Intrepid Woman

Betty Lussier’s Secret War, 1942-1945
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Binding:Hardback
Published:November 15, 2010
By Betty Lussier (Author)

A college student in Maryland when World War II began, Betty Lussier went to England to help the British fight off an impending invasion. Armed with a private pilot's license, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and was soon ferrying planes and pilots for the RAF, and her memoir describes those days in thrilling detail. After the Normandy invasion, when women pilots were barred from delivering planes to the combat zones on the continent, she complained to Sir William S. Stephenson, who was in the RAF with her father in World War I and headed British intelligence in the States. A teenager on a Maryland farm when World War II began, Betty Lussier went to England to help the British fight off an impending invasion. Armed with a private pilot’s license, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and was soon ferrying planes and pilots for the RAF, and her memoir describes those days in thrilling detail. After the Normandy invasion, when women pilots were barred from delivering planes to the combat zones on the continent, she joined a counter-intelligence branch of the Office of Strategic Services. Her experiences with a special liaison unit in Algeria, Sicily, Italy, and France helping to set up a chain of double agents and transmit misinformation to the enemy are described for the first time as she takes the reader step-by-step through some memorable cases that helped bring the war to an end.

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Product Details
  • Hardback : 240 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1591144493
  • ISBN-13: 9781591144496
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
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Betty Lussier learned to fly in a civilian pilot training program at the University of Maryland. After the war, she set up income-generating projects for women in Africa and elsewhere. She lives in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
By: Dawn Penney
While it could have been slightly better written with the help of a co-writer perhaps, it is none-the-less a well written first-hand memoir of one woman's participation in WWII. The fact that she served in both the ATA and the OSS is rare. It is well worth the read for anyone interested in how women served during WWII.
 

 
 

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