W.100  2nd Officer Daphne Elizabeth Abrams
 flag england

b. 11 Mar 1916, Plymouth

23 Sep 1942 to 13 Feb 1944 


daphne abrams 1935 RAeC 1935

 ATA Dorothy Hanson-Lester via Taniya Morris    


 father: William Charles Surry Abrams, mother Elizabeth Louise [Budden]

 prev: Secretary with Imperial Airways; ambulance driver

prev. exp. 8hrs 35min on Gypsy Moth

Address in 1942: 95a Coombe Lane, Bristol

 Postings: 5TFPP, 15FPP

"This pilot came to ATA with very little experience. She worked hard in Class I flying and reached a good standard. She should make a useful ferry pilot and a good officer"

 One accident:

- 8 May 1943, her Spitfire Vb AD555 landed with flaps up, overshot and was seriously damaged after she felt unwell during the circuit


m. 1943 Flt-Sgt Philip Lindley Hanson-Lester, RAF, prev. a theatrical producer (2 children Phillip b.1944, Taniya b. 1946, marriage dissolved)

  RAeC 1939


Off sick from 8 Sep 1943 - Contract Terminated Feb 1944

m. 1956 in Cheshire, Philip Rodney Wallis Robinson

daphne hanson lester 2016 11 Mar 2016

"Like many of her generation she sees nothing special in what she did"


d. 18 Aug 2017 - Morgannwg House Care Home, Brecon, Wales


Her granddaughter Taniya Morris told me "You may have noticed my name & the unusual spelling of ‘Taniya’.  My mother & I were named after Taniya Whittall who is also on your list of ATA pilots.  I was also a military pilot - serving 17 years in the Army, flying Gazelle & Lynx helicopters in the Army Air Corps & commanding 652 Sqn AAC. So it runs in the family!"


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