Amy Johnson death was ‘covered up’, says historian

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Details surrounding the death of Hull-born pilot Amy Johnson – the first woman to fly solo to Australia – were deliberately covered up, a historian believes.

Hull-based Dr Alec Gill believes the cover-up came after her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary in 1941 and she was accidentally killed during a rescue operation.

His comments to The Independent coincide with the 75th anniversary of Johnson’s death, which is to be marked in Hull by a month-long festival this year.

Johnson’s body was never recovered and there was no inquest into her death.

Johnson, 37, bailed out of her Air Transport Auxiliary plane and parachuted into the Thames Estuary before the crew of HMS Haslemere attempted to rescue her.

Dr Gill says a witness on the converted ferry had recalled its engines reversing, something that could have pulled her into its propellers.

He says: “This ship should have gone down in history as the vessel that saved her life. Instead, historians are now beginning to conclude that the propellers of the Haslemere killed her.

“The Royal Navy did not want to admit to the Royal Air Force – or indeed a nation at war – that they had killed Britain’s favourite female pilot.”

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search