Review: Spitfire Girl: My Life in the Sky

Spitfire Girl: My Life in the Sky by Jackie Moggridge My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spitfire Girl: My Life in the Sky We had returned to a different world. We had taken off in peace at nine-thirty and landed in war at noon.Jackie Moggridge was just nineteen when World War Two broke out. Determined to do her bit, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. Ferrying aircraft from factory to frontline was dangerous work, but there was also fun, friendship and even love in the air. At last the world was opening up to women… or at least it seemed to be. From her first flight at fifteen to smuggling Spitfires into Burma, Jackie describes the trials and tribulations, successes and frustrations of her life in the sky.

An amazing book by an inspirational woman. Jackie came to England from South Africa in 1939 to further her flying experience and decided to stay and ‘do her bit’ when war broke out. The book chronicles her early flying lessons in South Africa, her wartime service in the WAAF and then ATA and also a few flying adventures afterwards. It saddens me that as soon as the war ended and they were no longer needed, women were pushed back into the kitchen and mostly stayed there for quite a few decades. Thank goodness for pioneers, such as the female Ata pilots who refused to be pigeonholed. Although Jackie died in 2004, she was an amazingly courageous woman and her legacy lives on. British book challenge

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