The Women With Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of World War II is a fantastic book. The book has been written by Katherine Sharp Landeck. It is a powerful book telling the story about the strong women aviators who helped the USA in winning World War II. The book is based on true events that happened in the life of these women.
Narrated by historian Landdeck, it is the thrilling story of these women. The women, who fought against society to allow women to become pilots and the ones who did become the aviators. The book explores the untold and unheard stories of these brave hearts. Read below to know more details about the book.
About The Author
Katherine Sharp Landdeck is an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University. She is a professor of history. The University is considered to be the home of all the information available about the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Landeck is a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and here she completed her Ph.D.
Katherine is also a licensed pilot and flies when it is possible for her. Katherine has appeared as an expert on the subject on NPR’s Morning Edition, the PBS, and the History Channel. She has received several awards for her contributions to the WASP. Her work can be found published in The Atlantic, HuffPost, The Washington Post, and many aviation publications.
About The Book – Storyline
The book tells about the strong women at the time of World War II. Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the WASP, trained over 1100 women in aviation to fight for their country. Pearl Harbour was attacked in December 1941. At this time, one woman among them, Cornelia Fort, had already started her flight. When the US Army Air Force had called for help, it was these women who took up arms first.
It was women like Fort, trained by Love and Cochran, who had earned their silver wings after rigorous training. Soon, they were not authorized to serve in combat. At this time, the WASP helped in the training of male pilots. The book tells their story in an extremely moving way. Though there were 38 casualties, the WASP was successful.
Soon enough, Congress disbanded the program completely, and the women were sent home. However, the women had made beautiful bonds to be remembered forever. Few decades down the line, they all joined hands to get their due recognition as military veterans. The women would surely be remembered in history, and their sacrifices would not be ignored.