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ATAGirlsThe Atagirls (Aviation Transport Authority) who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and other warplanes to the coast in WW2 from Hatfield De Havilland aerodrome. Mary Ellis, of Harpenden, seated in her first Spitfire prior to delivery, was asked by the mechanic who helped her into the cockpit, “How many times have you flown one of these?” As she relates the story her face breaks into a smile. “I said never, and he fell off the wing.” Also Rosemary Rees, Lettice Curtis, Margaret Fairweather and many more.


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