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 8th October 2017.

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8th October 2017: With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching, it is appropriate to remind those members of the ATA Association able to join us at St. Paul's Cathedral on 12th November 2017 that we'll again be allocated seats for Evensong at 3:15pm (seated by 3pm) which will be followed by our customary wreath laying beside the ATA Memorial in the Crypt. Those ATAA members intending to join us please let the secretary know on ataassoc.secretary@gmail.com so that numbers can be confirmed.

The ATA Wreath will be laid at the morning's Cenotaph ceremony this year by Adrian Lead, son of Flight Instructor F/O Dennis P Lead and nephew of F/O John P Billington. Adrian will also be joining us at the St. Paul's Cathedral ceremony.

21st September 2017: we are sad to report the passing of June Cole (nee Farquhar). Go to http://maidenheadheritage.org.uk/ata-news-events/ for her obituary. 

The ATAA is sad to report the passing of Daphne Robinson on August 18th. Former S/O Daphne Hansen-Lester had reached the grand age of 101.  Daphne was born in Plymouth in March 1916 and gained her Aviator’s Certificate in 1935. She served in the ATA from 23rd Sept. 1942 to 13th Feb. 1944 and spent most of that time at the Hamble Ferry Pool. Like the majority of her female colleagues, the Spitfire was a favourite and the attached photo records her visit to Southampton's Solent Sky Museum back in June 2013.

Saturday 2nd September 2017. This year's ATAA attendance at the West London Aero Club's Members' Day on September 2nd was a most memorable one. With no fewer than 5 ATA veterans managing to join us and who represented a cross section of ATA's staff's many roles. Also present was RAF veteran Bob Turner. Our new Commodore, former F/O Mary Ellis, performed the now traditional wreath laying at the White Waltham ATA memorial during a short service lead by committee member Adrian Lead.

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).
Officers email
Mary Ellis: Commodore
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
John Lumsden: Treasurer ataassoc.treasurer@gmail.com

Date & Events

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.