W.161 3rd Officer  Frances Mary 'Frankie' Rudge 
 flag canada b. 25 Dec 1914, Hamilton Ontario  21 Feb 1944 to 27 Apr 1945 

 frances rudge ATA ATA



Father: William Rudge, Mother: Mary, of 214 W Washington St, Painesville, OH, USA

Ed. Harvey High School, Painesville, OH

prev: Private Secretary; WAAF from 19 Aug 1941 (Section Officer from 8 Dec 1941) stationed at Greenock and then RAF Loughborough and Church Fenton.

Ab initio pilot

1 accident:

- 1 Sep 1944, a forced landing in Magister I T9747 after engine failure on take-off. After landing, the aircraft over-ran the airfield boundary and was damaged


Exp. in ATA: Magister: 103hrs 45min; Proctor: 38hrs 50min; Fairchild: 34hrs 55min; Moth: 12hrs 40min; Auster: 6hrs 05min; Swordfish: 3hrs.

m. 27 May 1944 in Haddenham, Bucks, Sgt Fergus Herbert Clarke Horsburgh of 6 Alexandra Place, Stirling, Scotland - they had originally met on the boat coming over from the USA in 1941.

Travelled back to Canada 23 Oct 1945 but returned to the UK

 Their son Brian Rudge Horsburgh died in 1969 aged 19 in Ottowa. Fergus was resident in Chateauguay, Quebec at the time.


d. 4 Mar 2005 - Exmouth, Devon


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