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WASPs : women airforce service pilots in World War II
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Liberally quoting former WASPs, Williams has combined a conversational text with 150 historical and contemporary photographs to record the history of this important group of women in World War II. Under the leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, 1074 women won their wings in a program that lasted from 1942 until they were deactivated in 1944. These skilled pilots performed essential noncombatant military duties, including ferrying planes from factory to airports, towing airborne military targets, and test-flying new and repaired planes. Another pictorial study by former WASP Anne Noggle documents the 1986 reunion of the WASPs in photographs. The title of Noggle's book expresses the motivation of these courageous, pioneering women: For God, Country and the Thrill of It (Texas A & M Pr., 1990). Suitable for World War II, women's studies, and general interest collections. [Previewed in ``World War II: Fifty Years After D-Day,'' LJ 4/1/94, p.110-111; for another book on this subject, see Marianne Verges's On Silver Wings, LJ 9/1/91.]-Patricia A. Beaber, Trenton State Coll. Lib., N.J. Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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