Winifred E. Spooner
Miss Spooner's caricature painted by Walter Resentera
at The First Aerial Tour of Italy, August 20 - 25 1930.
Courtesy of Giovanni Giorgetti, 12-17-05

Primo Giro Aero d'Italia
London to Cape Town
Challenge Air Races

     If you search for "Winifred Spooner" +aviation, using the Google search engine, (12-8-05), you will find about 236 links.However, many of them simply repeat the same bits of information. One of the most helpful is the following.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
     This is a very comprehensive review of the Challenge, 1932 Air Race.

"The Challenge 1932 was the third International Tourist Plane Contest (French: Challenge International de Tourisme), that took place between 12 and August 28, 1932 in Berlin, Germany. Four Challenges, from 1929 to 1934, were major aviation events in pre-war Europe."

     Winifred Spooner entered this race as a member of the Italian team. You may want to use the FIND function to locate the many references to her name. Even though you may be primarily interested in the story of Winifred, I think you will enjoy reading the entire story. You will find references to many familiar names, including Renato Donati of the Italian team. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
      If you will scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find links to the stories of Challenge, 1929 and Challenge, 1930. Winifred participated in each of those events.
Leicestershire Aero Club History
      This page revues the development of the Leicestershire Aero Club from 1909 to 1930. There is only scant mention of Winifred Spooner on page 1 of the 5 pages of history, but the story of the Aero Club itself makes a visit to this site worthwhile. You can access page 1 by clicking on the title above.

The Seventh King's Cup Race - 1928
      This page on the Society of Air Racing Historians website documents the winning of third place in the race by WInifred Spooner. You can access the site by clicking on the title above. You may want to use the FIND function on Spooner to locate her entry on the page.
      If you are interested, and if time permits, I think you will enjoy scanning the rest of the page which offers the results of many important races.

Courtesy of Giovanni Giorgetti, 12-17-05
     On September 22, 2007, I received this email from Mr. Nick Patrick

     "I produce Radio 4's "Making History" and a listener has asked a question about Winifred Spooner. I'm looking for possible speakers who can talk about her."<

     I responded to say that all I knew about her had been provided by my friend Giovanni Giorgetti, in Italy, whose father had known her. Nick made contact with Giovanni and used his photograph of Winifred to illustrate the story on the BBC Radio 4 website. You can see tha photograph and read the text by clicking on the title. You will notice a link which will enable you to listen to the broadcast. It lasts about ten minutes and I found it to be especially interesting, both with respect to the story of Winifred and also early women aviators in general. You will probably want to listen to it several times in order to digest all of the information.
     Included on the page is a suggestion for Further Reading, Women with Wings: Female Flyers in Fact and Fiction by Mary Cadogan


Luigi Mancini
Product Details
Cloth: 660 pages
TEL 71-624 - MILANO - VIA GESŮ 6
Memory of Luigi Mancini
By Angelo Balistieri
Translation by Dr. Marion Apley Porreca
      I found this fascinating article when I searched the net for information on the book, Grande Enciclopedia Aeronautica. I had had no idea that the author, Luigi Mancini, was also such an important member of the early aviation community. I am sure you will be very interested in reading this resumé of his life and career.
     In addition, you will be impressed by the description of the book he wrote. I heartily reccommend that you treat yourself to the pleasure of reading this very interesting story. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
     If time permits, while on the site, I recommend that you visit the homepage of this remarkable resource. You find an extensive collection of articles, related to the city of Toricelli,, each of which offers an English version at the click of the mouse. You can go directly to the homepage by clicking on:
Amici di Torricella

Winifred Spooner died of influenza in 1933.

Winifred Spooner's Grave
email from Jeff Cooke, 7-4-09
     My interest in Winifred Spooner is that I heard a story from my parents, who live in Hinton Parva, that an early aviatrix is buried in Hinton graveyard. I went there yesterday and found the neglected grave of Mr. & Mrs. Spooner who lived at The Grove, Hinton Parva. On the back of the stone is engraved the name of Winifred Evelyn Spooner who died in 1933. My father, who has lived in the village all his life, would have been an early teenager at the time.
I have read with interest some of the internet information about Winifred's life and would like to know if she is buried with her parents or if her grave is elsewhere and this inscription is a memorial to her.
Jeff Cooke
     To read the rest of Jeff's message and to view the photos he took of the grave, click on the title.
Editor's Note: I thank Jeff for sharing his find with us. If you can help to answer his question, please contact me

If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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