To round out your reading list, here are a group of titles worthy for this International Women’s Week:
Spitfire Women of WWII – Written by Giles Whittell, “This is the incredible sotry 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.
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…”
Written by Elinor Florence, Bird’s Eye View, a novel, is the story of 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…”
Battlefront Nurses in WWI is 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 Esquimalt, BC in 1915. Both served overseas in England, Salonika, and France as lieutenants with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.”
Pip Beck wrote Keeping Watch – A WAAF in Bomber Command. 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 is the story of “Mary du Caurroy, Duchess of Bedford. In 1926, at the age of 61, she took her first flight; a year later, she took her first aircraft, a Cirrus Moth, on her foreign holiday. In the next eleven years, flying became her hobby and means of transport around Britain as well as abroad. In 1937 she took off on a solo flight – and was never seen alive again.”