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    Can any one offer some help. I am trying to find out more about ATA Aston Down. My Uncle was based there in December 1943, but I have no knowledge of whether he was a pilot, engineer or just ground staff. As well as a pointer to any information about ATA Aston Down, I would also be very grateful for any pointer/help on finding a list of all staff of the ATA.

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    I would recommend the book 'Brief Glory , The Story OF ATA' by EC Cheesman , published by Harborough in 1946 , price 15/- ! Original copies are a bit pricey but I think it has been reprinted since then but it is the book on the ATA . It details individual ferry pools , strangley except Aston Down and lists all known ATA aircrew .
    You don't give your uncles name ?

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    All the main ATA archives are now being moved over to the Maidenhead Heritage Centre (due to White Waltham's proximity). Information is a little slow at being passed forward (can be up to 20 days) info@maidenheadheritage.org.uk

    http://www.atamuseum.org/
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    Thanks for your help, His name was R H Harmer. I will try and track the book down thanks David. I have already sent a request for any info to the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, but will wait patiently.

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    Reginald Harry Harmer is listed as a First Officer in the list of Ferry Pilots and aircrew who flew operational aircraft at the ATA Pools. This from the book "Brief Glory"

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    A bit more about the ATA system of ranks. To be a First Officer, the pilot had either to have Class 5 qualifications, (ie 4 engined aircraft), or have been a Second Officer for at least 18 months and have attained at least Class 4 qualifications, (advanced twin-engined aircraft).
    Rank markings were two broad stripes.
    This from another great ATA book - "The Forgotten Pilots, by Lettice Curtis
    Aston Down was home to No.9 Ferry Pilots Pool.

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    Try contacting the Maidenhead Heritage Centre at www.atamuseum.org Splendid group of volunteers who have many records of ATA personnel and memorabilia.
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    Can any one offer some help. I am trying to find out more about ATA Aston Down. My Uncle was based there in December 1943, but I have no knowledge of whether he was a pilot, engineer or just ground staff. As well as a pointer to any information about ATA Aston Down, I would also be very grateful for any pointer/help on finding a list of all staff of the ATA.

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    Thanks everyone for your help. The Maidenhead Heritage Centre have been fantastic. They have been able to give me a lot of detail about my Uncle, and even better had a Travel Permit issued to him, which has his photo on it. Now I am going to contact the RAF Museum (who have the service records of ATA personnel)

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    There was something this week on the Today programme about a new book on women ATA pilots.

    Female WWII Spitfire Joy Lofthouse: Nothing was scary

    The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxilaiary.

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