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AMY - Words by JOS. GEO. GILBERT, Music by HORATIO NICHOLLS, Photo by VAUGHAN [Kay] & FREEMAN [Pearl].

Specially Composed for the Home-coming of the Heroine of the England-Australia Flight 1930, Miss Amy Johnson.

pp. 3, (i). Front lower corner folded over and with a tiny nick, small tear at the top edge without loss, very faint retailer's stamp on the front cover.

*AMY JOHNSON [1903-1941], born in Kingston upon Hull, graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Economics, moved to London, trained at the London Aeroplane Club and obtained her pilot's licence in 1929. The following year she undertook the first woman's solo flight from England to Australia in the secondhand de Havilland DH.60 Gypsy Moth that she bought with funds from her father and Lord Wakefield. She named it 'Jason' after the trademark of her father's business. It is figured in the above item. She flew from Croydon Airport on May 5th., and arrived at Darwin, Northern Territory on May 24th. The aeroplane is now in the Science Museum. In 1940 Amy Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and in January 1941, in poor weather conditions, had to bail out whilst on a ferrying mission, over the Thames. Her parachute was spotted by the ferry HMS Haslemere, whose commander, Walter Fletcher, dived in to rescue her but both died and Amy Johnson's body was never recovered. In 1999, a member of an anti-aircraft crew claimed that they had shot down the plane as Johnson had failed to give the correct identification code. To further compound the enigma, there have been claims that a third, unidentified, person died in the accident. He had been a passenger on the plane but as the reason for the flight is still covered by the secrecy laws, this remains unverified.

Laurence Wright. London.

Date Published: 1930.

Stock No. 60410

Price: 45.00