - Swindon, Wilts

  • Gibson, Alfred Russell

     M.609  First Officer

    Russell Alfred 

    [sometimes known as 'Alfred Russell'

    'Gibby' Gibson


    flag usa

      b. 12 Nov 1920, Massillon, OH  

    1 Jun 1941 to 31 May 1942


    8 Sep 1942 to 31 Aug 1943




    Father: Russell Ulyssus Gibson, a carpenter; mother Marion Bole Gibson [originally English?]

    Ed. High School in Bexley, OH

    prev. a Flight Instructor with Miller Flying School, Columbus OH

    Address in 1941: 2708 Allegheny Ave, Columbus OH

    Postings: 4FPP, 3FPP

    "This pilot's flying is neat and safe. He appears keen and willing to learn from experience."

    "Apt to be overconfident."

    He travelled back to Montreal on 18 Jun 1942 with his fellow American ferry pilots James Ansley, Clay Steffee, John Morrison, Stuart Updike, Ken Fogelberg, Keith Williams, Russell Gates, Nicholas Pickard, William Ressegger, and Clarence Conner.

     After his second ATA contract, he sailed back from Scotland to New York on the 5 Aug 1943.

    CNAC November 1943 - 1947 flying 'The Hump' between India and China. See CNAC Captian A. Russell Gibson

    In 1948, he and his brother-in-law John F. ['Johnny'] Shoemaker established a transport business called 'Air Carriers Ltd'. in Hong Kong, using a C-46.

    d. 11 Apr 2001 - California

    His wife Jackie wrote to CNAC in 2009: "Thank you for your letter regarding my husband, "Gibby" Gibson and about CNAC. I found it interesting and will be happy to talk to you more about him. He joined the ATA in England before America was involved in WW II and joined CNAC after the start of the War. I have some data about CNAC which he left in 1947 after 199 trips over the hump. He flew with them as Capt. and left with 3,057 hrs. of flying C47, C-46 and DC-4s. We met in Rangoon in 1949 and married in 1950 so that was after his years with CNAC. He retired from JAL in 1980, where he was flying 747's and as you already know he died in 2001 here in California."

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  • Gill, Ernest Maurice


      M.210  First Officer Ernest Maurice Gill 
    flag england  b. 4 Aug 1905, Caterham, Surrey 15 Jan 1941 to 24 Mar 1943 

     ata ernest gill 19311931



    ed,. Lancing College O.T.C. 1919-23

    m. Cherry, 1 child

    prev. a trooper in the Calcutta Light Horse, 1927-29; then a Technical Representative in Africa for the Stanton Iron Works of Nottingham.

    Address in 1941: The Graden Flat, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

    Postings: 2FPP, 15FPP, 6FPP, 9FPP

    "A very hard worker. His cheerful willingness to undertake any job is a great asset in this Pool. Rather over-zealous in command owing to lack of experience."

    In Nov-42, "Failure to immobilise his motor-car in Montpellier-walk led to Ernest Maurice Gill, a ferry pilot, of 6, The Park, Cheltenham, being fined £2."

    [Resigned 27 Dec 1942, after his third 'at-fault' accident, but he stayed on until 24 Mar 1943]

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  • Gingiss, Aleck Jack

     M.655  First Officer  Aleck Jack 'Al' Gingiss
     flag usa   b. 9 Aug 1915, St. Paul MN 16 Jul 1941 to 15 Jul 1942 


    ata al gingiss cnac

    with China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) flying 'The Hump' between India and China, 1942-3




    Ed. Hibbard High School, Chicago

    Address in 1941: 2100 Lincoln Park W, Chicago IL

    Next of kin: (Mother) Betty Gingiss

    prev. "Pilot. Salesman. Treasurer. [of what?]"

     prev. exp. 1500hrs

    Postings: 1FPP

    Off sick from 22 Mar to 25 Apr with appendicitis.

    "A pilot of fully average ability. Has carried out his duties satisfactorily."

    'Gen' Genovese says Al was "addicted to horseplay", because "you can't fly constantly under the most difficult conditions without having some kind of relief... so, a lot of us took our relief in the air - in horseplay."

    One such incident was when Al, Genovese and Steve Beville [q.v.], on a delivery flight in December 1941, discovered that their 3 Hurricanes had loaded guns, so they used them to do some duck-shooting; taking aim at the royal ducks in the grounds of Windsor Castle. "Actually you don't hit many ducks... the accuracy required when drawing a bead on a slow-moving mallard through the gun-sights on a Hurricane doing 250 mph is enough to make it a truly competitive proposition."

    Unfortunately, Al flew straight into a flock of ducks, which cracked his windscreen, broke his propeller, and, when he jettisoned the hood it crashed into the vertical tail fin.

    He made a good forced landing. "The story he told the Accident Committe was far more interesting", says Genovese; "He was flying extremely low due to bad weather, and, in accordance with international law, he flew on the right side of the tracks. Becuse he couldn't see clearly, he ran smack into a flight of ducks."

    "The fault was entirely on the part of the ducks," Gingiss concluded in relating his story. "They were flying on the wrong side of the tracks."

    He got away with it. The official report simply says "Landed on rough part of runway & nosed over. Pilot forced to make glide approach in difficult wind conditions as he had flown into flight of bird."

    The following month, Al and Gen were delivering a couple of Beaufighters to Scotland. Again, Al made the "happy discovery" that his guns were loaded. "He fired a couple of bursts under my tail by way of telling me what he had found. I promptly investigated and found mine in the same condition."

    They looked around for something to shoot up, and discovered some mines just off-shore. They exploded 9 mines between them in 20 minutes, then completed their deliveries.

    The Air Ministry "raised particular hell about that little incident - in a dignified way, of course. All ATA pilots (especially "American pilots") were "warned and advised against such conduct, on pain of permanent suspension."

     "I have a sneaking suspicion they're talking about us", Al said.

    d. Jan 21, 2006, "devoted husband of Carmel (nee Becker), loving father of Nancy, Steven and Anthony Gingiss, dear brother of the late Bill, Ben, Birdie Rosenthal and Mitzi Bessman, cherished grandfather of Frances, Gabrielle and Abby Gingiss, fond uncle of many nieces and nephews, dear brother-in-law of Veronica Gingiss."

    Obituary here


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  • Gleave, Sydney

     M.152 First Officer  Sydney 'Syd' Gleave 

    flag england

     b. 31 Jan 1905, Boaley, Macclesfield   8 Aug 1940 to 2 Mar 1942

      ata sydney gleave 1932 1932      


    m. 1931 Dora [Clarke, divorced 1943], but gave his sister, Lucy Isobel Gleave, as next-of-kin in 1940

    Ran his own motorcycle business: "Gleave Motors", and developed his own 'Syd Gleave Special' motorcycle. With this he competed in races from 1928-35.


    See http://reddevilmotors.blogspot.co.uk

    Syd owned 1930 Avro 616 Sports Avian G-AAYU, which had flown in the 1930 King's Cup Race piloted by Jack Cantrill. He bought it in February 1936, flew it in the 1936 London to Isle of Man Race (coming fifth out of 20 starters) and the Manx Air Derby (coming 13th), but he wrote it off at Cheltenham later that year:


    The wreckage of an aeroplane perched on top of a Cotswold hillside field to-day remained as evidence of the dramatic and almost miraculous escape of two airmen from death. The pilot, Mr. Sid Cleave, of Macclesfield, well-known T.T. rider and survivor of a remarkable racing crash a year ago, is today out and about, showing litte sign of the experience.

    His passenger, Mr. Geoffrey Males Holt, of Manchester, is in Cheltenham General Hospital with a compound fracture of the right ankle and injuries to the head. 

    Mr. Gleave last evening told the "Echo" his dramatic story of the crash during the fog which enveloped parts of the Cotsvvolds as he and his friend were flying from Bournemouth to Macclesfield. "The visibility was nil," he said, "and as we were flying down a valley a bank of clouds came down in front of us. Although we attempted to turn we went into it, and the wing tip hit the top of the hill."

    Mr. Gleave has recently recovered from a terrible accident while riding in the T. T. last year. He was thrown when travelling at about 110 miles hour. He was hurtled along the road and finished up by crashing into wall. It was found that he had no fewer than 44 bone breakages."

    Fleet Air Arm 1938-40

    In 1939 he was one of two golfers who played five games of golf within 24 hours on courses in Scotland, Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and Wales, for a £100 bet.  He and professional golfer Ernest Smith flew 1,000 miles, walked thirty miles, and "went hungry". They started at 3.30 a m., by the light of road lamps, at Prestwick, Ayr, and then flew to games in Newtonwards, Ulster; Castletown, Isle of Man; Blackpool, and Hawarden, North Wales. "A condition of the wager was that Smith should average under eighty over the five courses. He won with an average of seventy two."

    Address in 1940: 388 Buxton Rd, Macclesfield

    Postings: White Waltham, Ratcliffe, Ringway

     [Contract Terminated 2 Mar 1942] "in order that you may undertake the post of Test Pilot with AV Roe & Co. Ltd."

     syydney greave in a lancaster

    As 2nd pilot in a Lancaster with Bill Thorn and Roy Chadwick in 1942 (Flight)

    d. 11 Sep 1944 in Lancaster III PB579; one of every 10th aircraft that was checked to its terminal velocity dive speed of 375mph to verify control effectiveness and ease of recovery. During the dive the fuel jettison pipes tore off, hit the tailplane and stripped the elevator skin. The aircraft dived vertically into the ground at Alderley Edge, three miles south of Woodford. This was the only fatal accident involving a Lancaster out of the 3,958 tested at Woodford.

    "To assist in the identification of two men who lost their lives in an aeroplane crash near a Midlands town on September 11th, pieces of clothing, a tie and a pen-knife, were produced at the inquest at Wilmslow (Cheshire) to-day. The men were identified as Sydney Gleave, 39, test pilot for Messrs. A. V. Roe and Co., Ltd., and a former racing motor cyclist, and Harry Lewis Barnes, 41, a flight engineer, of Wilmslow.

    Charles Stewart Riseley, member of the Observer Corps, who plotted the plane, said it was flying about for half an hour, and the first indication he had of anything being abnormal was when he saw it in a power dive. It came out of the sun with engines running, and dived almost vertically at a speed of between 500 and 600 miles an hour."

    GLEAVE Sydney

    Sydney, his parents, and 3 of his 4 sisters are commemorated together


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  • Glover, John Ludlow

     M.900 First Officer  John Ludlow Glover 
      b. 4 Jul 1915, Kamloops, B.C., Canada 

     2 Jan 1943 to 1 Apr 1944

    8 May 1944 to 12 Aug 1944



     Father: Frank Ludlow Glover (d. 1963)

    Ed. University of British Columbia (Mechanical Engineering)

    m. (divorced 1944)

    Next of kin: (mother) Violet Kathleen Isabelle Glover (d. 1950)

    prev. RCAF Sep 1935 to Oct 1939, then RAF Ferry Command (Sgt. Pilot/Navigator)

    Address in 1943: (parents) 2392 W.41st Ave, Vancouver. B.C.


     Postings: 5TFPP, 4FPP, No. 4 OTU Alness

    Instructor's Report Jun 1943: "This pilot has a higher opinion of his capabilities and knowledge than is warranted. However, if he puts himself to it, he can do very well."


    Because of a mix-up when he signed his original contract for the ATA, John was being paid American rates, rather than those available to Canadian citizens.

    So, in late 1943, towards the end of his first contract, the ATA offered him (and Helen Harrison) an extension on what were called 'Dominion Contracts' rather than those offered to American pilots. However, John said that he "could not afford to accept the terms of a Domininion Agreement owing to commitments at home, including the education of his brother."

    By this time, he was one of very few ATA pilots cleared to ferry aircraft from Class VI (flying-boats), and his record since joining ATA being "very satisfactory... he seems to be a very quiet and desirable type of pilot.", they eventually offered him an extension of his existing contract to 31 Mar 1944, with a subsequent Dominion Contract for 11 months, "which he must sign, or go.".

    He went. "F/O Glover has decided that he is not prepared to sign a Dominion Contract", and sailed from Scotland on the 10th April in SS Queen Elizabeth, arriving in New York on the 16th..

    By the 23 April, however, he had discovered that there were no pilot jobs in N. America for him, and cabled:



    He re-started with the ATA on 8 May.


     4 accidents, 2 not his fault:

    - 10 Sep 1943, the port wing tip float of Sunderland III DD833 collapsed while it was being towed. "probably due to inexperience of pilot and towing crew"

    - 24 Dec 1943, he force-landed a Catalina IV after starboard engine failure

    - 28 Feb 1944, the port engine of his Anson caught fire in the air and he managed to extinguish the flames (despite, apparently, using the "incorrect method") and landed without damage.


    d. 12 Aug 1944, in Barracuda II MD805 on a ferry flight from Wroughton via Kirkbride to Prestwick. He appears to have lost control in performing steep turns around a Tiger Moth, and crashed in a field one mile SW of Annan, Dumfriesshire.


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  • Godwin, William Lionel

     M.432 First Officer  William Lionel Godwin 

    flag england

     b. 15 Jan 1914, Newport Monmouthshire  16 May 1941 to 30 Apr 1944

     ata william godwin 1939 1939

     ata william godwin ATA    

     Ed. The College, Weston Super Mare

    Next of kin: (mother) Mary Selina Godwin

    prev. Sergeant in RAF Class F Reserve Aug-36 to Sep-39 [Ser. No. 700650],

    then an accountant for Somerset County Council, Taunton

    prev. exp. 109 hrs on Hart, Tiger Moth, Swallow and Oxford.

    Address in 1941: 15 Wilton Gardens, Weston Super Mare, Somerset

    William originally applied in August 1940; "I have seen it stated in Flight that you are urgently in need of more pilots in A.T.A. and I have felt moved to write to you. On May 20th this year I was suspended from the RAF as being unlikely to to make a good service pilot because (a) I get air-sickness in violent manoevres (aerobatics etc), (b) ears give some trouble during rapid descents and I am ny nature rather cautious.... If you want an interview, I should be able to come to London this week as I am on leave. However, if you think this is all rather bats - please say so, - gently, in the enclosed envelope."

     ATA did not think it entirely bats, but it took them until the following April to give him a flying test ("Flies and lands well. Is not flustered in an emergency, though he reacts rather slowly", and follow up his references ("I have much pleasure in testifying to the personal character of Mr W L Godwin, a member of the permanent accounting staff of this Council.") and offer him a position as a ferry pilot.

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP, 8FPP

     "A keen pilot of average ability, slow to adapt himself and should consequently be progressed gradually on to subsequent types." "A quiet and likeable officer."

    m. Mar 1942 WAAF Corporal Sylvia Mary [Earwicker] from the Dental Centre, School of Technical Training, RAF Henlow, Beds.

    220px-613 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI at RAF Lasham June 1944

    d. 30 Apr 1944 (Died in ATA Service), in Mosquito MT192, which crashed 2 miles S of Litchfield: "At about 8,000 ft, the A/C turned to port and then dived. At about 200 ft. the machine flattened out, hit the ground and was totally destroyed. Insufficient evidence to determine the cause of the accident but available evidence indicates that the pilot was not responsible."

    His C.O., Norman Whitehurst, said "I have always regarded him as one of my most reliable and progressive pilots. He was a man of splendid character, whose discipline was of the highest order, and had he survived would undoubtedly have reached a much higher rank in this organisation. His flying was exceptional, and in this respect he set a first class example to his colleagues." 

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  • Golding, Percy Cecil

     M.314 First Officer  Percy Cecil Golding 
     flag england   b. 3 Dec 1911, Plymouth

    1 Mar 1941 to 31 Dec 1945

    [1,766 days]


     ata percy golding

     ata percy golding 2 ATA    


    "Second finger right hand malformed"

    Ed. at Devonport College, Plymouth

    m. 1939 Adelaide B [Stephenson]

    prev. an 'Official' in Sun Life Assurance Society, and 1 year in 'a Banking Firm'

    RAF Sergeant Pilot from 17 Sep 1939 to 21 Jan 1941

    Address in 1941: 37 Bemberley Avenue, then 114 Hurst Grove, Bedford

    Postings: 6FPP, 1FPP

    He was absent for 4 months in 1944 due to a motor accident, and suspended for 7 days without pay in Sep-45 for 'Low Flying'.

    "A keen pilot who I think is apt to underestimate his own ability", or "Had some difficulty at the commencement of training apparently due to the fact that he considered the Halifax an easy proposition."

    One of the very last batch of pilots to leave the ATA at the end of WWII.

    After leaving the ATA he lived at 53 Philpotts Avenue, Bedford, and became a civil pilot.

    G AHFI http://www.cbfsim.co.uk

    d. 15 Mar 1949 at Gatow Aerodrome, during the Berlin Airlift (26 Jun 1948 – 30 Sep 1949).

    He was the pilot of Skyways Avro York G-AHFI, which lost control while approaching Gatow; the port wing dropped and the aircraft dived into the ground. Two other Skyways staff - co-pilot Henry Thomas Newman and Radio Operator Peter James Edwards - also died.

    henry thomas newman 1946 Henry Thomas Newman in 1946, aged 22

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  • Golege-Steel, Donald Henry Arthur

     M.102  Flight Captain Donald Henry Arthur Golege-Steel 

    flag england

     b. 9 Nov 1909, London  14 May 1940 to 20 May 1943 



    m. 1933 Eloise [Edwards, divorced], 1939 Constance [Nye, 1 daughter b. 1940], 1965 Barboro [Norgaard or Lind]

    prev. RAF 1929-32, [dismissed after a court martial], then a pilot for Birkett Air Services

    prev exp. 3900 hrs

    Postings: 1FPP

    At first, "an excellent pilot, but not one to put himself to excessive discomfort in the execution of his duties.", but eventually "he performed the duties of Flight Captain with distinction and has show exemplary aptitude for the organisational side of the organisation. An influential and respected member of the pool."

    Post-WWII, a pilot for Scandinavian Airlines; in 1948, in New York, he refused to take a load of (dead) deer; "No soap", he (allegedly) said, "They smell too bad. It would keep the passengers awake. Take them off."

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette Mon Jan 5 1948

    OK, this is the only photo I could find of him. That's him on the left, explaining the controls to Governer Youngdahl of Minnesota before flying them from New York to Copenhagen in 1948.

    d. 21 Dec 1983 - Hurley, Maidenhead

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  • Gonsalves, Francis Stanislaus

     M.--- * First Officer Francis Stanislaus 'Tad' Gonsalves DSO, DFC
     flag UK b. 7 May 1915, Georgetown, British Guiana  27 May to 18 Jun 1940




    Father: Manoel Gonsalves da Silva, Mother: Helena [Ferreira]

    3 sisters, 3 brothers; the family sailed to the UK in July 1919, when Francis was 4.



    RAeC Certificate,12403, dated 16 Oct 1934, at London Aeroplane Club

    Address in 1934: 25 Holmstall Ave, Burnt Oak, London

    prev. Ground Engineer

     Postings: ---


    Pilot Officer, RAF, from 25 Sep 1940; F/O from 25 Sep 1942; Sqn Ldr from 6 Jan 1945


    DSO in 1945:

    "This officer has operated with considerable success with bomber and fighter aircraft. On one occasion, while patrolling an enemy airfield, he attacked two Messerschmitt no's, destroyed one and damaged the other. In September, 1944, he was detailed to attack a certain objective. On reaching the target the port engine failed Height was rapidly lost but Squadron Leader Gonsalves refused to abandon his aircraft. When his height was only 1,000 feet he restarted the port engine and found that it was working sufficiently well to allow him to maintain height. In this condition he crossed the North Sea and executed a successful landing with only sufficient oil remaining for a few minutes flying. Squadron Leader Gonsalves displayed great skill and devotion to duty. " - London Gazette No. 36799, Dated 1944-11-17"

     Wing Cmdr, 1946

    m. 9 Oct 1948 in Seaford, East Sussex, Elizabeth [Simpson] (d. 1954)


    "Plane skims children's playground

    WHILE two airmen struggled to avoid crashing in Dukes' Meadows Chiswick W.. last night, children below swarmed on slides and swings and four men played bowls.

    The plane, a two-engined [Airspeed] Consul, returning to Croydon from Southport. Lancs, had run out petrol. The radio-operator, Eric Astle of Shirley, Southampton, said afterwards: 'The pilot. Francis Gonsalves, had get down quick. He looked for a piece of open ground. We skimmed across allotments and crashed through railings. He did magnificent job to save lives'. The airmen were not seriously injured" - Daily Herald - 16 July 1949

    Following this incident, he was prosecuted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for failing to ensure the plane had sufficient fuel. He pleaded guilty, and was fined £30 plus 5 guineas costs.


    m. Jul 1954 in Chelsea, London, Jean M [Love]


    Emigrated to Canada in 1957

    Address in 1972: Cranmore Rd, Victoria BC. He is listed as a "Manager, Car Rental" and Jean as a Teacher


     d. 18 Jan 1954 - Victoria, BC, Canada

    Buried Royal Oak Burial Park CemeteryVictoria, BC, Canada

    * Personnel File Missing

  • Goodwin, Lawrence Frederick

     M.591  First Officer Lawrence Frederick Goodwin 
     flag england   b. 16 Nov 1912, London 9 Jul 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata lawrence goodwin 1937 1937

     ata lawrence goodwin ATA    


    Father Frederick Charles Goodwin

    Ed. Portsmouth Grammar School

    m. 1937 Rebecca 'Betty' [Brilleslyper]

    prev. a Company Director, then The Admiralty, Deptford [Royal Naval Motor Transport]

    prev. exp. 49 hrs

    Address in 1941: 295 Lewisham High St, London SE13

    Postings: 16FPP, 7FPP, 1FPP

    To begin with, "Works well up to his ability, inclined to nervousness and over cautiousness." but improved later and successfully completed Class V (4-engine) training in 1944.


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  • Gosiewski, Antoni Henryk

     M.670 2nd Officer Antoni Henryk Gosiewski 
     flag poland b. 17 Jan 1900, Warsaw  30 Sep 1941 to 19 Dec 1941 

     ata antoni gosiewski ATA

     ata antoni gosiewski 2 ATA    


    [Antoni Gosiewski lost nearly everything that mattered to him - his country, his wife, his two sons, his career and a large part of his reputation, in two brutal years of war.

    Eventually, he only had one thing left to give]


    Father: Feliks Gosiewski (dec'd), mother Biernacka Julyanna. One brother (Juljusz) and one sister Eugenia still in Poland with their mother.

    Diploma of Engineering

    prev. Engine Designer. Polish Air Force from 1923 Lt-Col (equiv. Wing Commander)

    Lived in France from Sep 1939 - 26 June 1940; then Pilot Officer in RAF

    prev. exp. 1,050 hrs on PZL.11, Anson

    [[pzl 11

    The PZL.11, having briefly been considered the most advanced fighter aircraft of its kind in the world during the early 30s, was outclassed by such fighters as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 at the onset of the war.]

    Awarded the Polish Virtutu Military (Polish Cross), ZKZ, SKZ, and MZW medals.


    Address in 1941: c/o Mrs M Allam, Academy House, Rothesay, Bute

    [Officer Concentration Station Rothesay (Polish language: Stacja Zborna Oficerów Rothesay) was a military centre of Polish Armed Forces in the West. Created on August 14, 1940 (Order Nr. L.dz. 1977/I.tjn.40), as Officer Camp Nr. 23, it was located in Rothesay, ButeScotland.

    Officers of the Polish Army, who were sent to the camp, were billeted in several local hotels, such as „Craigmor”, „Craignetham Private Hotel”, „Madras”, „Glenearu”, „Ardyn”, „Struan”, „Bute Arms”, „Esplanade”, „Grand Marine”, „Royal” and „Victoria”. With the permission of Commander-in-chief of Polish Army and British authorities, families of officers were allowed to join them. The relatives of the officers were treated as foreign subjects, and since the Isle of Bute was located in a protected zone, special permission was required to enter the town of Rothesay.

    On August 28, 1940, all officers began compulsory English courses, and on September 10, the camp was renamed into Officer Camp Nr. 2 Rothesay. - Wikipedia]


    His application to ATA, dated 9 Sep 1941, concludes: "I want to work for the war effort. I desire to be useful as a pilot, because I have the knowledge, the flying experience (over 1,000 hrs) and the certainty of my hand."

    However, one of his 'referees' rather threw a spanner into the works:

     I can give you the following information:

     1.  (Gosiewski) has been dismissed from the [Air] Force as a result of a sentence of a Court Martial in Britain, which found him guilty of the charge of embezzlement committed in Poland.  

    2. Up till the last year in Poland [he] was a pilot and has had good training, though his occupation did not allow him to fly the most modern types of aircraft. He is a good and able technician.

    In my opinion Gosiewski should not be appointed for responsible duties permitting access to secret information; he could, however, be engaged in simple executive work.


    ... . but a further letter from Major Wladyslaw Zaberowski, Bureau of Staff, Polish General Headquarters, gave a totally different impression:


     Answering your question in matters of Lt-Col Antoni Gosiewski Grad. Eng. I declare as follows:

    I did not know Lt-Col A Gosiewski until February of this year, when Authorities concerned ordered me to defend his case before the Polish Court Martial in London.

    Lt-Col Gosiewski was accused of having appropriated for his private purposes, unlegally, various small amounts of monies (totalling less then £80), which were put at his disposal for the "Representation Fund" of the Polish School of Air Force Officers, which was under his command before outbreak of the war.

    I pursued the legal proceedings in this matter with an utmost care, and considering all the facts shown thereby, I came to the conclusion, I am thoroughly convinced a right one, that Lt-Col Gosiewski could not and has not done things he was accused of. Therefore I wrote and signed a Memorandum opposing the verdict, and destined for the General who is responsible for approving such verdicts here. I have to mention that against verdicts of our Court Martials no appeal to a higher court is provided, during the war.

    Officers under whose orders Lt-Col Gosiewski has been on duty told the court that their opinion is entirely in favour of his character and behaviour. Their opinion is shared by numerous other Polish Air Force officers, now in service in this country who have heard about the bad luck of Lt-Col Gosiewski in this case.

    I have to stress that facts alleged to Lt-Col Gosiewski should have occurred before the war between 1937 and 1939, in Poland, but there nobody has put it forward against him. It was in this country that two of his subalterns accused him, in circumstances where any counter proofs by evidence of witnesses and by documents left behind in Poland has not been feasible.

    The Court Martial has based the verdict on the evidence given by these two former subalterns, but giving a supplementary explanation of the verdict stated that, admitting the fact of an unlegal appropriation, this deed has not been committed under influence of mean motives, and therefore the verdict does not include the privation of the accused nor of his high Military Order, the "Virtuti Militari", nor of his Academie degree of M.A.

    ...There exists the possiblility of applying for a revision of this legal proceeding, when new proofs and new witnesses will be available. This will be done, and I am sure that after our return to Poland this verdict will be cancelled.

    After having examined this matter in the Polish Military Intelligence Branch I may state that also their opinion is entirely in favour of Lt-Col Gosiewski.


    So the ATA gave him a 15-minute flight test in a Tiger Moth, which was satisfactory; "An experienced pilot, heavy on controls but suitable for Class 2 at once."


    On his application form, he gave his next of kin as: "(wife) Umerska Jadwiga [Lis], with the Polish Committee in Lisbon",

    and said they had "2 children"


    Sadly, by the time he started with the ATA three weeks later, his wife Jadwiga (b. 30 May 1908) and their two sons Krzystof (age 6) and Michal, age 10, had died when the ship in which they were travelling was torpedoed.

    300px Avoceta steam liner SS Avoceta

    "Avoceta left Liverpool on 19 August 1941 and safely reached Gibraltar on 4 September. From there, she made her usual round trip to Lisbon and back. In Lisbon she embarked dozens of refugees from German-occupied Europe: UK subjects who had escaped the fall of France and had been denied leave to remain by the authorities in neutral Spain and Portugal. Most were women and children, some of them of French or Spanish origin, several following their husbands to the UK.

    Avoceta was one of 25 merchant ships that formed Convoy HG 73, which left Gibraltar on 17 September bound for Liverpool.

    On the night of 25–26 September U-203 fired a spread of four torpedoes from their port side. One hit Avoceta close to her engine room. Admiral Creighton was on Avoceta's bridge, and later recalled that when hit "she staggered like a stumbling horse".

     Avoceta sank by the stern, and her bows quickly rose to such an angle that her lifeboats could not be lowered.

    123 people from Avoceta were lost. The dead included 43 crew, nine Navy staff, four DEMS gunners and 67 civilian passengers, including 32 women and 20 children, four of which were under one year old." SS Avoceta - Wikipedia


    Postings: Training Pool

    "An ex Polish Air Force Officer. A most likeable personality, very keen and anxious to produce results... will require help with his English"

    2 accidents

    - 12 Dec 1941, his Tiger Moth T7610 was caught by a gust of wind after landing and tipped onto its nose, breaking the propeller

    miles master

    d. 19 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) in Master W8479 which flew into Arrant Haw hill, 2.5 m N of Sedburgh, Yorks (now in Cumbria).

    Ferry originally started 17 Dec from Reading (Phillips & Powis factory) to 46 MU Lossiemouth, although he stayed at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire on the 17th and 18th Dec due to bad weather. 

    The wreck was discovered by a shepherd on the 24 Dec, completely smashed and burnt. The weather had been misty all week. There were no witnesses.

    "Insufficient evidence to establish cause but it appears that he persisted too far into bad weather"

    It was his 3rd ferry flight, having previously flown 37hrs 10min in training on Magister, Battle, Harvard, Hurricane and Oxford.

    The body was temporarily moved to the Games Pavilion at Sedburgh School.

    Buried Maidenhead Cemetery, Section D No 18KK

     Antoni Gosiewski Gravestone 2014       

    With thanks to John Webster

    "If anything Gosiewski displayed an over anxiety to produce results... as a result of his keenness he was on one occasion grounded because of his desire to take off in too bad weather conditions."

    His cousin asked for his effects to be sent to him or Dr Vedrevczak, because "they are very valuable to me as concerning the family name, and also to his friends. Because even after his death we want the name of this valuable man and officer to be without any shadows."

    He left a will, in Polish, naming two executors; one an officer serving in the RAF (Flt-Lt (Dr.) Marvan Vedrzevczak), and the Polish Legation in London. The will could not be proved during the war, so his £2,000 insurance (and £9 19 5d balance of salary) was invested in 1949/51 war bonds and passed on to his executors in 1947.

    See also the photos of the crash site at  https://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk


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  • Gould, Gilbert Christopher

     M.881 First Officer Gilbert Christopher Gould 
     flag england  b. 13 Jun 1906, South Godstone

    6 Aug 1941 to 8 Feb 1945

      ATA 1941

      ATA 1944    

    Father: Gilbert, mother: Grace Mildred

    Ed. Reigate Grammar School; Goldsmith College, University of London

    m. Aug 1931 Esme Maud [Knight, "a well known teacher and vocalist"], 2 children Mary and John b. 1932 and 1937

     prev. a schoolmaster in Surrey. RAFO F/O, 1929-1939

    prev. exp 80 hrs on DH Moth and 9J, Avro Cadet & 626. One of the founder members of the Surrey Gliding Club at Redhill.

    Address in 1941: 'Tanglehedge', Limes Estate, Felbridge, East Grinstead, W. Sussex

    Following Lord Londonderry's radio appeal for pilots in March 1941, he applied to the ATA and was given a 15-minute flight test on 7 June; "Good, except for approach and landing".

     Postings: 12FPP, 1FPP

    Having started as a Pilot Cadet in August 1941, his flying contract was terminated on the 24 Feb 1942 because "an attempt to convert him to Class 2 has revealed that he is unlikely to become a service type pilot", and he was moved into ATA's Accidents Committe, as Joint Secretary (with Gerald Merton), and promoted to Third Officer.

    In July 1942 he was 'called up' to the RAF and duly reported for attestation, but the RAF then granted him secondment, back to the ATA, initially until 1 Feb 1943. Further extension might be possible, they said, but only if he was to be employed as a ferry pilot.

    He was duly reinstated as a ferry pilot in February 1943, (they described him as "not a very brilliant pilot", but all agreed that he was doing invaluable work for the Accidents Committee) and began negotiations with the RAF to keep him. Eventually, in August 1943, the RAF agreed to extend his secondment whilst he was employed on the Accidents Committee.

     He was off sick from 19 Oct to 11 Nov 1943 with "Anxiety State and Depression", and was taken off flying duties again and promoted to First Officer.

    His C.O. by this time was the aforementioned Gerald Merton, who reported in Feb 1944 that "He is very keen on his investigational work and does it well. I have had difficulty with him in the past because of his unwillingness to accept and carry out orders from me, and his inclination to be evasive... Recently however, his attitude has been more helpful. A normal increase in salary seems justified."

     Towards the end of 1944 however, accidents by then being less frequent with the run-down of ATA, he agreed to return to flying duties, and performed as a "most useful taxi pilot" for 1FPP.


     fairchild argus

    d. 8 Feb 1945, in Fairchild Argus HM188, which hit a survey pylon in bad weather and poor visibility, and crashed in Nor Wood, near Leatherhead, Surrey during a ferry flight from White Waltham to Gatwick (Southern Aircraft Co.).

    He was held to blame for the accident, having persisted too far into bad weather.


    Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, Barnet, London


     "He took a keen interest in local affairs. He was Hon. Secretary to the Parochial Parish Council." - Crawley and District Observer


    "He is not dead, he doth but sleep" ..this knowledge will help me to carry on to fit his children to take their place in the better world we hope to build. .. I am proud that I was privileged to be his wife.

    Yours Sincerely, Esme Gould"

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  • Gover, Thomas Edward

     M.944 *

    3rd Officer

    [Seconded from RAF]

    Thomas Edward Gover 
    flag england b. 6 Sep 1922, Taunton ?  14 Jul 1943 to 30 Apr 1945 




    d. 17 Mar 2010 ?

  • Govett, Vincent George

     M.448 First Officer  Vincent George Govett 
     flag england   b. 1910, Islington, London 12 Jul 1941 to Sep-41 


    ata vincent govett




    RAF from 1931; 33 Sqn Bicester from 1932, 503 Sqn Waddington from 1934 then the Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, Biggin Hill from 1936.

    May 1932: "GRANTHAM AIRMAN FINED Vincent George Govett. of No. 3 Flying School, R.A.F., Grantham, was fined 5s at Lincoln Police Court to-day for not having a red rear light on his motor-cycle and 5s for failing to illuminate his identification plate in Lincoln High-street on May 7."

    Flt-Lt in RAF Reserve; BOAC, Bristol

    beaufighter 6

    d. 8 Sep 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Beaufighter X7640 crashed 3 miles SW of Capel Curig, Snowdonia



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  • Goza, Clarence Edward

     M.242  First Officer Clarence Edward 'Speedy' Goza 

    flag usa

      b. 28 Mar 1910. Buda Texas 30 Aug 1940 to 29 Aug 1941 



    Ed. at Texas University, Mechanical Engineering

    Next of kin in 1940: Mother, Mrs M. L. Roberts, Box 545 Rt 5, Houston, Texas

    m. Mar 1941 Kathleen Irene [Bewshear] and lived at 418 Wells Rd, Bristol 4, UK

    Sailed to the UK from Montreal with fellow pilots Alexander Chase, Clyde Gray (M.244), Robert Perlick, Philo Pringle, Albert Robbins, and Gilbert Tobin.

    Postings: White Waltham, Whitchurch

    "Good pilot, prefers single-engine types; not too progressive, but vastly improved."

    After a couple of forced landings early on, he had a lucky escape in Jun-41 when his Blenheim, flying in bad weather, hit a tree.

    Sailed back to Montreal with fellow pilots Hubert Timmermans, Gilbert Tobin, Irving Nelson and Lewis Hunter.

    d. 1 Aug 1947 from burns he suffered in the crash of a crop-dusting aircraft near Spartanburg, S.C. His plane, belonging to Roberts Dusting Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida, stalled after take-off and crashed on the farm of William Mitchell where he was dusting cotton.

    ata clarence goza grave

    Inman Cemetery, Inman, Spartanburg County, South Carolina

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  • Gragg, Robert Olyn

     M.173 First Officer  Robert Olyn Gragg 

    flag usa

     b. 18 Jun 1914, Montgomery Alabama 18 Oct 1940 to 23 April 1943 


    ed. University of Alabama '2 yrs Aeronautical Engineering'

    4yrs aircraft maintenance work, 8 yrs private flying. 622hrs


    Address in 1940: 702 Narman Bridge Rd, Montgomery, Alabama

    Arrived in the UK 11  Nov 1940 on the SS Duchess of Atholl

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

    Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP

    His contract was terminated 17 Oct 1941 and he sailed to Montreal with fellow US airmen Donald Annibal, Roy Wimmer, George Wood, Robert Vinson, Claude Cole (all ATA) and Louis Brosmer; however, his contract was renewed 26 Jan 1942.

    "An efficient and reliable pilot. V. keen. Discipline v. good both on and off duty."

    Moved to Montreal, Canada, with his wife sometime before 1945.

    Director of Flight Operations for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 1972.

    d. 21 Oct 2004 - Crossville, TN

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  • Graham, Charles John

     M460 * First Officer  Charles John 'Kipper' Graham 
    flag england  b. 28 Mar 1899, London  10 Jun 1941 to 30 Nov 1945 

     ata charles graham 1925 1925

     ata charles graham BG    


    prev. a Master Mariner

    Address in 1925: Lensbury, Teddington, Middx

    Postings: 8FPP

    ata charles graham certificate

  • Grant, Malcolm Goss

     M.357  First Officer Malcolm Goss Grant 
    flag england   b. 17 Dec 1914, Croydon

    21 Mar 1941 to 28 Aug 1942

    [525 days]

     ata malcolm grant 1937 1937

     ata malcolm grant ATA    


    Educated at Eastbourne College

    m. Marie [Plumpton], 17 Feb 1939 in Cullompton, Devon. After the wedding they departed in a Leopard Moth from Exeter Airport and were back in Croydon by 3:30, "subsequently going on to the beautiful little cottage at Newdigate, Surrey, which the bridegroom's father has given them as a residence."

    prev. a draper (Grant Bros Ltd, Croydon) then a Link Trainer instructor in Carlisle, Dec-39 to 1941.

    Member of Redhill Flying Club from 1936. Prev. exp. 75 hrs. They reported that his flying was "consistently steady and reliable." He first applied to the ATA in Dec 1940, but his flying hours were below the standard required at the time. However, things changed within 3 months and he was accepted for training.

    Address in 1941: Gotwick Farm, Orlton Lane, Rusper, Sussex

     DB7 3

    d. 28 Aug 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Douglas Havoc Z2299, which dived into the ground at Abington Pigotts near Bassingbourn, Cambs, whilst attempting to land following port engine failure. the accident report blamed a "loss of control on turn towards dead engine in course of circuit at low altitude and with insufficient air speed."

    His wife wrote to the ATA afterwards, asking whether they had discovered the whereabouts of his stop watch, silver cigarette case and gold lighter, and key case: "I am only fussing about such things as I would so like to have them for his son - who is only five weeks old - and so, will not remember him at all."

    "My great consolation is the fact that he loved every moment of his job, and although you must have many pilots with more experience, you can have few so keen - and for this reason the past eighteen months have been particularly happy."

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  • Gray, Clyde Erskine

     M.244 First Officer   Clyde Erskine Gray

    flag usa

    b. 29 Dec 1907, St Louis MI 

    30 Aug 1940 to 25 Jun 1941

    [299 days]



    "Mr and Mrs H[arry] R[ichmond] Gray are receiving congratulations upon the arrival of a little son, born Dec. 29. The little fellow is the first grandchild in both families and has been names Clyde Erskine Gray after his paternal grandfather" - St Louis Post-Dispatch

    The family moved to South Shore Drive, Chicago and in May 1908 it was reported that: "Mrs Clyde Erskine, Mrs Gray's mother, is visiting them."

    Educated; Grammar School, Military School, Jr. College

    Engaged to  Winifred Alaine [Stanz] in 1929 but may not have married (see below)

    m. Elsie Mary [Green] Dec 1940 in Bristol

    Address in 1941: Box 1001, Beverley Hills, California

    Elsie's address: 11 Burnside Gardens, Prestwick

    prev. an Aerial Photographer

    Postings: 1FPP, 4FPP

    Not sure why his contract was cut short after 299 days - his only accidents (the latter not his fault) were in November and December 1940.

    He sailed back to the USA on 26 April 1941, without Elsie.

    d. Jan. 9, 1965 - Los Angeles County, California, USA

    His son, Stephen Bennett Bishop,"known to his friends and family as Steve, died on April 17, 2014, after a short illness. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on February 26, 1931, to Winifred Alaine Stanz and Clyde Erskine Gray. He was adopted by Herbert Bennett Bishop at the age of three and was raised in the Los Angeles area for most of his childhood."

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  • Greaves, John Milne

     M.485 3rd Officer  John Milne Greaves 
    flag england    b. 15 Jan 1909, Oldham 3 Jun 1941 to  30 Jul 1942

    ata john greaves 1931 1931

    ata john greaves 1939 1939    


    prev. in 1931 a Publicity Manager, 1939 an Insurance Broker

    Address in 1939: 6 Langdale Ave, Oldham

    miles master

    d. 30 Jul 1942 (Died in ATA Service) Miles Master M7958 engine cut on take-off, stalled avoiding trees and overturned at White Waltham. Instructor Norman Haymanwas also slightly injured.

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  • Green, Alfred Edward

     M.487  2nd Officer Alfred Edward Green 

    flag england

      b. 8 Feb 1916, Warwick 3 Jun 1941 to Dec-41