Sonya Esmee

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of American History with a courageous female in the forefront....

Jul 03, 2017 04:24 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, James.  I can barely imagine someone 20 years old working behind enemy lines in WW II.

Jul 03, 2017 04:47 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Espionage at its finest.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Jul 03, 2017 04:48 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She was a brave women, one of he reasons that the war was won.

Jul 03, 2017 04:51 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh wow, James! What a woman and what an inspiration as what patriotism and bravery can help one accomplish.

Jul 03, 2017 05:06 AM #5
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thank you very much for another history lesson this morning

Jul 03, 2017 05:49 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. "Fear" was not a word in her vocabulary! Enjoy your day!

Jul 03, 2017 06:08 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So many served in that war, so many distinguised themselves.  Nice story about Blanche.  A

Jul 03, 2017 07:29 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I didn't realize that women were trained for that in WWII! What an accomplished person!!!

Jul 03, 2017 08:26 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I have said this before, you help uncover a legacy for these heroes and heroins of yesteryear. Spying is a tough gig, I would never be able to do. 

Jul 03, 2017 08:27 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, what a strong and driven woman she was!  I hope that your weekend was enjoyed!

Jul 03, 2017 09:45 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was a woman who bravery went beyond the call of duty and what a wonderful long life she had.

Jul 03, 2017 11:37 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I have always loved reading about WWII  and those who were involved in small and large ways in the victory and the defeat.... for some reason this hero went under my radar, Endre

Jul 03, 2017 06:06 PM #13
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Amazing the difference in our youth today. Can't imagine a 17 year old today being anxious to sign up, let alone to be a spy at 19.

Jul 11, 2017 10:24 AM #14
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