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Pauline Gower, Pioneering Leader of the Spitfire Women

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Pauline Gower MBE was the pioneering leader of the Spitfire women during the Second World War.

Gaining her pilot's license at just 18, she set up the first female joyriding business in 1931 with engineer Dorothy Spicer and took 33,000 passengers up for a whirl, clocking up more than 2,000 hours. She went on to lead the inaugural women’s section of the Air Transport Auxiliary and achieved equal pay for her women pilots.

She enabled them to fly ‘Anything to Anywhere’, including Hurricanes, Wellingtons and their favorite, the Spitfire. Determined, diplomatic and always fair, Pauline was a clear leader of her time. She died after giving birth, at only 36; a life cut short but one of significant achievements, leaving a lasting legacy for women in aviation.

Alison Hill is a freelance editor and poet who was awarded an Arts Council grant to help fund her collection of poems, Sisters in Spitfires. Inspired to publicize the stories of wartime women pilots, she gives talks and readings, and continues to research and write on the subject. She has previously published Slate Rising and Fifty Ways to Fly, which included a poem by Pauline Gower. She is a member of the Spitfire Society, the Society of Authors, and an RSA Fellow, and she lives in Teddington.

ISBN: 9780750996822

ISBN-10: 9780750996822

Publisher: The History Press

Publication Date: 04/01/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/01/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 256

Language: English


Biography & Autobiography / Military

History / Wars & Conflicts / World War II

Biography & Autobiography / Women

Biography & Autobiography / Aviation & Nautical

Transportation / Aviation / History

History / Women