Born: Glasgow 19/4/05 – Died 30/10/59
Another brilliant aviator, Jim Mollison was commissioned in the RAF at 18 years of age and was a flying instructor at the Central Flying School when only 22. His record breaking flight from Lympne to Cape Town was made in a De Havilland Puss Moth in March 1932. The flight was made with another well known aviator, Tommy Rose. The night before the flight they both stayed at the White Hart in Hythe
It is with another famous aviator, that he became better known to the British public. On the 29th July 1932 he married Amy Johnson, with whom he competed in the Macrobertson air race from England to Australia in October 1934. Flying in a De Havilland DH88 Comet Racer, Black Magic, and well ahead, they were forced to abandon their attempt at Allahabad after inferior fuel damaged their engines. The race was won by Tom Campbell Black and Charles Scott in another Comet Racer, Grosvenor House.
The marriage was not to last and in 1938, they were divorced. Both went on to fly aeroplanes for the ATA during the war. Mollison survived being attacked by the Luftwaffe while flying an Avro Anson. All twelve on board escaped unharmed.
Like others in such prominence, Mollison developed alcoholism and in 1953 had his flying license revoked. He died six years later.
Flying from Lympne with Tommy Rose in De Havilland Puss Moth
24th March 1932 departs Lympne – Arrives Cape Town on 28th March
Flying time: 4 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes.