• Title: Bluebirds
  • Author: Margaret Mayhew
  • ISBN: 9780552152433
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bluebirds And in the back of a three ton lorry a strangely assorted group of young women bumped over the road to RAF Colston They were the first of the WAAFs Barmaids mixed with secretaries and debutantes
    1939 And in the back of a three ton lorry, a strangely assorted group of young women bumped over the road to RAF Colston They were the first of the WAAFs.Barmaids mixed with secretaries and debutantes They had appalling living quarters and no uniforms And, worst of all, the Station Commander, David Palmer, didn t want them They were a nuisance, unable to do the work1939 And in the back of a three ton lorry, a strangely assorted group of young women bumped over the road to RAF Colston They were the first of the WAAFs.Barmaids mixed with secretaries and debutantes They had appalling living quarters and no uniforms And, worst of all, the Station Commander, David Palmer, didn t want them They were a nuisance, unable to do the work of men, and undoubtedly they would collapse and panic if the station was bombed.Felicity Newman, the officer in charge of the girls, took the scathing criticism with a red face and in angry silence, then began to try and mould the ragtag bunch of girls into a disciplined fighting unit.There was Anne Cunningham, who knew how to dance and have fun, but found herself peeling vegetables and skinning rabbits in the station kitchens Winnie Briggs from a Suffolk farm who longed to work on the aeroplanes themselves but met rigid rejection at every turn And Virginia Stratton, who saw the Waaf as an escape from a miserable home, wanting to build a new life for herself.As the war progressed, so the girls showed their worth behaving heroically under fire, supporting the pilots with their steadfast strength, loyalty, and often their love a love that was sometimes tragic, sometimes passionate, but always courageous.

    One Reply to “Bluebirds”

    1. This is an epic novel and tells the story of four young women who join the fledgling Women's Auxiliary Air Force (later WRAF) from their early days as new recruits early in WWII until VE Day. Given mundane jobs in the beginning, the four women go on to become officers, radar operators and flight mechanics. It covers the progress of the war, the loss of friends and loved ones, the resultant anguish and ultimately finding love. The characters are totally believable of their time and I really cared [...]

    2. This book was like the war films of the 60's when I was a childBlack and white TV's on a Sunday afternoon after roast dinner.Rookies heading for a Army. Navy or Airforce baseGetting to know a few singled out characters and then we go through their war years with all the drama of love , hate death and family emotions.Not a bad story but a bit dated.

    3. I throughly enjoyed this book. Though fiction, you can tell the author has researched into the WAAF and WW2. Loved how the history of WAAF was woven throughout and how the women grew in their roles and adapted to situations in their personal lives.

    4. I really enjoyed this book describing the lives of four young women who were a few of the first WAAF's. It was well written and I really enjoyed the storyline for each character, the explanations of what they had to endure to get accepted by men in their given professions. A really great read.

    5. My favorite book by Margaret Mayhew. It follows a group of very different young women WAF's in WWII England. Excellent character development and plot. It's light enough, but still serious about the characters and the war.

    6. I enjoyed this. Aomgside the story I found it interesting to read about the beginnings of the WAAF.

    7. This is one of my all-time favourite books. There are just not enough superlatives I can use to describe this wonderful novel.

    8. I don't read alot of historical fiction but I liked this book and found it a very interesting perspective on WWII.

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was sad, humorous, insightful, and well written. A true dedication to the women who did their bit towards the fight in WWII. I would highly recommend this book.

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