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Two Women Aviator heroes & Two RAF Men heroes

The true stories of Two Irish born Women Aviators heroes and two Irish born Men heroes who served in the RAF during the Second World War.



Born                    10 November 1896 in Knockaderry, County Limerick

Died                     9 May 1939 (aged 42) in St Leonards’s Hospital, Shoreditch, London

Cause of death   Head injury

Resting place      Surrey

Nationality           Irish

Lady Mary Heath (10 November 1896 – 9 May 1939) was an Irish aviator and began life as Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary Peirce-Evans in Knockaderry, County Limerick, near the town of Newcastle West. She was one of the best known women in the world for a five-year period from the mid 1920s

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_NancyCorrigan_AviatorCrest_PRESSBorn                   1 October 1912, Owenduff, Achill, Ireland

Died                   26 June 1983 (aged 70) Sarasota, Florida, United States

Cause of death  Heart attack

Nationality          Irish

Known for           Second female commercial pilot in the US

Annie R. “Nancy” Corrigan (21 June 1912 – 1983) was an early aviator in the US who trained as a pilot in Cleveland, Ohio while working as a nursemaid and fashion model in 1932. She went on to be a successful instructor and commercial pilot when it was very unusual for women to be involved in such matters.

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_AidanMacCarthy_AviatorCrest_PRESSBorn                      1914 Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland

Died                       11 October 1995, Northwood, London

Service/branch     Royal Air ForceAir Commodore

Service number     23425

Battles/wars           Second World War

Awards                    Officer of the Order of the British Empire, George Medal

Other work              Doctor

Air Commodore Joseph Aidan MacCarthy OBE, GM (1914–1995) was an Irish doctor of the Royal Air Force who showed great courage, resourcefulness and humanity during his capture by the Japanese during the Second World War.

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_BrendanFinucane_AviatorCrest_PRESSBorn                          16 October 1920, Rathmines, County Dublin, Ireland

Died                           15 July 1942 (aged 21) English Channel

Service/branch         Royal Air Force, Wing Commander

Years of service       1938–42

Battles/wars             Second World War – Battle of Britain and Channel Front

Awards                      Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross & Two Bars

Wing Commander Brendan Eamonn Fergus Finucane, DSO, DFC & Two Bars (16 October 1920 – 15 July 1942), known as Paddy Finucane amongst his colleagues, was a Second World War Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter pilot and flying ace—defined as an aviator credited with five or more enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat.

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