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.

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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Iris Cummings Critchell

Iris Cummings Critchell December 21, 1920 – Class 43-W-2 Planes flown: BT-13, A-24, C-47, P-51, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Iris Cummings Critchell started flying in 1939 and

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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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Kathryn Bernheim Fine

Kathryn Bernheim Fine WAFS, Class “The Originals” February 1, 1911 – June 24, 1996 Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, P-40, P-39, P-47, P-63, B-17 Base assigned: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Kathryn “Sis” Bernheim

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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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Margaret “Maggie” Gee

Margaret “Maggie” Gee August 5, 1923 – February 1, 2013 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, B-17, B-26, P-39 Bases served: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.), Las Vegas Army Air Field (Nev.) “My heroes

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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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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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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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Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu

WASP, Class 44-W-7 December 15, 1920 – January 30, 2021 “Follow your dreams. There may be pitfalls along the way but just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue on your way.” – WASP

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Ruth Ellen Dailey Helm

Ruth Ellen Dailey Helm December 29, 1916 – February 28, 2015 Class 43-W-2 Planes flown: AT-6, AT-17, P-63, P-40, P-39, P-47, P-51, B-25, C-47 Bases served: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) Born on December 29, 1916,

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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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Katherine “Ruth” Kupferberg Kornblum

Profile link Katherine “Ruth” Kupferberg Kornblum August 15, 1917 – January16, 2011 Class 43-W-6 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-19, AT-6, C-47, UC-78Bases served: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Harding Army Air Field (Baton Rouge, La.)  “You wanted

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Hazel Ah Ying Lee

Hazel Ah Ying Lee Class 43-W-4 August 24, 1912 – November 25, 1944 Hazel Ah Ying Lee was born in Portland, Oregon on August 24, 1912 to Chinese immigrant parents. Hazel learned to fly when

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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 Rutherford Minton

Madge Rutherford Minton March 22, 1920 – November 7, 2004 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: AT-6, B-17, PT-17, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-39 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Madge Rutherford was born in Greensburg,

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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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Anne Noggle

Anne Noggle 1922 – August 16, 2005 Class 44-W-1 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11, AT-7 Assigned bases: Childress Army Air Field (Tex.) Randolph Army Air Base (San Antonio, Tex.) Waco Army Air Field (Tex.)

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Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck  

Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck November 14, 1912 – October 16, 1944 Class 44-W-3 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) and Shaw Army Air Base (Sumpter, S.C.) Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck

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Catherine Parker Chatham

Catherine Parker Chatham 1921 –  August 25, 2016 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17. BT-13 Bases served: Marana Army Air Field (Ariz.) Catherine Parker Chatham was a lifetime resident of Bryan, Texas, and her ancestors were

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Marie O’Dean 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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Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds

Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds Class 44-W-5   Reynolds, though she does not fly anymore, is often awakened by dreams where she is back in the sky, at the controls of a military airplane, remembering the

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Margaret Ray Ringenberg

Margaret Ray Ringenberg June 17, 1921-July 28, 2008 Class 43-W-5 Planes flown: PT-17, PT-19, AT-6, B-24, C-45, DC-3, PT-26, L-2, L-4, C-54 Bases assigned: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Margaret was introduced to the

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Verneda G. Rodriguez McLean

Verneda G. Rodriguez McLean January 11, 1918 – March 19, 1982 Class 44-W-6 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, C-45, UC-78 Assigned bases: Moore Army Air Base (Mission, Tex.) Verneda G. Rodriguez McLean was an American aviator and served

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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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Dawn Seymour

Dawn Seymour Class 43-W-5 “I wanted to serve my country in a very active way.”- Dawn Seymour Dawn Seymour graduated Cornell University in the Class of 1939. She was 22 years old, and while she

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Dora Dougherty Strother

Dora Dougherty Strother WASP, Class 43-W-3 November 27, 1921- November 19, 2013 Dora Jean Dougherty Strother, also known as Dora Dougherty McKeown or Dora Strother McKeown, is best known as a Woman Airforce Service Pilots

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Margaret Phelan Taylor

Margaret Phelan Taylor WASP Class 44-W-5 September 20, 1923 – July 1, 2015 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11 Base assigned: Stockton Army Air Base (Calif.) “I learned to fly to be able to join the

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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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Lucile Doll Wise

Lucile Doll Wise August 1, 1920 – August 2, 2018 Class W-43-7 Planes flown: AT-11, B-25, C-45, C-60, UC-78 Assigned bases: Asheville Weather Wing HQ, (AACS) (N.C.) Kansas City, 23rd Weather Region HQ (Kan.) “Jacqueline

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Virginia “Ginny” Hill Wood

Virginia “Ginny” Hill Wood Oct. 24, 1917 – March 8, 2013 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: BT-13, AT-6, B-25, B-17, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, P-63 Bases assigned: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Virginia

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Mary “Marty” Wyall

Mary “Marty” Wyall Class 44-W-10    “We didn’t care so much about the pay or the recognition, We just wanted to help our country win the war.” – Marty Wyall   By her own recollection,

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