Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War Two

Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War Two

by Amy Nathan
     
 

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Here is a new UPDATED version of this popular book that tells the fascinating story of the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft—the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. First published a dozen years ago, Yankee Doodle Gals has now been updated to add new photos and text about the crowning honor the WASP pilots received…  See more details below

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Here is a new UPDATED version of this popular book that tells the fascinating story of the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft—the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. First published a dozen years ago, Yankee Doodle Gals has now been updated to add new photos and text about the crowning honor the WASP pilots received just three years ago: the Congressional Gold Medal.
These additions, along with an updated Bibliography and Resources section, let Yankee Doodle Gals now cover the full span of the WASPs’ inspiring story. Although these pioneers were never allowed to fly in combat, they flew in many essential wartime missions—some that male pilots didn’t even want to take on.

Through firsthand accounts, these women share their experiences as they test-fly newly repaired aircraft, drag banners behind their planes so male trainees can practice shooting moving targets with live ammunition (!), and ferry all kinds of aircraft from factories to military bases. Their courage, determination, and lively camaraderie make every page inspiring and surprising.

Yankee Doodle Gals will give today’s young people a new look at World War II and show them just how dramatically society has changed since then.

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More than 1,100 women piloted airplanes for the United States during World War II, flying a total of 60 million miles. They delivered planes to air bases throughout the United States, helped train anti-aircraft troops and performed test flights on repaired planes. This chronological photo-history includes interviews with pilots, background information on the war and flying as well as wonderful black-and-white photographs. It's a welcome addition to the many new children's books addressing World War II. <%END%>
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During World War II, more than one thousand women served the United States as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). These women were not technically part of the armed services nor did they receive the same pay or benefits as their male counterparts, and many put their lives on hold to serve their country. WASPs ferried new planes to locations all over the United States. Many of these planes were never tested, and they proved to be defective, putting the lives of the pilots in jeopardy. WASPs also flew many other kinds of noncombat missions and trained new pilots, taking over for the men who were sorely needed in Europe. Thirty-eight WASPs lost their lives flying for their country, and yet after the war was over, none were recognized for their efforts. It was not until 1977 that the WASPs began to be honored for their accomplishments. This important volume tells the stories of many women who served as pilots from 1942 to 1944, including Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Love, the true leaders of the WASPs. The history of the group, the hardships they faced, the obstacles they overcame, and what has transpired since the end of the war are all featured in a straightforward, interesting manner. Brief bios, sidebars, and numerous photos complement the text. Also valuable are the chronology and extensive resource guide. Students interested in this historical period or in airplanes and flying, or those who simply want to read about strong women, will be pleased with this informative book. Index. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, National Geographic, 89p, Paone
Children's Literature
Did you know that there were women pilots who flew planes during World War II? Learn all about the courageous women who were part of the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots, 1942-1944) and how they were pioneers in creating important duties that helped out the United States of America during World War II. Many of the women were teenagers and college students, and some worked full-time as librarians and even models. They quickly decided to leave their schools and jobs to follow their lifelong dream of flying airplanes. The author, Amy Nathan, has done a great job in honoring the women who were WASPs and explaining what it meant to these women to serve their country as well as their responsibilities. This book is ideal for young adult readers, especially for those who are interested in or have a passion about flying airplanes. Included are black-and-white photos that were taken during the training period and of women pilots getting reading for their flights, as well as brief biographies about various women. This book would be useful to both children and adults undertaking research about WWII. The text is easy to read and understand and gives detailed information without all of the gruesome details of negative events of the war. The book is a must-have for any history book collection. 2001, National Geographic Society,
— Christy Oestreich

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792282167
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
498,194
Product dimensions:
9.01(w) x 11.15(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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