At 7 pm on Saturday 4 August 2014 Third Officer (ATA) Margaret Frost passed away in Aberystwyth hospital, having spent several weeks there recovering from a fall which resulted in a broken arm. Margaret was a Patron of the Aviation Heritage Foundation and the Welsh Spitfire Museum, and an honorary member of The Spitfire Society.
The funeral service was held at St Hilary’s Church in Trefelin just a few miles from her home. The Society was represented by Margaret’s friends from the Porthcawl roundel, many of her neighbours and also fellow ATA pilots: Molly Rose and Joy Lofthouse. There was a fly past by Whiskey Romeo: the last aircraft that Margaret had flown. She was buried beside her parents in Sussex where she was born on 26 November 1920.
Margaret joined the ATA on the 25 November 1942. This meant leaving the “Wrens” and she often told how she had swapped watches so that she could get to and from White Waltham for a day of tests and medicals and be back on watch that night. On leaving the ATA on the 30 September 1945 Margaret had flown 537 hours in 22 types of singles 67 hours in two types of twins; quite an achievement for a pilot who didn’t like aerobatics or flying too high!
After the war Margaret worked for the MOD. In the sixties she moved to her beloved cottage in Wales where she lived independently to the end. During the many discussions about her days in the ATA Margaret frequently concluded by saying “we were very lucky to have such a nice job”. This sums up Margaret’s attitude to life and for which she will be remembered in death; everything was “marvellous” and “isn’t this nice”.
Rest in Peace Margaret. It was a pleasure to have known you.
22 February 2015