WOMEN IN WORLD WAR TWO
WOMEN PILOTS SERVE IN RAF AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY
168 women mostly from Great Britain but others from Poland, the US, the Netherlands, and other countries, ferried aircraft served as pilots in the RAF Air Transport Auxiliary in World War Two. They qualified to fly as many as 38 different types of aircraft and flew these aircraft from factories or repair depots to front-line units and other non-combatant flying tasks. Eleven women qualified to fly four engine heavy bombers.
Both the US and Great Britain eventually allowed women to train as ferry pilots (as they were known in the US) because of the pressing shortage of qualified male pilots.
AVIATION IN THESE EARLY YEARS FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN TODAY
15 women pilots of the RAF Air Transport Auxiliary killed in action.
Second Officer Jadwiga Piłsudska, a Polish female pilot serving in the ATA. Maidenhead, 19 March 1943. She is a daughter of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the prewar leader of Poland. Before war she was a renowned glider pilot. In September 1939, together with her sister and mother, she escaped from Soviet-occupied Wilno to Sweden and then to Britain. (copyright IWM)
LEST WE FORGET
15 Women of the RAF Air Transport Auxiliary gave their lives helping in the fight against the Nazis in World War Two
London Daily Mail