Jackie Moggridge ‘Spitfire Girl’

Jackie Moggridge learned to fly just before the start of World War II.

Jackie Moggridge Woman Pilot 1957

Jackie Moggridge ‘Woman Pilot’ 1957

When the Air Transport Auxiliary women’s section was started, to ferry RAF aircraft from factories to operational bases, Pauline Gower who had been appointed Women’s Commandant, recruited Jackie as a pilot. Jackie was based at ATA Unit Hamble Airfield, Hampshire.

Just before the D-Day Landings, Jackie was transporting an aircraft along the Solent. In her autobiography, ‘Woman Pilot’, Jackie tells how below her she could see a massive build up of ships and men dotted in every inlet and harbour along the shores of the Solent.

Jackie’s full story is here. Post-war her achievements were even more impressive. Her book is being republished this year.

(Images of Jackie Moggridge courtesy of Candida Adkins, Jackie’s daughter.)