International Women’s Day
Celebrating our resident Eleanor Wadsworth, Britain’s last surviving female pilot of WWII
“I enjoyed my job but I was ready for a new challenge. The thought of learning to fly for free was a great incentive. I put my name down and didn’t think much about it.”
“We had equal pay. We were probably ahead of our time”
“I’m happy living here. It’s very comfortable and I’m well looked after”
The ATA attracted pilots from all over the world, including Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, India and the USA. By the time the ATA was wound up in November 1945, 309,000 aircraft had been ferried by 1,245 men and women. The ATA’s headquarters were at White Waltham airfield near Maidenhead. A large collection of memorabilia, including logbooks and thousands of photographs are on display at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
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