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.

Frances Fortune Grimes

Frances Fortune Grimes 1914 – March 27, 1944 Class 43-W-3 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, January 15, 1943 Graduated: July 3, 1943 Training location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger

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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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Virginia Lee Jowell Hagerstrom

Virginia “Virgie” Lee Jowell Hagerstrom December 12, 1920 – May 28, 2015 Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: AT-6, B-24, C-47, PT-17 Assigned bases:  Romulus Army

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Dorothy Louisa Bancroft Hammett

Dorothy Louisa Bancroft Hammett January 29, 1910 – March 10, 2003 Class: 44-W-6 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-24, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Frederick Army Air Field (Okla. Dorothy Bancroft began training with

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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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Mary E. Hartson

Mary E. Hartson January 11, 1917- August 14, 1944 Class: 43-W-5 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, April 6, 1943 Graduated: September 11, 1943 Stationed: Dodge City Army Air Base, Kansas;

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Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu

Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu December 15, 1920 – January 30, 2021 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-17, UC-78 Assigned bases: Pecos Army Air Base (Tex.) “Follow your

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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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Mary Holmes Howson

Mary Holmes Howson February 16, 1919 – April 16, 1944 Class: 44-W-4 Trainee Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, November 1, 1943 Mary was borne in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She majored in

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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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Celia M. Hunter

Celia M. Hunter January 13, 1919 – December 1, 2001 Class: 43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-19, AT-6, C-47 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Celia M. Hunter

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Marjorie J. Johnson

Marjorie Josephine Johnson February 4, 1914 – March 23, 2004 Class: 44-W-2 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Jackson Army Air Field (Miss.) Marjorie was born in Ionia,

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Geraldine Norma Hardman Jordan

Geraldine Norma Hardman Jordan September 3, 1921 – March 30, 2001 Class: 43-W-5 Planes flown: AT-17, B-25, BT-13, L-2, L-3, PT-19, PT-26, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air

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Edith “Edy” Clayton Keene

Edith “Edy” Clayton Keene December 19, 1920 – April 25, 1944 Class: 44-W-1 Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, August 9, 1943 Graduated:  February 11, 1944 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater,

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Margaret Helburn Kocher

Margaret “Peggy” Helburn Kocher February 6, 1921 – April 4, 2008 Class: 43-W-6 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, AT-6, P-40 Assigned bases: South Plains Army Air Base (Lubbock, Tex.) Dodge City

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Shirley Chase Kruse

Shirley J. Chase Kruse 1922 – Class: 44-W-6 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13 Assigned bases: Bainbridge Army Air Field (Ga.) “My time spent as a WASP was a never to

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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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Jean Landis

Jean Landis 1918 – Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: B-17, C-47, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-63 Assigned bases:  Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif. Jean

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Kathryn Barbara Lawrence

Kathryn Barbara Lawrence December 3, 1920 – August 4, 1943 Class 43-W-8 Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July 10, 1943 Kathryn was born in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North

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Hazel Ah Ying Lee

Hazel Ah Ying Lee August 24, 1912 – November 25, 1944 Class 43-W-4Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, February 21, 1943Graduated: Avenger Field, May 28, 1943Training location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.)

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Gertrude Meserve Tubbs LeValley

Gertrude Meserve Tubbs LeValley April 28, 1920 – August 13, 2015 Class WAFS, The Originals Planes flown: L-4, PT-19, PT-26, AT-6, AT-9, C-60, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51 Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington,

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Dorothy Swain Lewis

Dorothy “Dot” Swain Lewis September 30, 1915 – September 9, 2013 Class: 44-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, B-26, P-40, P-63 Assigned bases: Columbus Army Air Field (Miss.)

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B.J. Erickson London

Barbara Jane Erickson London D July 1, 1920 – 2013 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-17, PT-13, BT-13, BT-14, AT-6, A-20, P-38, P-51 Assigned bases: New Castle

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Paula Ruth Loop

Paula Ruth Loop August 25, 1916 to July 7, 1944 Class: 43-W-2 Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Houston Municipal Airport, Houston, Texas, December 19, 1942 Graduated: Avenger Field, May 28, 1943 Assignment:  Ferry pilot

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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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Alice E. Lovejoy

Alice E. Lovejoy August 15, 1915 – September 13, 1944 Class: 43-W-5 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, April 6, 1943 Graduated: September 11, 1943 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.)

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Dorothy Ann Smith Lucas

Dorothy Ann Smith Lucas 1922 – May 4, 2022 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, C-45, UC-78 Assigned bases: Moore Army Air Base (Mission, Tex.) On May 4,

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Ann Criswell Madden

Ann Criswell Madden April 10, 1922 – March 15, 2004 Class: 43-W-6 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: BT-13, PT-19, UC-78 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Ann “Cris” Criswell Madden

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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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E. Marie Barrett Marsh

E. Marie Barrett Marsh December 3, 1919 – April 27, 1997 Class: 43-W-7 Planes flown: B-26, A-24, C-45, C-60, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Asheville Weather Wing HQ, (AACS) (N.C.) The

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Peggy Wilson Martin

Peggy Wilson Martin February 8, 1912 – October 3, 1944 Class: 44-W-4 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, November 1, 1943 Graduated: May 23, 1944 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.)

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Dori Marland Martin

Dori Marland Martin November 14, 1921 – April 22, 2013 Class: 43-W-8 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, BT-14, UC-78, B-25, B-26 Assigned bases:  Douglas Army Air Base (Ariz.) and

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Teresa James Martin

Teresa James Martin January 24, 1914 – July 27, 2008 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, A-20, P-38, P-40, P-47. P-51 Assigned bases: New Castle

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Opal Ferguson Woodward McClung

Opal Ferguson Woodward McClung August 12, 1912- August 11, 1980 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-22, BT-13, A-20, AT-6, AT-9, AT-17, P-63, P-40, P-39, C-47 Assigned

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Jean McCreery

Marguerite Jean Moreo Terrell McCreery April 28, 1924 – May 10, 2018 Class: 44-W-10 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Randolph Army Air Base (San Antonio, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-7,

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Lea Ola McDonald

Lea Ola McDonald October 12, 1921 to June 21, 1944 Class: 44-W-3 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, October, 1943. Graduated: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas on April 5, 1944 Assignments: Simulated

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Lenore McElroy

Lenore McElroy February 18, 1907 – February 28, 1997 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, B-24, C-47 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington,

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Helen McGilvery

Helen Elizabeth McGilvery May 17, 1917 – August 25, 1948 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, AT-6, AT-17, AT-9, C-60, P-38, P-40, P-47, P-51 Assigned

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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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Gertrude M. Wenzel Milner

Gertrude Marcia Wenzel Milner October 8, 1920 – July 26, 2012 Class: 43-W-8 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, B-17, B-26, UC-78 Assigned bases: Chico Army Air Force Base (Calif.)

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