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.

Francis Edyth Standefer Acker

Francis Edyth Standefer Acker May 9, 1920  – July 3, 1987 Class 44-W-4 Planes flown:  PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, BT-14, AT-17, AT-9, B-25, UC-78, B-26, AT-11 Assigned bases: Douglas Army Air Base (Ariz.) Yuma Army Air Field (Ariz.)

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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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Edna B. Harrison Atkins

Edna B. Harrison Atkins Class 44-W-6 March 20, 1912 – Feb. 2, 2009 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-17 ,B-24 Assigned Bases: Shaw Army Air Base (Sumpter, S.C.) Buckingham Army Air Field (Fort Myers, Fla.)

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Lois Maxine Dobbin Auchterlonie

Lois Maxine Dobbin Auchterlonie Class 43-W-8 April 14, 1917 – March 24, 2013 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, UC-78, B-26 Assigned Bases: Williams Army Air Base (Chandler, Ariz.) Lois Maxine Dobbin was born April 14,

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Dorothy A. Avery

Dorothy A. Avery WASP Class 43-W-7 Feb 12, 1917- Dec 29, 1999 Dorothy Arlene “Dottie” Avery was born in Salt Lake City, UT to Marlene L Matthews and Chester Avery. She had a twin brother,

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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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Eloise Huffhines Bailey

Eloise Huffhines Bailey February 12, 1921-October 6, 2010 WASP Class 44-4 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-11, B-24, C-45, UC-78 Assigned Bases: Maxwell Field (Montgomery, Ala.) Eloise was a native Texan, born in 1921 near Richardson,

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Lorraine Marion Nelson Bain

Lorraine Marion Nelson Bain WASP Class 44-5 April 16, 1920 – May 23, 2014 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-17, UC-78 Assigned Bases: Pecos Army Air Base (Tex.) One Sunday afternoon the coyote hunters were

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Sylvia B. Barter

Sylvia B. Barter 1920-2009 WASP Class 43-W-7 Planes flown: BT-14, AT-6, UC-78 Assigned bases: Douglas Army Air Base (Ariz.) “Barnstorming pilots would land in my father’s fields and take us on exciting rides. Belted into

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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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Edith K. Smith Beal

Edith K. Smith Beal July 15, 1916 – April 24, 2013 WASP Class 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, PT-19 Assigned bases: Eagle Pass Army Air Base (Tex.) Edith was born on July 15, 1916,

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Adaline Alma Blank Olshock Beard

Adaline Alma Blank Olshock Beard August 17, 1917 – July 6, 2001 WASP Class 43-8 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6 Bases served: Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.) and Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) July

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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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Marcia Ellen Courtney Bellassai

Marcia Ellen Courtney Bellassai DOB – July 21, 2009 WASP Class W-43-3 Planes flown: AT-6, PT-19, A-24, A-25, B-24, C-47, UC-78 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Camp Davis Army Air Field (N.C.) Born

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Lovelle Richards Benesh

Lovelle Richards Benesh October 23, 1919 – April 20, 2008 WASP Class 43-W-1 Planes flown: AT-6 and BT-13 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) In November, 1942, Lovelle paid her way to Texas

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Velta Snyder Haney Benn

Velta Snyder Haney Benn June 12, 1917 – December 1, 2010 WASP Class W-44-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, PT-22 Assigned Bases: Merced Army Air Field (Calif.) Velta was born in Vienna, Virginia, where she grew up

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June Braun Bent

June Braun Bent WASP Class 44-W-3 March 1, 1913 – April 3, 2015 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, UC-78 Assigned bases: Merced Army Air Field (Calif.) and Minter Field (Bakersfield, Calif.) June E. Bent’s cousin

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Betty Lee Heinrich Berkstresser

Betty Lee Heinrich Berkstresser May 12, 1919 – July 1, 2018 WASP Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: B-13 and AT-6 Bases assigned: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) and Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.) “Go!  Have fun!”   ~WASP

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Edna Hines Bishop

Edna ‘Kitty’ Hines Bishop February 29, 1916 – October 5, 2008 WASP Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: BT-13, AT-6, A-25, B-17, B-24, L-5, C-47, P-47 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) and Liberty Field/Camp

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Thelma Nadine Harris Bluhm

Thelma Nadine Harris Bluhm January 4, 1922 – April 7, 2005 WASP CLASS 43-W-7 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-15, AT-6 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Childress Army Air Field (Tex.) Fairfax Army

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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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Caro Bayley Bosca

Caro Bayley Bosca March 29, 1922  – September 13, 2007 WASP Class 43-W-7 Planes flown: AT-11, B-25, B-26, P-47 Assigned bases: Mather Army Air Base (Sacramento, Calif.) and Deming Air Field (N. M.) Aviation legend:

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Margaret Ellis Kerr Boylan

Margaret Ellis Kerr Boylan February 6, 1921-October 11, 2010 Class 43-W-2 Planes flown: PT-19, AT-6, B-24 Assigned base: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Margaret Ellis Kerr Boylan — she drove fast, played vigorously, loved life,

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Eleanor J. Patterson Brady

Eleanor J. Patterson Brady July 6, 1924 – April 8, 1963 Class 44-W-2 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-17, B-24, C-47, C-53 Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) Gowen Army Air Base (Boise,

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Evelyn “Pinky” Pinckert Brier

Evelyn “Pinky” Pinckert Brier April 12, 1909 – January 20, 2008 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, UC-78 Assigned base: Minter Field (Bakersfield, Calif.) Aviation Pioneer. In 1938 she became the first woman in

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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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Frances Ellis Winter Brookings

Frances Ellis Winter Brookings July 2 1917 – April 12, 2018 Class 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10 Assigned bases: Columbus Army Air Field (Miss.) Frances was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1917, the

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Blanche Osborn Bross

Blanche Osborn Bross 1916–2008 Class 43-W-6 Planes flown: B-17 and B-24 Assigned bases: Buckingham Army Air Field (Fort Myers, Fla.) Lockbourne Army Air Base (Columbus, Ohio) Blanche Osborn Bross was among 1,074 women who flew

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Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon Brown

Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon BrownNovember 3, 1922 – February 19, 2012Class 44-W-9Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6Bases served: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) and Napier Army Air Base, Dothan, Alabama Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon was born

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Betty June “BeeJay” Overman Brown

Betty June “BeeJay” Overman Brown June 18, 1923 – Dec. 12, 2015 Class 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Aloe Army Air Field (Victoria, Tex) “Follow your dreams!  You’re capable of doing it,

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Helen Jean Trench Brown

Helen Jean Trench Brown Class 43-W-4 July 21, 1919 – February 11, 2009 Planes flown: PT-19, AT-6, C-47 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) “Flying became an obsession with me in 1941. Gas rationing

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Mary Louise Bowden Brown

Mary Louise Bowden Brown Class 43-W-4 May 16, 1916- January 29, 2013 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-15, AT-6, C-47, P-39, P-40, P-51, P-63, PQ-8, YPQ-12 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Born May 16, 1916,

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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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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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Margaret Anne Cook

Margaret Anne Cook June 23, 1918 – Sept. 18, 2010 Class 43-W-3 (Trainee) Margo was born June 23, 1918, in San Antonio, Texas, to Dr. Ernest Dale Cook and Julia Yost Cook. Her family moved

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Violet Clara Thurn Cowden

Violet Clara Thurn Cowden Oct. 1, 1916 – April 10, 2011 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-19, AT-6, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-63 Bases assigned: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) I thought, “Well, what better way

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Mary Cooper Cox

Mary Cooper Cox January 19, 1924 – December 21, 2009 Class 44-W-3 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-17, AT-6 Bases Assigned: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) and Cochran Army Air Field (Macon, Georgia) Mary Eaton (Cooper)

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Rosa Charlyne Creager

Rosa Charlyne CreagerDec. 24, 1918 – Jan.1, 2005Class 44-W-10Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6Bases served: Waco Army Air Field (Tex.) Charlyne was born Rosa Charlyne Creager in Noble, Oklahoma to Charles and Rosa Creger on Dec.

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