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Ethel Leontine Gabain:
Captain Pauline Gower of the Women’s Air Transport Auxiliary

Framed (ref: 7607)

Lithographic print from the series Women’s Work in the War (Other than the Services), published by The Ministry of Information: His Majesty’s Stationery Office
14 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (37.8 x 50.2 cm.)
Reference: Wright supplement 314

Tags: transport war women work World War II Paintings by British Artists

Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 44.

Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 44, page 83.

Prints were commissioned from 3 artists as part of the WAAC scheme: Ethel Gabain, A S Hartrick and H.Andrew Freeth.

Gabain she was appointed an Official War Artist in 1940 and produced  two sets of prints published by the Ministry of Information, Children in Wartime and Women’s Work in the War.  Women’s work in the war (other than the services), 1941, contained six lithographs. Lithographs, and a commentary on each:

Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower, Mrs Fahie (1910–1947) was a British pilot and writer who headed the female branch of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, responsible for ferrying military aircraft from factory or repair facility to storage or operational units.

Gower appointed the first eight women pilots for the ATA on 1 January 1940. Early members included ice-hockey international Mona Friedlander and former ballet dancer Rona Rees. Later members included Amy Johnson and Lord Runciman's daughter, Margaret Fairweather. 

Women made a fine contribution to victory in the last great war, but on the present occasion they have indeed excelled themselves. In no sphere have they shown greater courage and skill than in the air. The women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, of which Pauline Gower is the leader, have the highly responsible task of flying between the factories and the Royal Air-force Stations.

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