Amy Johnson

by In Reach Of The Skies May. 31, 2021 255 views

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.

Peter


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David Nurse 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice post, lovely images. I enjoyed this.  I was due to go to Herne Bay last summer but travel restrictions put paid to that. Maybe next year!

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to David Nurse 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks David, appreciated.
Yes, I think there's a few of us still saying 'maybe next year'. Fingers crossed it comes to pass!

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Jason Marie 3 months, 4 weeks ago

My Dads Great Aunt went dancing with Amy in the 1920s when she worked at a solicitors in London , there is a picture with her and my Aunt on London Bridge some where . My dads great Aunt only died a few years ago aged 104 years old

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Jason Marie 3 months, 4 weeks ago

It's interesting to have little stories like that in the family. I have a picture of two of Dad's aunts in a biplane in the 1930s I guess (one of them lived to 100) and I'd love to know if they went up in it but sadly by the time I saw the picture they were long gone and I couldn't ask about it but there seems to be some interest in flying going back a long way.

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Amy Caldwell 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this informative post. I've never heard of her before. Quite interesting.  :)

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Amy Caldwell 3 months, 4 weeks ago

It's a pleasure smile

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