Life wasn’t easy for a woman serving as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP)–a job that wasn’t military, yet subject to the military control. The 1,074 brave women pilots learn how to fly over 77 types of military aircraft, crisscrossing the United States to deliver them to over 130 army bases for the men to fly into combat. Thirty-eight WASPs died in service and never left the United States. These daring young women met up with the Soviet night witches to deliver planes to them for the lend-lease program.
She Flew Bombers:
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She Flew Bombers is a funny, sad and heroic story about the strength of one woman, Violet Willey, and her WASP colleagues, a colorful assortment of other patriotic women, each one strong in her won way. Women pilots were and exotic and unappreciated item during WWII, and as such, had to fight their own battles against gender discrimination before it became a problem. The Same was not true of Russian women pilots, as Violet finds out in the course of delivering a pursuit airplane to self-proclaimed “Night Witches,” as those extraordinary women combat pilots were called because they made their aerial raids under cover of darkness. Flying a dizzying variety of airplanes was a constant challenge of WASP pilots, as well as the terrifying problem of sabotage. Add to this the knowledge that many of the planes they flew were relatively untested as they came off the assembly line, and the reader will easily understand the origin of the term, “Flying by the seat of their pants!”.
Author Jeane Slone Does an outstanding job in her new novel She Flew Bombers. This well written and fast-paced book chronicles the history of the WASP through the personal experiences of fictional aviatrix, Violet Willey. This Civil Service Organization transported all types of military aircraft across country to bases so male American flyers could be freed up to do the job of winning the war. Violet’s passion for flying is documented from her first experience as a young girl going on a flight with a California barnstormer to joining the WASP and flying pursuits . Little seems to be written about this heroic status until 1977. The obstacles and biases they managed to overcome as women pilots during their service to our country are expertly put to paper by author Jeane Slone. Written with humor, emotion, and accuracy, this film-worthy story will be enjoyed by anyone interested in military and aviation history, a plain good book, or a fast read.
I really enjoyed your book! I laughed, cried and wondered about those exciting times and amazing women! So much of the book reminds me of my mother’s remaining days at Boeing Aircraft Co. She told me that when the woman who was a WASP came to visit on leave it really caused Big excitement. Everyone was all ears listening to her stories! I do think your book would make a great movie. I will look forward to She Built Ships.
We would like to thank you so much for sharing your book and your own flying experiences! We had the best, most fun meeting ever! Thanks to you people stayed well past our usual Estimated Time of Departure! Thanks again Jeane!
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Rosa Writers wishes to express our thanks to you for presenting your novel, “She Flew Bombers” on February 28, 2009. Your well researched documentation on the subject of your book added to what was an exceptional presentation. The participants walked away with much more in-depth content from your point of view writing a historical fiction novel. You clearly communicated how your writing experience stems from a passionate and deep trust of your creative instincts as well. The informal manner in which you presented and engaged everyone to participate in a true “Forum” environment was very much appreciated. You are, indeed, a wealth of knowledge and so willing to share what you learn and know.
She Flew Bombers should be considered required reading in the schools because of the heroine’s unusual occupation. How many times have you had a conversation about a female who flies bombers? Ms. Sloane’s artful style of writing utilizes dialog, poems, letters and songs which makes the heroine, Violet come alive before our very eyes. The reader is easily transported right back to the 30’s and we can feel, see and hear exactly what it might have been like to be a young woman flying BOMBERS! It is evident that Ms. Sloane did extensive research, because her book is sprinkled with so many interesting historic facts making remembering our history lessons a cinch. This is a must read for students who are interested in learning in a fun, relaxed manner and who enjoy surprise endings! Way to go Jeane. Thanks for bringing this part of women history forward and into our consciousness in a delightful way.
She Flew Bombers is a fascinating account of one woman’s love of flying and her involvement with the WASPs during World War II. Anyone interested in aviation history, women’s history, or the World War II “war effort” will appreciate Jeane Slone’s careful research, as well as her ability to bring this little-known aspect of the US history to life so vividly.
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What do the Port Chicago explosion, Tuskegee Airmen, Japanese American internment, and women welders have in common?
She Built Ships During WWII weaves all these fascinating events into one fast-paced novel. This fiction immerses the reader into the era of the forties on the home front. Three diverse women, a white welder, a black welder and a Japanese American store keeper, experience gender and ethnic discrimination in a man’s world
She Built Ships:
Praise for She Built Ships
With meticulous research on WWII era, Slone weaves an intricate story of cruelty, compassion and love, reminding us of the injustice of the internment of Japanese Americans and racial prejudice in the armed forces. The courage of women welders who built ships while their husbands were at war is depicted so well that the characters come to life. We watch the heroine, Lolly, struggle to keep her family together while she works as a welder and her husband is away. A tender romance is threaded throughout the book and we agonize with her as she brings it to an inevitable conclusion. Between the fascinating and sometimes little known historical facts, and the larger than life sympathetic characters, the book is a page-turner to the very end.
Cover your eyes! I have a flash for you. Jeane Slone has written another World War Two historical fiction that will make you blink. She Built Ships During WWII, is a novel about Lolly, a housewife who became a skilled welder in a naval shipyard. Ms. Slone weaves a story of the difficulty about keeping home and hearth whole while fighting the prejudices of the era and changing women’s roles in American society. Slone’s historical fiction reveals many of America’s painful moments during a tragic time and continues her own mission of giving women their rightful place in the victory in World War II.
The details that Jeane Slone fills this well-researched novel with make the pages of She Built Ships During World War II, come alive. It’s the 1940’s and Uncle Sam collects silk stockings for gunpowder bags, Victory Visitors knock on the door, food is rationed and husbands leave home. Lolly corresponds with her friend, Sumi who has gone from running the community market to a Japanese American Internment Camp at the San Bruno race-track. Sumi is pregnant. Lolly’s husband enlists in the Navy and now both Joe and Lolly will see their lives take unexpected curves. Hattie works with Lolly building ships. She is colored and her husband, who is a Tuskegee Airman and finds himself in constant turmoil. Share these women’s struggles, how they manage their children, jobs, their loves, and the fleeting joys, they find in these difficult times.
— Linda Loveland Reid, Pres
In this novel, meet Kathleen Dwyer, who on a whim answers a classified ad for a secretarial position.
Little did she know that she would be entering the world of wartime espionage and spy training.
The story is about how young women were recruited to become spies, what basic training and finishing school was like and real missions they were sent on. There were very few American women spies during WW II.
This historical fiction reminds us that it was women who were the hidden backbone to make the Allies successful and who were World War It’s real unrecognized, unsung heroes. Included are the role of the glider pilot’s during the war and spy camp on Santa Catalina Island, CA.
The women took extraordinary steps to serve their country during the war as spies being sent into German occupied Europe.
She Was an American Spy:
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Jeane Slone takes yet another overlooked page from World War II and gives it a human face through her main character, Kathleen Dwyer. Mixing lesser known military history, she brings a humanity to the women who served to help end the war by being spies and radio operators. At the same time, her fictional characters reveal the real history of the secret war that was waged to win the public war and the ways that many families sacrificed in this effort. In doing this, Slone reminds us that women were the hidden backbone to make the Allies successful and who were World War II’s real unsung heroes.
This is not your ordinary spy book! There were very few American women spies during WW II. This historical fiction tells the reader how young women were recruited to become spies, what basic training and finishing school was like, including some real missions that women were sent on. Another interesting feature includes the role of glider pilot’s during the war and spy camp on Santa Catalina Island, California.
Jeane Slone’s latest book tells the little known story of the women of America who took extraordinary steps to serve their country during WWII as “spies” with many sent into German occupied Europe. Jeane’s down to earth style paints the picture from how individuals coped with wartime separation and new “careers” not normally open to women of that era. Her research into the technology and equipment used and the real people during that time makes for a personalized adventure from the perspective of one who might have lived this untold story.