Located on the promenade in Herne Bay stands the life-size bronze statue of Amy Johnson, which was commissioned by the Amy Johnson Project to mark the 75th anniversary of her tragic and untimely death on 5th January 1941. She was just 37 years old when she died and the tragedy was made more poignant by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the crash. The dramatic rescue attempt that failed to save her also sadly claimed the life of the captain of the vessel that came to her aid. The RAF Accident Record Card names Herne Bay as the location where Amy Johnson’s final flight came to an end, the statue was later unveiled there by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and modern day aviatrix, Tracey Curtis-Taylor, on Saturday 17th September 2016. A monument to women, aviation, engineering and all those who served with the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II, it was created as a permanent landmark to inspire and educate visitors.
Further along the seafront and nearer the pier is the Amy Johnson Biplane Bench, which was also created in her honour and is dedicated to her memory. Visitors are permitted to use the bench and take photos, there are also some historical facts opposite that you can read to learn more about Amy Johnson and her story. It was originally commissioned in 2014, where six artists designed the durable, unique and imaginative bench to celebrate her life, as well as inspire the next generation to follow their dreams.
Herne Bay - 18 minutes.
Must be kept on a lead on the promenade.
Picture Credit: © Amy Johnson Project.