The Wings to Fly
Tomboy Midge is happiest in the air, first piloting her father’s biplane as a child. All she wants to do is to fly and now the World’s at war she leaves her home in Northern California to go to England as one of Jackie Cochran’s Ladybirds. Here she joins the Air Transport Auxiliary to ferry British aircraft on behalf of the RAF. Crashing a Tiger Moth in a Lincolnshire field brings her world into chaos when she meets land girl Rose. At last she is forced to face up to her true feelings and is torn between her love for husband, Richard, and Lizzie who is married to her psychopathic brother, Ben.
The Wings to Fly allows the reader to experience life with the land girls of Lincolnshire; tragedy in the London Blitz; the courage and sacrifice of The Few in the Battle of Britain; the indispensible work of female pilots in Britain and America; political shenanigans in Washington and the military; heroism and loss at Guadalcanal; love, disaster, sabotage, and, at last, a happy ending for Midge.
Cameo appearances from Jackie Cochran, Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Captain Oliver Colin (Boots) LeBoutillier, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and poet, Pilot Officer John Magee punctuate this story of love, honour and true grit on the Home Front in World War Two.
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