The story of the unsung heroines who flew the newest, fastest aeroplanes in World War II, mostly in southern England where the RAF was desperately short of pilots. Scores of women who weren't allowed to fly in combat nevertheless risked their lives to deliver planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary to the RAF bases from which male pilots flew into battle. A fitting complement to Patrick Bishop's "Fighter Boys". 'The breadth of Whittell's research leaps off the page' "Scotsman"
Giles Whittell is a leader- and feature-writer for 'The Times' and was previously the paper's correspondent in Los Angeles and Moscow. His other books include 'Lambada Country' and 'Extreme Continental', describing his travels by bike and motorbike through Eastern Europe and Central Asia during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He lives in London with his wife and three sons.