1914 – 1976
— Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame Inductee – 1996 —
Inscription. An aviation pioneer, she earned her pilots license in 1930 at the age of 16 and her air transport rating in 1933. In 1942 she was instrumental in establishing under Air Transport Command (ATC), the women’s auxiliary ferrying squadron, a predecessor unit to the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, the WASPs. Serving with ATC ferrying division, she oversaw the training, planning and operations of six WASP ferrying squadrons. Under her leadership the WASPs moved during World War II thousands of aircraft between factories and operational units, thus freeing their male comrades for combat duty. She received the Air Medal for her wartime service.
Erected 1996 by Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II • Women. In addition, it is included in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 38° 32.402′ N, 89° 51.81′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County
Marker is on Main Street just east of Symington Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Heritage Dr, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker (here, next to this marker); Sgt John L. Levitow (here, next to this marker); Maj. Gen Robert. Patterson (here, next to this marker); Air Refueling (here, next to this marker); Army Air Corps Enlisted Pilots (here, next to this marker); Lt Gen Harold L. George (a few steps from this marker); C-17 Pathfinder Loadmasters (a few steps from this marker); Gen William G. Moore Jr. (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
Photos submitted on October 16, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill.
Source: The Historical Marker Database