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 19th August 2020

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Wednesday 19th August 2020: Excellent lecture tonight ‘Spitfire Women of World War II' delivered by Richard Poad. If you require a recording of the lecture email info@maidenheadheritage.org.uk

You may also like to know that the museum is now fully open, and enthusiastic visitors are taking to the air in our Spitfire simulator. For those robbed of foreign holidays, we are suggesting flights over Paris, the Pyramids, the Statue of Liberty and other world landmarks - such fun!6th August 2020: The ATAA hopes all members are keeping safe during these testing times. We are probably giving thought at this time to our relations and friends who were with ATA - and often challenged in the air and on the ground.

4th August 2020: the ATAA held a Virtual Committee Meeting. John Lumsden retired form the role of Treasurer and Caroline Speirs has taken on the role. The Chairman thanked John for his sterling work and welcomed Caroline into the role. John has agreed to remain a committee member.

10th January 2020: ATAA T-shirts - go to https://unarmouredworld.com/product/air-transport-auxiliary-top/

10th November 2019: Remembrance Sunday. This year the London Cenotaph memorial was be attended by Robin d'Erlanger, the son of the founder of ATA, who laid the wreath. 

15th September. Westminster Abbey service remembering the Battle of Britain: A small number of ATAA members attended the 15th September event, together with the ATA Standard which was paraded by Derek Smith, son of COpsO Arthur K Smith. Following the service, the congregation was treated to a low-level flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

12th September 2019. West London Aero Club (WLAC) Members’ Day: This year’s event at White Waltham Airfield, held on Saturday 7th September was attended by several ATAA members.
The gathering around the memorial stone for our annual wreath laying was well attended by several members of the public and a group of Air Cadets. Derek Smith displayed the ATA Standard. Committee member Adrian Lead (son of Son of F/O (Inst.FP5) Dennis Lead & Nephew of F/O J P Billington) had, in his now customary role, lead the short service which as always ended with the moving words that begin with "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old . . . we Will remember them". A wreath was laid by former ATC Cadet Larry Lambourne, who was the sole ATA veteran in attendance.

The Maidenhead Heritage Centre website https://atamuseum.org/ provides full online access to the ATA archive. Access is free-of-charge, but registration is required in order to view the archive in detail and users are encouraged to join as Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Trust.

The key features are:

* 11,000 documents and photos, scanned to very high standards

* Imaging tools to enable users to pan-and-zoom to areas of detail

* A personnel database that includes both air and ground crew

* Links to external resources e.g. RAF Museum, Royal Aeronautical Soc, Solent Aviation etc.

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).
Officers email
 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
Caroline Speirs: Treasurer ataassoc.treasurer@gmail.com

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