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.

Hazel Wilfred Pracht Caldwell

Hazel Wilfred Pracht Caldwell Class 43-W-4 July 29,1918 – Feb. 3, 2013 Planes flown: B-25 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) and

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Helen Cannon

Helen Cannon Class 44-W-9 May 16, 1916 – Dec. 25, 2009 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-24, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Luke Field (Goodyear, Ariz.) Helen was born May 16,

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Mildred Evelyn Eckert Carder

Mildred Evelyn Eckert Carder Class 44-W-7 July 31, 1921 – Nov. 25, 2015 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, UC-64, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases:  Stuttgart Army Air Base, (Ark.) Born

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Elvira Griggs Cardin

Elvira Griggs Cardin Class 43-W-8 August 26, 1913 – November 14th 2008 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, B-26, B-24, L-5, UC-78, A-24, A-25 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Hondo Army Air Field

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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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Esther Lillian Gebert Carpenter

Esther Lillian Gebert Carpenter March 22, 1909 – February 21, 1991 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, BT-15, A-20, AT-6, AT-9, C-60, P-38, P-51, B-25 Assigned bases:

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Jane Dolores Champlin

Jane Dolores Champlin May 14, 1917- June 7, 1943 Class: 43-W-4 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, February 21, 1943 Jane was born in Chicago, Illinois to David Warren Champlin and

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Helen Mary Clark

Helen Mary Clark December 27, 1909 – 1979 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, AT-6, A-20, AT-9, C-60, P-38, P-51 Assigned bases: New Castle Army

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Susan Parker Clarke

Susan Parker Clarke August 5, 1918 – July 4, 1944 Class 44-W-2 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, September, 1943 Graduated: March 11, 1944 Assignment: Ferry pilot Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13,

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Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran – Founder of the WASP program May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980 I might have been born in a hovel, but I determined to travel with the wind and the stars, ~

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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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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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Nancye Ruth Crout

Nancye Ruth Crout June 16, 1920 – January 21, 2016 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: A-24, A-25, PT-19 Assigned bases:  Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) and Camp Davis Army Air Field (N.C.) In February 1943, Nancye was

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Jeanne Perot D’Ambly

Jeanne Perot D’Ambly Class 43-W-5 December 15, 1920 – April 12, 2013 Planes flown:  PT-19, B-24, B-26, C-47 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.), Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) and Harlingen Army Air

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Mildred Inks Davidson Dalrymple

Class 44-W-4 February 14, 1920 – November 14, 2012  “I was the absolutely minimum of everything that you could be to get into the WASP.    I thought I could, and I applied myself and I

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Ann Russell Darr

Ann Russell Darr March 13, 1920 – December 2, 2007 Class 44-W-3 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-17, AT-6, AT-10, B-17, B-26, AT-11, UC-78 Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.), South Plains Army Air Base

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Marjorie Laverne Davis

Marjorie Laverne Davis December 22, 1922 – October 16, 1944 Class: 44-W-9 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, April 13, 1944 Born Marjorie Laverne Davis, December 20, 1922, in Hollywood, California,

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Marion J. Mackey DeGregorio

Marion J. Mackey DeGregorio September 21, 1913 – August 17, 2008 Class: 43-W-1 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) Planes flown: BT-13 and PT-19 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) In 1943,

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Elizabeth H. Dettweiler

Elizabeth Helen Dettweiler December 5, 1914 – November 13, 1990 Class: 43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Randolph Army Air Base (San Antonio, Tex.) and Lockbourne Army Air Base (Columbus, Ohio) Planes

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Betty June Deuser-Budde

Betty June Deuser-Budde Class 43-3 August 15, 1920 – October 13, 2014 Planes flown: BT-13, BT-14, PT-19, AT-6, A-24, A-25, B-34, PQ-8, UC-78 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned

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Mildred Jane Baessler Doyle

Mildred Jane Baessler Doyle October 13, 1921 – February 1, 2019 Class: 44-W-4 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, B-13, AT-6, AT-10 Assigned bases: Freeman Army Air Field (Seymour, Ind.) Mildred “Jane”

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Katherine Applegate Keeler Dussaq

Katherine Applegate Keeler Dussaq One of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots killed in service to her country. Class: 44-W-1 Born:  March 14, 1905 in Dayton WA Died: Nov. 26, 1944 Non-battle air crash near

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Vivian Claire Cadman Eddy

Vivian Claire Cadman Eddy Class 43-W-5 June 8, 1921 – April 29, 2013 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-17, AT-6, B-26 ,C-47, B-25, P-39, PT-22 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.)

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Marjorie “Margie” Doris Edwards

Marjorie “Margie” Doris Edwards September 28, 1918 – June 13, 1944 Class: 44-W-6 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, January 8, 1944 Marjorie “Margie” Doris Edwards was born in Anaheim, California,

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Jayne Elizabeth Erickson

Jayne Elizabeth Erickson April 14, 1921 – April 16, 1944 Class 44-W-6 Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, January 8, 1944 Jayne was born in Seattle and the eldest of three.

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Barbara Towne Fasken

Barbara Towne Fasken December 21, 1916 – December 19, 1995 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, AT-6, AT-9, B-17, C-47, P-38, P-40, P-51, P-63 Assigned bases:

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Eileen Wright Ferguson

Eileen Wright Ferguson September 11, 1920 – December 10, 2014 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10 Assigned bases: Columbus Army Air Field (Miss.) Eileen Elizabeth Wright, daughter

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Betty Archibald Fernandes

Betty Jane Archibald Fernandes November 1, 1920 – Jine 14, 2004 Class: 43-W–3 Training Locations: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: AT-6, BT-13, PT-19, L-2, L-5, B-24, C-47, B-25, P-39,

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Kathryn Bernheim Fine

Kathryn Bernheim Fine February 1, 1911 – June 24, 1996 WAFS, Class “The Originals” 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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Phyllis Burchfield Fulton

Phyllis Burchfield Fulton WAFS, Class “The Originals” June 15, 1911 –  June 21, 2012 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, A-20, B-24 Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Assigned Bases: New Castle Army

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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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Virginia S. Bradley Gough

Virginia S. Bradley Gough October 28, 1922 – May 22, 2013 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Williams Army Air Base (Chandler, Ariz.) “Don’t ever put

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Etta Mae Hollinger Grasso

Etta Mae “Holly” Hollinger Grasso November 7, 1921 – March 9, 2014 Class: 44-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Foster Army Air Field (Victoria, Tex.) As a

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