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Women in WASP released male pilots for combat duty

Women in WASP released male pilots for combat duty

 

1.074 american women did a special service for the USA during World War 2.
 
They served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from August 1943 until December 1944, as pilot getting their wings after a long and hard training. Military men at first were cool to the notion of women aviators, even in non-combat roles. But that soon changed. Members of WASP flew about 60 million miles, mostly to ferry war materials and personnel and thirty-eight of them were killed, some during training.
 
The WASP service enabled the release of many male pilots for possible combat duty. The female pilots did not engage in combat, but did serve as test pilots and flew aircraft during training exercises.
 
Although WASP pilots performed essentially the same service as did many male pilots, it took a long time for them to be duly recognized. The group’s 1944 disbandment was, in fact, due in part over objections that women took non-combat jobs away from men. WASP records were sealed. The women returned to civilian life, and their service was largely forgotten.
 
The WASP was finally granted veteran status in 1977. On May 10, 2010 President Barack Obama and the United States Congress awarded the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal. Three of the roughly 300 surviving WASPs were on hand to witness the event. During the ceremony President Obama said, "The Women Airforce Service Pilots courageously answered their country's call in a time of need while blazing a trail for the brave women who have given and continue to give so much in service to this nation since. Every American should be grateful for their service, and I am honored to sign this bill to finally give them some of the hard-earned recognition they deserve."
 
On May 10, 2010, the 300 surviving WASPs came to the US Capitol to accept the Congressional Gold Medal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders.
 
Twenty-five thousand women applied to join the WASP, but only 1,830 were accepted and took the oath. Out of these, only 1,074 of them passed the training and joined.
 
Illustration: Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas: Elizabeth L. Gardner of Rockford, Illinois, WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilot) pilot, takes a look around before sending her plane streaking down the runway at the air base.
 

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