Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Hero

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Army Air Forces

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was a paramilitary aviation organization. In 1943 they were created when the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) were merged together. The female pilots of the WASP ended up numbering 1,074, each freeing a male pilot for combat service and duties. They flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft. The WASP was granted veteran status in 1977, and given the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. Some 25,000 women applied to join the WASP, but only 1,830 were accepted and took the oath. Only 1,074 of them passed the training and joined. Thirty-eight died flying in the WASP

You can read more about WASP here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Debra LeCompte said...

It is such a small world.

Debra LeCompte said...

It is such a small world.

I don't know if my other comment was sent or not. I grew up and lived most of my life in Sweetwater, Texas, home of Avenger Field Air Force Base. That is where the women eventually served from. We have an awesome museum there dedicated to preserving the history of these heroines.