A Spitfire Girl  # 10 August 2019

The story of Mary Wilkins Ellis, RAF Air Transport Auxiliary WW2 pilot.

On one occasion Mary delivered a Wellington bomber to an airfield, and as she climbed out of the aircraft the RAF ground crew ran over to her and demanded to know where the pilot was! Mary said simply: “I am the pilot!” Unconvinced the men searched the aircraft before they realized a young woman had indeed flown the bomber all by herself.

After the war Mary managed Sandown Airport, an airfield at the Isle of Wight. She died in 2018.