It’s International Women’s Day, a wonderful opportunity to honour women in aviation! We have a collection of books in our Museum’s Library that focus on women. You might recall the books we have written by Amelia Earhart. I’d like to share a few more with you. Be sure to come in and check out the entire collection!
Spitfire Women of WWII Written by Giles Whittell, ” This is the incredible story of an exclusive wartime sisterhood: a group of courageous, individual, gifted women who, in exceptionally dangerous circumstances, flew Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Lancasters to the frontline of WWII.
The women of Air Transport Auxiliary came from every continent and every background but all were astonishingly brave. Although not allowed into combat they provided a vital link for the RAF, and flew unarmed, without radios or instruments, at the mercy of the weather and long-range enemy aircraft, to deliver planes to the male pilots who would fly them into battle. ”
Spitfire Girls – a novel by Carol Gould. ” … evokes all the drama of this extraordinary period of history and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave women without whom the Battle of Britain might never have been won … is a tale of adventure, courage and the relationships that define all of our lives. ”
Bird’s Eye View Written by Elinor Florence, this novel is about Rose Jolliffe, ” … an idealistic young woman living on a farm with her family in Saskatchewan. After Canada declares war against Germany in World War II, she joins the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an aerial photographic interpreter. Working with intelligence officers at RAF Medmenham in England, Rose spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her magnifying glass. ”
Battlefront Nurses in WWI, written by Maureen Duffus. ” This is the story of four years in the lives of two Nursing Sisters who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Equimalt, BC, in 1915. Both served overseas in England, Salonika, and France as lieutenants with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. ”
Keeping Watch ~ A WAAF in Bomber Command Written by Pip Beck, this is ” … a true story by a WWII RAF Bomber Command Radio Telephony operator who talked down the crews on their return from operations, met them off duty and so often, within days, mourned their loss. ”
Winged Odyssey by Lettice Curtis ” Mary du Caurroy, Duchess of Bedford DBE, RRA, FLS, Honorary Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and wife of the 11th Duke took her first flight in 1926 at the age of 61. She took her first aircraft, a Cirrus Moth, on her foreign holiday in May 1927, with Charles Barnard as pilot.
In the next eleven years flying became her hobby and means of transport around Britain as well as abroad. Her moths took her and her pilots around Europe, to Jerusalem and Petra, The Gambia and the Canaries, and finally across the Sahara. In 1937 she took off on a solo flight – and was never seen alive again. “