Johnson, Amy 1903 - 1941


Aviator and record breaker. After university and a spell working at a solicitors office she joined the technical school of the De Havilland aircraft company and in 1927 received her first licensed engineer's certificate awarded by the Air Ministry to a woman.

On the 5th May 1930 after only completing a 100 hours solo flying she set off from Croydon Airport to break the record for the quickest flight between England and Australia record set in 1928. She arrived at Port Darwin, Australia 19 and a half days later. From then on Amy and her husband John attempted to break other records, until their divorce in 1938. Amy continued to race and break records in her own right and as a result recieved various awards and medals.

On the outbreak of the Second World War she was appointed national leader of the Women's Air Reserve and later became a pilot for the Air Transport Auxilliary. It was in this role that she flew her last flight from Blackpool she did not make it back to her own airfield due to bad weather and instead lost her way. She was forced to bale out over the Thames Estuary and her body was never found.