Lee Miller’s Images Of Women In Wartime

Ahead of a big new exhibition, The Guardian revisits the American Vogue photographer’s unique record of women at war. A serving officer in the Polish air force, Anna Leska (pictured) was one of three Polish women who served in the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. In the picture, she had only recently been cleared to do so. The women who flew in the ATA were extremely skilful, required as they were to fly a variety of different planes from the maintenance sheds to the airfields (in this image, Leska is in a Spitfire). Fifteen female pilots lost their lives during the war, some of whom were shot down.

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