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Released: Finding Dorothy Scott

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A few months ago a new book from Sarah Byrn Rickman was released, called: Finding Dorothy Scott,Letters of a WASP Pilot
This interesting book tells the story of Dorothy Scott, a female pilot, who joined the warefforts of the Second World War.

More than eleven hundred women pilots flew military aircraft for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. These pioneering female aviators were known first as WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) and eventually as WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Thirty-eight of them died while serving their country. Dorothy Scott was one of the thirty-eight. She died in a mid-air crash at the age of twenty-three. Born in 1920, Scott was a member of the first group of women selected to fly as ferry pilots for the Army Air Forces. Her story would have been lost had her twin brother not donated her wartime letters home to the WASP Archives. Dorothy’s extraordinary voice, as heard through her lively letters, tells of her initial decision to serve, and then of her training and service, first as a part of the WAFS and then the WASP. The letters offer a window into the mind of a young, patriotic, funny, and ambitious woman who was determined to use her piloting skills to help the US war effort. The letters also offer archival records of the day-to-day barracks life for the first women to fly military aircraft. The WASP received some long overdue recognition in 2010 when they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal-the highest honor that Congress can bestow on civilians.

finding-dorothy-scott‘Why not have someone pay me for flying? I have no use for fine clothes or girl stuff – and there’s lots of the world yet to see.’ -Dorothy Scott

About the author: Sarah Byrn Rickman is editor of the official WASP of World War II newsletter, the author of five previous books about the WASP, and an amateur pilot.

Technical info:

Format: hardcover, illustrated with black and white pictures
Pages: 248
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Prize:  $18,01 /€ 21,45
ISBN: 978.08.967.2972.8
Released: september 2016
Available bij: of


Journalist Clare Hollingworth deceased

Clare Hollingworth by Alison Mutler

Clare Hollingworth by Alison Mutler

Clare Hollingworth became famous as warjournalist, because she was the first reporter who witnessed the movement of the German troops along the border of Poland.
Hollingworth was working for The Daily Telegraph in those days. When she saw the activity of the German army, she wrote an article about this as she knew something was about to happen.

After the war Clare Hollingworth wrote for several British newspapers abouot warzones in the Middle East, North Africa and Vietnam.

Clare Hollingworth died at the age of 105.



Source: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
also: (Dutch)
For Dutch article on this website about Clare Hollingworth