There’s no tardy slips on the DDP…. Dame Felicity Hill only got in to the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (later the Women’s Royal Air Force) in 1940 after the officer interviewing her fiddled with her application forms so she could meet minimum height requirements. However, she soon took to the career, rising to the very top of the organisation and becoming, in 1966, the RAF’s first female air commodore. She was also a regular aide de camp to the Queen on her travels across the globe, and for a woman whose job entailed lots of time spent in close proximity to females with no men around, she never married or had kids. I’m saying nothing. Dame Flick died at the end of January, but only know has she gained that oh-so-valuable qualifying obituary.