Rare ATA Pilot’s Log Book Sold At Auction

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.

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