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The Women of the Air Transport Auxiliary - Joined 1942-1944

1942

"Theory ATA training also included aircraft and engine theory and was taught at Thame. A 1942 lesson pictured Getty Images

"Theory Training in 1942" - Helen Richey, Irene Arckless, Faith Bennett, Honor Pitman, Jennie Broad and Louise Schuurman

5 Jan-42 to 17 Aug-46

Secretary to C.A.

raymonde martin-kaye ata 

ATA

Raymonde Mary Martin-Kaye

flag england

b. 13 Jan 1918, London

Starting Salary: £3.10.0 a week

Heavily involved in the final wind-up of the ATA in 1945/6

Mrs Spargo from 1950

d. 1991

W.72

24 Jan-42 to Jul-42

Flight Captain

mini macr - jackie cochran

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cochran-Odlum

flag usa

b. 11 May 1906

d. 1980

W.66

10 Feb-42 to May-44

First Officer

Winnie Rawson Pierce

flag usa

b. 11 Dec 1916, Des Moines IA

prev: Pilot and Secretary

Mrs Beasley

W.68

10 Feb-42 to 30-Jun-45

First Officer

ata louise schuurman 

MUWW

ata louise schuurmann 

ATA

Emma Mathilde 'Louise' Schuurman

flag holland

b. 28 Aug 1920, Nijmegen Holland

Resident Chicago IL

prev: Flight Instructor

prev. exp: 420 hrs in USA, Canada

d. 28 Apr 1962 in an air crash on Galveston Island, Texas

buried in Cauberg, Valkenburg aan de Geul, Limburg, the Netherlands

W.65

10 Feb-42 to Jun-45

First Officer

Virginia Farr

Virginia 'Ginny' Farr

flag usa

b. 15 Nov 1918, Groton MA

prev: Flight Instructor (Rochester, NY)

d. 1988

W.71

10 Feb-42 to Jun-44

First Officer

Dorothy Rita Bragg

flag usa

née Furey

b. 17 Dec 1918

Mrs Bragg - her husband, Pilot Officer Richard Edward Bragg, was killed 13 May 1943 over Koln

Mrs Beatty

Mrs Hewitt

d. 2006

W.70

24 Feb-42 to Oct-45

First Officer

 naomi heron maxwell 1934

RAeC 1934

Helen 'Naomi' Allen 

flag england

née Heron-Maxwell

b. 25 Jun 1913, Folkestone

Mrs Allen from 1938-Jan 39 (husband died)

prev: Secretarial / Lecturing on Gliding and Parachuting

Mrs Thomas from 1957

d. 1983, USA

 Read More ...

W.73

24 Feb-42 to Dec-45

First Officer

 patricia blackwell 1939

RAeC 1939

Mrs Patricia Annette Blackwell

flag england

nee Noble

b. 30 Mar 1913, Putney

Mrs Blackwell from 1935

10 Mar-42 to 12 Jun-42

Cadet

Eveline Townshend

flag UK

b. 12 Oct 1910, Dublin

[resigned]

23 Mar-42 - 14 Sep-46

Supervisor,

Purchase Ledger Section

miriam brock ata

ATA

Miriam Brock

flag england

b. 25 Nov 1915, Epsom Surrey

d. 2001

W.67

25 Mar-42 to Jan-43

First Officer

 helen richey 1934 

1934

helen richey 1940 

HFW

helen richey 99s

ATA

Helen Richey

 flag usa

b. 21 Nov 1909, McKeesport, PA

prev: Flight Instructor [actually, the world's first commercial airline pilot, in 1934; and the world's first fully-certified woman flying instructor]

prev exp: 1800 hrs

Accident Record:

21 Jun-42: Hurricane, stalled, damaged wingtip - (pilot held responsible);

21 Jul-42: Spitfire, overshot - (pilot held responsible);

14 Dec-42: Master II forced landing - (pilot not responsible);

3 Jan-43: Wellington, failed to control takeoff swing, wingtip broken off - (pilot held responsible)

[20 Jan-43 Contract Terminated by ATA]

d. 7 Jan 1947 (suicide)

31 Mar-42 to 8 Apr-42

Cadet

Mercedes dAnacker 1936 

RAeC 1936

Mercedes dAnacker ATA 

ATA

Mercedes d'Anacker

flag england

b. 7 Oct 1916, Aldershot

prev exp: 50hrs on Gypsy/Tiger Moth

Mrs Baker from 1943

1 Apr-42 to 2 May-42

Cadet 

Betty Bell

flag england

b. 23 Sep 1919, London

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 Apr-42 to 22 Jun-42

Cadet

mini - delphine reynolds 

RAeC 1930

Delphine Reynolds

flag england

b. 29 Dec 1907, Woolton Lancs

prev: MTC Lorry Driver from Jun-41

pre exp: 510 hrs

15 Apr-42 to 8 Jun-42

Cadet

 jocelyn hotham 1936 

RAeC 1936

Hon. Jocelyn Mary Emma Hotham

flag england

b. 18 Apr 1908, London

prev: ARP Commandant of Transport, Chelsea

prev exp: 22hrs 35min

d. 1997

15 Apr-42 to 6 Jun-42

Cadet

margaret thackeray 1939 

RAeC 1939

margaret thackeray ata 

ATA

margaret thackeray ata2 

ATA

 ata margaret thackeray ancestry 2 Ancestry

Margaret Elizabeth Thackeray

flag england

b. 1 Mar 1913, Newcastle-on-Tyne

prev exp: 15hrs solo

23 Apr-42 to Aug-42

Cadet

Polly Bernice Potter

flag usa

b. 1 Oct 1911, Portland OR

[divorced]

prev: Airplane Sales

prev exp: 835 hrs

[Resigned - illness]

Mrs Forsstrom

Mrs Ross

W.74

14 Apr-42 to Apr-45

First Officer

ata grace stevenson 

ATA

Grace Stevenson

flag usa

b.  5 Aug 1917, Stratford OK

d. 29 Dec 2002, Fayetteville

Her obituary (link here) says:

"Ms. Stevenson died Dec. 29, 2002, at a Fayetteville nursing facility. She was born Aug. 5, 1917, at Stratford, Okla., to Alfred and Ruth Margaret Houston Stevenson. She grew up in Holdenville and graduated from Holdenville High School. She attended Lindenwood School for Girls and then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Ms. Stevenson was an aviation pioneer, having earned her commercial pilot's license. At the age of 23 she became the first woman in the nation to become certified as a flight instructor, teaching at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa. She later became a flight instructor for Mountain Airways in Casper, Wyo.

At the outset of World War II, Ms. Stevenson volunteered to be a pilot for the British Government. She ferried war plans for the British Air Transport Auxiliary from 1942 until 1945, totaling 875 missions. As a result of her flying experiences she has been among women pilots featured in various book and magazine articles and in a PBS television documentary. Following the war, she was employed as a secretary for U.S. Plywood, Bakersfield, Calif. She later returned to Holdenville."

W.76

14 Apr-42 to Oct-45

First Officer

W076 Ford Suzanne 

ATA

Suzanne 'Sue' Humphreys Ford

flag usa

b. 2 Apr 1915

Mrs de Flores

d. 2001

W.79

14 Apr-42 to Jul 43

2nd Officer

hazel raines ATA 

ATA

 ata hazel raines 1943 1943

Hazel Jane Raines

flag usa

b. 21 Apr 1916, Waynesboro GA

prev: Flight Instructor

d. 4 Sep 1956 - while visiting Chelsea, London

W.78

14 Apr-42 to Nov-42

3rd Officer

Virginia Louise Garst

flag usa

b. 28 Nov 1918, New York

prev exp: 513 hrs

[Contract Terminated - Appendicitis]

W.80

15 Apr-42 to Aug-45

First Officer

 betty black 1943 

NZ Herald 1943

Betty Ellice Black

flag nz

b. 1 Sep 1913, Dunedin NZ

prev. exp: 129 hrs 50min solo

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Beaumont from 1946

d. 1988

W.81

15 Apr-42 to Nov-45

First Officer

 maureen dunlop 19452 

RAeC 1945

Maureen Adele Chase Dunlop 

 flag UK

b. 29 Oct 1920, Buenos Aires

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs de Popp from 1955

d 2012

29 Apr-42 to 22 May-42

Cadet

Lucie Margaret James

flag england

b. 1 Jan 1917, London

prev: Flt Sgt, WAAF

prev exp: (claimed) 200hrs/40hrs solo

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

W.77

29 Apr-42 to Nov-45

First Officer

W077 Wood Anne 

ATA

Ann Watson Wood

flag usa

b. 31 Mar 1918

Mrs Kelly

d. Apr 2006

W.75

1 May-42 to Mar-44

First Officer

 helen barnes 1934

RAeC 1934

W075 Harrison Helen 

ATA 

ata helen harrison 

ATA

Helen Marcelle Harrison

flag canada

nee Barnes

b. 7 Dec 1909, Vancouver, Canada

changed name to Harrison 1935

[divorced]

later Mrs Harrison-Bristol

d. 1995

W.86

9 Jun-42 to Mar-44

2nd Officer

W086 van Doozer Catharine ATA

ata kay van doozer 1943

The Bakersfield Californian 1943

 

Catharine 'Kay' Rel Van Doozer

flag usa b. 29 Apr 1905, Los Angeles CA

in 1943, she "saw Dick Newmeyer, also formerly a member of Bakersfield High School staff, in England."

 

d. 1949

W.82

10 Jun-42 to Aug-43

First Officer

W082 Hudson Evelyn 

ATA 1942

Evelyn Hudson

flag england -> flag usa

b. 7 Aug 1908, Sunderland UK

[Naturalized American Feb 1938]

Mrs Richards

W.84

10 Jun-42 to Nov-45

First Officer

Margaret Elizabeth 'Peggy' Lennox

flag usa

b. 24 Jan 1906, Chicago

prev: Teacher - Model - Secretary

[divorced]

Mrs Drown

W.85

10 Jun-42 to Jun-45

First Officer

Mrs Edith Foltz Stearns

flag usa

b. 17 Aug 1903, Dallas TX

prev: Flight Instructor

[divorced]

d. 1956

W.87 *

10 Jun-42 to Apr-45

First Officer

 ata opal laster-anderson 

ATA

Opal Pearl Laster-Anderson

flag usa

b. 17 Aug 1916

Mrs Averitt

W.88 * 

10 Jun-42 to Sep-45

First Officer

mary zerbel ATA 

ATA

ATA Mary Zerbel 2

Mary Estelle Zerbel

flag usa

b. 8 Apr 1920, Marquette MI

prev: Flying Instructor

Mrs Forrest

Mrs Hooper

 Mrs Ford

10 Jun-42 to Sep-42

Cadet

Una Julia Goodwin

flag usa

b. 24 Dec 1902, Virgie AR (KY?)

prev: clerk

[Contract Terminated by ATA - did not pass training course]

d. 1978

W.105

17 Jun-42 to May-45

2nd Officer

 ATA Joan Witherby

Mrs Joan Durham Witherby

flag england

née Wilkinson

b. 31 Jul 1915, London

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Witherby from Mar 1938; husband James was missing, (later presumed killed) during the fall of Singapore in Feb 1942

[Contract Terminated by ATA - Aug-42 but re-instated Jan-43]

Mrs Hale from 1953

d. 2004, Australia

24 Jun-42 to 30 Jun-42

Cadet

 molly calver 1936 

RAeC 1936

Molly Calver

flag england

b. 13 Apr 1910, Wix Essex

prev: Stewardess, Welfare Dept,

London Transport

prev exp: 14 hrs 

London General Omnibus Co Flying Club

[Resigned]

24 Jun-42 to 23 Aug-42

Cadet 

 joan broadsmith 1939 

RAeC 1939

joan broadsmith Empire Air Day 1939 

Empire Air Day 1939

 Joan Irwin Broadsmith

flag england

b. 23 Jul 1917, Withington Chester

prev: Ambulance Driver

prev exp: 30hrs solo

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

Read More ...

24 Jun-42 to 20 Sep-42

Cadet

muriel haselden 1938 

RAeC 1938

muriel witt ata 

ATA

Mrs Muriel Elyse Witt

flag england

née Haselden

b. 12 Sep 1914, Manchester

[Educated in Paris]

prev exp: 60 hrs

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

1 Jul-42 to 28 Aug-42

Cadet

olivera traherne 1939 

RAeC 1939

olivera traherne ata 

ATA

Olivera Rowena Traherne

flag england

b. 3 Sep 1910, Pampisford nr Cambridge

prev exp: 20hrs

5 Jul-42 to Sep-42

Cadet

 ata gloria large 1942

The Charlottetown Guardian, 1 Aug 1942

islandnewspapers.ca

Kathleen Gloria Large

flag canada

b. 29 Jan 1923, Charlottetown, Canada

The Charlottetown Guardian, Aug-42: "Gloria is the daughter of Mr and Mrs H R Large of this city. Mr Large served in the World War with the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot. He enlisted in the early days of the war along with five other signallers. Weeks, Stewart, McLeod, Gardner and Whitlock who all made a good record overseas."

 

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Unlikely to become an efficient Ferry Pilot']

 

"Well done Gloria - the first Canadian Woman Ferry Commander visits her native city.

Gloria has made good in a big way. She passed the most rigid air test examinations as well as in meteorology, navigation, air rules, and other exams which entitled her to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the RAF. Quite an accomplishment for a girl only 19. Miss Large now ferries all types of aircraft and will soon take her place with the British Air Transport Auxiliary in England."

[Perhaps the best we can say about his piece of utter nonsense - she was only ever a Cadet, and her ATA contract was terminated within a month of her starting - is that 'there was a war on'.]

 

8 Jul-42 to Feb-43

Cadet

-> Operations Officer 

 evelyn hyam ata 

ATA

Evelyn Tuttle Hyam

flag usa -> flag UK

b. 15 or 25 May 1914, Boston MA

British by marriage

prev exp: 51hrs

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

Operations Officer from 30 Sep-42

 W.89

9 Jul-42 to Jul-45

First Officer

 ata nancy miller 

ATA

Nancy Jane Miller

flag usa

b. 12 Jun 1919

Mrs Livingston

Mrs Stratford

 W.90

15 Jul-42 to Jul-44

2nd Officer

ATA Jadwiga Pilsudska1

via Ania Stefanicka

 ATA Jadwiga Pilsudska2

 with thanks to Krzysztof Kubala

Jadwiga Piłsudska

flag poland

b. 28 Feb 1920, Warsaw, Poland

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Student at Newnham College Cambridge

prev exp: 120 hrs (100 on gliders)

Mrs Jaraczewska from 1944

JPilsudska 1943 and 2011

in 1943 and 2011

d. 2014

W.91

15 Jul-42 to Sep-45

First Officer

 ata joan allen ATA

Mrs Joan Mary Allen

flag UK

née Stapledon

b. 4 Dec 1914, Shillong India

prev exp: 34 hrs 30min in Malaya

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.92

17 Jul-42 to Oct-45

First Officer

anne walker 1939 

RAeC 1939

 Anne Walker

flag UK

b. 15 Apr 1917, Peshawar, India

Mrs Duncan from 1948

25 Jul-42 to 5 Sep-42

Cadet

 olive ramsay ata 

ATA

joan eric boucher 1948 

1948

(Olive) Joan Ramsay

flag australia

b. 29 Oct 1916, Brisbane Australia

education: Endcliife, Eastbourne; Paris

resident Howletts, nr Canterbury

prev: Ambulance Driver from Aug-40

prev exp: 2hrs

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

Diana's sister (see above)

m. Eric Boucher 1948

d. 2004

[Her father, Robert Christian 'Bob' Ramsay:

robert ramsay 1932 1932

(b. 1861 d. 1957) was a famous cricketer and owned the Bekesbourne Flying Club, and her brother Cmdr Alexander Robert Ramsay:

alexander ramsay1935 1935 (b. 1910)

both held RAeC Certs]

28 Jul-42 to Oct-43

Stenographer

nancy lowen ata 

ATA

Mrs Nancy Doreen Lowen

flag wales

née Thomas

b. 24 Jan 1907, Cardiff

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 

'Very fast shorthand and typing ... but very careless']

W.93

29 Jul-42 to Oct-45

First Officer

patricia beverley 1945

ATA 

Mrs Patricia Gladys Beverley

flag england

b. 22 Aug 1910, Egham Surrey

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

[husband Robert Lewis]

prev: Driver

d. 27 Feb 1948 in an air accident

W.97

1 Aug-42 to May-43

 2nd Officer

mary nicholson 1943 

ATA 1942

Mary Webb Nicholson

flag usa

b. 12 Jul 1905, Greensboro, N.C.

d. May 1943 (Killed in ATA Service)

Read More ...

W.95

12 Aug-42 to Feb-44

2nd Officer

 ATA Bobby Sandoz Leveaux 

via Ania Stefanicka

Roberta Boyd 'Bobby' Sandoz Leveaux

flag usa b. c.1918, WA

Interviewed in 2000 here:

W.106

12 Aug-42 to Feb-44

2nd Officer 

Myrtle Rita 'Mikki' Allen

flag usa

b. 26 Nov 1916, Paterson NJ

Mrs Carter

W.94 * 

12 Aug-42 to Sep-44

First Officer

 margaret gepp 1939 

RAeC 1939

ata mardi gething 1945 1945

Margaret Helen 'Mardi' Gething

flag australia

née Gepp

b. 20 Dec 1920, Melbourne, Australia

 Mrs Gething from 1940

 d. 2005

W.96

12 Aug-42 to Feb-44

2nd Officer

Emily Chapin

 flag usa

b. 22 Nov 1912, Twin Falls ID

prev: File Supervisor for Standard Oil

d. 1978

W.104

19 Aug-42 to Feb-44

2nd Officer

jane winstone 1942 

ATA

Jane Winstone

flag nz

b. 24 Sep 1912, Wanganui NZ

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

d. Feb 1944 (Killed in ATA Service)

Read More ...

 W.135

25 Aug-42 to Aug-45

3rd Officer

pamela tulk-hart 1945 

RAeC 1945

pamela tulk-hart ATA 

ATA

Pamela May Johnsen

flag england

b. 30 Oct 1918, Bromley Kent

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: journalism

Transferred to Flight Ops 23 Aug 1943

Mrs Braddyl Tulk-Hart

W.99

1 Sep-42 to Apr-44

2nd Officer

ATA Taniya Whittall 

ATA 

Taniya Whittall

flag england

b. 16 Jun 1919, Lindfield

Prev. Exp: 6 hrs solo

d. Apr 1944 (Killed on ATA Service)

Read More ...

13 Sep-42 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

(Senior Driver)

eve longmore 1931 

RAeC 1931

Evelyn Blanche Longmore

flag england

b. 22 Feb 1913, Southampton

Also had Gliding Licences AB&C

prev: Officer I/C Ambulance Section

W.98

16 Sep-42 to May-45

First Officer

 molly rose ATA

 ATA

Mrs Molly Daphne Rose

flag england

née Marshall

b. 26 Nov 1920, Cambridge

prev: Flight Engineer

Mrs Rose from 1939

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

d. 2016

W.101

16 Sep-42 to Aug-45

2nd Officer

elizabeth macdougall 1937 

RAeC 1937

W101 Macdougall Elizabeth 

ATA 

Elizabeth Anderson MacDougall

flag UK

b. 6 Mar 1915, Singapore

Mrs Evans

d. 1988, Stroud

W.102

16 Sep-42 to Mar-43

3rd Officer

Not in 'Forgotten Pilots'

joy pond 1938 

RAeC 1938

joy davey ATA 

ATA

 Mrs Joy Dorothy Lilian 'Jane' Davies

née Pond

b. 12 Feb 1916, Cambridge

prev: Secretarial/Clerical, Marshalls of Cambridge

prev exp: 11hrs 10min solo

Mrs Davey from 1940 [widowed - RAF F/O (pilot instructor) Renford Davey d. 9 May 1941]

Mrs Davies from 1942

exp in ATA:

Magister: 100hrs 40min;

Hart: 11hrs 50min;

Fairchild: 14hrs 05min;

Tutor: 1 hr.

[Resigned 11 Mar-43]

d. Dec 2008

W.100

23 Sep-42 to Feb-44

2nd Officer

 daphne abrams 1935 

RAeC 1935

ATA Dorothy Hanson-Lester 

ATA

Mrs Daphne Elizabeth Hanson-Lester

flag england

née Abrams

b. 11 Mar 1916, Plymouth

prev: Secretary

Mrs Robinson

 

daphne hanson lester 2016 11 Mar 2016

W.107

7 Oct-42 to Oct-45

First Officer

Diana Patricia Margaret Hutchinson Smith

flag england

b. 15 Apr 1920, Codsall Staffs

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Farm Worker

Mrs Clover from 1957

d. 1975

19 Oct-42 to Apr-44

2nd Officer/

Nursing Sister

kathleen vickery 1942 

ATA

Kathleen Mary Vickery

flag england

b. 13 Jun 1912, Wellington, Somerset

Mrs Kershaw from Jan 1944

d. 3 Apr 1944 (Killed in ATA Service) - with Douglas Fairweather (q.v.)

 W.103 *

1 Nov-42 to Apr-43

3rd Officer

 betty lussier ata

Betty Lussier

 flag usa

 b. Dec 1921, Alberta Canada (to American parents)

[resigned]

Later a member of OSS - X2 counter-espionage unit.

Wrote:

Amid my Alien Corn (1957);

'One Woman Farm (1959);

Betty Lussier's Secret War (2010)

W.110

25 Nov-42 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 margaret frost 1942 

ATA

Margaret Olive 'Maggie' Frost

flag england

b. 26 Nov 1920

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

(solo 1 Aug 1939)

prev: May-41 WRNS, HMS Forward

1943

12 Jan-43 to Dec-45

Shorthand Typist

doris crownshaw ata

 ATA

Mrs Doris May Crownshaw

flag england

b. 5 Aug 1910, Hampshire

d. Apr 2005

27 Jan-43 to 23 Mar-43

Cadet

 ginette jullian

Ginette Marie Hélène Jullian

flag france

b. 8 Dec 1917, Montpellier France

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

[Later 'Adele', an SOE secret agent]

d. 1962 Tahiti

Read More ...

W.108

17 Feb-43 to Oct-45

First Officer

Freydis Leaf 1939

RAeC 1939

 Freydis Mary Leaf

flag england

b. 22 Sep 1920, Cambridge

prev: Mobile VAD, RAMC

Mrs Sharland from 1955

d. 2014

27 Mar-43 to 7 May-43

Cadet

Muriel Joan Gripton

flag england

b. 6 Jul 1921, West Bromwich

prev: Telephonist/Receptionist

prev exp: 20min

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 'unsuitable']

27 Mar-43 to 3 Jul-43

Cadet

Mrs Jeannette Ann Wilkes

flag england

née McCombie

b. 18 Jan 1919, Paddington

RAeC Cert: 19540, 14 Aug 1939

prev: M/T Driver for M.A.P.

prev exp: 3hrs 15min

3 Jun-43: Hart; landing accident - a/c cartwheeled & nosed over.

[Contract Terminated by ATA -'inefficiency']

 W.109

31 Mar-43 to Oct-45

First Officer

jane plant ATA 

ATA

Jane Graham Plant

 b. 25 Jul 1922, New York

prev: pilot

Mrs Spencer

W.111

5 Apr-43 to Jul-45

First Officer

 ATA Vi Milstead

Canadas Aviation Hall of Fame

 Violet Beatrice Milstead

 flag canada

b . 17 Oct 1919, Toronto, Canada

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Warren from 1946

d. 2014

W.112

5 Apr-43 to Oct-44

2nd Officer

 W112 Orr Marion 

ATA 

Marion Alice Orr

flag canada

née Powell

b. 25 June 1918, Toronto, Canada

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Orr from 1942

d. 4 April 1995

E.107

19 Apr-43 to Jul 45

Flight Engineer

alice mcmurray ATA 

ATA

Alice Barbara McMurray

flag scotland

b. 19 Jul 1922, Bearsden, Glasgow

prev: fitter, Handley Page Ltd

Mrs Thomas from Jun-45

W.113

1 May-43 to Oct-45

2nd Officer

irene ferguson 1939 

RAeC 1939

W113 Ferguson Irene 

ATA 

Irene Joy Ferguson

flag NI b. 30 Oct 1915, Lurgan, Co. Armargh

prev: Electrical Showroom Attendant, then a Technical Civil Servant in the Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP)

Address in 1943: Langham House, 89 Hide Rd, Harrow

 

Mr Jonathan Ferguson from 1958

The Times, Saturday, Jan 11, 1958:

"FERGUSON - The register containing particulars of the birth of Irene Joy Ferguson, of Holden Rd, London, N.12, has been corrected to read 'male' instead of 'female' and 'Jonathan' instead of 'Irene Joy'. (Signed) Jonathan Ferguson."

and on Jan 13:

"Change of sex by woman pilot

Ministry Employee

Miss Irene Joy Ferguson, a wartime ferry pilot now employed by the Ministry of Supply, stated at the weekend that she had undergone a change of sex and would in future be known as Jonathan Ferguson. The register containing particulars of birth have been amended.

Mr. Ferguson, of Holden Rd, North Finchley, Middlesex, is aged 40. He joined the Ministry of Supply in 1941 and is a chief experimental officer employed on aircraft research and development. It is understood that the alteration to the birth certificate will not affect his employment in the Ministry.

From May 1943 to October 1945 he - as a woman - was a ferry pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary and held a commission for five years after the war in the W.R.A.F.V.R. (flying list).

Mr Ferguson flew about 1,000 hours as a ferry pilot and after the war became - still as a woman - adviser to the air section of the Girl Guides Association."

 

d 31 May 1974  - Bracknell, Berks

W.114

1 May-43 to May-45

2nd Officer

marigold drummond 1939 

RAeC 1939

Marigold Deane-Drummond

flag england

b. 13 Aug 1919, Upton-on-Severn

Mrs Rowland from 1944

Mrs Saville from 1955

d. 2003

W.124

1 May-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 joan lee 1939

RAeC 1939

jean mullineaux 1943

ATA 

Mrs Joan Edwina Francis Mullineaux

flag england

née Lee

b. 27 Dec 1916, St. Annes-on-Sea Lancs

prev: Driver, WAAF

Mrs Mullineaux from 1942

Mrs Smyth from 1948

d. 1971

W.125

1 May-43 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

 Lesley Cairns Murray 1939

RAeC 1939

Lesley Cairns Murray

flag scotland

b. 22 Jan 1917, Edinburgh

Prev. Exp: 6 hrs solo

d. Apr 1945 (Killed in ATA Service)

Read More ...

1 May-43 to 29 Jul-43

Cadet

Dorothy Joyce Forbes

flag scotland

b. 15 Nov 1915, Dundee

prev: Welfare Supervisor

prev exp: 3hrs

 [Contract Terminated by ATA]

W.116

6 May-43 to Sep-44

3rd Officer

Not in 'Forgotten Pilots'

Mrs Daphne Alice Burnside

flag england

née Gaurdon?

b. 19 Mar 1918, London

prev: Civilian Driver, French Diplomatic Corps

prev exp: 4hrs 30min inc. Palestine, Egypt

exp in ATA:

Magister: 102hrs 25min;

Hart: 15hrs 20min;

Fairchild: 67hr 50min;

Moth: 7hrs 25min;

Swordfish: 3hrs 15min;

Harvard: 26hrs 20min;

Hurricane: 5hrs 25min;

Spitfire: 13hrs 50min;

Auster: 3hrs 35min;

Barracuda: 4hrs 45min;

Fulmar: 50min;

Master: 4hrs 10min;

Miles Falcon: 1hr 05min;

Mustang: 1hr 10min;

Proctor: 1hr 25min.

 W.115

18 May-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

ida van zanten 1938 

RAeC 1938

Ida Laura Veldhuyzen Van Zanten

flag holland

 b. 22 Jun 1911, Hillegom, Holland

She was decorated in Holland in 1948 with the 'Vliegerskruis' (DFC) and other medals

 d. 2000

18 May-43 to 17 Aug-43

Cadet

Thelma Olga Leith

flag scotland

b. 14 Mar 1916 Toronto

prev: ATS Subaltern

prev exp: 28hrs

W.117

25 May-43 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

Mrs Daphne Alfreda Miller

flag england

b. 18 Jun 1919, Ramsgate

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Rumball from 1945

W.121

1 Jun-43 to Sep-44

3rd Officer

Joan Cunnington

flag england

 b. 22 Jan 1922, London

  prev: Secretary, ATA

W.122

1 Jun-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

dorothy fish ATA 

ATA

Eleanor Dorothy Fish

flag england

b. 15 Oct 1917, Nottingham

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Architectural Asst, ATA

Mrs Wadsworth from Sep 1945

W.127

1 Jun-43 to Oct-45

Second Officer

Mrs Irene Mary Ellis Wilson

 flag UK

née Ellis-Jones

b. 22 May 1919, Madras India

[widow]

W.129

1 Jun-43 to Aug-45

3rd Officer

mary powys 1945 

RAeC 1945

Mary Elizabeth 'Anne' Powys

flag england

b. 12 Nov 1921, London

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

1 Jun-43 to 22 Jul-43

Cadet

Betty Olive Whittington

flag england

b. 24 Jul 1916, Sutton Surrey

prev: ATA Clerk; Driver (Jun-42); Catering

[ab initio]

[resigned]

Mrs May

7 Jun-43

Accounts Clerk

joan ismay ata 

ATA

Joan Isobel Ismay

flag england

b. 21 Jan 1924, Wallsend Northumberland

Starting Salary: £3.0.0 a week

d. 1994

W.123

7 Jun-43 to Apr-45

3rd Office

rosemary wills 1936 

RAeC 1936

Mrs Rosemary Theodora Hamilton MacLeod

flag england

 née Wills

b. 15 Mar 1913, London

Mrs MacLeod from 1938

prev: Personal Asst to Dir. Fighter Ops

d. 1994

W.118

14 Jun-43 to Feb-45

3rd Officer

Mrs Kathleen Marjorie Lester

flag england

née Haylock

b. 9 Jul 1915, Nottingham

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: ATS Convoy Driver

W.120

14 Jun-43 to Oct-45

3rd Officer

Mrs Barbara Pentronella Bowyer

za-1928flag

b. 19 Sep 1917, Johannesburg SA

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

changed name to Cripps Jan-45

W.126

1 Jul-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

stella petersen 1939 

RAeC 1939

W126 Petersen Stella 

ATA 

Stella Joyce Petersen

flag england

 b. 12 Oct 1918, London

Mrs Edwards

lives in Vancouver

W.119

12 Jul-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

eirene whittow 1939 

RAeC 1939

Mrs Eirene Rosemary Banister

flag england

 née Whittow

b. 20 Jul 1919, Budleigh Salterton

Mrs Banister from 1940

W.128

26 Jul-43 to Oct-45

2nd Officer

 cecile power 1939

RAeC 1939

cecile power 1943

ATA 

Cecile Eva Rosales Power 

 flag UK

b. 26 May 1920, Mhow, India

prev: FANY

prev exp: 4hrs 45min

Mrs Moger from 1948

d. 1991

22 Jul 1943 to Mar-44

Flight Engineer/3rd Officer

ata janice harrington 2

Janice Margaret Harrington

flag UK b. 28 Nov 1920, Singapore

Address in 1943: Red Arches, Thicket Rd, Maidenhead; her parents Arthur George and Xenia Ivy Vivian (nee Brandon)) lived at 'The Orchard', Putnoe Lane, Bedford.

Janice attended Bedford High School until age 18, and then Gloucester Training College before becoming a teacher of Domestic Science at the Silver Jubilee School in Bedford. She played lacrosse for the 1st XII at school and college.

When she applied to the ATA she included this reference, from her previous headmistress (K. M. Westaway M.A. D.Litt),:

"I have pleasure in stating that Janice Harrington was a pupil at this School from 1928 to 1939. She took her Cambridge School Certificate in 1937 with credits in English, Scripture, History, Mathematics, Chemistry and Art. She then went into the Sixth Form and took a course of Natural Science together with some Domestic Science. Her work was of a good standard throughout her time here, especially that concerned with Science and Art.

In her last year she was a School Prefect and a House Prefect and she became quite a leader in many ways. She was always original, ingenious and enterprising and contributed enormously both in time and energy when School activities required her undoubted artistic gifts.

She has good presence and very nice manners, and she has a great capacity for hard work."

However, it took a while before the ATA was ready to take her on, partly due to her needing a 'green card'. In the meantime, her career as a teacher had stalled due to 'her failure to get on with a rather acid headmistress', and she had become an aircraft fitter.

She applied in April 1943. She was, she said, 5 ft 3½, healthy and had no defects; she had received some dual instruction, and wanted to become a pilot.

However, it was as a Flight Engineer that she was finally taken on, in July 1943; the ATA had a minimum height limit of 5ft 5 for pilots. She was one of only four women Flight Engineers in the ATA.

Her instructors' comments were outstandingly good - "this girl is very keen, intelligent and enthusiastic about her work, and will make a very competent Flt Engineer... She has a thorough knowledge of the Halifax and is quite capable of carrying out the duties of Flight Engineer on this aircraft ... Discipline has been excellent."

Lettice Curtis says "perhaps one remembers her most for being unusually decorative - so much so, in fact, that in 1943 her portrait hung in the Royal Academy Exhibition, painted by Harold Speed who, it was said at the time, considered her one of the most beautiful girls he had ever met."

 

d. 2 Mar 1944 (Killed in ATA Service) with Dora Lang (q.v.), in Mosquito VI HP932, which crashed on approach to Lasham.

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

 

"Whilst approaching to land the aircraft appeared to undershoot slightly, the throttles were opened gently and then fully, whereupon the aircraft climbed sharply 100 feet, stalled, crashed and was destroyed.

Insufficient evidence to determine the cause, but it is clear that upon the application of full power the pilot failed to get the stick forward quickly enough to prevent the nose of the aircraft rising.

Insufficient evidence to determine responsibility."

-------------

"Dear Mr Harrington,

With the deepest regret I have to inform you the sad news conveyed to you last night regarding the fatal accident to your daughter, which occurred yesterday afternoon, and in which the pilot of the aircraft was also killed.

It is appreciated that this must be a very severe blow to you and your family, and the sincere sympathy of all her friends in the Air Transport Auxiliary goes out to you in your bereavement. Your daughter was very well liked by everyone who knew her and her death is a great loss to this organisation."

 "Dear Miss Gower,

It was most kind of you to send a personal note to us about dear little Janice. I can assure you we are proud indeed to be the parents of a girl who gave up her safe profession as a domestic science teacher for the dangerous one, and only regret she was not spared longer to serve the noble cause you represent."

W.131

9 Aug-43 to Sep-45

2nd Officer

sylvia freshwater 1945 

RAeC 1945

Mrs Sylvia Isabel Edwards

flag england

née Nanias

b. 6 May 1919, London

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

[widow]

Mrs Freshwater from 1946

18 Aug-43 to 9 Dec-43

Cadet

Maria Hrynakowska

flag russia -> flag poland

b. 22 Jul 1909, Smila Russia

prev: Polish ATS

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

W.130

23 Aug-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

ruth kerly 1938 

RAeC 1938

Ruth Helen Kerly

 flag england

b. 6 Jan 1916, Putney

[Certificate of Commendation, 1944]

Mrs Clark from 1947

d. 1992

W.132

 27 Aug-43 to Oct-45

2nd Officer

zita paddon ata 

ATA

zita paddon 1946

RAeC 1946

Zita Paddon

flag england

b. 22 Apr 1913, Hampstead

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: WAAF Cypher Officer

27 Aug-43 to 13 Nov-43

Cadet

Daphne Goodman

flag england

b. 1 Mar 1922, Surbiton

prev: Civil Servant, Ordnance Survey

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

30 Aug-43 to 26 Jan-44

Cadet

marie furkert ATA 

ATA

Mrs Edith Elizabeth 'Marie' Furkert

flag nz

née Power-Collins

b. 20 Dec 1913, Wellington, NZ

 NZ 'A' Licence 1933

prev: Office Assistant

Mrs Furkert from 1935

W.133

6 Sep-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

zoe jenner 1945 

RAeC 1945

Zoe Elise Jenner

flag england

b. 10 Jul 1922, Ealing

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: MTC Co. Cadet Officer

engaged Thompson 1944

W.139 

6 Sep-43 to Jun-45

3rd Officer

 yvonne wheatley ata

 ATA

Mrs Yvonne Wheatley

flag england

née Gough (Joy's sister, see above)

b. 19 Sep 1921, South Cerney Glos

[ab initio]

Mrs Wheatley from 1942

Mrs MacDonald from 1945

W.140

6 Sep-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 audrey morgan in 1946 

1946

Audrey Joan Morgan

flag england

b. 17 Oct 1920, Wolverhampton

prev: Draughtswoman

W.136

10 Sep-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 ata margaret boone 1945

Mrs Margaret Joan Ratliff

flag england -> flag usa née Clare, b. 25 Mar 1917, London

Resident Oklahoma

 

prev. exp: 157 hrs in USA

divorced from Mr Ratliff USA

engaged to a Mr Ashley 1944

m. Walker Lee Boone Sep 1945

 

W.137

20 Sep-43 to Aug-45

3rd Officer

maureen shiel ATA

 ATA

Maureen Elizabeth Shiel

flag england

b. 14 Mar 1920, London

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Stenographer with ATA

[Certificate of Commendation, 1945]

W.138

 20 Sep-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

edith beaumont 1945 

RAeC 1945

Edith Beaumont

flag switzerland  - flag germany

b. 24 Aug 1917, Berne, Switzerland

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.134

25 Sep-43 to Oct-45

2nd Officer

margaret russell 1945 

RAeC 1945

Margaret Elspeth Russell

flag canada

b. 14 Jul 1922, Montreal, Canada

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Oct-43 to Jun-44

Cadet

 Ruth Obermer

b. 26 Jul 1924

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.142

18 Oct-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

sylvia guthrie ATA 

ATA

sylvia guthrie 1945 

RAeC 1945

Sylvia Mary Guthrie

flag england

b. 9 Jun 1921, Thornton Heath Surrey

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Feb-41 VAD (RAF)

Mrs Cunningham

W.143

18 Oct-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 ATA Monique Agazarian 

ATA

Monique Agazarian

 flag england

b. 17 Jul 1920, Carshalton Surrey

prev: Apr-41 VAD

d. Mar 1993

18 Oct-43 to 31 Dec-43

Cadet

Eleanor Lind

flag england

b. 20 Apr 1922, London

father Danish

prev: St Hilda's College Oxford;

Progress Chaser, Vickers-Armstrong

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

18 Oct-43 to 31 Dec-43

Cadet

Joan Hilda Pardoe

flag england

b. 20 Dec 1922, Macclesfield

prev: Shorthand Typist, M.A.P.

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

Oct-43 to Apr-44

Flt Engineer

Mrs Phyllis Olive Pierce

 b. 6 Jun 1918

W.144

1 Nov-43 to Jun-45

3rd Officer

Ethel Elizabeth Sharpe

flag england

b. 5 May 1922, Worcester

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: student

1 Nov-43 to 2 May-44

Cadet

maisie impey 1939 

RAeC 1939

maisie impey ata 

ATA

Maisie Evelyn Montgomery Impey

flag england

b. 4 Oct 1914, London

prev: FANY, driver attached to Polish Forces

prev exp: 6hrs

[ab initio]

[Resigned]

W.148

15 Nov-43 to Aug-45

3rd Officer

Mrs Jean Alston Mcpherson

flag UK

b. 22 May 1921, San Francisco USA

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Driver for US Army

Mrs Lovell-Pank from May 1945

d. 1994

W.150

29 Nov-43 to Feb-45

3rd Officer

Sophie Evelyn Veisa Mara Hennings

flag UK

b. 16 May 1915, Navabatu, Vanua Balavu Fiji

prev: M.T. Driver

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

 W.145

30 Nov-43 to Nov-44

3rd Officer

 Aline Rhonie Hofheimer

dmairfield.com

Aline Helen Rhonie

flag usa

née Hofheimer

b. 16 Aug 1909, York PA

Mrs Bamberger 1928-30

Mrs Brooks 1930-37

prev exp: 2,713 hrs

prev: portrait and landscape painter; Frsco[sic] Mural Artist;

aline muralpart

part of Aline's 38m 'Aviation History' mural

Flt Ldr in USAAF Ferry Command, Sep 42- Jan 43.

ATA: "Her flying was slow and not dependable"

[Contract Terminated by ATA - disciplinary]

d. 7 Jan 1963

W.147

6 Dec-43 to May-45

3rd Officer

 june howden haddenham

www.haddenhamairfieldhistory.co.uk

June Constance Howden

flag nz

 b. 2 Jul 1918, Pukekohe NZ

Mrs Gummer

W.146

28 Dec-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 rita baines 1945 

RAeC 1945

Rita Pauline Baines

flag england

 b. 13 Nov 1921, Stoke-on-Trent

prev: AID Examiner

Mrs Colby from 1946

Mrs Johnson from 1949

d. 2007, Newcastle Staffs

W.149

28 Dec-43 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

joy gough ATA 

ATA

 Joyce 'Joy' Gough

flag england

b. 14 Feb 1923, Stratton Cirencester

(Yvonne's sister, see below)

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Cashier, Lloyds Bank

Mrs. Hartman from 1945

Mrs. Lofthouse from 1971

1944

24 Jan-44

Cadet

Mavis Agnes Kennard Davis

flag england

b. 13 Feb 1917, Tenterden Kent

prev: secretary, Foreign Office

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

24 Jan-44 to 22 Jun-44

Cadet

Jill Elizabeth Hoar

flag england

b. 20 Jan 1922, London

prev: Aircraft Fitter with ATA

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

24 Jan-44 to 4 Apr-44

Cadet

Hilda Mary Stroud

flag england

b. 13 Jun 1920, London

prev: Chemist, Fuel Research Station

Accident in Magister, 31 Mar: heavy landing, damaged stbd wing & port U/C leg

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

29 Jan-44 to 22 Mar-44

Cadet

Sylvia Cyphus

flag england

b. 27 Oct 1920, Gt Rissington Glos

prev: Telephonist, GPO

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

29 Jan-44 to 7 Apr-44

Cadet

 hilda scarth ata 

ATA

Hilda Edmiston Scarth

flag scotland

b. 19 Apr 1921, Dunoon

prev: Technical Asst, Ministry of Supply

 W.160

1 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

babara lankshear 1945 

RAeC 1945

Barbara Lilian Lankshear

flag england

b. 13 Oct 1917, Manchester

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

 W.141

7 Feb-44 to Oct-45

First Officer

rosamund everard-steenkamp 1944 

ATA

Mrs Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp

za-1928flag

née Everard

b. 22 Jul 1912, Carolina, SA

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

prev. exp: 2,000 hrs

d. Mar 1946

10 Feb-44

Filing Clerk

olive gill ata

Olive Marie Gill

flag england

b. 23 Oct 1902, London

B.A. (Hons) Oxon

 [St Hilda's College, Oxford]

W.152

21 Feb-44 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

W152 Fenwick Joyce 

ATA

Joyce Ann Fenwick

b. 3 Mar 1918

 - no RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Tharp to 1951

Mrs Few from 1955

d. 1973

W.153

21 Feb-44 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

winifred stokes 1945 

RAeC 1945

Winifred Stokes

flag england

b. 27 Sep 1918, Benwick Cambs

 - No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.154

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

W154 Chapman Suzanne 

ATA

suzanne chapman 1945 

RAeC 1945

Suzanne Chapman 1952 0187 0023

c1952

Suzanne Palmer Chapman

flag wales

b. 8 Dec 1918, Swansea

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Hart

d. Feb 2011

W.155

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

rosemary bonnett 1945 

RAeC 1945

Mrs Rosemary Leslie Bonnett

flag england

née Bell

b. 1 Oct 1918, Bristol

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Bonnett from 1942

Mrs Towers from 1949

d. Jan 1989, Malvern

W.156

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

W157 Eveleigh Yvonne 

ATA

yvonne eveleigh 1945 

RAeC 1945

Mrs Yvonne Margaret B 'Peggy' Eveleigh

flag england

née Lucas

b. 18 Aug 1917, London

Mrs Eveleigh from 1939 [Husband Derek Ernest Eveleigh d. 22 Apr 1940, in the ATA's first fatal aircraft accident.]

W.157

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

Diana Faunethorpe

flag england

b. 2 Mar 1920, Weymouth

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.158

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 ATA Pat Provis 

ATA

Patricia Mary Provis

b. 20 May 1923, Beckenham Kent

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

 prev: WAAF

Mrs Maslen Jones

 W.159

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

marjorie farquhar 1945 

RAeC 1945

Miss Marjorie 'June' Farquhar

flag england

b. 28 Jul 1921, London

prev: VAD, Oct-41 WAAF

 

 Mrs Cole from 1946, as reported by the Bucks Herald on 14 June;

"MARRIAGE OF MAJOR C. B. COLE AND MISS M. J. FARQUHAR

The wedding took place between Major Charles Brian Cole and Miss Marjorie June Farquhar at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Aldbury, on Friday.

The bride, younger daughter of Captain and Mrs Farquhar, of Town Farm, Aldbury, was given away by her father. The reception was held at “Hawkwell”, a Tring residence owned by the bride’s parents, and which is at present largely occupied by farm workers of the H.W.A.C. About 275 guests were present, and refreshments were served under a marquee, set up on the lawns of the house, the sunshine on the day making possible the use of the lovely garden. After the cake was cut, the health of the bride and groom was proposed by Mr. E. J. Gilbert, an old friend of the family. The best man, Capt. Michael Charlesworth, R.A., answered the bridegroom’s toast on behalf of the bridesmaids.

Major and Mrs. Brian Cole later left by car for Marlow, where they spent the week end at the hotel where they first privately celebrated their engagement, five-and-a-half years ago.

On returning from their honeymoon, they will live in London, at least until the bridegroom leaves the War Office, where he is at present employed.

During the war the bride was in the W.A.A.F., doing radar work, but, later, became one of the twelve out of five thousand successful volunteer applicants for A.T.A. [I wonder where they got that from?]

As a ferry pilot she flew all types of fighter and torpedo planes all over the British Isles. Her father and mother, both Canadians, liked and stayed in England after the Great War, in which Capt. Farquhar served in the R.F.C. They first came to Ivinghoe 18 years ago for week end riding, and it was then that Capt. Farquhar became known as the fairly godfather for the pennies he distributed to the children who presented themselves with clean faces. He came to live in Aldbury about 10 years ago.

The bridegroom, third son of the late Mr. Charles Phillips Cole and Mrs. Cole, of Tring, was studying architecture with his father at the Berkhamsted office of Messrs, W. Brown and Co. when war broke out. He was then embodied with the Hertfordshire Regiment, and in 1941 he went to India, where, after attending Staff College, he served on the staff of an Indian Beach Group. He was mentioned in despatches, and at the cessation of hostilities with Japan was a Lt.-Col. on the Q. Staff of the 14th Army.

It will be remembered that in April, 1945, the elder sister of the bride was married at Tring to the oldest brother of the bridegroom, Mr. Richard Cole."

 

d. 13 Sep 2017

W.161

21 Feb-44 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

 frances rudge ATA 

ATA

Frances Mary Rudge

flag canada

b. 25 Dec 1914, Hamilton Ontario

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: WAAF Secretary

[ab initio]

exp in ATA:

Magister: 103hrs 45min;

Proctor: 38hrs 50min;

Fairchild: 34hrs 55min;

Moth: 12hrs 40min;

Auster: 6hrs 05min;

Swordfish: 3hrs.

Mrs Horsburgh

W.165

21 Feb-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

 ruth russell ATA 

ATA

Ruth Mary Hornsby Russell

flag england

b. 20 Nov 1920, Gravesend Kent

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: WAAF Meterorologist

24 Feb-44 to 1 Jul-44

Cadet

mary king ata 

ATA

Mary Emily King

flag england

b. 4 Mar 1917, London

prev: British Institue of Adult Education;

Foreign Office;

WAAF

 [ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

28 Feb-44 to Sep-45

Driver

joan farquharson 1946 

RAeC 1946

Mrs Joan Ursula Newnham Farquharson

flag england

née Rees

b.28 May 1915, Newquay Cornwall

prev: Chaufeusse;Timekeeper, Air Training Ltd.

Mostly based No 8 F.P.P Belfast

'A very able M.T. Driver'

W.151

3 Apr-44 to Jun-45

3rd Officer

 ATA Sheila Garrett 

ATA

Mrs Sheila Garrett

flag usa -> flag UK

Née Wilcoxon

b. 18 Nov 1916, Marionville, MO, USA

British by Marriage Jun 1936

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: Flying Instructress

"Sheila Garrett was a very close friend of my mother’s. After the war she had a long-term on and off relationship with author Robert Ruark (Something of Value). She used to come and stay with us at our home in Mexico City for long periods, sometimes with and sometimes without Robert.

On one occasion she arrived by taxi in the middle of the night, having totally destroyed her beautiful white Chrysler 300 by hitting a rock (at about 100mph, according to her) somewhere on the highway driving down from the US. I believe the rock survived!

 My mother used to stay at her flat in London on her visits. I knew her very well; she was very tall and absolutely gorgeous!"

W.162

8 May-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

W162 Smith Katharine 

ATA

katherine hirsh 1945 

RAeC 1945

Katharine Mary Stanley Smith

flag england

b. 1 Sep 1919, Croydon

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Hirsch from 1945

W163

8 May-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

Susan Mary Aurea Alexander

 flag england

b. 20 Apr 1920, Horncastle Lincs

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: WAAF

d. 2000

W.164

8 May-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

Annette Elizabeth Mahon

flag eire

 b. 21 Oct 1918, Dublin

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Hill from 1947

d. 2013

W.166

8 May-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

joan arthur 1945 

RAeC 1945

Joan Henrietta Arthur

flag england

b. 5 Aug 1919, Ealing

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

W.167

8 May-44 to Aug-45

3rd Officer

eleanor keith jopp ATA 

ATA

Eleanor Betty Keith Jopp

flag england

b. 1 Apr 1920, Bristol

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

prev: secretary BOAC, WAAF

Mrs Huggett from 1948

 W.168

8 May-44 to Sep-45

3rd Officer

aimee de neve 1945 

RAeC 1945

Mrs Aimee de Neve

 flag UK

b. Aime Gholdstein Jonklaas, 19 Aug 1919 Gampola Ceylon

- No RAeC certificate pre-war -

Mrs Helen from 1945

Mrs Williams from 1966

d. 2000

 

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8 May-44 to 10 Jun-44

Cadet 

 helen clark ata 

ATA

Helen Riddell Clark

flag scotland

b. 6 Sep 1917, Selkirk

prev: Meteorologist

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 10 Jun-44

Cadet

Joan Mary Grinling

flag england

b. 23 Sep 1917, Grantham Lincs

 [ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 25 May-44

Cadet

 dorothy bell ata

 ATA

Dorothy Ritson Bell

flag england

b. 27 May 1920, Carlisle

prev: Secretary

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 3 Jun-44

Cadet

Jean Akerman

flag england

b. 17 Dec 1922, Camberley

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 17 Jun-44

Cadet

Rita Mary Neve

flag england

b. 1 Jun 1920, London

prev: Secretary

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 9 Jun-44

Cadet

Dora Joyce Tildesley

flag england

b. 22 Mar 1921, Wolverhampton

prev: WAAF; Nurse & Ambulance Driver

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 1 Jul-44

Cadet

dorothy stewart ata 

ATA

Dorothy Margaret Stewart

flag scotland

b. 26 Aug 1918, Edinburgh

prev: WAAF 4 yrs (B.A. Hons in History)

[ab initio]

25 Jun 44: Magister, heavy landing, damaged main spar -  pupil pilot held responsible.

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 17 Jun-44

Cadet

Sheila Marion Tointon

flag england

b. 20 Aug 1916, Hornsey

prev: Shorthand Typist; WAAF

8 May-44 to 3 Jun-44

Cadet

sheila willson ata 

ATA

Sheila Willson

flag england

b. 20 Jul 1921, Birmingham

prev: Civil Service; WAAF

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

[ab initio]

8 May-44 to 21 Jun-44

Cadet

sheila reddicliffe ata

ATA

Sheila Reddicliffe

flag england

b. 6 Dec 1919, Kirkby nr Liverpool

[ab initio]

[Contract Terminated by ATA]

8 May-44 to 10 Jun-44

Cadet

heather lott ata 

ATA

Heather Marion Lott

flag england

b. 3 May 1917, London

prev: Secretary;

WAAF from Aug-42

[Contract Terminated by ATA]