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.

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

Marie O’Dean Bishop Parrish February 25, 1922 – February 24, 2022 Class: 44-W-4 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-26, UC-78 Assigned bases: Greenville Army Air Base (Greenville, Miss.) and

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Jean Hanmer Pearson

Jean Hanmer Pearson February 17, 1915 – 2010 Class: 43-W-7 Training Location:  Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: BT-13, PT-19, C-47 Assigned bases:  New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Jean was

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Helen Richards Prosser

Helen Richards Prosser August 2, 1921 – October 23, 1976 Class: WAFS, The Originals Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, AT-6, AT-17, B-25, C-47, P-38, P-40, P-51,

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Mabel Virginia Rawlinson

Mabel Virginia Rawlinson March 19, 1917 – August 23, 1943 Class 43-W-3Entered Army Air Force flight training:  Houston Municipal Airport, Houston, Texas, January 15, 1943Graduated: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July 3, 1943Training location: Houston Municipal

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Katherine Thompson Rawls

Katherine Thompson Rawls June 14, 1917 – April 8, 1982 Class: WAFS, The Originals Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, PT-22, AT-6, AT-17, A-20, B-25, B-26, C-47,

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Ola Mildred Rexroat 

Ola Mildred Rexroat  August 28, 1917 – June 28, 2017 Class: 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6. PT-19 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Eagle Pass Army Air Base (Tex.) “I just did

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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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Helen Richey

Helen Richey November 21, 1909 – January 7, 1947 Class: 43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-15, B-25, C-47 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) and Fairfax Army

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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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Gleanna Roberts

Gleanna Roberts  January 11, 1919 – June 20, 1944 Class 44-W-9, Trainee Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas in June, 1944 Gleanna was born in Sharon Center, Johnson County, Iowa. She

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Marie Michell Robinson

Marie Michell Robinson May 23, 1924 – October 2, 1944 Class 44-W-2 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, in September, 1943 Graduated: March 11, 1944 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assignments:

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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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Barbara Donahue Ross

Barbara Donahue Ross March 25, 1920 – August 21, 2010 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: L-5, PT-17, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-63, C-47, A-20 Assigned bases: New Castle

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Mary Eleanor Martin Sabota

Mary Eleanor Martin Sabota Class 44-W-3 February 5, 1918 – November 23, 1999 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, B-25, B-26, P-40 ,P-63 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air

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Adela Riek Scharr 

Adela “Del” Riek Scharr August 10, 1907 – March 11, 1998 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-9, P-39 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air

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Dorothy E.  Scott

Dorothy E.  Scott February 16, 1920 – December 3, 1943 WAFS “The Originals” October, 1942, Dorothy Scott was hired as a ferry pilot in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of the Air Transport Command. On

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Bettie Mae Scott

Bettie Mae Scott (A) July 26, 1921 – July 8, 1944 Class: 44-W-3 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, October, 1943 Graduated: April 15, 1944 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.)

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Margaret June “Peggy” Seip

Margaret June “Peggy” Seip June 24, 1916 – August 30, 1943 Class 43-W-5 Training Location Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Margaret Seip was a trainee killed in an accident on August 30, 1943 with her instructor Calvin

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Helen Jo Anderson Severson

Helen Jo Anderson Severson November 2, 1918 – August 30, 1943 Class 43-W-5 Training location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) April 6, 1943 Fun fact: Number of Trainees: 124 trainees, 85 graduates. This was the first class

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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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Marie Ethel Cihler Sharon

Marie Ethel Cihler Sharon (A) April 21, 1917 – April 10, 1944 Class 43-W-4 Entered Army Air Force flight training: February 14, 1943 at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas Graduated: August 7, 1943 Training location: Houston

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Evelyn Sharp

Evelyn Sharp (A) October 1, 1919 – April 3, 1944 WAFS “The Originals” October, 1942, Evelyn Sharp was hired as a ferry pilot in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of the Air Transport Command. On

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Barbara Poole Shoemaker

Barbara “Puddles” Poole Shoemaker January 28, 1917 – September 23, 2008 Class: WAFS, The Originals Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, AT-6, AT-17, B-24, C-47, P-38, P-39, P-47, P-51,

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Dorothy Fulton Slinn

Dorothy Fulton Slinn October 14, 1918 – February 11, 1985 Class: WAFS Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, PT-26, BT-13, AT-6, A-20, B-25, B-26, C-47, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47,

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Elizabeth Whitlow Smith

Elizabeth “Betty” Whitlow Smith December 29, 1920 -June 16, 2011 Class: 43-W-2 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) Planes flown: B-24, P-40, P-47, P-51,, PT-19, BT-15, AT-6, PT-17, A-24 Assigned bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.)

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Nancy E. Nesbit Staples

Nancy E. Nesbit Staples April 10, 1921 – November 10, 2006 Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Planes flown: PT-19, AT-11, B-34, B-25, C-45, C-47, C-53, UC-78 Assigned

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Betty Pauline Stine

Betty Pauline Stine September 13, 1921 – February 25, 1944 Class: 44-W-2 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, September, 1943 Betty was born in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She attended

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Dora Dougherty Strother

Dora Dougherty Strother November 27, 1921- November 19, 2013 Class: 43-W-3 Planes flown: AT-6, AT-11, A-24, A-25, BT-13, B-25, B-34, B-17, B-29, PT-19, PQ-8, L-4, L-5 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field

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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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Marion R. Tibbetts

Marion R. Tibbetts January 5, 1915 – Nov. 28, 2001 Class 43-W-6 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, B-24, C-47, UC-78 Assigned bases:Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) and Greenville Army Air Base (Greenville, Miss.) Born January

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Marian J. Toevs

Marian J. Toevs May 13, 1917 – February 18, 1944 Class: 43-W-8 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July 10, 1943 Graduated: December 17, 1943 Assignment: Engineering test pilot Assigned bases:

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Gertrude Tompkins Silver

Gertrude ‘Tommy’ Tompkins-Silver October 16, 1911 – disappeared October 26, 1944Class: 43-W-7Graduated: November 13, 1943Assignment: Ferry pilotAssigned bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) and Pecos Army Air Base (Tex.)Planes flown: AT-6, AT-17, UC-78 Gertrude Tompkins Silver was

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Mary Elizabeth Trebing 

Mary Elizabeth Trebing  December 31, 1920 – November 7, 1943 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, February 21, 1943 and training at Houston Municipal Airport, Texas Graduated:  August 7, 1943 Assignment:

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Florene Miller Watson

Florene Miller Watson December 7, l920 – February 4, 2014 Class: WAFS  ”The Originals” Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, P-38, P-40, P-51, P-63 Assigned bases: New

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Mary Louise Webster

Mary Louise Webster June 30, 1919 – December 9, 1944 Class: 44-W-8 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, March, 1944 Graduated: October 16, 1944 Assignment: Administrative pilot, Engineering test pilot Assigned

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Bonnie Jean Alloway Welz

Bonnie Jean Alloway Welz (A) June 22, 1918 – June 29, 1944 Class: 43-W-6 Entered Army Air Force flight training: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, April 25, 1943 Graduated: October 9, 1943 Assignments: Tow target pilot,

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