Mary H. Burke
December 26, 1913 – September 7, 1991
Planes flown: B-26
Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.)
Assigned bases: Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.) and Kingman Army Air Base (Kingman, Az.)
From her own words
“Out of the Blue and Into History”
“I was born on January 30, 1915, in La Porte, Indiana. I lived most of my life in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. I learned to fly in Tulsa at Harvey Young Airport. My flight instructor was a late-night disc jockey for a radio station, so I learned to fly with music.
My accounting career began as soon as I graduated from school, first in a doctor’s office then Kerr Glass, then to an oil company in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the computer accounting department. I left them to join the WASP in class 43-7.
I was stationed at Hondo Air Base, Hondo, Texas, where I was CO of WASP on the field. We flew the twin Beech on training missions for navigator’s engineering flights. I took four hours to break in an engine and pick-up parts.
After deactivation, I owned and operated Instrument Flight School in California until the land was sold to railroad for industrial use. I moved to San Francisco then back to Houston, Texas. I was secretary/treasurer of the corporation until it was dissolved due to illness of the president.
I assisted Mary Jane Norris with her flight school on Andrau Airpark, Houston, Texas, until she sold the school to become corporate pilot for Enron Corp.
I reached the age of 65 and went on Social Security, but soon again involved in work, doing income tax preparation in my own business.
I retired again, and I am area counselor for the TCE program (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) as a volunteer for IRS, OTC, and AARP.
I was WASP treasurer from 1998-2000.