W.132  2nd Officer Zita Paddon 
 flag england  b. 22 Apr 1913, Hampstead   27 Aug 1943 to 30 Oct 1945 

 

zita paddon ata  ATA

 

zita paddon 1946  RAeC 1946

   

Father: Charles Walter Paddon, a Civil Servant (Government Auditor)(d. 1940); Mother Amy Louise [Topham]

Ed. Sheffield High School, Southlands School Exmouth 1924-1930; Bedford College for Women, University of London (B.Sc. General Science) 1931-33

Also studied Engineering Drawing at Bedford Technical Institute, 1939.

prev: Private School Teacher; 1939-1943 WAAF. Cypher Officer working for RAF Ferry Command. 

Address in 1939: 14 Pemberley Ave, Bedford (living with parents)


Postings: 7FPP

3 accidents, 1 her fault:

- 27-Oct-44, taking off in Spitfire XVI SM182, she allowed the tail to raise too high, the propeller hit the ground and sheared off the tips

- 02-Mar-45, a wheels-up landing in Barracuda II LS687 after the port undercarriage locked up

- 19-Apr-45, another wheels-up landing, this time in Mustang IV KM428 after the undercarriage selector lever stuck.


A member of the British Gliding Association's Delegation to Czechoslovakia in September 1946

Pilot Officer in WRAFVR until 1955

Moved to Harrogate c.1956

m. 4 Aug 1967 in Bedford, John H Fordham

d. 11 Feb 2001 - Tunbridge Wells

 


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