Britain’s sole female Spitfire pilot, Carolyn Grace dies of car accident

Carolyn Grace, who resided in Cornwall, maintained her vintage ML407 at Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, near Woodbridge.

She was frequently observed flying it around the county’s sky.

Her plane, dubbed the Grace Spitfire, is one of a few functional variants and was the first to shoot down an enemy aircraft on D-Day in June 1944.

During World War II, the Grace Spitfire belonged to the 485 New Zealand squadron and flew 176 operational missions.

Mrs Grace learnt to fly the Spitfire ML407 in 1988, after her husband Nick, who had rebuilt the World War II fighter, had passed away.

In 2011, she invited around fifty students from Rendlesham Primary School to view the Spitfire and learn about its history.

She is the first woman to qualify as a Spitfire pilot since the ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary force in World War II.

Andy Saunders, a historian of the Battle of Britain, was distraught to learn that Mrs Grace had gone away.

Richard, Mrs Grace’s son, was also in the vehicle at the time of the collision, according to Mr Saunders, but he sustained only minor injuries.

The Hume Police District in New South Wales issued the following statement: “A lady was killed, and her passenger was injured in a two-car collision in Goulburn.

What happened to Carolyn

Carolyn Grace (70), a British Spitfire pilot who learnt to fly the aircraft after her husband Nick died in a vehicle accident in 1988, was killed in a car accident on December 2. Daisy Grace, her daughter-in-law, made the sad announcement in the Grace Spitfire Group on the social networking site Facebook. Daisy stated, “It is with great sorrow that we must report Carolyn Grace’s death in an automobile accident on Friday, December 2, 2022…

Richard, her 38-year-old son, was a passenger in the automobile and was treated for minor injuries after surviving the incident. Daisy Grace, Carolyn’s daughter, stated that her unexpected death had devastated the family. Officers from The Hume Police District responded and discovered the 70-year-old female driver of the Suzuki had sustained severe injuries.

Carolyn Grace Cause of death

After being transferred to The Canberra Hospital, she passed dead there. A 38-year-old male passenger was sent to the same hospital with minor injuries. The two men in the Hilux, ages 44 and 30, were uninjured. While driving, the older guy was sent to Goulburn Hospital for mandatory testing. The probe is still active.

“On Friday, December 2, 2022, around 6:00 p.m., a grey Suzuki and a silver Hilux collided on Middle Arm Road.

“Officers from the Hume Police District arrived and discovered that the 70-year-old female driver of the Suzuki had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“She was evacuated to The Canberra Hospital, where she passed away.

Her 38-year-old companion was sent to the same hospital with minor injuries.

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