12th September 2019: Thanks to the West London Aero Club for making ATA Association members so very welcome at their Annual Members' Day last Saturday. This year we had over 30 members join us. The laying of the wreath at the ATA memorial stone was made even more memorable with the presence of the air cadets. White Waltham, the HQ of ATA during WW2, is a nostalgic place to visit and it is thrilling to see the West London Aero Club has retained the ATA motto "Aetheris Avidi".
30th July 2019: Earlier this year Malcolm Neale successfully bid on a WW2 laminated wood Spitfire Spinner Lathe Block which was used to form the aluminium spinners for the MkIX/XIV models.
Eleanor Wadsworth (ATA Third Officer) then kindly agreed to sign on the block on the understanding that it would be used as part of a Trophy Display, as proposed by Malcolm, to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT).
Justine Morton OBE, Director of RAFCT suggested that it should be used at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) Chief Executive Award for outstanding contribution. It was duly displayed in the VIP Patron’s Pavilion at RIAT earlier this month.Trophy, Plinth and Graphics designed by Crimson Cat, a Nottingham creative agency
Nancy Jane Stratford: 12th June is the 100th birthday of former F/O Nancy Miller (9-7-1942 / 8-7-1945), one of the pilots from the USA recruited by Jackie Cochran. Nancy now joins three other known surviving members of ATA’s aircrew in becoming a centenarian and looking back on a truly memorable life in which time aloft played such a part. We send huge congratulations to Nancy and sending her our very best wishes on this her most special day.
6th June 2019. D-Day Remembered: yesterday saw an impressive commemoration event in Portsmouth and it may be of interest to see what some of the ATA’s pilots were engaged in seventy five years ago by taking a look at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre’s website: http://maidenheadheritage.org.uk/ata-news-events/
Hamble Remembers: Former ATC Cadet Anthony Rolls, who had been recruited into ATA’s Hamble Ferry Pool, was proud to represent the ATA as he participated in the D-Day parade and service in Hamble-le-Rice.
And another ATA Connection: The well-known Spitfire, ML407, now owned by the Grace family had been flown on D-Day by New Zealander Johnnie Houlton DFC, Flight Commander of 485 Squadron’s Blue Section, notably the first to shoot down an enemy aircraft. Prior to his combat success, his Spitfire had been delivered to him by ATA F/O Jackie Sorour (later Moggridge) who was given the opportunity by Carolyn Grace, in her by now two-seat mount, to repeat the encounter when she flew Jackie in to Duxford for a reunion during the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994.4th June 2019: It is with great sadness we have learnt of the passing away of Eric Viles at the age of 92. Eric and his wife Mary were the corner stones of the ATA Association for many years and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. Eric’s funeral is to take place on 26th June at 12:15 in the Woodland Chapel of Westerleigh Crematorium.
29th May 2019 Newsletter
Ratcliffe Aerodrome, the site of ATA’s Ferry Pool Nr 6, retains several buildings that have been commendably preserved and given new uses. The two hangars in particular now look pristine. There is also a memorial plaque There is a memorial plaque and the late ATA F/O Peter George was involved in the unveiling in June 2004.
The Maidenhead Heritage Centre website https://atamuseum.org/ has been relaunched with the aim of refreshing the presentation and providing full online access to the 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.
By agreement with ATAA Vice-Chairman Chris ‘Woody’ Kelly, the whole of his mother’s website (the late Anne Wood Kelly) airtransportaux.com has been folded into the archive, and can be viewed at https://atamuseum.org/us-ata-veterans/.
Melody Foreman, the biographer of F/O Mary Ellis, will be delivering two more talks in Kent. The first, about the men and women of ATA, hosted by The Ladies Unlimited Club at The Royal Marine Association Hall in Deal at 7.30pm on July 7th and the second about 'A Spitfire Girl: Mary Wilkins Ellis' on September 11th to the Mersham Historical Society in Ashford.
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|
|John Lumsden: Treasureremail@example.com|
|Date & Events|
|Sunday 10th November 2019 Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral AT 3:15pm and afterwards in the Crypt for a short service to remember those nearly 180 men and women who lost their lives in the service of ATA.|