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 Mary Webb Nicholson

Mary Webb Nicholson

Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 22 May 1943 (aged 37)
Worcestershire, England
Burial Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section 1, Plot 147
Memorial ID 22990113 · View Source
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Aviator. First woman licensed pilot in the state of North Carolina. She set the light plane altitude record for the state in 1931 when she flew a Curtiss-Wright Junior airplane to 15,200 feet. She became a charter member of The 99's International Organization of Women Pilots when it was formed in 1929. Amelia Earhart appointed her to serve as Governor of the Southeastern Section of The 99's in 1932. In 1937, Mary moved to New York City to be the personal secretary to Jacqueline Cochran. During this time she was also elected Governor of the New York-New Jersey chapter of the 99's. Mary was instrumental in helping Jacqueline Cochran set up a group of American women pilots to ferry airplanes for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in England during World War II. She herself was thrilled to join the last group of women pilots who went over to participate in the war effort. She was stationed at Maidenhead, in Berkshire, England.

22nd May 1943 - Shortly after being promoted to Second Officer, Mary was ferrying a Miles Master when, due to mechanical difficulties, the propeller flew off her plane over Worcestershire County. In poor weather conditions, she made an emergency landing in a farm field. Unable to avoid hitting a farm building, Mary's plane crashed and burst into flames. A nearby farmer attempted, unsuccessfully, to rescue her. She was the only American woman in the ATA-RAF to lose her life in the war.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Webb Nicholson (12 Jul 1905–22 May 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22990113, citing New Garden Friends Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Laura Myers (contributor 46924023) .