Hon. Margaret Fairweather

THE HON. MARGARET FAIRWEATHER                                          

Service: Air Transport Auxiliary

Rank: Flight Captain

Margaret was born in 1902, the daughter of the Rt. Hon. Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford, and of the Viscountess Runciman  née Stevenson, of Doxford, Northumberland. Margaret was one of the first women to fly a Spitfire. Like her husband Douglas her passion was flying. Prior to the outbreak of war in 1939 she  had marked up 1000 flying hours. Like Douglas, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary*.  She was killed on 4th August 1944 when attempting an emergency landing in a Proctor.  She was 42 years of age and is buried in Dunure Cemetery, Ayrshire beside her husband. This is the only known commonwealth grave where husband and wife are buried together.

* The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was a civilian organisation which flew aircraft between UK factories and assembly plants in World War II. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and undertook air ambulance flights.

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Image reproduced by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission