WATERLOOVILLE’S most famous daughter commemorated
WATERLOOVILLE’S most famous daughter was commemorated on Friday 8th March as a plaque in the town was unveiled to mark her achievements.
Inventor and World War Two pioneer Beatrice ‘Tilly’ Shilling OBE, who was born in Waterlooville in 1909, was remembered at a special ceremony led by the mayor of Havant, Peter Wade, on International Women's Day.
To make this day even more special, it coincides with what would have been Ms Shilling’s 110th birthday. She passed away aged 81 on 18 November 1990.
The inspirational female engineer played an instrumental role in defeating the Nazis during the Second World War after she invented a safety device for aircraft Hurricanes and Spitfires.
Tilly’s invention while working as an engineer for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, known as Shilling’s Penny, or Miss Shilling’s Orifice, was vital for steadying the supply of fuel to the engines of the iconic British fighters and saved the lives of countless RAF pilots over the course of WWII. She worked at Royal Aircraft Establishment until her retirement in 1969.
Tilly received various achievements in her lifetime, her most impressive being an OBE in 1947 for her wartime efforts.