Returning from his first combat mission over Germany with a damaged B-17 and a wounded tail gunner, Lt. "Jay" Baronowsky of the U.S. Eighth Airforce is forced to divert due to weather. In heavy cloud he nearly collides with an RAF bomber. On landing, he is shocked to discover that the pilot of the RAF bomber was a woman -- a ferry pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary. He soon finds himself fascinated by the attractive and highly professional woman pilot. In sharp contrast to his American fiancee, she seems to understand what he is going through.


Emily resists Jay's attentions. She has not yet recovered from the loss of her RAF pilot husband, Robin, who has been been posted missing. In fact, she's not yet willing to admit that he is dead. But there seems no harm in having dinner with Jay or showing him a bit of the country. One thing inevitably leads to the next, and Emily soon discovers she likes Jay very much indeed, but should she risk getting involved with another pilot flying against Germany?

"The Lady in the Spitfire has a terrific storyline, some of the best military flying action, lots of romance, and locale descriptions far above ordinary. The story takes place mostly in England with air attacks over other areas of Europe. The only job the English military would allow women to perform above the ground was with the ATA, the Air Transport Auxiliary. These women, and some men, ferried various planes according to their ability and training to where they were needed throughout England. Emily Priestman was one such a pilot who had a great amount of experience of flying almost any military airplane regardless of size." Cy Hilterman


"The Lady in the Spitfire is a great love story. Like real life, things don't always turn out the way that we want them to, but the lessons learned along the way are important. Schrader has a talent for richly blending real history into her story so that you believe that it is all real. I highly recommend this book to WWII history buffs and romance fans." Paige Lovitt for Reader's Views


"Good, good, good story-loved it! Learning about the "Spitfire" and the lady pilots was so enlightening and just a great adventure to read. After I read the book I checked out the information on the planes and pilots.
The author wrote a book easy to read and enjoy-which I appreciate-and enough so to spark interest to learn about things in the book." An Amazon Reviewer

The Lady in the Spitfire