World War ll Pilot Mary Ellis Dies at Age 101

July 26, 2018 Updated: July 26, 2018

One of the last living female World War ll pilots has passed away at age 101.

Mary Ellis was a member of the United Kingdom’s Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the war, delivering Spitfires and bombers to the front lines, reported BBC.

Ellis said previously that she had flown about 1,000 airplanes during the war, including her favorite, the Spitfire.

She joined the ATA in 1941 after hearing an advertisement for female pilots broadcast on BBC Radio. She had learned to fly at a flying club near her home in Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, reported the Telegraph.

After farming for a while near her hometown, Ellis later moved to Isle of Wight and managed the Sandown Airport there.

She died at her home on the island.

ATA Secretary John Webster said Ellis was an amazing person.

He noted that three female World War ll pilots are still alive: Eleanor Wadsworth in England, Nancy Stratford in the United States, and Jaye Edwards in Canada.


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