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Spitfire Women Of World War II by Giles Whittell
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Sep 13, 2010

bookshelves: flying, world-war-ii
Read in September, 2010

I enjoyed this immensely, mainly because so many of the stories included here I *hadn't* heard before (and I have done a lot of reading about the ATA). This was also my first real intro to Jackie Cochran, a fascinating and wonderful character. As always with such books, I find myself a little envious of the author's research--all the people he got to interview-- how I'd love to have an excuse and the introduction to meet them myself!

This makes a really nice complement to Lettice Curtis's The Forgotten Pilots, which is more comprehensive in its history but a more difficult and less intimate read.

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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura Not a pilot, but I thought of you

message 2: by Elizabeth (new) - added it

Elizabeth yup! saw your link and GUESSED what it would be. Thank you! Her face is all over the front page of the Times today. I can't believe no one knew who she was--I recognized her name instantly from the Sarah Helm book (Vera Atkins A Life in Secrets). I think she's in The Women Who Lived for Danger too, but I can't find it among the landslide of spies 'n' pilots books that surround my desk.

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