BETTY GILLIES: WAFS PILOT THE DAYS AND FLIGHTS OF A WORLD WAR II SQUADRON LEADER
Books are softcover and autographed by author Sarah Byrn Rickman.
Betty, 5 feet 1½ inches and known to the girls in her squadron as “the Mighty Atom,” flew every twin and single-engine, single-seat fighter aircraft needed to win World War II. She used specially made blocks that allowed her to reach the rudder pedals.’
Her job was three-fold:
- She led 80 women pilots whose job it was to ferry (move) aircraft from factories to flight schools, to Army Air Bases across the U.S., and to the docks at Newark, New Jersey, for shipment to England.
- Betty ferried a large number of those airplanes herself;
- And she was second in command to WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) founder Nancy Love.
Betty was Nancy’s “rock” and confidante.
After the war, Betty was urged to write her story — or let someone else write it. She refused. “I was just living my life.”
“Flying a plane was as normal for her as driving a car,” her granddaughter Glen writes in the Foreword to this book.