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WASP of the Ferry Command is the story of the women ferry pilots who flew more than nine million miles in 72 different aircraft—115,000 pilot hours—for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Col. William H. Tunner lacked sufficient male pilots to move vital trainer aircraft from the factory to the training fields. Nancy Love found 28 experienced women pilots who could do the job. They, along with graduates of the Army's flight training school for women--established by Jacqueline Cochran--performed this duty until fall 1943, when manufacture of trainers ceased. In December 1943 the women ferry pilots went back to school to learn to fly high-performance WWII fighters, known as pursuits. By January 1944 they began delivering high performance P-51s, 47s, and 39s. Prior to D-Day and beyond, P-51s were crucial to the air war over Germany. They had the range to escort B-17s and B-24s from England to Berlin and back on bombing raids that ultimately brought down the German Reich. Getting those pursuits to the docks in New Jersey for shipment abroad became these women's primary job. Ultimately, more than one hundred WASP pursuit pilots were engaged in this vital movement of aircraft.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Photos
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. Deborah G. Douglas
  3. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I: War Declared, Pilots Needed
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. The Beginnings
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. 2. A Coup at the Water Cooler
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. 3. Recruiting the WAFS
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. Part II: Building the WFTD
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. 4. The Women’s Flying Training Detachment
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. 5. Class 43-1 — The “Guinea Pigs”
  2. pp. 59-74
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  1. 6. Class 43-2
  2. pp. 75-88
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  1. 7. Class 43-3
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. 8. Classes 43-4, 43-5, 43-6
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. Part III: Three More Women’s Ferrying Squadrons Formed
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. 9. 5th Ferrying Group, Love Field, Dallas, Texas
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. 10. 2nd Ferrying Group, New Castle AAB, Wilmington, Delaware
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. 11. 3rd Ferrying Group, Romulus, Michigan
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. 12. 6th Ferrying Group, Long Beach California
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. 13. Welcome to the Ferry Command
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Part IV: Missions Altered
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. 14. Cochran’s Power Play
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. 15. Nancy and Betty Fly the Fortress
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. 16. New Mission for the Ferrying Division
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. 17. The Air Inspector
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. 18. ATC Holds Firm in Tussle for Command
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. Part V: Ferrying Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. 19. Ten WASP Ferry Pilots Tell All!
  2. pp. 199-220
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  1. Part VI: 1944: WASP Fly “the Game Changer”
  2. pp. 221-222
  1. 20. Pursuit School
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. 21. Militarization
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. 22. Officer Training School
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. 23. The First Transfers
  2. pp. 255-264
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  1. 24. 21st Ferrying Group, Palm Springs
  2. pp. 265-274
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  1. 25. D-Day, the Sixth of June
  2. pp. 275-282
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  1. 26. A Typical Coast-to-Coast P-51 Delivery
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. Part VII: Winning the War, Losing the Battle
  2. pp. 293-294
  1. 27. The Great Transfer
  2. pp. 295-306
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  1. 28. The Fall Out
  2. pp. 307-312
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  1. 29. Ferrying — the Highs and the Lows
  2. pp. 313-324
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  1. Part VIII: Denouement
  2. pp. 325-326
  1. 30. Twelve WASP Ferry Pilots Died
  2. pp. 327-334
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  1. 31. Facts of Life in the Ferry Command
  2. pp. 335-350
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  1. 32. Thoughts: Women of the Ferry Command … In Their Own Words
  2. pp. 351-364
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 369-418
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 419-428
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 429-440
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574416428
Related ISBN
9781574416374
MARC Record
OCLC
945376447
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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