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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Ruth Humphryes Brown

Ruth Humphryes Brown Class 43-W-8 November 11, 1921 – December 30, 2010 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Childress Army Air Field (Tex.) and Harlingen Army

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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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Martha McKenzie Carpenter

Martha McKenzie Carpenter Class 44-W-5 1923 – February 6, 2011 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Napier Army Air Base (Dothan, Ala.) and Tyndall Army Air Base

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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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