37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
ATA girls of the Second World War,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Bomber Girls (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
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.