cutiger83 Posted November 8, 2017 Share #1 Posted November 8, 2017 Ann Wood-Kelly (31 March 1918 – 14 May 2006) was an American aviator who flew with the British Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII. Ann Wood-Kelly was born in Philadelphia in 1918. She was educated in Philadelphia, Belgium, and at D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. With the encouragement of her mother, she took up flying and attended ground school through the federal government's Civilian Pilot's Training Program. Initially rejected at the all-male Bowdoin College flight training program, she was accepted when the twelve-person program failed to locate a twelfth male applicant. In a short time she became a flight instructor herself in the Bowdoin Program. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the famous aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, having failed to form an auxiliary of women flyers in the US, was turning her sights to Great Britain. In 1942 Jacqueline Cochran recruited Ann Wood-Kelly who became one of the twenty-four American women flyers to serve in the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).During her time as a ferry pilot with the ATA she flew more than 900 aircraft of 75 different types ranging from the Supermarine Spitfire fighter to the four-engine Avro Lancaster heavy bomber. (of the 700 men and women engaged in the ATA effort, 173 lost their lives, including 14 women). In 1946, she was awarded the King’s Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom for her services to the United Kingdom. After the war she became an assistant to the United States Air attache in London before she returned to the United States. She became a public relations manager for Northeast Airlines, and later worked for Pan American Airways, becoming the first female vice-president with Pan Am. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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