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A Dance With Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II by WASP Anne Noggle, Christine A. White. Texas A & M University Press, 1994. A book about the celebrated Russian flyers in WWII who flew combat missions

A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II by WASP Ann Baumgartner Carl.  . A first-person story of a woman military test pilot in World War II who became the first American woman to fly an experimental jet. Ann Carl learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers. Available from the WASP-WWII Stores.

Dear Mother & Daddy by WASP Marie Clark  284 pages with wonderful pictures.  published by  First Page Publications. WONDERFUL BOOK--5 stars!

For God, Country, and the Thrill of It: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II: Photographic Portraits and Text  by WASP Anne Noggle. Texas A & M University Press,  1991. Anne Noggle --WASP and award-winning PHOTOGRAPHER...with a sense of humor and a unique way to tell her story. 

Flying High: The Amazing Story of Betty Greene and the early years of Mission Aviation Fellowship.  Betty Greene with Dietrich Buss.  Christian Publications, Inc. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 2002.  What a legacy of courage and commitment!   

Flying the Zunie Mountains Ann Darr. Washington, D.C.: Forest Woods Media Productions, 1994. Ann was a poet and this book captures her spirit and the spirit of flight!

Girls Can't Be Pilots: An Aerobiography  by WASP Margaret J. Ringenberg with Jane L. Roth.  Daedalus Press, 1998. 320 pages with 29 photographs. Mother of the Year in Indiana for the year 2000, Margaret continued flying and competing in air races all her life!   Her book is delightful! Available on Amazon

Girls of Avenger by WASP Alyce Roher.   187 pages.   The story revolves around the experiences of one class, 44-W-4. Events and experiences reported all actually happened,  To read the sample chapter, click here!

How High She Flies: Dorothy Swain Lewis, WASP of WWII, Horsewoman, Artist, Teacher  by Ann L. Cooper with WASP Dorothy Swain Lewis.  Aviatrix publishing, Inc., 1999.  FABULOUS BOOK which tells the story of an intriguing and wonderfully talented WASP, horsewoman, teacher and artist.  Beautifully laid out -- easy reading and wonderful photography. Tabletop must have book for a WASP library.

Jackie Cochran--Bio  by Jacqueline Cochran, Maryann Bucknum Brinley. Bantam Books, Incorporated,   1987. Truly, without question and without challengers--she was the greatest in history.  At the time of her death in 1980, Jackie Cochran held more speed, altitude and distance records than any other pilot, MALE OR FEMALE! To this day, NO ONE has ever matched her achievement!

Love at First Flight: One Woman's Experience As a Wasp in World War Ii...and Fifty Years Later, She's Still Flying"  by WASP Elizabeth Strohfus as told to Cheryl Young.  St. Cloud, Minnesota: North Star Press, 1994.  GREAT STORY of a wonderful WASP!

On Final Approach by WASP Byrd Howell Granger. (out of print) Scottsdale, AZ: Falconer Publishing Company, 1991. The planned revisions and changes were put on hold when the author died, and now, the book is no longer in print. but it may be found in your local library--or interlibrary loan-- an EXCELLENT reference book on the WASP + --try interlibrary loan--

Out of the Blue and Into History. WASP Betty Stagg Turner.(out of print) This book chronicles the lives of 673 WASP--with their personal stories written by the individual WASP or by their families.  WONDERFUL RESOURCE OF WASP HISTORY!   576 pages with pictures

Sisters in the Sky, Vol. 1, the WAFS by WASP Adela Riek Scharr. Patrice Press, 1995.

 Sisters in the Sky: The WASP   Vol. 2   by WASP Adela Riek Scharr,Gregory M. Franzwa (Editor). Patrice Press , 1995.

The Stars at Noon (Flight, its first seventy-five years) Jacqueline Cochran, Floyd B. Odlum. Ayer Company Publishers, Incorporated, 1980. Jackie's personal and inspirational story.  She rose from far more than humble beginnings!  

WASP Letters Home.WASP Bee Haydu's delightful book -- sharing her letters home during her service during WWII.  As WASP President, Bee  worked with Bruce Arnold, Barry Goldwater, Margaret Heckler and Lindy Boggs, as well as many dedicated WASP, to lobby Congress for WASP Veteran's status. Her stories are wonderful and so is Bee!       email Bee

We Were WASP by Winifred Wood with illustrations by Dot Swain . Self published, 1978.  Delightful book written by WASP Winnie Wood.  RARE  --

Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot In World War II by WASP Marion Stegemen Hodgson. Naval Institute Press,  1996. This book is terrific...if you've never been upside down in an open cockpit or you'd like to know what it was really like in WASP training, this is an excellent personal history!  Marion's sense of humor and her ability to share her feelings (almost while they are happening) make this book a must read!

Women Pilots of World War II  by Jean Hascall Cole - Forward by WASP Dora Dougherty Strother. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 1992.   

Women Who Dared: American Female Test Pilots, Flight Test Engineers, & Astronauts  by WASP Pat Pateman

Zoot-suits and parachutes and wings of silver, too!: The World War II air force training of women pilots : 1942-1944 by WASP Doris Brinker Tanner.  Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, KY, 1996. Phone (502) 443-0121.   Limited Edition--about WASP class of 44-w-4. Doris has captured many of the class of 44-4's stories, along with her own  touching personal story of romance long distance.  Doris is a terrific writer and southern lady...and she shares her memories in a beautiful almost tabletop sized book. Photographs throughout.

by title by author

And Still Flying--the Life & Times of WASP Betty Strophus.  Visit the website for more information on this brand new book!

Christian Heroes Then & Now: Betty Greene, WINGS TO SERVE  Janet & Geoff Benge.  YWAM Publishing, A Ministry of Youth With a Mission. 1999 Wonderful story about an absolutely inspirational WASP.

Clipped Wings; The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II  by Molly Merryman. New York University Press,  1997.My mom (the WASP) read it and gives it 5 STARS!  She says, YES! THIS IS WHAT IT WAS LIKE!  Check it out!  

Coming out Right: The Story of Jacqueline Cochran, the First Woman Aviator to Break the Sound Barrier  by Elizabeth Simpson Smith.  Walker & C, 1991.

Flying Higher: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II  by Wanda Langley. North Haven, CT: The Shoestring Press, 2002.  Wonderful real life story of one of the 38 WASP who was killed flying for her country. 

Jacqueline Cochran: America's Fearless Aviator  by Nina McGuire, Sandra Sammons.  Tailored Tours Publications, Incorporated, 1997.

Maggie Ray: World War II Air Force Pilot by Marsha J. Wright. Pen & Publish, Inc. (June 1, 2007) Available on Amazon. "Maggie Ray" inspires us to follow our dreams to new heights. It was wartime 1943. Margaret's daughter, author Marsha J. Wright, brings you the exciting story beginning when Maggie was ten through war's end.

My grandma is a pilot by Cheryl Young with original drawings by grandson of WASP Elizabeth Strohfus. Great book for children.

Nancy Bastson Crews, Alabama's First Lady of Flight. by Sarah Byrn Rickman. Fire Ant Books, 2009. 231 pages. Biography of an uncommon woman--high school cheerleader, campus queen, airplane pilot, wife, mother, politician, businesswoman.

Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II by Sarah Byrn Rickman. paperback: University of North Texas Press, 2014.352 pages. Biography of Nancy Love and her role in the WAFS and WASP programs. North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series.

On Silver Wings: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War Two, 1942-1944   by  Marianne Verges Ballantine Books, Incorporated, 1995  (hardback is out of print)

The Originals: The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II by Sarah Byrn Rickman.  USA: Disc-us Books, 2001   A book about the Women's Air Ferrying Squadron pilots--the WAFS who later merged to become part of the WASP. 


Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp - Nebraska's Aviatrix  by Diane R. Bartels, Linda J. Dageforde (Editor) Dageforde Publishing,  1996. Evelyn Sharp joined the WAFS with almost 3,000 hours flying time. Her story is one of a lady who truly loved to fly--from barnstorming to delivering over 150 planes of 18 different types.  Her career was cut short when she became one of the 38 WASP to give their lives for their country.

Stars at Noon: Poems from the Life of Jacqueline Cochran  by Enid Shomer  poems based on Jackie Cochran's life. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2001.  Wonderful use of poetry to get to the heart of a one-of-a-kind pioneer. 

Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines: The Unknown Heroines of World War II  by Sally Van Wagenen Keil.  Four Directions Press, 1994.    A WONDERFUL WASP history--with more than 1 WASP featured.   Historical references and time line in this book are excellent. 

View from the Doghouse  by Celeste Graves  This book was written about the first three classes that trained at the Houston Municipal Airport and includes information about instructors and Aviation Enterprises, Inc. personnel. The author's office was called "the doghouse" and was on the flight line.  She was dispatcher and kept all the records on the flying time.  As Celeste says, "It was a labor of love to write the book! email Celeste

WASP In Their Own Words, An Illustrated History by Nancy Parrish. Torchlight Media, 2010. This 238 page book is the ultimate history of the WASP. A graphic-rich journey into the lives of these inspirational, pioneering female pilots. It encompasses experiences from their first flights, to their entering Army Air Force flight training, to their service as military pilots during some of the darkest days of WWII, to their fight for veteran status, and to the passage in 2009 of Public Law 111-40, which awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal. Over 200 pages of color graphics and photos.

WASPs: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II  by Vera S. Williams. Motorbooks International, Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated, 1994. Wonderful PICTURES in this book.

Wings, WASP & Warriors by Travis Monday.  Features the WASP, Avenger Field, the National WASP WWII Museum, Silent Wings Museum, Pioneer Museum --and includes original art work.

Wingtip to Wingtip: 8 WASPs, Women's Airforce Service Pilots of World War II  by Marjorie H. Roberts.  USA: Aviatrix Publishing, 2000.  From the words of individual WASP.

Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, the WASP  by J. David Dameron.  Willow Bend Books, 2004.  Reference book on the WASP--including names of all the graduates. 196 pp with almost a picture on every page!  

Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan  forward by Astronaut Eileen Collins  Great book for young girls!


Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators From World War II To The Dawn of The Space Age
 by Leslie Haynsworth, Dave Toomey William Morrow & Co.  A really nice overall history of women in aviation...none of whom would appreciate the title.  That said, this is a nice blend of all the women who made a difference in aviation and the history they made.  Great overall resource.

Cool Women: Fly Girls
  by Amy Inouye.  Chicago: Girl Press, 2001.  Book for young girls about many of the aviation heroines of the past, including Jackie Cochran and the WASP!

Count on Us: American Women in the Military foreword by Walter Cronkite.  This National Geographic book by award winning writer, Amy Nathan, is GREAT for kids--thru Jr. High!  Wonderful overview of women in the military from the Revolutionary War to Iraq & Beyond!/span>

Global Mission by Henry Harley Arnold. Ayer Company Publishers, Incorporated, 1972. A book by the man who was responsible for giving Jackie Cochran the green light on the WASP program.  He promised the WASP military status...fought for it...but in the end, it was his SON, Bruce, who helped make that promise come true for the WASP.

Hero Next Door Returns: More Stories from Wisconsin's World War II Veterans by Kristen Gillpatrick.  A chapter on WASP Jeanette Kapus, who retired as a Lt. Col. from the USAF.

Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl by Debra L. Winegarten. Eakin Press, 2001.  This moving, inspiring story captures the proud spirit of a modern dreamer and daredevil who helped shape the art of aviation.  Delightful book with tons of pictures and great stories of EARLY FLIGHT!  This young woman was a true pioneer, flying a WRIGHT MODEL B! This is a great book for middle school on up!  Click on the link to go to Debra's website!   

Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in World War II  by Bruce Myles. Academy Ch,  1992 These women actually flew combat missions for Russia in WWII.  They are true pioneers and worth learning about!

Sisters in Arms by historian Helena Page Schrader. The ATA and the WASP. (not yet reviewed.)

Those Incredible Women of World War II by Karen Zeinert. Millbrook Press, Inc. 1994, ISBN 1-56294-434-7.This is a juvenille history which, according to our reviewer, Julia from NY,  includes a section on the WASP.  There is, however, a section on Margaret Bourke-White with a rather graphic picture taken at at a concentration camp.  --so, we'll rate this book for OLDER teens.

Women in Air War: The Eastern Front of World War II Author/translator Kazimiera J. Cottam.The story of three women's wings: xviii, 313 pp. Photos and maps $29.95 CAN / $20.95 US. Paper ISBN 0-9682702-1-2, 1997.

Women in War and Resistance: Selected Biographies of Soviet Women Soldiers_. Author Kazimiera J. Cottam. Includes biographies of thirty-five prominent Soviet women pilots and navigators and one biography of Soviet woman radio-operator / air gunner: xxvii, 451 pp. Photos. $34.95 CAN / $24.95 US. Paper. ISBN 09682702-2-0, 1998.