Through the darkest days of the Second World War, 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 across the country. 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, without radios. Fifteen would lose their lives. In The Female Few, three 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 down the years, and their accounts reveal a forgotten chapter in the history of the Second World War.
About the Author
JACKY HYAMS is a journalist and writer. She is the author of Bombsites & Lollipops: My 50s East End Childhood, The Real Downton Abbey, Rapid Response, Tales of life as a Paramedic and Time to Help Your Parents. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Sydney Morning Herald, London Evening Standard, The Times and Rolling Stone. She lives in London. The principal ATA pilots featured in The Female Few currently live in Cirencester, Aberystwyth, the Isle of Wight, Bampton, Oxfordshire and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.