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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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Initial post: 21 Jul 2014 09:25:21 BDT
HuddyBolly says:
A strange final sentence.
This book is one of a number which have been published in recent years highlighting the part played by the female pilots who flew with the ATA. Regarding 'weaponry', the ATA was a civilian organisation and remained civilian throughout it's existence. The majority of it's pilots were not even women, but they were all civilians, and as such were classified as non-combatants; i.e. not permitted to be armed, unlike for instance, the members of SOE, who were given military status which permitted them to carry arms, and (supposedly) protected them under the Rules of War.
The ATA aircrews were not alone in flying as non combatant civilians. The British civil airline crews operating during the war also flew unarmed aircraft, often on routes carrying them directly through war zones; during which a number were shot down by enemy aircraft.
A fact that you may consider to be even more 'shocking'.
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