When you think of World War II pilots, you probably picture men. But it’s not just men who have the most remarkable war stories, and that’s where Mary Wilkins Ellis comes in. She was always destined to fly, and despite the countless skeptics she came across, Mary became Europe’s first female air commandant. And because of her incredible accomplishments in the sky, many say her story is unforgettable.
1A True Hero
As one of the greatest female ferry pilots in the world, Mary Wilkins Ellis has been paving the way for female pilots everywhere since back in the 1940s. But sadly, between all that's happened in the world in more than five decades, her heroic story has since been nearly forgotten over all these years. Nevertheless, Mary's story is certainly one that's more than worthy of being told.
2Growing Up On The Farm
Growing up with her farming family in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, Mary’s interest in flying was not what most people would expect of her. After all, she was just an average farmer’s daughter, and at the time, a female pilot was something that was practically unheard of. But despite what wasn’t seen as the norm for a young girl during the mid-1900s, Mary wanted to fly. And flying, pretty incredibly, is what she went on to do.