Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the decision to award a badge of recognition to the surviving pilots and other men and women who served in theAir Transport Auxiliary during World War II.
The badge will recognise the contribution that the men and women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), including the female pilots known as the ‘Spitfire Women’, who delivered over 300,000 aircraft between factories and front line airfields.
The ATA was a civilian unit founded in 1938, and included ground school instructors, ground engineers, crash rescue teams, nurses and doctors, administration staff and Air Cadets. The group had a remarkable record and very few aircraft were lost or damaged. Tragically 173 pilots and 8 flight engineers lost their lives including Amy Johnson, the pioneering female civil aviator. By 1945 the group had 650 pilots from 22 countries around the world including from as far afield as Chile, South Africa and the United States.
David Hanson said:
“This new badge will provide a fitting tribute to all the members of the ATA who did so much for this country during World War II. The award will offer further recognition to the surviving members of the ATA and will also serve as a reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of those that gave their lives during the War.”
Details of those eligible for a badge will be made available on the DfT website shortly. For more information about the honour please contact David Hanson MP, 01352 763159, email: hansond(at)parliament.uk or write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.