Spitfire Women of World War II This is the incredible true story of a wartime sisterhood of women pilots: a group of courageous pioneers who took exceptional risks to fly Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to the frontlines of World War II.
The women pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary came from all countries and backgrounds. Although not allowed into combat, they demonstrated astonishing bravery in their supporting role: flying unarmed, without radios or instruments, and at the mercy of the weather and enemy aircraft, they delivered battle-ready planes to their male counterparts, the fighter pilots of the RAF.
The story of these remarkable women pilots – among them Amy Johnson and Lettice Curtis – is a riveting account of women in wartime, and a fitting tribute to their spirit and valour.
‘Superb…At long last these magnificent women have the tribute they deserve.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes
‘Thrilling…true adventure stories.’ The Times
’The breadth of Whittell’s research leaps off the page in telling encounters with the now-aged survivors.’ Scotsman
‘Extraordinary stories.’ Daily Mail
‘Giles Whittell’s affectionate book reads like a Boy’s Own adventure turned on its head…and uncovers some exceptional tales.’ Financial Times
‘Reading it is a bumpy flight as well as an exciting one…the author’s enthusiasm carries the day.’ TLS
'Extraordinary stories of women who had little fear and minimal concern for the enormous step they were taking in banging “Good grief, it's a girl!” condescension on the head.' Good Housekeeping
‘An eye-opening and at times very moving illustration of the courage and sacrifice of women who deserve to be remembered alongside their more celebrated male counterparts.’ Literary Review
About the author
Giles Whittell is a leader- and feature-writer for ‘The Times’ and was previously the paper’s correspondent in Los Angeles and Moscow. His other books include ‘Lambada Country’ and ‘Extreme Continental’, describing his travels by bike and motorbike through Eastern Europe and Central Asia during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He lives in London with his wife and three sons.