Sonya Esmee was born in Eastchurch, Kent, England back in 1924. Somewhere along the line her family moved to Working when war broke out in 1939. She was too young to join the military as the earliest minimum age was 17½. She became eligible on November 14th, 1941. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force serving in the administrative Branch.
In 1941, women were banned from front-line service. However, that changed in 1942. At 19 she was accepted into the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Her training included outdoor training, followed by specialist training according to operation requirements.
Nine days before D-Day she parachuted in the area of Le Mans to work as a courier. Her codename was “Blanche”. She was one of the last WAAF’s who landed in Occupied France. One of the other agents was shot during a battle between the Maquis and Germans. She took on an additional role as a weapons instructor. For her work and bravery Sonya Esmee Florence Butt was awarded the Order of the British Empire, 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star and the War Medal, she was only 20. She died in 2014 at 90. She was the last surviving female British spy of WWII. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.