Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott was born in Newfoundland and educated in Guernsey, South Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire and at Durham University. She joined the RAF in 1961 and in her spare time edited magazines and wrote books for the service. On leaving the RAF in 1986, she started work on her first book in civil life, Women in Air Force Blue, a history of the service, followed by Mission Improbable, about SOE WAAF agents. Then came Our Wartime Days, 20th Century Women of Courage, and some others. Widely recognised as the leading WAAF historian, she lives in Warwickshire
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