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Sun Mar 16, 2014, 09:09 AM

The United States Government Chose to Ignore the Existence of their Women Pilots of World War 2 for

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DesMoines, IA Register, September 24, 1942

The United States Government Chose to Ignore the Existence of their Women Pilots of World War 2 for 65 Years
By Diane Bryan
Life Arts 3/16/2014 at 05:04:21

When the United States entered World War II on December 7, 1941, our men went off to fight in Europe and the South Pacific. Meanwhile, women from every walk of life mobilized to take over jobs that before Pearl Harbor had been reserved for men only. World War II was everybody's war. Women worked in factories and defense plants, for the Red Cross, the USO--anything to contribute to the war effort. Many of these women would have gone into combat, but in 1941 a woman's place was in the home, or at least on the home front.

As the war accelerated we began to lose many of our men overseas. The flying schools couldn't train enough pilots. As our best pilots headed for Europe, there was a severe need for someone to do the flying at home. In late 1942, with the support of President Roosevelt, the Army Air Forces started a women pilots program under the authority of Commanding General Henry "Hap" Arnold. More than 25,000 women, ages 18 to 34, applied to become pilots. All across the country thousands of small town girls were ready to do what was unthinkable before World War II--say "no" to the marriage proposals of high school sweethearts, and instead choose the romance of the wild blue yonder. The war gave them a chance to change the world. 1,830 were accepted for training and 1,074 actually earned their wings.

The pilots came from diverse backgrounds. They were from big cities and small towns. Some were rich, some were poor. Some were beautiful, and some were plain. Most were single, but several were married, and a few had children at home.

The first women in the program were 25 highly experienced pilots who became known as the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron--the WAFS. They served with the Air Transport Command. Soon a training program was established for women with less flying experience--The Women's Flying Training Detachment--and the famous aviatrix, Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean, was installed as director.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 11:42 AM

1. My mother didn't fly, but she did join the Army in 1944. She and my father met and were ...

 

... married at Pampa Army Air Field, Texas. He was a pilot.

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Sun Mar 16, 2014, 10:50 PM

2. Shameful treatment

From the article:
Thirty-eight WASP died in the line of duty. While male pilots got military honors and their families received veteran's benefits, there were no purple hearts for deceased WASP, and no veteran's benefits for their surviving dependents. Since they had no casualty insurance, their families had to pay to have their bodies sent home and buried. Often the WASP would raise money for the burial of a fellow pilot. Family and friends were warned by the Army Air Forces that they could not put flags or gold stars on the graves of WASP who had lost their lives while serving their country. These women were not veterans.



Thanks for posting this article. I had heard of the WASP program but didn't know much about it.

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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 04:38 PM

3. K and R!

This is something that everyone needs to read!

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