The Women pilots of World War II

By · Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Did you know that women  flew just about every type of aircraft that took part in World War II?

As a group, they were called the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs.

From 1942 to 1944, more than 25,000 women applied to the WASP program, which was an experimental Army Air Corps program to explore the opportunity for women to serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty; 1,102 women were accepted

The WASPs’ service, and their ability to fly every type of aircraft,  prompted Gen. Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold to declare, ” ‘We have not been able to build an airplane that you can’t handle. It is on the record that women can fly as well as men.’ ”

On March 9 of this year, military aviators gathered to pay homage to the achievements of these women.

The next day, the Congressional Gold Medal was presented to the 1,102 pilots who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.

Almost 200 of the surviving women pilots attended the ceremonies with family and friends. Family members represented other pilots.

Thirty-eight of those women made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during their service and were honored with roses during the memorial ceremony, The 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., performed a flyover in the missing man formation to honor those 38 gallant ladies.

And now you know … it wasn’t just men who flew in WWII.

Comments

I belong to the LaGrange IN deLafayette of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and we are most interested in trying to locate one of these brave ladies that would be interested in coming to one of our meetings and giving a short program about their experiences. Do you know how we would go about finding one that might be interesting or some one that could give a short program on the WASP’s?

Thanking you in advance for any information you could supply that could help us obtain our goal.

Jane Hulen
Corresponding Sec.

Hi, Jane.

Try going to their website, http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/. Once you get there, you should find some place where you could email request.

 

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