Re: WW2's 'Spitfire Women': Eleanor Wadsworth, dies aged 103
She and others like her were very brave women.
I remember seeing an article a couple of years ago about a female 19 year-old Easyjet pilot, and both she and the company were getting some stick over this.
There was a 19 year old female RAF pilot who flew Lancaster Bombers, solo, unarmed, from Nova Scotia to England during WW2.
Many of these heroic women got stick upon landing. Aircraft were searched for the "real pilot". Men refused to sign for the aircraft and wouldn't believe a woman had delivered it. They were barred from the Sergeant or Officers Mess at airfields, despite holding the relevant rank.
Thankfully things have changed and we now have women combat pilots and a former female Red Arrows pilot.
Like Cinderella just said, these women were sitting ducks to enemy aircraft, and several were killed whilst flying unarmed aircraft.
RIP brave Eleanor.