The death on this day 13th March,1842, of the English army officer Henry Shrapnel. He invented the shrapnel shell which is named after him. The shell was a hollow cannon ball filled with shot which burst in mid-air and was used as an anti-personal weapon
Getty Gillies was the first pilot to qualify for the Women’s Auxilary Ferrying Squadron. In early March 1943 Gillies became the first woman to fly the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt when she was checked out on the aircraft at Wilmington, Delaware. Since the P-47 was a single seat aircraft, her first flight was also her first solo flight.