The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary

The Female Few Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary The fascinating accounts of the female pilots who transported the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain based on previously unpublished interviews with four pilotsThrough the darkest days of Wo

  • Title: The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary
  • Author: Jacky Hyams
  • ISBN: 9780752480961
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fascinating accounts of the female pilots who transported the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain, based on previously unpublished interviews with four pilotsThrough the darkest days of World War II, an elite group of courageous, gifted women risked their lives as courier pilots, flying Lancaster Bombers, Spitfires, and many other aircraft in hundreds of periloThe fascinating accounts of the female pilots who transported the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain, based on previously unpublished interviews with four pilotsThrough the darkest days of World War II, an elite group of courageous, gifted women risked their lives as courier pilots, flying Lancaster Bombers, Spitfires, and many other aircraft in hundreds of perilous missions The role of these women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary was to deliver the planes to the male RAF pilots who would take them into battle, dangerous work which the women carried out unarmed and without radios Fifteen would lose their lives Here, four of these astonishingly brave women tell their stories for the first time awe inspiring tales of incredible risk, tenacity, and sacrifice Their spirit and fearlessness in the face of death still resonates years later, and their accounts reveal a forgotten chapter in the history of World War II As Yvonne Macdonald, now 90 and living in Cape Cod, says, It was a kind of freedom you never get any other way, it was as if you had wings sewn on your back A lot of people here in Cape Cod don t even know I was in World War Two Or what I did They do now.

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    1. Intimate, personal, and often humble, recounts of some of the women who served in the ATA during WW2. Interesting and informative on a subject that has received little notice until recently.

    2. A simple but moving storySimply told but an interesting chapter of a vanished age. Jacky hyams is not literary - there are better written memoirs- but that is not the point of this book. It is her story.

    3. This is a short book and actually not very informative - a thin veneer of information over some short biographical chapters of five women who flew planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII. Even the title is misleading as they flew many different planes from open cockpit planes to Wellington bombers. These women deserve a better book and for anyone who is interested there are better books out there: autobiographies of some of those pilots & Virgina Nicholson's Millions Like Us have [...]

    4. This book didn't contain much information I didn't already know, but I am kind of in love with the female ATA pilots of World War 2, so I had to read it. And I did love the individual interviews with the women! I found their individual stories fascinating -- the backgrounds they came from, how they ended up doing the job they did, and their common love of flight.

    5. A nice opener for someone just starting out on a journey to discover more about those courageous women of the ATA. It is a short book but teases you with just enough to want to go and look for more. Probably not for someone who already knows something about these women but ideal for a newcomer into their world.

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