Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II

Marion Stegeman Hodgson Lindy Boggs


Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II

Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II

  • Title: Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II
  • Author: Marion Stegeman Hodgson Lindy Boggs
  • ISBN: 9781931721479
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover



One of the first women in the United States to train as a military pilot, the author was part of a little known World War II experiment called the WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots program, which gave young women the then unheard of opportunity to fly military aircraft Marion Hodgson tells an exuberant story of the time back in 1943 when she and other WASPs earned theiOne of the first women in the United States to train as a military pilot, the author was part of a little known World War II experiment called the WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots program, which gave young women the then unheard of opportunity to fly military aircraft Marion Hodgson tells an exuberant story of the time back in 1943 when she and other WASPs earned their hard won wings They learned to fly everything from open cockpit primary trainers to P 51 Mustangs, B 26 Marauders, and B 29 Superfortresses, and their stateside missions freed their male counterparts for combat duty oversees This is an action packed story, often humorous and sometimes harrowing, told mostly through letters Hodgson wrote to a Marine pilot fighting for his life after a fiery crash It reveals what it was like for these pioneering women as they ferried planes from factories to airfields, test flew repaired aircraft, and performed a variety of other duties traditionally assigned to men.


Recent Comments "Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II"

This is probably the best non fiction book I have ever read. I enjoyed the style very much, the way it goes from Marion's narrative to letters she or her husband, Ned, wrote. It begins with Marion leaving home to join the WASPs with a little background leading up to the moment. Marion tells the story with a lot of "pep" and I found myself laughing out a loud a few times. Despite the fact there was a war going on, Marion and her fellow WASPs not only worked long days flying numerous aircraft, but [...]

Winning This Reader's Heart!, June 5, 2009This review is from: Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II (Hardcover)From the moment I met the author at a Daedalian's meeting earlier this year, I knew I was in the presence of greatness. Not only did Marion Stegeman Hodgson conquer the sky as one of the first female pilots to fly military aircraft stateside during WWII, she went on to capture this remarkable time in her life in this well written memoir that will win your h [...]

As a female aviator myself, I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed how the author told most of her story through the actual letters she wrote and filled in the blanks with her narrating it as well. It was fun learning about the experiences she went through, and also enjoyed learning how many of the practices back then are still in use today. Very cool learning about the history of women pilots!

I have read several books about the WASPs, and this is my favorite. It reads like a novel, and Ms. Hodgson's descriptions give you a real feel of what it must have been like flying the rough-and-tumble planes they used for training. This was an amazing program that was decades ahead of its time, and the results produce some great stories. She includes letters exchanged with her mother and eventual husband, Ned Hodgson, that give a good personal picture of American life during the war.

Thank you Patrice for this book. It was unexpected and got my motivation back into active mode. For my birthday I treated myself to money in my flying fund! As for the book it was a fun read, good history and a good love story.

I met Marion on a trip to Cuba in 2000 and remain 'email' friends to this day. A remarkable woman (as they all weree WASPs)fun to read this book.


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