Britain's FEMALE Spitfire pilots to receive badge of courage at last
"...the Air Transport Auxiliary did not take part in combat, but ferried new and refitted planes to RAF bases - freeing fighter pilots to overcome German attacks. The ATA, a civilian unit founded in 1938, delivered more than 300,000 aircraft of 130 different types from factories to frontline airfields. By 1945, it had 650 pilots from 22 countries...of these, 164 were women".
I have got nothing but respect for these pilots, and for all who fought in WW2. I do, however, object to the way this story has been slanted.
Now the 15 survivors will receive a commemorative badge Gordon Brown announced yesterday. He told the Commons: "It is right that we have recognition for those women Spitfire pilots who did so much to protect and defend the airports and other military services during the war." Their 100 surviving male colleagues will also be recognised.
Brown's quote is sickening.
'Britain's female Spitfire pilots' were not female and didn't fly spitfires. Of the ATA pilots:
- 25% of them were female
- 75% of them were male
- They flew 130 different types of aircraft, one of which was the Spitfire.
- They were civilians.
- They were non-combatants.
These pilots - whose actual achievements I do not diminish one iota - probably did nothing "to protect and defend the airports and other military services", except that they freed combat pilots to do combat. They were delivering planes in the same way that other people delivered milk. An essential job, but let's keep it in perspective.
Brown is trying to score some feminist credibility points by giving an award to 'female Spitfire pilots' who saved the country from Hitler.
I especially liked this: "Their 100 surviving male colleagues will also be recognised."
So in reality, ALL surviving veterans are getting the same honour, and of the 115 veterans, 100 are men!
The men and women of the ATA did the same job, and they are being given the same award. If I was one of those female veterans, I would feel patronised by this cloying sentimentality, and by the fact that my experiences are being appropriated by contemporary politicians eager to grub a few votes for their own ends.
It gets worse. I did a quick internet search on the Air Transport Auxiliary, only to discover that in fact it consisted entirely of American women:
British Air Transport Auxiliary
This site is dedicated to the memory of the American women flyers who volunteered to ferry aircraft for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy in wartime Great Britain, from 1942-45. This site tells the story of an important episode in history of World War II, in the history of aviation and in the progress of women. These American women, together with American men flyers, joined with their British counterparts, and with flyers from many other nations to form the ATA."
I kid you not. Does that seem like a gross perversion of the facts to you, or is it just me?
The next step is to pretend that men and women pilots made an equal contribution to the defeat of the Luftwaffe.
How long before Spielberg makes another war movie in which Tom Hanks jumps off his landing craft and storms Omaha Beach alongside his buddy, Cameron Diaz.
If we could read the newspapers in 100 years from now, we would probably find that in WW2, all the Axis forces were men, and all the allied forces were women.
It makes you wonder why our grandparents went to all the trouble of defeating totalitarianism at all. They wasted their time. We are living under a regime of distortion and lies all the same. What Hitler failed to achieve with bombs, the feminists have achieved with honey-tongued lies. But remember, feminists want nothing except equality.