Amy Johnson was an aviation pioneer of the 1930s, rising to fame as the first female pilot to fly solo to Australia from London and went on to set many long distance records. In 1940 she joined the Air Transport Auxillary which ferried RAF aircraft around the country. She died in January 1941 when her plane crashed in the Thames estuary in mysterious circumstance, possibly brought down in an instance of 'friendly fire'. Her aircraft and body were never recovered but the RAF accident record states Herne Bay to be the place that her final flight ended. To mark this there is a life size bronze statue on the sea front and a memorial bench at the entarnce to the pier inspired by her biplane flights.
As aircrew without a grave Amy Johnson's name appears on the wall at Runnymeade as I saw last year.