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Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines: The Unknown Heroines of World War II

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A narrative history, from first-hand interviews, of the valiant American women pilots of World War II.
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Four Directions PR (first published February 1979)
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Chrissy
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aviation, military
This is by far the most comprehensive account of the WAFS and WASPs service during WWII that I've read. This book does an excellent job of detailing the overall framework of their history from idea to formation to operational status to abrupt end to belated recognition, and this wider picture is where it shines the most. However, interwoven throughout are different stories, backgrounds, and experiences of individual pilots. That fluid combination is what makes this book great. This book does jus ...more
Erik Johannessen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did you know that women flew for their country during WWII? That Amelia Earhart was not the only early woman flier, just the most celebrated? That the women who did fly faced discrimination and dismissal of their abilities at virtually every turn?

You may have guessed the last part. It took a worldwide crisis like WWII to get the idea of women flying for the Army even considered, despite the fact that women had proven themselves as effective and even exemplary pilots for decades. The women who se
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Trickey
Mar 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People interested in women's history
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a really extensive look into the Women Pilot's of World War II. It covers all aspects from beginning to end and gives an in-depth look to the personal side. I loved it for its detail of everyday life for these women and also for the heroic ferver it incited.
N
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Great documentary about the first women in Great Britain and the USA to fly military aircraft during World War II. These pioneers demonstrated that women were just as capable pilots as men (and even more so).
Pancha
Sep 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Includes a brief history of aviation (Wright brothers) and of women in aviation, then continues with a more or less chronological account of women pilots' contributions in WWII, and end with the legislation in the 1970s that finally granted them veterans status.
Uriel "Jabberwock"
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
It would've been great if it wasn't for an essay....
Jeanie Wallenstein
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to read about real heroes? The "every step, backwards, and in heels" variety? Read this, about the W.A.S.P. - Women's Airforce Service Pilots.
Jbondandrews
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Women in this book were amazing. Its a pity more hasn't been written about these remarkable individuals.
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