WASP of the Ferry Command
Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds
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In December 1943 the women ferry pilots went back to school to learn to fly high-performance WWII fighters, known as pursuits. By January 1944 they began delivering high performance P-51s, 47s, and 39s. Prior to D-Day and beyond, P-51s were crucial to the air war over Germany. They had the range to escort B-17s and B-24s from England to Berlin and back on bombing raids that ultimately brought down the German Reich. Getting those pursuits to the docks in New Jersey for shipment abroad became these women’s primary job. Ultimately, more than one hundred WASP pursuit pilots were engaged in this vital movement of aircraft.
Praise For WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds…
“This is an illuminating and deeply researched book on the role of women during a pivotal time in US military history. Sarah Rickman’s passion for this subject is evident in her detailed accounts. I discovered part of my family's history that I had never known.”--Suzanne Tunner Hudson, daughter of Gen. W.H. Tunner and Margaret Ann Hamilton (Tunner)
"For the serious researcher and persons interested in WWII history, WASP of the Ferry Command provides an in depth view and evaluation of women's experience in a branch of Army Air Corps service. The personal stories speak to the meaning and value of service and sacrifice for our country, only fully recognized some thirty-three years later."--Colonel Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman, United States Air Force (retired)
“These courageous women were decades ahead of their time. They served their country when called. Sarah Rickman tells their story through meticulous research and personal interviews with these amazing pilots and their families.”--Robert Baker Patterson, grandson of Col. Robert H. Baker, Commanding Officer of the WAFS, New Castle Army Air Base, Wilmington, DE, 1942-1943
“With WASP of the Ferry Command, Sarah Byrn Rickman has gone above and beyond in her quest to document the true-life saga of these visionary and heroic aviators. Thanks to Rickman’s devotion to historical accuracy and a gift for storytelling, the adventures, heartaches and triumphs of these inspiring trailblazers will not be forgotten. Get set to ride along with each of these dynamic and patriotic young women as they wing their way into history.”--Ron Kaplan, Enshrinement Director, National Aviation Hall of Fame
"Rickman's devotion to the women of the Ferrying Division is obvious once again. Her extensive use of letters, diaries, and oral histories allows the women to tell their own story in their own words. Their personality and love of both flying and their country come across loud and clear."--Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D., Director of Oral History, Texas Woman’s University
University of North Texas Press, 9781574416770, 464pp.
Publication Date: January 4, 2017