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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson was born in Hull in 1903. She studied at Sheffield University and then moved to London where she learned to fly at the Stag Lane aerodrome, Edgware.

Amy Johnson

In 1930 she was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.

In 1931 she set the record for flying to Japan via Moscow.

The following year she married the pilot Jim Mollison, who had proposed during a flight after only knowing her for eight hours. They were married in July 1932; Amy then broke her new husband's record for a solo flight from South Africa to London. The Mollisons made record breaking flights to America and India.

In 1930 the actor Henry Mollison, a relative of Jim Mollison, had moved into 69 The Green, West Drayton with his wife, the actress Jane Welsh. Amy and Jim visited them there many times until they divorced and moved away in 1935. Amy and Jim divorced themselves in 1938.

In 1940 Amy joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, flying Royal Air Force planes around the country. She died in January 1941 when her plane crashed into the Thames estuary.

 

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