November 09, 2012
WARTIME PILOT AND COVER GIRL WHO DELIVERED SPITFIRES TO THE FRONT LINE
Maureen Dunlop was one of a select number who joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) to deliver new aircraft from the factories to the front line squadrons. This was an extremely hazardous task as many of the aircraft instruments were fitted by the squadrons themselves after delivery had been made . The ATA had around 600 pilots and delivered 308,567 aircraft during the war .Maureen wished that she could have flown in combat but this was forbidden at the time .She shot to fame as a cover girl when her photo of her alighting from a Barracuda aircraft was featured by the Picture Post .
Many of the ATA pilots were women and their stories are all truly amazing . They worked long shifts with little time off for many years of the war and flew a huge variety of planes . Maureen flew 38 different types of aircraft including Spitfires, Mustangs,Typhoons, Wellington bombers and Mosquitos.
We have featured Maureen at the head of our "Foxtrot Girls " collection page and you can read her full life story care of The Telegraph at
December 14, 2012