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

ISBN-10: 1597972665
ISBN-13: 9781597972666
Edition: 2008
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Description: During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time in history. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, where over  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 146
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time in history. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) 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 sixty million miles in seventy-eight 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 thirty-eight women pilots gave their lives in the service of their country. Yet, 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. A little over one thousand women flew a combined total of more than thirty thousand combat sorties, producing at least thirty Heroes of the Soviet Union. Included in their ranks were at least two fighter aces. More than fifty women pilots are believed to have been killed in action. Sharing both patriotism and a mutual love of aviation, these pioneering women flyers faced similar obstacles while challenging assumptions of male supremacy in wartime culture. Despite experiencing discrimination from male aircrews during the war, these intrepid airwomen ultimately earned their respect. The pilots' exploits and their courageous story, told so convincingly here, continue to inspire future generations of women in aviation.

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).

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
America's First Women Military Pilots
Marina Raskova and Her Soviet Aviation Regiments
Patriotism and a Love of Flying
Gender Issues
The Ties That Bind
The WASP Are Disbanded
Demobilization of the Soviet Airwomen
Conclusion
Notes
Bibiliography
Index
About the Author

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