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.

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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Nadine Ramsey

Nadine Bernice Ramsey August 28, 1911-1997 Class:  43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) and Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, UC-78, AT-6, P-38, P-39,

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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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Betty Jo Streff Reed

Betty Jo Streff Reed June 20, 1923  – June 22, 2013 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Columbus Army Air Field (Miss.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-1 “Never let go

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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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Ruth Eunice Franckling (Reynolds)

Ruth Eunice Franckling (Reynolds) January 12, 1919 – May 15, 2007 Class:  43-W-2 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport, Texas Planes Flown: PT-19, PT-22, BT-13, AT-6, AT-19, AT-19, A-20, B-24, B-25, C-47, P-38, P-39, P-47, P-51,

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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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Alyce Stevens Rohrer

Alyce Stevens Rohrer September 07, 1922 – February 01, 2024 Class: 44-W-4 Planes flown: PT-17, PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Perrin Army Air Base (Sherman, Tex.) “Excuses

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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 Y. Rochow Balden Seymour July 1, 1917 – July 18, 2017 Class: 43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.), Buckingham Army Air Field (Fort Myers,

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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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Helen Wyatt Snapp

Helen Wyatt Snapp May 1, 1918 – January 20, 2013 Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) and Camp Davis

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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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Alice Jean May Starr

Alice Jean May Starr July 17, 1920 – June 28, 2023 Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Planes flown: B-25, C-47,

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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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Caryl W. Jones Stortz

Caryl W. Jones Stortz January 1, 1918 – February 24, 2009 Class: 43-W-5 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Camp Davis Army Air Field (N.C.) Planes flown: PT-17, AT-6, A-24, A-20 Caryl “Suds”

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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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Mary Barnes Sturdevant

Mary Jean Barnes Sturdevant September 28, 1921 – June 24, 2017 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Merced Army Air Field (Calif.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Mary Barnes Sturdevant was

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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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Alta Corbett Thomas

Alta Corbett Thomas May 26, 1918- August 28, 2017 Class: 43-W-4 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Camp Davis Army Air Field (N.C.) and Liberty Field/Camp Stewart Army

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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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