At the start of World War II civilian pilots were recruited and the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was formed. Initially only male pilots were recruited but within a few months this was expanded to include women who were qualified civilian pilots.

Molly Rose was an experienced pilot before the war having gained her civilian licence by learning to fly her brothers Tiger Moth. She joined the ATA in 1942.

In the interview Molly talks about how the women ATA pilots progressed from being allowed to fly single engine training aircraft to single seat fighter aircraft (Hurricane and Spitfire), twin engine aircraft and in some cases even 4 engine heavy bombers (Lancaster). Molly talks affectionately about Hamble Airfield, nr Southampton, where she was based.

The video interview was shot on location at the Fly To The Past Airshow held at Oxford Airport in 2011 and edited at our audio-video studios in Southampton.

For more information visit the ATA Museum at White Waltham in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

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