ATA 2FPP Mar 44



29 Jan 1944 to Sep-45

3rd Officer


John Leslie Bennett


ata john bennett 1945

flag england b. 17 Oct 1914, Manchester

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


27 Apr 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

[Seconded from RAF]



Dennis Mills Butterworth


ata dennis butterworth ATA

flag england b. 24 Apr 1921, Manchester

prev. a Commercial Artist

RAF May-40 - 1944


10 May 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

[Seconded from RAF]


Geoffrey James Cooper

 ata geoffrey cooper

ata geoffrey cooper 2 ATA

flag england b. 8 Dec 1917, Worcester

prev. Advertising, and RAF for 4 years


19 May 1944 to Apr-45

First Officer (Seconded from RAF)


Laurence Alfred Chapman


 ata laurence chapman 1946 1946 flag england b. 13 Sep 1921, Upminster


19 May 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer (Seconded from RAF)


Ronald Walter Francis Chifney


ata ronald chifney 

ata ronald chifney 2 ATA

flag england b. 6 Oct 1918, London


19 May 1944 to Apr-45

2nd Officer [Seconded from RAF]


William Edward Charles Wootton 'Bill' Abney

ata william abney HB HB

ata william abney tv 1979


flag england b. 7 Jan 1921, Upminster

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."



23 May 1944 to Mar-45

3rd Officer (Seconded from RAF)


James Waldron Brown


 ata james brown ATA  

flag england b. 6 Aug 1918, Liverpool

prev. a draughtsman

RAF from May-41 to May-44


janes anson

d. 20 Mar 1945 (killed 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.


23 May 1944 to Apr-45

First Officer


Raymond Harry Carter



flag england b. 19 Feb 1921, Rugby

prev. a Travelling Salesman, then RAF 41-44 (Africa Star and Clasp)


10 Jun 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer [Seconded from RAF]


Albert Bower Campbell



flag england b. 11 Jan 1913, Alderley Edge

prev. RAF A/C inspector


20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer

(Seconded from RAF)



Ronald David Henry Brasher



flag england b. 3 Oct 1922, Yorkshire

prev. RAF, and an Engineer's clerk

d. 1986, Derbyshire


20 Jun 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer (Seconded from RAF)


George Gilbert Brown


 ata george brown ATA

flag england b. 9 Feb 1922, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northants

prev. RAF, and an electric loco driver

d. Feb 2004, Coventry


4 Jul 1944 to Apr-45

Third Officer (Seconded from RAF)


Victor Cummergen

ata victor cummergen ATA

ata victor cummergen 1946 1946

flag england b. 27 Mar 1916, North Shields

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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13 Jul 1944 to Oct-45

3rd Officer (Seconded from RAF)


Frederick William Christie


ata frederick christie ATA

 b. 5 Dec 1917, Aberdeen

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."


14 Jul 1944 to Apr-45

3rd Officer [Seconded from RAF]


George Craven

 flag england b. 4 Mar 1914, Keighley, Yorks

Lived at: 26 James Place, Edinburgh with wife Sadie

prev. a worsted spinner

Ferry Pools: 4, 5, 16

"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