Spithead & Shoreham Air Ferries Poster
Poster, Spithead & Shoreham Air Ferries, showing a passenger plane G-ABVB above a map of the south coast. Save time, see more, give your holiday a flying start. Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd.
© The Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)/Mary Evans
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WW2 greetings card, Corporal Joan Pearson
WW2 greetings card, Corporal J.D.M. Pearson, official war picture by Laura Knight, official war picture from the National Gallery. The message inside reads: When an aircraft crashed near her quarters at a Royal Air Force Station, Corporal Pearson rushed out and, although the aircraft was burning and she knew that there were bombs aboard, she stood on the wreckage, roused the severely injured pilot, who was stunned, and assisted him to get clear, releasing his parachute harness in doing so. When he was on the ground, a 120 pound bomb went off about 30 yards away. Corporal Pearson at once threw herself on the top of the pilot to protect him from the blast and splinters. Her prompt and courageous action undoubtedly helped to save the pilots life. Joan Daphne Mary Pearson (1911-2000) was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal (EGM), later to become the George Cross, for her heroism. Date: circa 1942
© The March of the Women Collection/Mary Evans Picture Library
Catherine Douglas trying to save James I of Scotland
Catherine Douglas trying to save the life of King James I of Scotland. Catherine was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. According to legend, when men arrived to assassinate James, Catherine put her arm through the staples of the door to stop them entering. They broke the door down and broke her arm, and the King was killed. After this, Catherine adopted the surname Barlass.
© Mary Evans Picture Library