The Officers of ATAA are delighted to announce that Mrs Mary Ellis has agreed to become the Honorary Commodore of the Air Transport Auxiliary Association. We are very honoured Mary has agreed.
Saturday 2nd September 2017. West London Aero Club Annual Members' Day at White Waltham Airfield. Members of the ATAA are invited to advise, John Webster, our secretary, if they wish to attend. His contact details are below.
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).
|Mary Ellis: Commodore|
|Graham Rose: Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Vice Chairman with special responsibility for overseas members
|John Webster: Secretaryemail@example.com|
|John Lumsden: Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date & Events|
|Saturday 2nd September 2017: Members' Day West London Aero Club, White Waltham (the HQ of ATA 1939 to 1945)|
|Sunday 12th November 2017: 1500hrs St Paul's Cathedral, London. Evensong followed by a wreath-laying service in the crypt in honour of those who lost their lives whilst in the service of ATA.|