Mrs Beryl Markham, the British airwoman who was slightly injured in a forced landing in Germany on Thursday, returned to Heston Aerodrome yesterday. She flew back in a small plane none the worse for her experience. Mrs Markham is the wife of Mansfield Markham, second son of the late Sir Arthur Markham, the millionaire colliery owner. Sir Charles Markham is her brother-in-law. In May last she landed at Heston Aerodrome and surprised everyone by stating that she had flown alone from Nairobi (Kenya)
This was taken from a newspaper article in the Guardian dated August 13, 1932
On April 24, 1932 she departed Nairobi crossing the desert and the sea, navigating by sight and with no radio equipment on board, stopping along the way for engine repairs, to her unexpected arrival at Heston Aerodrome on May 17!! I am trying to determine where she crashed in Germany. Still amazes me that she covered all this distance and she is not recognised for this either.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
|Beryl Markham arriving at Abingdon Airfield|
Saturday September 5 1936
Letter to the Editor
As I am now on the eve of what I believe a rather hazardous flight. I would ask the usual courtesy extended to the condemned to state some of my views.
I notice that I have been frequently captioned in the press as “Society Mother”, “Flying Mother”, “Bird Woman” etc.
The phrase “society” is repugnant to me. I have no pretensions, and fail to see that bearing an accident of birth has had to do with flying the ocean.
I may be “just another blonde” but as a professional pilot accustomed to working for my living , and as this flight could not even in my wildest dreams be described as pleasure. I look on it as merely another job of work.
When I am asked my reasons for going. I give varying explanations every time. As adequate a reason as any other is that, whatever the result of my efforts. I shall not have laboured in vain, as it will give a very real friend – no other than the bold , bad Jim Mollison – an exellent excuse for celebration or the reverse.
In describing my, as yet, unaccomplished but no doubt amazing exploit, please give me the credit of being and ordinary human being without to many of the conventional virtues.
I can laugh,love, hate, and occassionally fall in at the local off-licence to hear the views of my fellow beings.
I am neither an innocent girl from thecountry or a city slicker, but an ocean flier in embryo. If I can dispense with the last to words I am more than satisfied.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
|Hubert Stanford Broad|
and it was to him she rushed back, after her epic flight across the Atlantic. He was the one that was named as the co-respondent in her divorce decree. However this relationship did not last and came to an abrubt end after a year.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Go to the following link and and read all about Beryl Markham: