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SHE was one of the country’s first female test pilots and a Second World War ferry pilot.

Joan Hughes was born in West Ham in 1918 and at the age of 17 she became the youngest female pilot in the UK.

She continued to fly after the war, and worked as a flying instructor.

During the 60s, she taught with the Airways Aero Association, first at White Waltham Airfield, and then at Booker Airfield.

She tested a near-replica of the 1909 Santos-Dumont Demoiselle monoplane and ended up flying it for the shooting of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

She also flew replica First World War aircraft for the 1966 film The Blue Max and a Tiger Moth bi-plane for the live-action flying shots in Thunderbird 6 in 1968.

Joan is pictured here at Shoreham Airport in 1966.

She retired at Booker Airfield in 1985, with 11,800 flight hours in her logbook and died in 1993.

Do you remember Max Wall, a comedian and actor, whose performing career spanned music hall, theatre, films and television? He was born in 1908 and died in 1990.

He joined the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and served for three years, but later resumed his showbusiness career and appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang amongst other films. He is pictured here in Brighton in the 80s.

Actress Moira Lister is pictured here in 1972, 1984 and again at the launch of the scratch off saver ticket in 1991

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