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Spitfire Girl: My Life in the Sky by [Moggridge, Jackie]
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Jackie Moggridge joined the ATA during WW2, receiving a King's Commendation for Services in the Air. After the war she continued to fly professionally whilst raising her two daughters. She died in 2004; her ashes were scattered from a Spitfire.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2798 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus; Revised edition (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFDQVU0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I absolutely loved this book. Jackie's life story is truly gripping and inspirational – she achieved so much! Ferrying aircraft during WW2 for the ATA, and then continuing to fly after the war, in spite of the prejudiced majority who wanted women back in the kitchen! Jackie is so funny, warm and open, you can't help but be charmed by her. This is a great read for anyone interested in WW2 history and the ATA, but I would also recommend it to someone like myself, who doesn't know anything about the ATA, as it's just such an interesting, important story.
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Some people have to beat their own path Jackie Moggridge was one of these rare people.
As much dedicated to a career in flying as she was nieve about life this book shows that for some nothing is preordained
A really interesting book for both men and women - Highly recommended
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I love reading about WW2 and the ATA, but this book is so much more! Jackie had an amazing life, flying all around the world, and she tells her story in a brilliantly straightforward way. Such lovely photos too, it really brought the book to life. I just bought a second copy for my mum and she's going to read it with her book club, there's so much to talk about. A heart-warming and inspiring story. Top marks!
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This autobiography combines an extraordinary story - Jackie Moggridge was born in interesting times - with a compellingly readable style. A powerful and wilful personality enabled her to achieve far more than women were ever expected to achieve in the early twentieth century. She became a pilot as a girl in South Africa, came to Britain and eventually (after much opposition) got a job with the ATA as a ferry pilot. This book sticks to her life as a flyer and doesn't try to be a complete autobiography makes it more focused and interesting. There are personal memories too but they are often tied in with descriptions of the remarkable places she saw and the flights and aircraft she loved so deeply. An intelligent woman with a real story to tell and a fascinating read for younger women to realise just how far we have progressed as a sex. The deep-rooted prejudice against skilled working women in the 1940's seems quite ridiculous now and women like JM showed men what females were capable of. A very educational and enjoyable book.
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An interesting account of one of the very best ATS girls. The fact that it was written over 50 years ago should not detract from the story, although it's a shame that Jackie didn't feel the need to update it in later years.

How different her access to the ATS was to that of Diane Barnato, who I assume was one of those aloof girls who wouldn't speak to Jackie at the time. Yet, despite her achievements and cajoling of the relevant authorities, it was Diane who broke the sound barrier, and not Jackie.

It's also interesting to see how Jackie's attitudes to Race changed and mellowed over the years. Brought up in South Africa, it should come as no surprise that she thought the way she did.
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This is a wonderful heart-warming story about one of the bravest of the girls who flew for the ATA, by her own hand, really well written and just takes you right back there. My first flying experiences were on a flight simulator with Monique Agazarian who was one of her ATA colleagues. All my subsequent instructors were female!

This is really a unique piece of British history - almost as important as the suffragette movement in allowing women to become equal to men. Men were sent to fight so women had to take over the non-combat roles. After the end of WW2 there was almost no employment for a women pilot as "the public wouldn't have it". Today, I am pleased to say, women are accepted on the flight deck as easily as men. In fact, I would prefer a woman pilot - judge them by the landings!
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I really enjoyed the first parts of this book about the authors early life and her quest to fly. These ladies are the unsung heroes of the second World War flying planes all over the country to where they were needed. It was an amazing list of planes that they flew each day although non ever flew them in combat. There were some very funny episodes and I thought the book would become one of the best I had read. The later part of the book was however strung out and I would have prefered more detail in the early part and less of the final flights delivering airplanes after the Second World War that is why four and not five stars otherwise a good read.
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Jackie came to England from South Africa in 1939 to further her flying experience and decided to stay and 'do her bit' when war broke out.

The book chronicles her early flying lessons in South Africa, her wartime service in the WAAF and then ATA and also a few flying adventures afterwards.

It saddens me that as soon as the war ended and they were no longer needed, women were pushed back into the kitchen and mostly stayed there for quite a few decades. Thank goodness for pioneers, such as the female Ata pilots who refused to be pigeonholed.

Although Jackie died in 2004, she was an amazingly courageous woman and her legacy lives on.
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