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Bomber Girls (Kindle Single)

Bomber Girls (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

M J Foreman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Their finest hour…

In 1939, with Britain fighting for its life against Nazi Germany, the Air Transport Auxiliary was formed to back up the Royal Air Force. All of its pilots were men.

But by 1940, after Fighter Command lost hundreds of pilots during the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill realised the recruitment pool needed to be widened.

In stepped ATA Senior Commander Pauline Gower, who had been a famous flier before the war. When Gower and ATA founder Gerard ‘Pop’ d’Erlanger discussed the idea of women flying in the ATA she answered the question ‘why women?’ with ‘why not?’ These women pilots were to become the ‘Bomber Girls’.

By the end of the War, 166 extraordinarily brave young women learned to laugh off morale-crushing socio-political taboos in a bid to help Britain in its hour of need. Among them was the world famous aviatrix and socialite Amy Johnson who, in 1930 had made a pioneering solo flight, from Britain to Australia. But most were ordinary girls, who nonetheless counted themselves the equal of any man, and were willing to face death to defeat the enemy.

Unlike the male pilots they had none of the firepower to defend themselves against enemy attack; neither had they been taught any specific manoeuvres that might save their lives if they were shot at. Their orders from the commanders at the ATA ferry pools were simple and straightforward: stay on course, try not to fly above 800 feet in bad weather, and don’t try anything fancy.

But their fight was not just against the Nazis. It was also against the male establishment of the Armed Forces.

Thanks to the political guile of Miss Gower they were the first collective of women to earn the same salary as their male colleagues doing the same job. Even so, it was only in 2008 that women of the ATA were rewarded with medals for their outstanding work and heroism during the war years.

‘Bomber Girls’ is the inspiring account of the achievements of those 166 women during the Second World War, not only in defending their country, but in breaking new ground for women’s rights. Based on exclusive interviews with the veterans of those harrowing years, it is a brilliantly told story of the War’s heroines.

M J Foreman is a journalist, writer and editor with a varied experience in newspapers, broadcasting, and communications. Her books include ‘So You Think You Know Canterbury?’ and ‘Kent Revisited’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2356 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (18 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ATA girls of the Second World War 20 May 2014
By charlie
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A short but detailed historical study of what it meant to be a female ATA pilot in the Second World War, intelligently supported by well-selected extracts from memoirs and biographies. Title might be slightly misleading as women weren't actually allowed to fight, but the book delves into the politics of this and points out that many female pilots were as qualified and furthermore, faced some of the same dangers as their male counterparts. Foreman examines the glamorous image assigned to female pilots and the reality behind the coverage from the British press at the time. Worth a read if you are interested in equal pay and gender rights too. One element of this that I found particularly pertinent was a quotation included from pilot, Joy Gough: “We hardly knew what sex was let alone sexism then”.

Overall, an intelligent and at times, humorous biography of some of Britain’s most famous women pilots. Would definitely recommend as a short historical read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of unsung heroines 13 Jun 2014
By Viza
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I chose this rating because the author did not waste time giving facts that were not pertinent, told it how it was, made it interesting.
I did not want to leave it until The end
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent short read 25 Jun 2014
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Decent short read that shines spotlight on a subject that should be flagged up more to male and female readers alike. MJ Foreman appears to have conducted some new interviews and is clearly passionate about the topic. It was short, and I felt that in places a bit more detail could have been gone into on some of the women mentioned, but the first hand accounts were very interesting, especially the ones explaining their close calls! It’s shocking that women weren’t allowed to defend themselves with any kind of weaponry even though they flying through such dangerous airfields.
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3.0 out of 5 stars brave group of ladies who have been sad 14 July 2014
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Very informative, pity it was so short, missed an opportunity to expand in many areas, brave group of ladies who have been sad undervalued
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read about the war girls for a change! 11 July 2014
By David
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This book is full of very enlightening and most interesting facts and stories about these really quite brave ladies. One's acceptance of the gist of the book will most likely be fine unless one is a "chauvinistic pratt"!! There are one or two irritating points worth mentioning, my chief grumble is that there is a lot of repetition, and this can be disturbing when picking up the book to resume reading, and finding one had already absorbed the ensuing info!! Have I messed up and resumed at the wrong page???
Pity really, I enjoyed it, but would suggest it is reedited, and then you have a winner.
PS I am a man!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
By Mr N.
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Avery good read as this is a true story told by those who were there ,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage With All Smiles 11 July 2014
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A lovely group of ladies I had the pleasure of meeting, as I worked on an airfield when these young ladies came and took over the delivery of our aircraft. We often waited for the Avro Anson to disembark our delivery ATA pilots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Established women's place as aviators 7 July 2014
By Bunny
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This 67 page book tells us about the formation of the Air Transport Auxiliary in l940 when almost one quarter of the male pilots were lost in the Battle of Britain. As a result 166 brave young women aviators volunteered to join the ATA and ferried many different types of aircraft from one end of Britain to another without radio or ammunition. They weren't offered any training on instruments except for a very few experienced pilots who were selected for Class V conversion to fly bombers. It was interesting to find out why the ATA was formed and how it firmly established women's place as aviators with abilities equal to those of men. It would have liked it to have been a longer though.
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