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Women Fly RAF Air Transport Auxiliary World War Two

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)

 

THE AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY IN BRITAIN, 1942 (TR 34) A woman pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary in the cockpit of an Avro Anson (N5060), which was used to collect and deliver pilots. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188212

 

THE AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR (CH 8945) Allied women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary service. Their job done, four female ATA pilots (three Americans and one Polish) leaving an airfield near Maidenhead, 19 March 1943. They are from left to right: Roberta Sandoz of Washington; Kay Van Doozer from Los Angeles; Jadwiga Pilsudska from Warsaw; and Mary Hooper from Los Angeles. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193567

 

ROYAL AIR FORCE TRANSPORT COMMAND, 1943-1945. (CH 14155) RAF and WAAF air ambulance orderlies of the Casualty Evacuation Unit at Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, relax round the stove in their Nissen hut while waiting to take off on a casevac flight to Europe. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210625

 

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

Sources:

RAFMuseum research/online-exhibitions/

London Daily Mail

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By | 2018-11-19T11:48:04+00:00 March 22nd, 2011|Charles McCain, McCain, RAF, Royal Air Force, World War Two, ww2, ww2 history|0 Comments

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