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Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II (Praeger Security International)
Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II (Praeger Security International) by Amy Goodpaster Strebe 0275994341 9780275994341
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Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II (Praeger Security International) by Amy Goodpaster Strebe

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 WASPs 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 WASPs 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. Notwithstanding their outward appearance as official members of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the WASPs 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, Russias Amelia Earhart, famous for her historic Far East flight in 1938, formed the USSRs 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; and included in their ranks were at least three fighter aces. Sixty-three women pilots were killed in action. The American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) ferried every type of military aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the United States and Canada, while in the Soviet Union, women pilots flew combat missions along the Eastern Front. Patriotic with 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, and continue today to inspire future generations of women in aviation.

Author: Amy Goodpaster Strebe

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 144

Publisher: Praeger

Publication Date: 2007-08-30

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