Welcome to the ATA Association website! If you would like to join the ATA Association, please send an email to the secretary at ataassoc.secretary@gmail.com and an application form will be sent. See below our aims and objectives - and do help us keep the magnificent ATA story alive! This website was updated on 13th December 2017.

See Wikipedia and our Facebook page for more information!

13th December 2017: Joy Lofthouse and a celebration of her life: the Chairman of the ATAA has been advised by Joy's family that there will be a celebration of Joy's Life in the middle to the end of February 2018. We will endeavour to keep members posted of the date.

Joy Lofthouse: 16th November 2017: It is with great, great sadness we report the passing away of Joy Lofthouse. The ATA Association will give more details when known but  please see a tribute http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15665280.T... 

13th November 2017: Our thanks to Adrian Lead who laid the wreath at the Cenotaph and appreciation to over 20 people who attended evensong and the laying of the wreath in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. Special thanks to Janet Mayberry who laid the wreath in the crypt. Her involvement was particularly poignant: her late father, First Officer Francis Robert Marsh, crashed into the sea whilst delivering an aircraft from Sherburn to Lossiemouth on 29th May 1944.

Do visit https://solentaviatrix.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/felicity-bragg-forgotten-ata-captain/ and read the piece about Felicity Bragg.

About ATA: The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), founded at the outbreak of World War II, was a civilian organisation which made an enormous contribution to the war effort by taking over from service pilots the task of ferrying RAF and Royal Naval warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons. During the war 1,245 men and women from 25 countries ferried over 309,000 aircraft of 147 different types, without radios, with no instrument flying instruction and at the mercy of the British weather. A remarkable story!

Aims & Objectives of the Air Transport Auxiliary Association (ATAA)

  • To keep alive the memory of all those who worked in ATA in WW2 and that their story is told accurately.
  • To assist journalists, and the media in general, in sourcing people and material.
  • To organise representation at the Annual Remembrance service held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, UK and lay the ATA wreath.
  • To encourage attendance at evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral held after the Cenotaph service in November.
  • To encourage attendance at the Drumhead Service held in July each year at East Farm, Fovant.
  • To circulate details of events, meetings, lectures
  • To ensure all the memorials are kept in good condition.
  • To encourage families of ATAers to leave ATA memorabilia to the Maidenhead Heritage Centre (MHC) and be a link with MHC.
  • To produce an ATAA Newsletter from time-to-time with news about ATA veterans and the ATAA organisation.
  • To act as a gateway to the website created by Ann Wood Kelly enabling those wanting to research ATA.
  • To encourage membership to ATAA – whether relations of ATAers or those who are supporters.
  • To hold an Annual General Meeting in order to review the activities of the ATAA, consider and accept the accounts, elect officers and committee members and to hold committee meetings from time to time. (Traditionally in early September and the day before West London Aero Club holds its Members' Day).
Officers email
Mary Ellis: Commodore
Graham Rose: Chairman ataassoc.chairman@gmail.com
Christopher Wood-Kelly

Vice Chairman with special responsibility for overseas members


John Webster: Secretary ataassoc.secretary@gmail.com
John Lumsden: Treasurer ataassoc.treasurer@gmail.com

Date & Events