Meet the woman who ferried 222 Halifax bombers during World War Two

During World War Two Lettice Curtis ferried 222 Handley Page Halifax bombers, usually with just an ATC cadet to assist her. In the September 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, she recalled how she became the first woman licensed to fly four-engined RAF aircraft

An acute shortage of trained pilots in 1941, and yet another threat of invasion, brought to the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) their greatest ever challenge. The ever-increasing numbers of new aircraft coming off the production lines finally persuaded the powers that be in the RAF to allow the women of the ATA to share with their male colleagues in the ferrying of operational aircraft.

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