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The Hurricane Girls

The inspirational true story of the women who dared to fly

by Jo Wheeler


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Celebrating the lives of the magnificent women, the ATA girls, who courageously flew Spitfires, Tiger Moths, Lancaster Bombers and many other aircraft during World War Two.

These extraordinary women, Mary Ellis, Jackie Moggridge and Pauline Gower are just a few of the remarkable stories inside . . .

Since the invention of aeroplanes, women have taken to the skies. They have broken records, performed daredevil stunts and faced such sexism and prejudice that they were effectively barred from working as pilots.

That changed in the Second World War. Led by firebrand Pauline Gower, an elite group of British women were selected as ferry pilots to fly for the Air Transport Auxiliary. They risked their lives flying munitions and equipment for the boys on the front line.

Flying day and night without radio; dodging storms, barrage balloons and anti-aircraft fire; and with only a map, compass and their eyesight to guide them, they navigated the treacherous wartime skies.

The Hurricane Girls is the thrilling, moving and inspirational story of the female air force who once ruled our skies.

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Penguin Books Ltd
Michael Joseph
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Jo Wheeler (Author)

Jo Wheeler is a writer and radio producer who has written books with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and worked with a 1950s policewoman to write her memoir, Bobby on the Beat. She has also produced numerous historical and arts documentaries for the ...

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