Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

by P. O'Connell Pearson

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“A truly inspiring read.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A solid account of women’s contributions as aviators during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II.

At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more.

Though the Women Airforce Service Pilots lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.

Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to serve others with no concern for personal gain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534404120
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 211,450
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
File size: 35 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with a master’s degree in education from George Mason University. She has contributed to and edited history textbooks and published articles in magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post. Always enthusiastic about sharing the stories of history, she earned her MFA in writing for young people from Lesley University and now writes both historical fiction and nonfiction. When she is not writing about history, she can often be found talking about history as a volunteer with the National Park Service in Washington, DC. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 War Clouds 1

2 Preparing For War 15

3 No More Choices 29

4 Answering the Call 47

5 Becoming Wasps 61

6 Ferrying for Uncle Sam 81

7 Yes to Every Job 97

8 Greater Heights 115

9 Attacked 137

10 At Last 157

Epilogue 173

Bibliography 178

Notes 183

Time Line 189

Index 192

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