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Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II - Praeger Security International (Hardback)
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Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II - Praeger Security International (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 30/08/2007
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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. A little over one thousand women flew a combined total of more than 30 thousand combat sorties, producing at least 30 Heroes of the Soviet Union. Included in their ranks were at least two fighter aces. More than 50 women pilots were 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.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275994341
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm


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"The story of the American and Soviet women military pilots World War II is magnificently told in Amy Goodpaster Strebe's new book Flying For Her Country." - www.overgrownpath.com
"[T]his is a book that will be read with great interest by both pilots as well as those looking to understand how American society has changed in the last 60 years." - Midwest Book Review/Reviewer's Bookwatch
"Amy Goodpaster Strebe has penned a fine history of women military pilots....Until now, the role played by women in the air forces of the U.S. and the Soviet Union has gone largely unrecognized. Flying For Her Country goes a long way in correcting this oversight. Highly Recommended." - WWII History
"Strebes book is excellent....Meticulously researched, well-written, and convincingly argued and documented....One of the book's great strengths is a comprehensive bibliography that makes it particularly valuable as a reference for students and professionals alike." - Air & Space/Smithsonian
"During WWII, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time. In the US, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, which sent over 1,000 women flyers to ferry aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the US and Canada. In the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, famous for her historic Far East flight in 1938, formed the USSR's first all-female aviation regiments, which flew combat missions along the Eastern Front. Historian and journalist Strebe, one of the leading experts on the women military pilots of WWII, tells their stories, and looks at the obstacles these women faced as they challenged assumptions of male supremacy in wartime culture. B&W historical photos are included." - Reference & Research Book News

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