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Barnett, Dame (Mary) Henrietta (1905–1985), air force officer, was born at Glasnevin, Barnes Close, in Winchester on 16 February 1905, the youngest child and second daughter of Colonel George Henry Barnett CMG DSO, and gentleman-at-arms, of the 60th rifles, and his wife, Mary Dorothea, ...

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Doyle, Dame Jean Lena Annette Conan [married name Dame Jean Lena Annette Bromet] (1912–1997), director of the Women's Royal Air Force, was born Lina Jean at Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, on 21 December 1912, the only daughter and second of three children of ...

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Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis Forbes (1899–1971) by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, 1941 © reserved; photograph courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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Forbes, Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis [married name Dame (Katherine) Jane Watson-Watt] (1899–1971), businesswoman and director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 21 March 1899 in the Chilean desert, the youngest of three children, and the second daughter, of Edmund Batten Forbes (1847–1924)...

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Dame Felicity Hyde Peake (1913–2002) by T. C. Dugdale, exh. RA 1941 © Crown copyright; courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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Peake [née Watts; other married name Hanbury], Dame Felicity Hyde (1913–2002), air force officer, was born at Holly Bank, Swann Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, on 1 May 1913, the younger daughter of Humphrey Watts, a senior partner in S. and J. Watts...

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Pennant, Violet Blanche Douglas- (1869–1945), air force officer, was born on 31 January 1869 at 23 Chapel Street, Belgrave Square, London, the sixth daughter of George Sholto Gordon Douglas-Pennant, second Baron Penrhyn (1836–1907), JP and MP for Caernarvonshire, and his first wife, Pamela Blanche (1839–1869)...

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Welsh [née Dalzell], Dame (Ruth) Mary Eldridge (1896–1986), director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 2 August 1896 at 22 Slatey Road, Claughton, Birkenhead, one of two children of William Robert Dalzell, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Ruth Mary Frances Annie Elizabeth Goldsworth Kirkpatrick (...