Take a closer look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the WASP. New profiles are added regularly and will grow as the staff and volunteer of the CAF RISE ABOVE continue their tireless efforts to research and share the remarkable stories of these important American figures.

Mildred “Micky” Axton

Mildred “Micky” Axton WASP, Class 43-W-7 Axton was one of the first three Women Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot and was the first woman to fly a B-29. January 8,

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Bernice Batten

Bernice Batten WAFS, Class “The Originals” The first females to fly for the U.S. military were the “Originals,” better known as the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a WWII group led by aviatrix Nancy Love. Twenty-seven women strong, between the

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Ann Baumgartner Carl

Ann (Baumgartner) Carl WASP, Class 43-W-5 “Well, I guess just a sort who, instead of religiously practicing the piano, had to go out and see what was happening in the woods that day, or down

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Beverly Beesemyer

Beverly Beesemyer WASP, Class 44-W-6 “We were given the opportunity to fly wonderful aircraft that women hadn’t flown. We were the experimental thing.” ~WASP Beverly Beesemyer Beesemyer, born in Hollywood and raised in Beverly Hills

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Delphine Bohn

Delphine Bohn WAFS, Class “The Originals” We will not again look upon a woman flying as an experiment. ~AAF Commanding General Henry “Hap” Arnold, 1944 July 5, 1913 – January 19, 1992 Delphine Bohn was

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Patricia Blackburn Bonansinga

Class 44-W-7 September 10, 1921 – December 2, 2006 Patricia Blackburn was born September 10, 1921 in Quincy, IL the daughter of Bryson and Margaret Smith Blackburn. When Pat was about 8 years old, she

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Nell Stevenson Bright

Nell Stevenson Bright WASP CLASS 43-W-7 “We felt like we had the best of both worlds, because we had so many different airplanes to fly and flew so many different kinds of missions. We had

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Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran Founder of the WASP program I might have been born in a hovel, but I determined to travel with the wind and the stars, ~ Jacqueline Cochran May 11, 1906 – August 9,

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Nancy Batson Crews

Nancy Batson Crews WAFS, Class “The Originals” “The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron was started in 1942 with the appointment of Nancy Love as director of 28 highly qualified civilian women pilots stationed at New Castle

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Vivian Claire Cadman Eddy

Vivian Claire Cadman Eddy Class 43-W-5 April 29, 2013 Vivian Cadman was just 9-years-old when her grandfather took her to the airshow at Mines Field near Los Angeles, but the experience ignited a passion for flying that

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Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu

WASP, Class 44-W-7 “Follow your dreams. There may be pitfalls along the way but just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue on your way.” – WASP Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu Bernice “Bee” Falk

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Kathryn Bernheim Fine

Kathryn Bernheim Fine WAFS, Class “The Originals” February 1, 1911 – June 24, 1996 Kathryn “Sis” Bernheim was born Kathryn L. Strouse in Rockaway, New York. She was a graduate of Woodmere Academy in Woodmere,

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Ethel Meyer Finley

Ethel (Meyer) Finley Class 43-W-5 b, 1921 d. Feb. 24, 2006 “Teaching had always been a woman’s profession and so consequently there wasn’t that much objection, and the men wanted to go to combat anyway.”

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Cornelia Clark Fort

Cornelia Clark Fort was the first of 38 WASP fatalities February 5, 1919 – March 21, 1943 Class: WAFS “The Originals” Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, AT-6 Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington,

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Betty Huyler Gillies

Betty Huyler Gillies January 1, 1908 – October 14, 1998 Class: WAFS “The Originals” Planes flown: PT-19, AT-6, A-20, B-17 BT-13, P-61, P-39 Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Assigned Bases: New

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Elaine Harmon

Elaine Harmon WASP, Class 44-W-9 “It was a man’s world, but we (WASP) did something really great that was needed for the war effort … There is never a day that I don’t think how

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Shirley C. Kruse

Shirley C. Kruse WASP, Class 44-W-6 “My time spent as a WASP was a never to be forgotten adventure, a great preparation for the wonderful experience of all that my life was to become.” –

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Kristin Swan Lent Gros

Kristin Swan Lent Gros Class 44-W-3 January 1, 1921- Kristin Swan Lent was born Sioux City, Iowa. She became interested aviation while attending the University of Iowa when a friend who was involved in the

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Nancy Harkness Love

­Nancy Harkness Love   Founder of the WAFS – the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron   “I have no idea what made me catch the flying bug. A ride in a tandem two-seater, single-engine Fleet Biplane

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Dorothy Britt Mann

Dorothy Britt MannClass 44-W-4September 4, 1922 – August 11, 1998 Planes flew: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 ,C-45, UC-78Assigned bases:Love Field (Dallas, Tex.)Moore Field (Mission, Tex.) A determined, young Dorothy Britt (later Mann) from the small west

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Madge Leon Moore

Madge Leon Moore January 22, 1922 – December 22, 2016 Class 44-W-4 “I don’t think of myself as a pioneer but maybe I am. I was a girl who liked to fly.” ~WASP Madge Leon

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Deanie Bishop Parrish

Class 44-W-4 “I wanted to do something no one had done, pave the way and forever change the way of aviation. Someone had to do it, we had to start somewhere.” ~WASP Deanie Bishop Parrish

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Mabel Virginia Rawlinson

Mabel Virginia Rawlinson March 19, 1917 – August 23, 1943 Class 43-W-3 Planes flown: A-24 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del. Mabel Rawlinson was one of the 38 WASP who would die

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Ola Mildred Rexroat 

Ola Mildred Rexroat August 28, 1917 – June 28, 2017 Class 44-W-7 “I just did what I was expected to do and tried to do it the best way I could.” ~WASP Ola Mildred Rexroat 

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Meriem Lucille Roby Anderson

WASP Class 44-W-4 “I was crazy about flying and as a little kid, even through grade school, I built model planes.”   July 12, 1921 – January 5, 2018 Anderson was born July 12, 1921,

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Margaret June “Peggy” Seip

Margaret June “Peggy” Seip June 24, 1916 – August 30, 1943 Class 43-W-5   Margaret Seip was among the 38 WASP killed in plane crashes. She’s the only WASP casualty from Wisconsin. Margaret was born in

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Shirley Slade Teer

Shirley Slade Teer Class 43-W-5 April 4, 1921 – April 26, 2000   Planes flown: B-26, B-29 Assigned bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) Harlingen Army Air Field (Tex.)  

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Gertrude Tompkins Silver

Gertrude Tompkins Silver October 16, 1911 – disappeared October 26, 1944 Class 43-W-7 Planes flown: AT-6, AT-17, UC-78 Gertrude Tompkins Silver was the only WASP listed as MIA (Missing in Action) during WWII. Gertrude Vreeland

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