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(L) Virg Hemphill
One of the last few living British female World War II Ferry Service pilots, the legendary
Mary Ellis, died peacefully at he home, at 101, on the Isle of Wight this past Tuesday evening, the 24th of July 2018.
was a member of the Mrs. Ellis and delivered Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and bombers to the front lines during the conflict. Spitfires
She said she had flown “about 1,000 aeroplanes” during the war, before moving to the
in 1950 to take charge of Isle of Wight Sandown Airport.
described John Webster as an “amazing” person. Mrs. Ellis
While she was commonly known as the last-surviving female pilot from the war, in fact there are three others.
said that one, Mr. Webster , lives in Eleanor Wadsworth Bury St Edmunds, another, , lives in the US and the other, Nancy Stratford , lives in Canada. Jaye Edwards
The above short (1:19) Video is of interview with
about her WWII experiences. Mary Ellis
, then Mary Ellis , joined the ATA in 1941 after hearing an advertisement for women pilots on BBC radio. Mary Wilkins
She said at the time they were known as the “Glamour Girls”, adding: “There were plenty of escorts around.”
Just last year, Mary posed by a restored WII Spitfire, 400 of which she successfully ferried.
Mary chats with Prime Minister, Teresa May at 10 Downing Street, London
outside 10 Downing St., where she visited with UK’s PM, Mary Ellis , in celebration of her 100th birthday. Teresa May
in formal ATA Portrait in 1941. Mary Wilkins (Ellis)
The following Spitfire Video is
7:46 in length. Make sure your sound is on for both videos.
And this second Spitfire action video (below) is