Posted on April 25, 2019
Lesley Cairns Murray flew Spitfires and Hurricanes as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) based at White Waltham, near Maidenhead, in Berkshire. The 28-year-old died in a crash in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, while flying a Hudson Aircraft on 20 April 1945.
Her story was unearthed after her logbook was found buried in a loft. The lot, which included pictures of Ms Murray, fetched more than the estimate of £800 to £1,200 at the auction on Wednesday.
Her logbook showed she trained in summer 1942, before beginning ferrying duties in October, where she flew Spitfires, Hurricanes, Swordfish, Defiants and Seafires.