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The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring…

The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women… (original: 2020; edição: 2021)

de Katherine Sharp Landdeck (Autor)

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Título:The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Autores:Katherine Sharp Landdeck (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2021), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II de Katherine Sharp Landdeck (2020)


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Excellent and absorbing non-fiction about women pilots during and after World War II
  Carrieida | May 23, 2021 |
This book follows the fight for women to pilot planes during WWII, and the lives of the women themselves. The book also set up the rivalry between Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the two women who were the face of women pilots during the time. Throughout, the camaraderie between the women was featured, showing them at their best in difficult circumstances. After the women were discharged, the book seemed to bog down, I felt that it could have been wrapped up sooner. Overall, well worth reading. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Oct 9, 2020 |
I found the first part of the book to be very interesting since it's heavy on the personal stories of some of the early women pilots. As the story went on, it was more about details of the politics that went on and I found that I lost interest. It's good as a record of the history of an era. I would have like more personality and less data. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Aug 27, 2020 |
The subtitle says it all, really. This is the story of the more than 1000 women who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a not-quite-civilian, not-quite-military group that ferried planes from factories to the ships sending them overseas, towed targets for fighter pilots to practise shooting, and flew test flights, including to demonstrate to reluctant male pilots that the B-29 bomber was nothing to be afraid of. These women served their country well and honourably, only to fall through the cracks and receive neither benefits nor recognition for their achievements.

The author is a professor of history at Texas Women’s University, the home of the WASP Archive, and is therefore excellently placed to tell the story of this group. She keeps a wide cast of characters sorted out and maintains a strong narrative thread. It is a fascinating read for anyone who wants to read untold stories of the Second World War, about the achievements of women, or about great aviation stories in general. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 21, 2020 |
The inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War 11

Ms. Landdeck is an associate professor and teaches courses on the twentieth century United States and global war. What an interesting read her book is.

“The Women with Silver Wings” is the culmination of her 20 years of research on the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World WAR 11. These daring female aviators who helped the United States win WW 11 only to be forgotten by the country they served.

It has been a privilege for Ms. Landdeck get to know these women over years and to tell the stories of these amazing women in action. At the height of WW 11 more than 1000 women volunteered as civilian pilots to relieve men for overseas duty. They ferried planes across the country from factories to points of embarkation, towed targets behind planes to train ground and air gunners, test flew planes after repairs and other domestic flying duty that the Air Forces needed done. The author describes in details their day to day life: the months of training, were they were stationed, the types of aircraft they flew and their down time.

The WASP were deactivated in December 1944 up to 1977 they continued their battle to be officially recognised as part of the Military. In 1984 each pilot was awarded the WW 11 Victory medal and others the American Theater Ribbon and Campaign Medal. In 2009, after decades-long battle, the women contributions finally honored and were granted the Congressional Gold Medal and officially recognized as military veterans. The status fully recognised in 2017.

This book is superbly researched and consists of numerous vignettes of the remarkable pilots. It is smoothly written with relatively short chapters to keep us interested. In whole an easy read and a great educating tool.

On the down side: I found too much was said for a regular size book, information seemed cramped in. I was deeply into this book for most part but ¾ in, things started to turn in circle, became repetitive and dragged somewhat. I was anxious to see the ending by then. Having said this, I still would recommend this book to those who love this time in history.

I received an ARC from Crown Publishing via NetGalley for my thoughts. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Jan 25, 2020 |
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