Female WWII pilot dies aged 101

Female pilot who piloted more than 1000 planes during the Second World War has passed away at the age of 101.

Marry Ellis, who used to fly bombers and spitfires during the heat of the war to support the war effort, died peacefully in her home at Isle of Wight.

Other fellow pilots wrote tributes on social media.

Mike Ling MBE wrote on twitter: More awful news. RIP Mary Ellis. A legend of the Air Transport Auxiliary. Over 1000 aircraft; 76 different types and over 400 Spitfires alone. I hope you’re enjoying a well-earned sherry up there with Joy Lofthouse again. Blue skies Ma’am.

Dan Snow tweeted: Mary Ellis, one of Britain’s greatest aviators, died yesterday at age 101. Last week I took my kids to meet her. My boy clasped a model plane. She asked what it was. ‘Spitfire’ he whispered. She leaned down and shared a few private thoughts about the aircraft.

Author Jon Nichol wrote in his post: Very sad to hear that WW2 ATA pilot Mary Ellis has died aged 101. A truly remarkable lady, she flew 400 Spitfires & 76 different types of aircraft during WW2. Another giant leaves us to john her heroic friends in Blue Skies. Rest in peace Mary; you truly deserve it. Thank you.

Ellis was born in Oxfordshire in 1917, and she was one of the 168 females who served in the war effort.


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