WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis dies

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    Légende de l'image Mrs Ellis continued to participate in occasions connected to the RAF

    One of the last living woman World War Two pilots, Mary Ellis, has actually passed away aged 101 at her house on the Isle of Wight.

    Mrs Ellis belonged to the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and provided Bombers and spitfires to the cutting edge throughout the dispute.

    She stated she had actually flownabout 1,000 aeroplanesthroughout the war, prior to transferring to the Isle of Wight in 1950 to organize Sandown Airport.

    ATA secretary John Webster explained Mrs Ellis as anfantastic” individuel.

    While she was frequently called the last-surviving female pilot from the war, in truth there are 3 others.

    Mr Webster stated that a person, Eleanor Wadsworth, resides in Bury St Edmunds, another, Nancy Stratford, resides in the United States and the other, Jaye Edwards, resides in Canada.

    , then , signed up with the ATA in 1941 after hearing an ad for ladies pilots on radio.

    She stated at the time they were called theGlamour Girls”, comprenant: “There were a lot of escorts around.

    Don Ellis Image copyright Mary Ellis
    Légende de l'image Mary Ellis served from 1941 up until completion of the war

    She wed Don Ellis, a fellow pilot, dans 1961, and continued to reside in their marital house next to the runway at Sandown after his death in 2009.

    Speaking at a surprise celebration in 2017 for her 100th birthdayheld at the airportMrs Ellis stated the Spitfire had actually constantly been her preferred airplane.

    I like it, it’s everyone’s preferred,” elle a déclaré. “I believe it’s a sign of flexibility.

    Tributes have actually been paid to Mrs Ellis by fellow pilots, consisting of Red Arrow flier Mike Ling.

    He published on Twitter that she was alegend of the Air Transport Auxiliary”.

    I hope you are taking pleasure in a well-earned sherry up there with Joy Lofthouse [a fellow ATA pilot] once again.

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    RAF veteran and military historian Sally McGlone likewise commemorated her.

    She composed on Twitter:”Older than the RAF by one year.

    Without the ATA #RAF 100 may not have actually occurred.