The Female Few; Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2013-04-01
  • Publisher: Spellmount Ltd Pub
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The fascinating accounts of the female pilots who transported the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain, based on previously unpublished interviews with four pilots Through the darkest days of World War II, an elite group of courageous, gifted women risked their lives as courier pilots, flying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 timeawe-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.

Author Biography

Jacky Hyams is a journalist and the author of The Real Downton Abbey. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including London Evening Standard, Rolling Stone, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Times.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 13
A Brief Historyp. 25
Joy Lofthousep. 43
Yvonne MacDonaldp. 73
Molly Rosep. 93
Mary (Wilkins) Ellisp. 117
Margaret Frostp. 141
Ranks of the ATAp. 161
ATA Ferry Pilots and Flight Engineersp. 163
Five Lives Lostp. 173
Famous Pilots of the ATAp. 179
Indexp. 189
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