Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 109 pages
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During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots program, where over one thousand women flyers ferried aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the United States and Canada from 1942 to 1944. The WASP operated from 110 facilities and flew more than 60 million miles in 78 different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. The WASP performed every duty inside the cockpit as their male counterparts, except combat, and 38 women pilots gave their lives in the service of their country. Notwithstanding their outward appearance as official members of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the WASP were considered civil servants during the war. Despite a highly publicized attempt to militarize in 1944, the women pilots would not be granted veteran status until 1977. In the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, Russia's "Amelia Earhart," famous for her historic Far East flight in 1938, formed the USSR's first all-female aviation regiments that flew combat missions along the Eastern Front.
  

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Probably a great book if you want stats and examples. I guess I was looking for a more personal first-person book, so I didn't get what I wanted. If I could find a book written by one of the "night ... Read full review

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Amy is a former client (she just moved- bummer!) who wrote this book and kept me posted on it's progress as she did it. I have a copy and have started it, and so far it's very interesting! I'm ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Americas First Women Military Pilot
4
2 Marina Raskova and Her Soviet Aviation Regiments
15
3 Patriotism and a Love of Flying
29
4 Gender Issues
37
5 The Ties That Bind
51
6 The WASP Are Disbanded
59
7 Demobilization of the Soviet Airwomen
70
Conclusion
75
Notes
85
Bibliography
97
Index
105
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About the author (2007)

AMY GOODPASTER STREBE is the author of Desert Dogs: The Marines of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004). She is a journalist who has written for theMountain View Voice (Mountain View, California),The Georgia Guardian, (Savannah, Georgia) and the San Diego Commerce, (San Diego, California).

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