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WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds
- Narrated by: Michelle Murillo
- Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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WASP of the Ferry Command is the story of the women ferry pilots who flew more than nine million miles in 72 different aircraft - 115,000 pilot hours - for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Col. William H. Tunner lacked sufficient male pilots to move vital trainer aircraft from the factory to the training fields. Nancy Love found 28 experienced women pilots who could do the job. They, along with graduates of the army’s flight training school for women - established by Jacqueline Cochran - performed this duty until fall 1943, when manufacture of trainers ceased.
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 -erformance 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 100 WASP pursuit pilots were engaged in this vital movement of aircraft.
The book is published by University of North Texas Press. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks.
“A compelling account of the unorthodox women who brilliantly helped sustain the vital flow of military aircraft around the country at the height of World War II.” (Dorothy Cochrane, curator of the National Air and Space Museum)
“A thorough, well-researched record of the derring-do and grit of these women in trying wartime conditions.” (History.net)
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- Sarah B. Rickman
WASP of the Ferry Command
I wrote it , I just finished reading Michelle ‘s excellent rendition of the story and fell in love with the women, the idea and the story all over again. You’ll love it! The last chapter— 32– is worth the price all by itself! Please give it a chance, the story is little known and it is remarkable. Thank you! SBR
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