22nd October 2020: With all the current Coronavirus restrictions, the ATAA committee decided that to attend evensong on Remembrance Day in St Paul's Cathedral and after the service lay a wreath in the crypt should be abandoned this year. However: we still wanted to lay a wreath below the memorial plaque in the crypt of the cathedral and thanks to the organisation of committee member Adrian Lead we had a delightful message from the cathedral Events Manager this week: "The Dean & Canon James were able to say prayers and lay the ATA wreath for you yesterday in a quiet moment following Evensong."
Our Hon President, Minnie Churchill will, however, lay the ATA wreath at the Cenotaph.
Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 7pm BST, 2pm EST, 11am Pacific time "Thrills and Spills - stories of ATA". Speaker: Richard Poad. As usual, the lecture is free. However a donation will be requested. For an invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Expect the Zoom details 24 hours before the talk.September 2020: The ATA Association activities (an AGM, meetings etc) have been curtailed in line with all-else in the UK during coronavirus (COVID-19). The latest information is the Cenotaph laying of wreaths will take place in November but with fewer personnel. Our Hon President, Minnie Churchill, is planning to lay the wreath. The St Paul's Cathedral evensong, which is normally followed by ATAA members going down to the crypt (where the ATA memorial plaque is positioned), we will not be attending due to a combination of social distancing and the average age of our members! A London-based ATAA member will ensure the wreath is placed below the plaque. A wreath will, as is customary, be sent to the Elvington Museum where ATA First Officer Martin Nicholson had a memorial plaque positioned before he passed away.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).
|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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