link to episode here –

Spitfire Women –

Spitfire Women

Using interviews, archive footage and reconstruction, this documentary looks at the Air Transport Auxillary, a band of female pilots who aided the war effort in World War Two. (R)
During World War Two, a remarkable band of female pilots fought against all odds for the right to aid the war effort. Without these Spitfire Women the war may never have been won.
These trailblazers were part of the Air Transport Auxillary, a thousand-strong organisation that delivered aircraft to the frontline RAF during Britain’s darkest hours. Every day, responsibility fell on their shoulders to get the planes to the fighters which often pushed them into dangerous and even deadly situations.
Using interviews with the last few surviving veterans, archive footage and dramatic reconstruction, this documentary brings to life the forgotten story of the ATA. The resilience of these women in the face of open discrimination is one of the most inspiring and overlooked milestones in women’s rights. Their story is one of courage, sexism and patriotism, but above all a story about women who want to break the confines of the world they live in and reach for the skies.
  • Broadcast on BBC Four, 1:50AM Mon, 3 Jan 2011
  • Available until 9:59PM Sun, 9 Jan 2011
  • First broadcast BBC Four, 8:00PM Sat, 18 Sep 2010
  • Categories
  • Duration 60 minutes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *