What induced a beautiful young woman from New Orleans to drive to Montreal and take a steamer through the U-boat lines to Liverpool in 1942? What made the daughter of a South African diamond millionaire take up flying lessons on her father’s sofa? And why did Mary de Bunsen have to find a doctor who was ‘accustomed to the idea of women pilots’?
They wanted to fly Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters, and they came to England from every continent to do so. Gifted, determined and astonishingly brave, the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary were the unsung heroines of World War II. Though not allowed to fly in combat, what they did was nearly as dangerous. Unarmed and without instruments or radios, they delivered planes to the RAF bases from which male pilots flew into battle. At the mercy of the weather and long-range enemy aircraft, fifteen of those women died – among them legendary Amy Johnson.
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It took Giles Whittell 2 plus years to assemble this tale and meet and interview those lady pilots who were left.