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Bruce [née Petre], Mildred Mary (1895–1990), motorist and aviator, was born on 10 November 1895 at Margaretting, Ingatestone, Essex, the daughter of Lawrence Joseph Petre (1864–1944), landowner, of Coptfold Hall, Essex, and his wife, Jennie Maginness, née Williams (d. 1943), an actress. She was educated at the convent of ...

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Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower (1910–1947) by Bassano, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gower [married name Fahie], Pauline Mary de Peauly (1910–1947), aviator, was born on 22 July 1910 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the younger of two daughters of Sir Robert Vaughan Gower (1880–1953), solicitor and Conservative MP, and his first wife, Dorothy Susie Elenor (1882–1936)...

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Dorothy Norman Spicer (1908–1946) by Bassano, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spicer [married name Pearse], Dorothy Norman (1908–1946), aviator and aeronautical engineer, was born on 31 July 1908 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the only daughter of Norman Spicer (d. 1936), a stockbroker, and his wife, Hilda Mary Sisterson. She was educated at the ...

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Wilberforce [née Ogilvie-Forbes], Marion Katherine (1902–1995), aviator, was born at Boyndlie House, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 22 July 1902, the daughter of John Charles Mathias Ogilvie-Forbes (1850–1941), ninth laird of Boyndlie, and his second wife, Anne Marguerite Prendergast (d. 1950). Her father had originally studied for the Anglican priesthood but was received into the ...