1941 Apr-Jun


1 Apr 1941 to 24 Apr 1943

 [753 days]

First Officer

Edgar Bernard Harold Hall

 ata edgar hall 1939 1939

ata edgar hall 2 ATA

flag england b. 23 Mar 1908, Woolwich

m. 1935 Philis Margarete [Hills], one child

prev. exp. 135hrs

prev a Chief Link Trainer Instructor, and aircraft inspector for A.S.T.

Address in 1941: 5 Gambia St, Swindon

"Although he appears keen enough in his flying, he is unable to control his weakness in financial matters, and through worry of this, his flying is of poor quality"

Demoted to 3rd Officer for 3 months in 1942 for landing in poor weather conditions and then leaving the aerodrome before close of flying, without waiting to see if the weather improved. 

Jan-43: "Hall came here with somewhat poor reports, but to date has done his job conscientiously and safely and has behaved himself as an officer."

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Financial Instability']

In 1949, he was fined £40 for bad airmanship: "Edgar Bernard Harold Hall, of Homefield House, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, was fined a total of £40 with three guineas costs at Croydon yesterday.

Hall was found guilty of making a circuit of the Croydon Aerodrome while not clear of the manoeuvring area; endangering life and property by diving under another aircraft which was engaged landing on or about July 4; and failing to obtain such authorisation of movement as was necessary for the protection of aerodrome traffic on August 13.

He pleaded guilty to piloting a plane on August 13 while not in possession of a licence. He was fined £10 on each of the four summonses. 

Captain T. J. Gunn, chief pilot of an airways company at Croydon, told the court that when he was preparing to land a Proctor at Croydon, a Tiger Moth flew straight at him for a few seconds and then dived under him. It landed in front of him and he turned away. Hall denied Captain Gunn's allegations, and said, " I am an experienced pilot and a qualified instructor of 40 years of age and have got beyond things like that."

d 1982 - Lewes, E Sussex


1 Apr 1941 to Sep-41

First Officer

Richard William Purser

ata richard purser 1939


ata richard purser


flag england b. 5 Sep 1919, Slough

prev Acting Sergeant, RAF Sep-39 to Feb-41. Ex RAF - "failed to complete course in Rhodesia. 50 hrs solo"

janes airspeed oxford

d. 14 Sep 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Oxford X6958 crashed on farm at Sandon Rd, Weston-on-Trent nr Stafford, in bad visibility.


4 April 1941 to [unknown, but passed fitness check in Mar-43]

First Officer


Peter Robert Griffith


flag england b. 28 Jun 1920, Northampton

Ed. Northampton Town and County School


prev. a Leather Traveller

RAF from Apr-39 to 29 Nov 1940 (Sgt Pilot)

Address in 1941: 44 Union St, Montrose, Scotland (Father's address 53 Holly Rd, Northampton)


6 April 1941 to 10 Apr 1943

First Officer

Charles Lionel Griffiths Back

ata charles back 1933 1933

za-1928flag b. 23 Dec 1913, S Africa

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


6 Apr 1941 to 23 Jan 1944

[1,002 days]

First Officer

Stanley Richard Herringshaw

ata stanley herringshaw ATA

flag england b. 2 Mar 1905, Erith, Kent

ed. at Elborow and Rugby

m. 1936 Myra Helen [Small], 3 children

RAFO from 1928 to 1941; Studied Engineering at Imperial College London, then an Aeronautical Draughtsman for Fairey & Co.

prev. exp. 188 hrs in 'Hart, Audax, DH87, DH Tiger Moth, Miles Hawk, Blackburn B2'

Address in 1941: 12 St Mary's Walk, Hayes, Middx. Later moved to "Ashfield", Milmer Rd, Burnham, Bucks.

Originally applied to ATA in Aug-1940 but withdrew owing to 'circumstances beyond my control', and re-applied in Mar-41.

Postings: 1FPP

"A keen, hardworking pilot who is progressing well, and developing into a first rate ferry pilot. Discipline Good." [Frankie Francis] He was offered a place as an instructor but turned it down as he wanted to continue ferrying, and felt he did not have the right temperament to be an instructor.

Beaufort I

d. 23 Jan 1944 [Died in ATA Service] in Beaufort N1001 which crashed at Chobham, Surrey, after a fire in the port engine caused by a 'seizure of a wrist pin'.

Third Officer [Flight Engineer] Stanley Edwin Cooke also killed.

Buried Maidenhead (Section D No, 16W)

The loss of 11 Ferry Pilots on board the SS Nerissa, 30 Apr 1941

RAF SS Nerissa 30 April 1941 2 of 2


The SS Nerissa was bringing 290 passengers and crew from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Britain; amongst them were 13 American pilots destined for the ATA. 11 of them were lost after the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-boat U-552 about 100 miles NW of Donegal, Eire. There were 84 survivors.

The pilots lost were:

Robert John Burden (age 20 from Warsaw, Indiana), Kenneth Brown Collings (age 42 from Oceanside, NY), Robert Eugene Fordyce (age 20, from Chicago), Ellis Gustave Friedrich (age 37 from Peoria, IL),

Irvin Trout Landis (age 25 of Boyertown, PA), Robert Alfred Lowell (age 25 from Chickasha, OK), William Harold Nance (age 31 from Houston, TX), Robert Glenn Smith (age 33 from Warsaw, Indiana),

 James Charles Torpey (age 30 of Silverdale, Washington), John Allison Woodall (age 33 from Dallas, TX), and James Siegel Wright (age 29, from Medford OK).

The two surviving pilots were Clyde Cecil Foreman (M.482) and Joseph Stuart Wiley (M.427).


6 Apr 1941 to Apr-43

First Officer

Clyde Cecil Foreman


flag usa b. 6 Jul 1911, Nowata OK

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

Ferry Pools: 1, 14

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."


9 Apr 1941 to 31 Dec 1941

First Officer

James Francis Howitt

ata james howitt ATA


flag canada b. 20 Apr 1914, Guelph, Ontario

Next of kin: Father, John J Howitt, 407 Water St, Guelph.

A former employee of a dairy firm, who used his savings to get to England. 

A 'non permanent gunner' in 1938 with 43rd B.T.Y., R.C.A.

P/O with 242 Sqn RAF, Jun-39 to Dec-40 - the first all-Canadian squadron of the RAF.

In September 1940, according to The Ottawa Journal, he "cracked up and was sent to hospital. Doctors told him he couldn't fly a fighter plane again. He heard he was being sent back to Canada.

'I didn't want that', Howitt said. 'Any kind of flying is better than none at all, so I volunteered for the ATA and was accepted.' " 

Address in 1941: Marbrock, Smedley St, W Matlock, Derby

Postings: 14FPP

Off sick from 14 Dec 41 to 28 Dec with 'nervous apprehension', perhaps brought on by the 2 forced landings he had (a Spitfire in August, and an Anson in October, both due to engine failure).

[Contract Terminated 31 Dec 1941)

d. November 2, 2002, Guelph


14 Apr 1941 to Dec-41

Joseph 'Stuart' Wiley

First Officer

ata joseph wiley


flag usa b. 10 Jan 1913, Pine Bluff, AR

Address in 1941: 2287 Cove Rd., Merchantville NJ

Arkansas National Guard from 1932-35

a Commercial Pilot

"Extremely hard working and capable"

Curtiss P 40 Kittyhawk of the 14 Sqn RNZAF in flight

d. 10 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Kittyhawk II AK575 left Speke at 16:15. Stuart "appeared not to be too familiar with the controls of the aircraft as he spent approximately 20 minutes in running up the engine and receiving advice from the delivery crew". When last seen he appeared to be "heading north with the aircraft properly under control", but he was never seen again. He was formally presumed dead 6 months later.

Margie Fairweather wrote: "We have had a tragedy already in no. 4b FPP. A charming American called Wiley who was posted to us left Speke on Wednesday afternoon & has not been heard of since. It is strange (or perhaps just a matter of psychology) how it always seems to be the nice ones that go and the toughs who remain."

ata mildred to jospeh wiley "To Stuart, Happy Memories of June 1941. Mildred"

[His fiancee's name was Marion Wilson and she lived in Little Rock ...]


15 Apr 1941 to Mar-42

Alexander Scott

2nd Officer

ata alexander scott 1937


ata alexander scott


flag england b. 22 May 1900, Kingstown, Carlisle

prev. Royal Navy 1917-18 (Boy 1st Class) - 'usual war medals';

from 1924, a salesman for the United Yeast Co., and a member of the Carlisle Flying Club;

RAF Aug-40 to Jan-41 (Link Trainer Instructor).

prev exp 84 hrs on Gipsy Moth, Hornet Moth.

Married, 2 children

 After his initial flight test he was described as "steady, but slow, particularly in navigation"

Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

d. 15 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Spitfire AD395 hit high ground in poor visibility at Breconside Farm, Durisdeer


16 Apr 1941 to 20 Sep 1944

[1,253 days]

First Officer

Edward Louis Hazeldine

ata edward hazeldine 1937 1937

ata edward hazeldine ATA

flag UK b. 19 May 1911, Paris

father William Augustus Hazeldine, mother French. Living in France at the outbreak of WWII

6ft 4¼in tall; 'scar on left of throat'

Ed. Cheltenham College

prev. Clerk, Private Secretary to Produce Merchants

prev. exp. 50hrs single engined in France

Address in 1941: Greenways, Hillside, New Barnet, Herts

Next of kin his brother, F. W. Hazeldine, later (1941) changed to his wife Mary G [Smith]

Ferry Pools: 15FPP, 6FPP

 'A steady pilot and an excellent officer. His keenness and sense of discipline are excellent... was quick to adapt to the Stirling."

Contracted tuberculosis of the lungs ('Koch's disease') in Jul 1943 and appears not to have flown after that.

Address in 1948: 188 Chiltern Court, Baker St., London

m. 1978 Cecilia Mary H [Jones] (d. 2000)

d. Jul 1984 - Chichester, Sussex


18 Apr 1941 to 15 Jun 1942

[423 days]

First Officer

William Arthur Hayward

 ata william hayward 1937 1937

 flag england b. 15 or 16 Apr 1907, Surbiton, Surrey

prev. a chauffeur, then an aircraft fitter for Hawker at Brooklands

Address in 1941: Ivy Cottage, St Mary's Rd, Oatlands Park, Weybridge

Postings: 6FPP, 16FPP

Off sick with gastro-enteritis from Dec-41 to Jan-42, then Apr-42 to May-42

"Has not made much progress lately, probably due to indifferent health."

Contract Teminated 15 Jun 42

d. Mar 1976 - Newport, Gwent, Wales


18 Apr 1941 to May-43

First Officer

Felix Graves Whitnall

 ata felix whitnall 1936


 flag england b. 2 Sep 1902, Whitstable, Kent

prev. radio engineer (wireless dealer)

His ATA pilot contract was terminated in October 1942 after he had been absent following a serious accident in a Hurricane in the February. When he returned he was put onto 'Maps and Signals' duty, then back on a pilot training course in early May 1943.

This was not a success, however - "it would be much safer for himself and all concerned if he was taken off flying" - and his contract was again terminated on the 29 May 1943.


20 Apr 1941 to Apr-43

First Officer

James Mitchell Cathey

flag usa b. 7 May 1915, Asheville NC

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


22 Apr 1941 to Jun-42

First Officer

Clarence Brook

ata clarence brook ATA

flag england b. 25 Jun 1919, Featherstone

prev. a Clerk in West Riding Surveyors Dept., Yorks

RAF Sep-39 to OCt-40, LAC/Sgt.

d. 26 Jun 1942 - killed 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


22 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

[1,683 days]

Flight Captain

William Cuthbert MBE

ata william cuthbert

ata william cuthbert 2


flag england b. 17 Jul 1912, Belsay, Newcastle on Tyne

prev exp 90hrs

a Ground Engineer for Rotol Airscrews in Gloucester

Ferry Pools: 2, 3, 9

"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."


16 Apr 1941 to 31 Jan 1945

[1,386 days]


First Officer

Richard Alfred Graham Kemp

 ata richard kemp 1936 1936

flag england b. 8 Feb 1901, London

Father Ralph was a market gardener and pig breeder

 Educated at Kings School, Chester

m. with 2 children in 1941

Next of Kin: Dora Kemp (Mother), 41 Belmont Park, Lewisham London SE13

prev. a Garage Proprietor

Address in 1941: 42A Longfield Ave, Upton, Chester


Postings: 3FPP

"A good officer, gaining experience"

22 Mar 1943: "Pilot reprimanded for indiscipline and unsatisfactory conduct in the presence of the Station Commander at RAF Station Cark"

26 Sep 1943: "Average pilot, discipline good, has shown no tendencies to repeat offence mentioned above."


d. Sep 1954 - Bristol


22 Apr 1941 to 30 Jun 1945

 [1,530 days]

First Officer

Godfrey Albert Chichester Greene

 ata godfrey greene 1935 1935

flag UK - flag eire b. 25 Sep 1911, Dublin

Ed. G.C.S. Dublin, National School Kildare St.

prev. RAFVR 16 Jan 1939 to 18 Sep 1940, Sergeant Pilot under training

prev. a 'Ladies Court Hairdresser' in Paris, then a technical assistant at Plessey in Ilford

m. Jun-42 Madeline Clare [Grigsby] in Maidenhead [d. 2009, Wallasey]

Address in 1941: Littlewick House, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead

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

Had 5 accidents in 1942, 4 of which were his fault; he managed to damage a Walrus [failed to control swing], a Hurricane [forgot to lower undercarriage], 2 Masters [hard landing collapsed undercarriage, and hit a post whilst taxying] and a Spitfire [undercarriage leg failed to lock down, that one was not his fault].

Contract Terminated in Apr-42 but re-instated; "This pilot has been given a second chance, a further course of training in the School ... He has not given entire satisfaction. As a pilot he appears now to be average but his reports indicate that he requires driving."

"General flying poor, take-off and approaches below standard", but "A keen and willing pilot within his limited capabilities."

 Also damaged 2 more Spitfires in 1943, but neither was his fault.

d. Jul 1995 - Wallasey, Merseyside


25 Apr 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

First Officer

Sylvanus 'Syl' Anderton

ata sylvanus anderton 1938 1938

flag england b. 21 Jul 1907, Bolton

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


28 Apr 1941 to Dec-41

First Officer

Ernest Edward Gasser

flag usa b. 16 Feb 1910, Peoria IL. Parents both Swiss.

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

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."


29 Apr 1941 to 31 Oct 45

2nd Officer

Stanley Orton Bradshaw

ata stanley bradshaw 19271927

ata stanley bradshaw ICCL

flag england b. 2 Feb 1903, London

An aviation journalist (e.g. 'Flying Memories,' 1936) and a prolific and well-known artist, e.g. this from 1931:


and this, from 1936:

coverart 1936 Bradshaw zpsb4aeb757

Address in 1941: Fivetrees, Wood Lane, Stanmore Middx

Ferry Pools; 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."


1 May 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

First Officer

Alexander Dickie Ferguson


flag scotland b.3 Nov 1912, Glasgow

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]


1 May 1941 to Sep-41

2nd Officer

Stephen William McFarland

ata stephen mcfarland


flag usa b. 6 Mar 1918, Mt. Vernon, OH

prev. a Flight Instructor and commercial pilot

 miles master bw

 d. 3 Sep 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Master AZ324 crashed into the sea at Terally Point, 2 miles N of Dronmore, Scotland.

And then A Small Surprise Emerged

ata stephen mcfarland jr

young Stephen Raymond Lambert McFarland

The American Red Cross in Mount Vernon, Ohio, reported that they had seen Stephen's mother Anna; "we had previously been informed by a member of our committee that we could rely on any statements she would make, she was that kind of a person".

nancy ann mcfarland


from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hhickman/p271.htm

Anna told the Red Cross that she and Fred (Stephen's father) had been contacted by an English girl - Frona 'Daisy' Lambert, who told them she had met Stephen when she was a 'canteen hostess' in London. They became fond of each other "and - well - a baby was soon on the way."

Stephen had not known she was pregnant: "About that time Stephen became acquainted with another girl and saw a great deal of her. Miss Lambert was proud and did not hunt Stephen up to tell of her condition". After the baby was born (on the 14th March 1942) she wrote to him, not knowing that he had been killed.

"Miss Lambert is most anxious to keep the baby with her and find some way to solve her problems... Her mother is dead and her father has more or less disowned her since she became an unwed mother."

Stephen's parents wanted Daisy to bring the baby (who, they said, bore a strong resemblance to Stephen) to live in Mount Vernon. They would, they said, "plan to have her known as their son's widow" and look after her and the baby, to the best of their limited resources. Anna wrote to Daisy: "We are surely glad about the baby but sorry you did not tell Steve as we are sure he would of made everything alright with you and been proud of his son."

All was then arranged; the only serious qualms felt by the McFarlands were "in regard to Miss Lambert's name. Their wish is to introduce the girl as their late son's widow, which will be difficult if she does not bear his name." They wondered if it would be possible for Daisy to change her surname to McFarland? This was "owing to their fear that complications and unpleasantness might arise in a small farming community, having a somewhat rigid moral outlook."

Indeed it was possible, and Daisy and Stephen Raymond changed their name to McFarland in May 1943. The ATA Benevolent Fund agreed an ex-gratia payment of $3,000 to Mr and Mrs McFarland, and $3,000 in trust for Stephen Jnr. on the condition that Fred and Anna could sponsor their move to the US.

The ATA also arranged for Daisy and Stephen Jr to stay with Sqn Ldr Morgan in Twyford until arrangements could be made for their transfer to the US, and gave him £3 10s a week for her board and lodging.

In April, Daisy wrote to the ATA: "You are kind to go to all this trouble for us, and I will not disappoint you. It will be a fresh start, in different surroundings, and I shall do my utmost to settle down, and help Mrs Morgan as much as possible."

By June 1943, however, Daisy seems to have disappointed some people at least, according to a letter from Cmdr Stocks, the ATA Personnel Officer. Having moved to Amerden Priory (thanks in part to Audrey Sale-Barker), she spent "the majority of her time lazing about the gardens and in the evening playing cards until the early hours of the morning." One evening she reportedly won 6s at cards and the next morning bought cigarettes with this money, instead of buying new shoes for her baby - his only shoes being worn out.

She also was reported to have consorted with other married men, to have wasted money on taxis, stayed out late, etc, etc. Daisy thought, apparently, that Mount Vernon was going to be "a place of bright lights, lots of music and tall buildings", and thought that everyone owned a car.

Whether or not the reports were true or not is impossible to say - in Daisy's letters she comes across as a sweet, perfectly respectable, 22-year-old. She was making a living as a dressmaker and did 'very fine needlework'.

They finally arrived in Mount Vernon in September 1943. "Just a few lines to let you know I arrived safely. After we parted at N.Y. I was feeling pretty low... I got to Columbus at around 11:30 the next morning and Mrs McFarland sent her son Frank to pick me up by car."

"It's very nice here, everybody's so sweet and kind, I shan't find it difficult to settle down. Things are so different to England, but in the right way."

"p.s. Dumbo's doing fine - and if possible - getting fatter."

Anna's great-nephew tells me that "I recall visiting Anna on her farm in Ohio, and my parents kept in contact with their other son Frank McFarland, until the 1990’s when he died."

Virginia Gooch Howard Anna McFarland

Anna McFarland, on the right

Daisy - reverting to her original name, Frona - later moved out of Ohio, married Benjamin H Corbin in 1946 (he was a bricklayer; they divorced in 1971), had two daughters (Kim and Carla) and carried on with her 'fine needlework', for example winning 'Best of Show' in the 1980 Yarncrafters Guild Show.

Frona Corbin 1980 Frona in 1980: photo courtesy of Howard Hickman

"Lest the impression be given that Ms Corbin has spent her life with a needle in her hand, it should be noted that, amongst other things, she has travelled with a carnival for six-seven years, worked as a carpenter's helper for four years, done interior and exterior house painting for four years and managed a pet shop for several years."

"I look at every day as something exciting ... One of the nicest things my children ever said to me was, 'Mother, don't ever grow up'."

Frona died in 2002 aged 80.

As for Stephen's parents, Fred died in 1959 and the indomitable Anna in 1972.


3 May 1941 to 2 May 1942

First Officer

Ernest Carl Ewing


flag usa b. 15 Jan 1914, Savannah in Chatham, GA

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."


4 May 1941 to 21 Apr 1944 (as pilot)

 [1,083 days]

First Officer

John Wright Gibbs

ata john gibbs ATA

ata john gibbs 1946 1946

flag scotland b. 28 Mar 1915, Queensferry, W. Lothian, Scotland

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." http://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/13750810.70th_anniversary_of_Catalina_crash

"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.


6 May 1941 to 10 Aug 1943

First Officer

Joseph Gaston Naz


flag UK b. 13 Mar 1908, Curepipe, Mauritius

Father: Joseph Lois Naz (A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers)

Educated at Bedford School, Stanislas College Paris. B.Sc.

m. 1933 Eileen Winifred [Barrett], 2 children

Next of Kin: Dr P L Naz, Kingston & District Hospital

An Electrical Engineer; R.A.F. Reserve Officer Jun-28 to Nov-39

Address in 1941: 72 Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts

Postings: 15FPP, 3FPP, 14FPP, 1FPP (Communications Flt)

"A keen and competent pilot", "Above average as a pilot; apt to be a bad time-keeper."

d. 26 Jul 1962 - St Albans, Herts


13 May 1941 to 31 Jul 1945

Flight Captain

Ian Stewart Fossett

 ata ian fossett 1939 1939

ata ian fossett ATA

flag england b. 14 May 1917, Wolverhampton

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



13 May 1941 to 31 Dec 1945

Flight Captain

Frederick Robert Davy

ata frederick davy 1936 1936

flag england b. 30 May 1900, Great Yarmouth

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


14 May 1941 to 25 Sep 1944

 [1,229 days]

2nd Officer


Edward Dyson Iredale


 ata edward iredale 1939 1939

ata edward iredale ATA 

flag england b. 6 Mar 1902, Elland Yorks

Father: William. Mother: Hannah

ed. Elland Grammar School; Leeds University

m. 1926 Hilda May [Berry], a teacher from Halifax [d. Dec 1942]. 1 daughter Mary C. b. 1931

Next of kin: Originally his wife, then Miss C. Iredale, c/o St.Winifred's School, Llanfairfechan, N. Wales

prev. a woollen and drapery merchant; representative of J. C. Sudders, 16 Monument St, EC3

RAF Sergeant from Feb-40 to 3 Apr 1941 (Link Trainer Instructor, based in Cambridge)

prev. exp. 217hrs on Tiger Moth, Stinson Reliant, BA Swallow, Taylor Cub, Monospar

Address in 1941: c/o Granville House, Chestnut Ave, Hampton-on-Thames


Postings: 6FPP, 2FPP

Absent sick from 10 Mar 1942 to 25 Jun 1942 after he force-landed a Spitfire following engine failure.

"His flying has been good, and his conduct excellent"

"His flying progress since his sick leave has been slow."

 d. Mar 1975 - Westminster


15 May 1941 to Sep-45


Marcus Samuel 'Mark' Hale OBE

ata marcus hale


flag england b. 20 Jan 1900, Manchester but grew up in London; went to school in Fulham and Putney.

prev exp 'over 500 hrs' on D.H.9a - he joined the RFC as a cadet in Nov 1917. However, his time in the RAF was short; he moved to 137 Squadron in June 1918, and graduated with good marks in October 1918, but he was moved to the unemployed list in May 1919.

 After a year out, he was given a short service commission in July 1920, but this did not go well:

- He was reprimanded for 'failing to take proper precautions ...of secret despatches' in October 1920;

- He went 'absent without leave' from the 5th to the 11th December 1920. (Actually, on the 20th he married Gertrude Maude Mickle at Lambeth Registry Office), and was again reprimanded;

- Finally, he was court-martialled for 'disobeying a lawful command given by a senior officer' and was dismissed His Majesty's service in May 1921.

He then married Dorothy Mary () and they lived in Sevenoaks, Kent. He worked in the leisure industry, then when WWII came along, in the Hurricane Repairs Section of Gloster Aircraft Co.

Marc Joan 1942 pvw

Joan and Mark 1942

He met Joan Durham Witherby (q.v.) when she joined the ATA in 1942, and they had a son together in November 1945, who remembers his mother telling him that "she was still flying missions with the ATA whilst pregnant".

During his time in the ATA, he flew 35 different types of aircraft. He was initially assessed as an "above average pilot who, although somewhat out of flying practice proved himself a safe and steady pilot, possessing good judgement."

In Feb 1943 he was appointed as Officer Commanding, No 5 FPP, then O.C. the Training Pool from Aug-43, and finally O.C. No 1 FPP from Nov-44. He performed his duties in "an eminently satisfactory manner" and also managed to do a fair number of ferry flights himself, including a few on Halifaxes.

Marc S 1945

Mark in 1945

In 1946 he was one of the 13 members of the ATA to receive the OBE for his services during WWII.

d. Sep 1981, Chichester


15 May 1941 to Jan-42

First Officer

Cletus Lloyd 'Clyde' Park

ata cletus park

Houston Post, October 1941

flag usa b. 9 Jul 1909, Salem in Dent, MO

His father was Jesse L Park, mother Lula, and he had a brother and two married sisters: Sanford R, Mrs Alice Hendricks, and Mrs Lucile Faulk.

I'm not sure how he came to be accepted for the ATA; his May 1941 flight test at Uplands Airport, Ottawa, said "This applicant carried out a very poor test and due to nervousness he is not considered suitable for ferry work. FLYING WAS DANGEROUS."

This article appeared in  the 'Houston Post' in 1941:

"Ferrying planes around on the British Isles is a tough job because there is so much fog. Take it from Clyde L Park, a 29-year-old former Houstonian who is now in England doing just that for the British Government.

Mr. Park started learning to fly at the Cunningham Airport in Houston last January. After 35 hours of instruction he obtained his private licence. Then he hitchhiked to Canada and received five months of training at a Canadian government school.

Park ferried a bomber to England for the RAF and stayed in Englnad to fly for the Air Transport Auxiliary. He is stationed now at the White Waltham airdrome at Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

In a letter written Sept 14 to "all the gang" at Cunningham Airport, which bore a sticker, "opened by examiner 1541", Park said, "I will try to tell you what little I can about England and my flying here."

Scissors had been used on the letter, to clip out parts of a sentence in which Park apparently had told how long it took to cross the Atlantic and at what port he landed.

"We came to London by train", he wrote. "There were 12 US pilots and we sure blew our top the first two nights in London. Night life is quite gay in the old city, but part of it sure has been hit hard. They sent us on to White Waltham airdrome where they gave us two months training, ground school and flying. My first ship they put me in was a Harvard, which is the North American trainer with a constant speed prop, flaps and retractable gear. Boy, did I have my hands full? Ha!"

"I had an English instructor and he had a lot of patience or I never would have made it. He soloed me in two hours and I got about 10 hours on the Harvard. I went from there to [Lysanders], Battles, Hurricanes, then Spits."

"I have flown every single motor type of aircraft they have and I think the Spitfire is the sweetest one of them all. It is fast as hell but very easy to handle and doesn't have any bad tricks."

"We ferry all over the British Isles and when we have had a few months' experience on single motors they send us back to school and give us twin motor conversion. I am about due for my twins now."

"I like the job OK if the weather would stay good. But this stuff is hell, you can't tell 15 minutes ahead what it is like. We have lost two of the boys that came over with me. One flew into the hills in Scotland and the other flew into the Irish Sea. The damn soup closed in on them."

"It is good experience as we get to fly so many different types of aircraft, and it shakes you sometimes when you get one that you know nothing about where all the knobs and gadgets are. All they give us is notes on the take off, revs and cruise and you have to figure the rest out."

"Did you know Clyde Forman? He is here, doing OK. He was on the boat with Nance and one of three that got here."

Park said his rating now is first officer, with two stripes in the shoulder."


Hawker Hind

d. 30 Jan 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Hind K6838 crashed into high ground on Eaglesham Moor 10mi S of Glasgow in snowstorm. He had failed to get a weather forecast for the route before taking off.


... And I found this photo in his file:

ata cletus park photo in file

but I don't know who she is ...


15 May 1941 to Mar-42

First Officer

Ronald Arthur Porter

ronald porter RAeC 1936


ata ronald porter


flag england b. 6 Apr 1913, Carlisle

 prev. a Joiner and Cabinet Maker

prev exp 100hrs

 Sergeant in the RAF from Aug-40, on Link Trainer based in Cambridge


Spitfire VB 92 Sqn top view c1941

d. 15 Mar 1942 (Died in ATA Service) - Spitfire Vb AD296 crashed in poor visibility at Lochembrech Hill nr. Castle Douglas


16 May 1941 to 30 Apr 1944

[1,080 days]

First Officer


William Lionel Godwin

ata william godwin 1939 1939

ata william godwin ATA



flag england b. 15 Jan 1914, Newport Monmouthshire

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." 


16 May 1941 to Dec-45

Flight Captain

David George Sinclair Cotter MBE

ata david cotter 1945

flag england b. 18 May 1913, Leicester

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


16 May 1941 to 19 Nov 1942

2nd Officer*

Philip de Walden Avery

ata philip de walden avery 1931 1931

flag england b. 5 May 1909, London

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


16 May 1941 to Oct-43

First Officer

John Close

ata john close 3 1936

ata john close 2

ata john close ATA

flag scotland b. 27 May 1902, Kelvin Side, Glasgow

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."


18 May 1941 to Mar-42

First Officer

William Raymond Cooper

flag usa b. 6 Jun 1914, Prescott, AR

prev. New Orleans Private Police. Service as Private Patrolman;

National Guard - Army Sergeant

Ground Instructor Aviator

prev. exp. 380 hrs

Ferry Pools: 3, 15


20 May 1941 to 8 Dec 1944

First Officer

Lawrence Saville Dawson

ata lawrence dawson 1927 1927

ata lawrence dawson ATA

flag england b. 13 Jan 1908, Bradford

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


20 May 1941 to 28 Apr 1945

First Officer

Arthur Irving Drabble

ata arthur drabble 1933 1933

ata arthur drabble ATA

flag england b. 16 Feb 1901, Conisbrough, Yorks

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."


20 May 1941 to Nov-45


Francis Walter Bourne

flag british india b. 9 Dec 1904, Faizabad, India

prev. Lieut. in Royal Navy 1918-28; RAF F/O

Farming, Commercial Flying. Ambulance Driver 1941

"An experienced pilot, consistent and hard-working"

from May 1944, 2nd-in-command, No 14 FPP (Ringway)

d. 1967, Hove


22 May 1941 to Mar-42

2nd Officer

James Sollee 'Jimmy' Browne

 ata james sollee browne


flag usa b. 27 Jan 1921, Evanston IL

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.

see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82970150


22 May 1941 to Aug-41

2nd Officer

Henry Edward Taylor

ata henry taylor 1936


ata henry taylor


flag england b. 23 Apr 1904, London

prev. A Stockbroker, then with the Ministry of Economic Warfare

avro641 3

d. 17 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Avro Commodore stalled on approach and crashed at White Waltham aerodrome on the 10th August; Henry had multiple fractures and chemical burns, and died in hospital a week later.

28 Oct 1941 "Please let me know what has happened to P.O. H. E. Taylor who was with you on a 'course' in June and July last ... It is so unusual for him not to answer letters and we have become extremely anxious. He has no living relations and we are his oldest friends. Valerie Clemson-Young"


22 May 1941 to 29 Aug 1941

[99 days]

2nd Officer


Jack Allen Marcus


flag usa b. 30 Sep 1909, Kansas City MO

father: Aaron (dec'd), mother Leah (or Ada)

ed.  Lathrop Trades, Kansas City

moved to New Orleans c. 1928

m. Katharine [san Salvador]; 1 daughter [Kathleen Mary] b. 1940

prev. a charter pilot for Crescent City Airways, New Orleans

prev. exp. 1,800 hrs

Address in 1941: 1140 Toledano St, New Orleans, Louisiana


Postings: Training Pool Only

lysander iwm

d. 29 Aug 1941 (Died in ATA Service), in Lysander T1675. He flew too far into bad weather and hit a hillside at New Luce, nr. Castle Kennedy, Scotland. He was also carrying a passenger (against regulations, as he was still a trainee), LAC Costine from the RAF.

He was assessed as being to blame for the accident.


Buried Glebe Cemetery, Stranraer:

ata jack marcus funeral 3  ata jack marcus funeral 4

 ata jack marcus funeral 1 ata jack marcus funeral 2

"2nd Officer Marcus was of a cheerful and engaging disposition and had many friends during his comparatively short period of service with ATA."


His daughter Kathleen was born 11 months before Jack's death. His wife Katharine "made no spontaneous appeal for financial assistance", so the ATA asked the Red Cross to see if she needed any.

As it turned out, she did; Jack's death had left her living with her mother-in-law (who was in poor health) and unable to work because of the baby, on the $50 a month Social Security (Survivor's Insurance), of which she gave her mother-in-law $25.

The ATA decided to award her the full £2,000 ($8,000) insurance money, with half of it being invested in long-term US War Bonds for the benefit of the baby.

Katharine wrote to the ATA on 4 Jul 1942, "I am happy to inform you that I am in complete accord with your plan and most grateful for your generosity."


27 May 1941 to Jun-43

First Officer

Anthony Carpenter

ata anthony carpenter 1936 1936

ata anthony carpenter ATA

flag england b. 4 Sep 1913, London

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.


28 May 1941 to 29 Nov 1942

First Officer

Richard Stanley Pavey

 [1939 RAeC photo missing]

flag england b. 21 Dec 1913, London

m. 1939 Vera Nora [Healey] in Brentford, Middx

prev. an instrument assembler for R&S, Shannon Corner, New Malden

Address in 1941: 7 Talbot Rd, Isleworth, Middx

"A good type of officer who works hard and well."

Off duty from 5 May 1942, after the accident in which John Burge Erickson and Thomas Walton (see below) were killed. His contract was suspended on medical grounds on 29 November.

As Stan or Stanley Pavey, a cinematographer involved in 38 films between 1944 and 1957, perhaps most famously as the Director of Photography on the 1954 version of 'The Belles of St. Trinian's'.  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0661391/

d. May 1984 - Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey


2 Jun 1941 to Jun-42

First Officer

Clarence Bernard Conner

flag usa b. 21 Aug 1908, Charleston WV

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.


5 Jun 1941 to 30 Nov 1945

First Officer

James Arthur MacCallum


za-1928flag b. 24 Apr 1912, Johannesburg SA

Father: Col. William Henry MacCallum DSM

Ed. at Malvern High School, and Witwatersrand Technical College

m. 1940 Lily Dora [Stones], 1 child

A Foreman aero engine fitter for the Ford Motor Co., Manchester

prev. exp. 130hrs

Address in 1941: 4 Granville Rd, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Mother's address: 94 Highland Rd, Kensington, Johannesburg, SA

"An average pilot whose only fault is over-confidence"; he was demoted to 2nd Officer from Mar-44 to Jun-44 to for flying in conditions below ATA limits, and flying after ATA landing time.

He filed a patent for a machine to produce egg-cartons in 1956 - "James Arthur MacCallum, Johannesburg, Union of South Africa, assignor to Gummed Tapes (Proprietary) Limited, Johannesburg"


5 Jun 1941 to Jan-45

First Officer

Edwin Dana 'Eddie' Ballard

flag usa b. 7 Sep 1913, Holyoke, MA

Educated at Highland Grammar School, Holyoke and Augusta Military Academy

Private (1st Class) in US Army 62nd Coast Artillery 1933-34;

Paper Maker; Purchasing Agent; operator of Valley Air Sales, Springfield

Address in 1941: Leahy Ave, S Hadley Center, MA

m. 1942 Ruth Lambton (nee Nicholson), also of the ATA.

In January 1945, Edwin and Ruth 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".

They were duly dismissed, on the 23rd January 1945. They moved to the USA (to Edwin's home town of Hadley, MA), had 2 more children and then 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)


5 Jun 1941 to 7 Oct 1942

First Officer


Edwin Allan 'Eddie' Grundstrom

 ata edwin grundstrom ATA

flag usa b. 2 Nov 1915, Springfield, MA

His father, Maurice, who was a toolmaker, was a Swedish naturalised American.

Ed. Springfield Trade School

prev. a draftsman, commercial artist and aerial photographer for United American Bosch, Inc.

"Flying privately since 1936. Been in aviation since 1929. Experienced in flying for photography and survey work." Learnt to fly at Alsop Flying Service, Springfield. Approx 780 hrs total.

Address in 1941: 81 Savoy Ave, Springfield MA (parents)

Postings: 6FPP, 8FPP

He did well; "a capable pilot who has worked hard", but he was suspended and fined 2 days pay ($14) in Dec-41 as he "brought a Priority One machine into Ratcliffe when it was well out of his correct course and he had no excuse for doing so."

His original contract expired on the 10 Jun 1942, and he sailed to the US the next day with fellow US pilots Marshall Milton, William Byrd Lee Milton, Manley Fairbrother, Alexander Wilson, Eddie Ballard, and Harry Kindberg.

However, the following month he applied for, and received, another contract, which ran from the 28 Aug 1942.

d. 7 Dec 1942: on the 6 Dec at 6:30pm he fell from the staircase of the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast from the fourth floor to the ground floor.

Former Grand Central Hotel Belfast geograph.org.uk 628907

"He carried out the boyish prank of sliding down the banisters and I regret that on this occasion he overbalanced and fell down the well of the staircase." [In case you're wondering, Edwin was considered to be a man of very temperate habits - a non-smoker and "practically a non-drinker".]

He was taken to the 5th General US Hospital, Musgrave Park, Belfast, apparently suffering from concussion. By 6pm the following evening (7 Oct) a medical bulletin stated that he was expected to be absent from duty for "three or four weeks"; however, he died later that evening from intracerebral hemorrhage.

His friend Marshall Miton officiated at the funeral on the 12th October. Edwin was initially buried in the American Section of the Belfast City Cemetery, but later re-interred in the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

ata edwin grundstrom grave

Which just left the issue of whether the £2,000 insurance would be paid. Apparently, Edwin had always made a practice of sliding down the banisters and had been repeatedly warned of this; one or two of his fellow pilots "ridiculed the whole question of the claim being submitted."

Things dragged on until December, when the underwriters decided they would give him the benefit of the doubt and pay the compensation. There was a clause in the agreement which excluded death of the Insured "deliberately caused by exposing himself to exceptional danger", but they reckoned that there was not enough evidence for this.

In a final sad footnote, a letter arrived from his friend Arthur (Lee) Bacon after Edwin's death. It reads:

"Hello Eddie (old boy)

Well bud I sure was glad to hear from you. As far as being slow on letters I guess we're both about the same.

You asked me to tell you the news (well there isn't any) so there. I'll just tell you anything, all right? Your brother Harry was home on leave from the Navy for a couple of weeks and does he look good (well fed). He said he likes it alot. Oh yes Harry Herman and some of the boys staged a daylight air raid with flour bags (Sept 20th about 2pm). More fun, I guess that is the most excitement in days, weeks. Al and the rest of the fellows are going to take their test sometime this mo.

You asked me to give you my views of Frances well ... I shouldn't even try, because you know all the luck I have with my girl-friends don't you. Don't you?

I will say this tho, if Frances likes you (just for you) and not for the money you have etc etc --, she would make one beautiful wife. (oboy oboy). In fact I think I'll be your ice man, milkman or something so I can call on her when you're not around.

As I told you before tho, nobody can make up your mind for you, if you like her and you want her, the only thing I would tell you to do is go get her.

By the way I'm sure glad to hear that you're flying the big ones now. The only thing that makes me mad is that I'm not there so I can fly with you.

Also can you give Ed B my congrats (I heard he was married). (poor boy).

This letter has taken me an hour to write so I'll stop now.

Boy do I wish you were home. The old town's quite dead without you so hurry back.

Love and kisses, Arthur

p.s. Emma and I aren't doing to bad, we still have our ups and downs just like anybody else you know up and down (oboy)"


9 Jun 1941 to May-42

First Officer

John Burge Erickson

 ata john erickson ATA

flag usa b. 26 Jul 1906, Oklahoma City, OK

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


10 Jun 1941 to 12 Jul 1945

First Officer

Frank William Bell

 ata frank bell 1930 1930

ata frank bell ATA

flag england b. 7 Jun 1903, Lincoln

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


3 Jun 1941 to Dec-41

2nd Officer

Alfred Edward Green

ata alfred green 1937


ata alfred green


flag england b. 8 Feb 1916, Warwick

married, one son

Owned 1936 BAC Drone 23 G-AEJS

prev. a Cabinet Maker;

alfred e green letterhead

He originally applied to the RAF but was rejected, due to "(a) eyesight not up to required standard, (b) feet, in respect of fallen arches". Also, because they noted that there was "no service Trade in the RAF in respect of cabinet-making."

He was also rejected at first (in 1940) by the ATA as his flying test was not up to standard, and became a Fitter and Technical Records Assistant for Air Service Training Ltd in Coventry. By 1941, however, the ATA was less picky and he was finally accepted.

He was assessed as "average, with no special faults but his limited experience demands constant supervision." 

 janes hurricane

d. 9 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Hurricane BM955 dived into ground nr Cockerham Rd, Lancaster in bad weather.

see http://laituk.org/Hurricane%20BM955.htm

buried Old Milverton Churchyard, Warwick

18th Aug 1945: "I have to inform you that my daughter Mrs Joan Constance Green passed away on the 12 May last year after a long illness, she is buried in the same grave as her husband Alfred, they leave a son age 7 years. Yours Faithfully W C Kimberley"


10 Jun 1941 to Nov-45

Flight Captain

Derek Arthur Rivers Cripps

 ata derek cripps 1928 1928

ata derek cripps ATA

ata derek cripps 1946 1946

flag england b. 17 Jun 1905, London 

ed. Malvern College - OTC Private 1919-22

prev. with Turner, Adamant Engineering Co, Dallow Lane, Luton

Ferry Pools: 1, 5, 6, 7

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


10 Jun 1941 to Mar-42

2nd Officer

Nathaniel Addison Berry

ata nathaniel berry 1930


ata nathaniel berry ATA

flag england b. 31 Aug 1905, London

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.


10 Jun 1941 to May-42

2nd Officer

Vincent Chigi

flag usa b. 25 Jan 1915, Union City NJ

[Contract Terminated by ATA - 'Below minimum height', although quite why it took them 11 months to notice, I'm not sure]


10 Jun 1941 to 28 Jun 1941


Eric David Mills

ata eric mills


flag england b. 19 Jun 1907, Manchester

F/O in RAF 1928-32

prev. in Advertising with Chestor Studios, London

janes magister

d. 28 Jun 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - in Miles Magister P2402 (William Hampton, the pilot, fractured his skull) which collided with Fairey Battle R7372 while both were landing. George Kemp (see above) and Philip de Walden Avery (see above) in the Battle were uninjured.

buried Marylebone Borough Cemetery


19 Jun 1941 to Nov-42

First Officer

Charles Brian Critchley

ata charles critchley ATA

flag england b. 14 Apr 1917, St Annes on Sea, Lancs

prev. Fleet Air Arm Feb-39 to Sep-40;

A Cotton salesman for C Tattersall & Co, Manchester

d. Mar 1943, Hatfield?


24 Jun 1941 to Jan-43

2nd Officer

Ramchandra Murlidhar Badhe

ramchandra badhe 1938


 flag british india b. 7 Aug 1905, Saugar C.P., British India

 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 rather 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, Westmoreland, while attempting forced landing due to engine failure (suspected to be due to water in the petrol system).

Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 26 Jan 1942:

ata badhe cremation

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

 1941 Jul - Sep