Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Obituary - Freydis Sharland 1920-2014

A WOMAN who flew Spitfires for the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War has died, aged 93.

Freydis Sharland, of Brook Street, Benson, learned to fly at Cambridge before the war but had total flying experience of only 26 hours and 10 minutes when she joined the ATA on February 17, 1943.

By the time she left the unit at the end of October 1945 she had flown 607 hours and 25 minutes in ATA service and had flown 38 different types of aircraft, from a Lysander to a Wellington and everything in between, except four-engine bombers.

Being based at Hamble in Hampshire, Spitfires were her bread and butter and she ferried 110 of them. In 1953 she delivered a plane on her own to Pakistan as a freelance commercial pilot.

Mrs Sharland was born in Cambridge on September 22, 1920. She attended Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe and later spent time in Switzerland with a governess.

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