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Fly Girls: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7 p.m.
Hunter Family Education Hall, History Center, 509 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
Free for members, $10 for non-members

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the American entry into WWII, the U.S. Army Air Force found itself in critical need of pilots for the emerging two-front war and despite the reluctance of the military establishment, decided to bring women on to serve as pilots.

The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were the first women in America's history to fly American military aircraft.They flew non-combat missions in order to free men for combat and had an enormous impact on World War II aviation. They flew over 60 million miles in as many as 75 different types of aircraft during the two years they were active including the heaviest bombers, fastest pursuit planes, and lightest trainers.And yet their contribution to the war effort was classified and buried for over 30 years and thus overlooked and omitted from the original history books of WWII.

Learn more about the WASPs from Board Member Ann Jones.  She will share some of the history of these remarkable pilots, as well as her own memorable experience attending the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in 2010 on behalf of her aunt.

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