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Orphan Gunner/Knox, Sara/Paper/1920882286/S007-E
A romance between two young Australian women, set in Bomber Command in Lincolnshire during the Second World War. Evelyn has escaped to England to become one of the few female pilots with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Journeying from Australia, her friend Olive enlists in the WAAF. A growing intimacy develops between them.
Evelyn and Olive grew up together in the Canabolas Valley near Orange. They are in England at the outbreak of war: Evelyn as a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, Olive in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. They're joined by Evelyn's brother Duncan, a novice gunner in Lancaster L-Love, flying bombing raids over Germany.
The raids take their toll on the crew, and the two women are drawn into a plot involving disguise and mistaken identity, to get the exhausted Duncan out of service.
The Orphan Gunner explores the seductions of passing, the licence granted by risk, and the selflessness - and selfishness - of sacrifice. The relationship between the two women is portrayed with subtlety and warmth, and an extraordinary sense of historical detail which brings its wartime setting vividly to life.