Mary Ellis to receive a high honour from pilots

Mary Wilkins Ellis in ATA uniform 1941

Mary Wilkins Ellis in ATA uniform 1941

Mary Ellis at Sandown

Mary Wilkins Ellis. Photo courtesy of John Kenyon.

On 17th November Mary Ellis, ATA aviatrix and former Sandown Airport Commandant, will be honoured on the Isle of Wight, at an official ceremony. The Honourable Company of Air Pilots will bestow upon Mary the MASTER AIR PILOT CERTIFICATE.

Mary has proudly told Solent Aviatrix, “It is a very high honour indeed.”

On Saturday 12th November, Mary took part in the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall, London. Along side Mary was her friend and ATA pilot, Joy Lofthouse. They received enthusiastic applause from the Royal Box and whole audience.

2016 has been a special year for Mary. She says, “I’ve recently been very busy. Amongst other things, I met up with a Spitfire that I last flew in 1944. The current owner flew it into Sandown Airport for the film folks. Ten days later I flew into Goodwood Airfield and did more filming.”