Spitfire Pilots WWII-Extraordinary Women
by Emma Gee
Spitfire Pilots WWII
In WWII 168 female pilots fought against all the odds for the right to aid the war effort. These trailblazers were Air Transport Auxiliary. Expected to fly wherever the need was greatest, in whatever aircraft was required. Their story is one of courage, sexism, patriotism but above all, a story about women who wanted to break the confines of the world they lived in - and reach for the skies.
The horrific bombing began, when Hitler, the Nazi leader of Germany, ordered the massive aerial offensive against Britain on July 16, 1940.
Sarah Randal and her family as well as her close friends knew that they would do their part for the war effort to achieve victory over Germany. Some of them would live, too many would die, and everyone would suffer.
The city of London, where Sarah lives is one of Hitler’s prime targets. The Luftwaffe bombs London relentlessly, non-stop every day. Hitler’s plan is to break the spirit of the British people into surrendering to Nazi Germany. That is not an option for the British. They vowed never to surrender.
The RAF must drive the Luftwaffe out of the skies over England or all would be lost! Stop the Nazi war machine at all costs was the cry of every Briton!
The British Spitfire fighter plane is a nimble flying machine. Fearless women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) deliver these Spitfires and other operational aircraft to the Royal Air Force squadrons, so the courageous fighter pilots can halt the German Luftwaffe from pulverizing Britain with their deadly bombs. Sarah’s older brother, Edward is one these gutsy RAF Spitfire pilots. Sarah dreams of being a Spitfire pilot for the ATA. The ‘Spit’ as the pilots call it, is the symbol of British determination.
Sarah’s fiancé, Frank Peterson makes the ultimate sacrifice, as he operates an anti-aircraft gun in his defensive station near London. Sarah is losing everyone dear to her as the Nazis continue their relentless attacks. Sarah is devastated; she takes matters into her own hands and joins the ATA to deliver operational aircraft to the RAF Squadrons. As she flies Spitfires as well as other military aircraft throughout the hazardous skies of Britain, she finds herself in dangerous situations.
Robert Duncan, a handsome RCAF Spitfire fighter pilot saves her life. Can he unlock her broken heart to try to love again? When they meet on the ground, is it love at first sight? Is there room in her life for two loves, flying Spitfires as well as Spitfire pilot Robert Duncan? Can she have both or does she have to choose between the two?
This is a story of love, heroism, and war, portraying the bravery of young women and men during WWII. The novel “Spitfire Pilots WWII-Extraordinary Women” takes you into the depths of devastated London during WWII, where ordinary citizens take refuge in underground train stations from the terrifying falling bombs of the Luftwaffe. In the dangerous skies above them, the courageous pilots of the RAF and the daring women pilots of the ATA sacrifice their lives to attain ultimate victory over the German Luftwaffe. The plucky women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary proved their mettle during WWII’s darkest days. These were terrifying times, which called for desperate measures from extraordinary women!
- Emma Gee, November 2012
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