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American Women Who Flew For the ATA

Started by cutiger83 , Nov 08 2017 12:48 PM

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#26 Dogsbody

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:45 PM

What a great thread about some amazing ladies. I never knew about them until now. Thanks!

 

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:02 PM

Many of you have heard of Jackie Cochran but did you know she was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic?

 

Before the United States joined WWII, Cochran was part of "Wings for Britain", an organization that ferried American built aircraft to Britain, becoming the first woman to fly a bomber (a Lockheed Hudson V) across the Atlantic. In Britain, she volunteered her services to the Royal Air Force. For several months, she worked for the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), recruiting qualified women pilots in the United States and taking them to England where they joined the ATA. Cochran attained the rank of Flight Captain in the ATA.

 

Here she is in her ATA uniform. 

 

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:14 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words about this thread. It is interesting researching each of these amazing women. 

 

....Kat



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 03:48 PM

Just when you think you've read it all.

thanks, great info of something I never knew of!



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:18 PM

Virginia Farr was from New Jersey. She served with the ATA from the beginning thru June 1945. Here is a picture from a New York Times article from 1942. The caption said she was putting on her parachute prior to climbing into her Spitfire. 

 

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:06 AM

Great thread, Kat!  I think you have the groundwork for a great and inspiring book here!

 

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 01:05 PM

Well done Kat!

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 01:57 PM

 
 
It is in "Americans in Foreign Service".  It was moved there last week by Garth. 


Odd, I still see it under Decorations. Perhaps it is my computer.


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