12th November 2021: Richard Poad, Chairman of the Maidenhead Heritage Centre reports: “A team from the Maidenhead Heritage Centre attended the graves of those fallen flyers of ATA who are buried in Maidenhead at All Saints Cemetery. We began with the reading of the names, ages and nationalities of those brave men and women. 5 nationalities are represented apart from Britain: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and the USA. And of course, just before 11am we read the immortal lines of Laurence Binyon which end "We will remember them".
“We recently discovered two more ATA graves which don't have 'official' headstones but are close to one of the main groups; Joan Esther Marshall who was one of the South Africans, and the other was Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp (Google her!) who was killed in March 1946 ferrying a Spitfire for RAF 41 Group which had taken over the Ferry Pool at White Waltham.
“I'm sure we will all be thinking of the fallen of ATA again on Sunday morning during the Cenotaph ceremonies and again on Sunday afternoon for the ATA service at St Paul's Cathedral.”
8th November 2021: Great news. Melody Foreman's biography "A Spitfire Girl Mary Wilkins Ellis" has been chosen as the November Book of the Month by the Aviatrix Book Club in the US. Melody will be taking part in an exclusive Zoom meeting and talking about Mary's amazing wartime career in the Air Transport Auxiliary. Great news, Melody.
31st October 2021: It is with some sadness we have just received the news of the passing of former Third Officer Sir Gerrard Peat, our 'last man standing',.
Sir Gerrard died peacefully at his care home near Winchester in Hampshire on October 12th and, in accordance with his wishes, a private family funeral was held on October 25th at St. Clement's Church in Ashampstead, Berkshire.
Sir Gerrard was one of our last three known surviving members of ATA's aircrew.
In addition to spending just over two years in the ATA, Sir Gerrard played an active part in the post-war ATAA, joining the Committee and becoming its Chairman for a number of years..
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 on Remembrance Sunday and a short memorial service in the crypt afterwards.
- 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 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).
|Graham Rose: Chairmanemail@example.com
Vice Chairman with special responsibility for overseas members
|John Webster: Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Caroline Speirs: Treasureremail@example.com|
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