Item BCA - 2017.1285 - The life and WWII work of Molly Rose OBE

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BCA - 2017.1285


The life and WWII work of Molly Rose OBE


  • 1920-2016 (Creation)

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pdf of 102 pages

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Molly Rose was a remarkable lady who was born in 1920, one of 6 sisters and a brother. Molly talked to Bampton Community Archive about her war work in the ATA and that film is on YouTube
Molly early gave a sound recorded interview on March 7th 2005 and a transcript of that conversation is part of the pdf with this entry on our website.
The pdf begins with a photograph of Molly in her ATA uniform stuck to her Certificate of Qualification as a First Pilot , rank Second Officer. There are pages from her flying log book which shows precisely what she flew, where and when and the 11th entry in the pdf shows her record of Service and the number of Deliveries made for each year during WWII. Page 12 shows the very long list of the different types of planes Molly flew. There are several newspaper cuttings form very recent years and an obituary in The Guardian November 19th 2016. There follows a transcript of the sound only recorded interview of 2005. Photographs of the cars her father bought for use as chauffeur driven vehicles mostly for wealthy undergraduates in Cambridge, a Metallurgique, a Cottin-Desgouttes and a 1923 Austin 7. There is a picture of her husband Bernard who ended up in the 4th County of London Yeomanry and in N Africa was in 7th Armoured - Desert Rats; and there is a photograph of Molly's mother Maude with daughters Marjorie, Violet and Dorothy and brother Arthur taken in 1914 which was 6 years before Molly was born.
Molly's brother Arthur Marshall wrote an account of his family, parents and siblings and that follows on pages 43-51.
For those who love the technical bits pages 51 to 102 inclusive are from the ring bound notebook given to each ATA pilot. It gives full Ferry Pilots Notes with brief details on how to fly - take off, fly and land - all the types of aeroplanes in use in the UK. Page 53 lists all the types of aircraft in use and Molly has put a tick next to the 36 different craft she flew. When Molly completed her finishing school in Paris she started work as the only female mechanic in her father's garage and was very well acquainted with the internal combustion engine and the mechanics of aircraft so she was an excellent choice of pilot to be one a little over 100 female ATA pilots. It wasn't until 2008 that the invaluable work of the these ladies was officially recognised.

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