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Amelia Earhart

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 22 May 1932
5 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (130 mm x 190 mm)
Given by IPC Newspapers Limited, 1971
Photographs Collection
NPG x88316

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  • Daily Herald, Photographers. Artist associated with 160 portraits.
  • James Jarché (1891-1965), Photographer. Artist associated with 50 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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On her arrival at Hanworth Aerodrome.

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Desmond Markus

06 April 2019, 11:18

Date and location provided indicate this is the arrival of Amelia Earhart (Mrs George Palmer Putnam) in London following her successful solo flight across the Atlantic - only the third made and the first by a female pilot (Charles Lindbergh and Bert Hinkler being the previous two). She landed her Lockheed Vega 5b in a field in Londonderry / Derry on 21 May 1932.

According to the report in The Times (23/05/1932 p14 and 16, Issue 46140, 'New Atlantic Flight'), after spending the night in the farmer's house she travelled to Blackpool the next afternoon and then to Hanworth using two National Flying Services air taxis. It lists her pilot for the flight to Hanworth as Flight Lieutenant I W C Mackenzie (probably later Wing Commander Ian Wilfred Campbell Mackenzie AFC, 19030), and that she was met on arrival at Hanworth by Mr L G Reynolds (probably Louis George Stanley Reynolds CB, CBE) representing Lord Londonderry, the Secretary of State for Air, and by the Director of Civil Aviation Lieutenant-Colonel F C Shelmerdine.

Her arrival at Hanworth was also filmed and a clip can be obtained from British Pathe.

Incidentally, her Lockheed aircraft is preserved in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in the States. While a former National Flying Services' Desoutter, in NFS livery, is part of the Shuttleworth Collection here.

Miss Amelia Earhart's Atlantic Flight 27/05/1932 p469

Ian Wilfred Campbell Mackenzie's Air Force Cross notification - EG p456 /Issue 15725

Louis George Stanley Reynolds' CB notification - LG p4 / Issue 35841

Shuttleworth Collection Desoutter

Woman Flies Atlantic New York - Londonderry - Amelia Earhart Crosses Ocean In 151/2 Hours 1932
Reuters - British Paramount Newsreel

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