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Spitfire Women - unsung heroines, 18 Dec 2010
This is an excellent and moving read describing the, possibly, little known contribution made by women pilots from all over the world in transporting aircraft during the second world war. Although experienced light aircraft pilots they flew all types of aircraft from Tiger Moths to Lancaster bombers with very little training and without use of instruments or radio, and usually alone. Often, these flights were undertaked in appalling weather conditions in which other fully trained fighter pilots would probably not fly. Many of the planes were badly damaged ones being flown to scrap yards and accounts of failed engines and strucrural failures are many. Loss of life was common and they were vulnerable to enemy attack and unarmed. I am in no doubt that they performed an important job in very difficult circumstances. The book title is slightly misleading but is used to emphasise the significance of graduating to flying the Spitfire; an ambition of every pilot at that time and the women felt that it was a lovely plane to fly, and made just for them!
The book paints a vivid picture of the lifestyle (including partying and a good social life!) enjoyed by namy of these pilots during wartime and the tragedies and loss of loved ones which occurred.
Many of these women were still alive when the book was researched and their accounts and anecdotes greatly add to the accuracy of the book.
An excellent book.