Jean Batten CBE OSC

Jane Gardner Batten CBE OSC (1909 - 1982)

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Jane Gardner (Jean) Batten CBE OSC
Born in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealandmap
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Died in Palma, Majorca, Spainmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Apr 2014
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Categories: Commanders of the Order of the British Empire | Officers of the National Order of the Southern Cross | Chevaliers de la Légion d'honneur | Rotorua, Bay of Plenty | The 50 coolest Kiwis ever.

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Jean Batten CBE OSC Lived in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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Listed as number 6 in the The 50 coolest Kiwis ever[1]

They called her the Greta Garbo of the skies. Batten made the first solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936 and broke a host of long-distance flying records. She always emerged from the cockpit in make-up and a white flying suit but her glamorous image hid a vulnerable side. She died alone, a recluse, on Majorca.



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On 2 May 2018 at 14:19 GMT Kenneth Evans wrote:

You have conflicting info on the bio, Lesley. A CBE (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire) is listed in the Suffix but a Category of Knights of... is used. Jean can't be a Knight. She would have been made a Dame ..., but she wasn't; or at least I can't find where it says that she was. Regards, Ken

Jean is 37 degrees from Walter Morrison, 44 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 29 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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