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: Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman with special responsibility for overseas members
|John Webster: Secretaryemail@example.com|
|Caroline Speirs: Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Special Links Flying
The Dream – Rita Baines, ATA pilot from Stoke
Known ATA Memorials
Ø Abingdon / Lodge Hill Garage (Wooden Plaque)
Ø Brize Norton/RAF (Rose bush & plaque to Mary Ellis & Molly Rose)
Ø Elvington / Yorkshire Air Museum (Plaque in Memorial Garden & Remembrance Area Peg honouring women)
Ø Fairwarp, East Sussex (Memorial to Pamela Tulk-Hart in The Foresters pub)
Ø Hamble (Plaque on Plinth topped by Spitfire Model & ABCT Stone)
Ø Herne Bay (life-sized Statue of Amy Johnson & Amy Johnson Bench – both on seafront pathway)
Ø Hull (ATA Crest on Amy Johnson Statue)
Ø Littleworth, Worcestershire (plaque to Mary Webb Nicholson)
Ø London / RAF Church, St. Clement Danes (Agazarian Sword bearing Monique Agazarian’s name)
Ø London / St. Paul’s Cathedral (Plaque in Crypt & Book of Remembrance held)
Ø Manchester Airport / Ringway (Stone on gravel in Memorial Garden)
Ø Pennsylvania, USA / White Waltham Airport (Propeller Blade Memorial)
Ø Ratcliffe Aerodrome (Plaque in School on site)
Ø Runnymede (Wall inscriptions of ATA losses having no known grave)
Ø Westonbirt School, Glos. (Panel in Hall referring to two female ATA pilots)
Ø Whitchurch Aerodrome (Plaque on Stone Plinth & Timeline Information Panels)
Ø White Waltham Aerodrome (Plaque on Stone Plinth & Bench Plaques to Vernon Willis & Peter George)