Beatrice Shilling


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Bloody Brilliant Women, with Cathy Newman


This episode is dedicated to Beatrice Shilling, a truly phenomenal woman of the 20th century. She was an aeronautical engineer and amateur racing driver whose work with the RAF was integral to victory in the Battle of Britain. In 1948 she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to the war effort. This is her story. 'Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention' is available in paperback from Waterstones ( and Amazon ( ), audiobook ( and eBook ( from Apple Books. Cathy Newman (Twitter): @cathynewman Cathy Newman (Instagram): cathynewmanc4 William Collins: @WmCollinsBooks