During World War II, a few, carefully selected women in the US and the UK were briefly given the unprecedented opportunity to fly military aircraft. Yet the story of these pioneer women pilots is made even more intriguing by the fact that, despite many notable similarities in the utilisation and organisation of the women in their respective countries, they experienced radically different fates. Throughout the war, the contribution of the women of the British ATA to the war effort was recognized and praised both from official quarters and in the press. By contrast, the American WASPs were first glamorized and made into Hollywood stars - and then subjected to a slander campaign. What accounts for this dramatic difference in the treatment of women pilots doing essentially the same job? This book seeks to answer these questions. The women who participated in the ATA and WASP have been allowed to speak for themselves. The story these women have to tell is exciting and intriguing.
Helena lived in and was educated in Japan, Brazil and England. She studied modern history and gained an MA. From 1977 to 1984 she worked for a company in Washington DC and had Top Secret clearance with the Pentagon and the CIA. In 1984 she moved to Berlin and was awarded a PhD in History. In 1992 she married a former East German citizen and worked as a consultant with regard to the privatisation of former communist organisations. She has previously published a biography of General Olbricht which went into a second edition.