Women Airforce Service Pilots

  • women airforce service pilots (wasp)
    waspbadge.jpg
    the wasp badge
    elizabeth l. remba gardner, women's airforce service pilots, nara-542191.jpg
    elizabeth l. gardner, wasp member, at the controls of a b-26 marauder
    agency overview
    formedaugust 5, 1943 (1943-08-05)
    preceding agencies
    • women's flying training detachment (wftd), formed september 1942
    • women's auxiliary ferrying squadron (wafs), formed september 1942
    dissolveddecember 20, 1944
    employees1,830 accepted for training
    1,074 completed training
    parent agencyunited states army air forces

    the women airforce service pilots (wasp) (also women's army service pilots[2] or women's auxiliary service pilots[3]) was a civilian women pilots' organization, whose members were united states federal civil service employees. members of wasp became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during world war ii. despite various members of the armed forces being involved in the creation of the program, the wasp and its members had no military standing.

    wasp was preceded by the women's flying training detachment (wftd) and the women's auxiliary ferrying squadron (wafs). both were organized separately in september 1942. they were pioneering organizations of civilian women pilots, who were attached to the united states army air forces to fly military aircraft during world war ii. on august 5, 1943, the wftd and wafs merged to create the wasp organization.

    the wasp arrangement with the us army air forces ended on december 20, 1944. during its period of operation, each member's service had freed a male pilot for military combat or other duties. they flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. thirty-eight wasp members lost their lives and one disappeared while on a ferry mission, her fate still unknown as of 2019.[4] in 1977, for their world war ii service, the members were granted veteran status,[5] and in 2009 awarded the congressional gold medal.[6][7]

  • creation of the wasp
  • requirements and demographics
  • wasp training
  • duties
  • request for military status
  • end of the wasp program
  • legacy
  • discrimination
  • notable wasp aviators
  • documentaries and fictional depictions
  • see also
  • references
  • external links

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
WASPbadge.jpg
The WASP badge
Elizabeth L. Remba Gardner, Women's Airforce Service Pilots, NARA-542191.jpg
Elizabeth L. Gardner, WASP member, at the controls of a B-26 Marauder
Agency overview
FormedAugust 5, 1943 (1943-08-05)
Preceding agencies
  • Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD), formed September 1942
  • Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), formed September 1942
DissolvedDecember 20, 1944
Employees1,830 accepted for training
1,074 completed training
Parent agencyUnited States Army Air Forces

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (also Women's Army Service Pilots[2] or Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots[3]) was a civilian women pilots' organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during World War II. Despite various members of the armed forces being involved in the creation of the program, the WASP and its members had no military standing.

WASP was preceded by the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). Both were organized separately in September 1942. They were pioneering organizations of civilian women pilots, who were attached to the United States Army Air Forces to fly military aircraft during World War II. On August 5, 1943, the WFTD and WAFS merged to create the WASP organization.

The WASP arrangement with the US Army Air Forces ended on December 20, 1944. During its period of operation, each member's service had freed a male pilot for military combat or other duties. They flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight WASP members lost their lives and one disappeared while on a ferry mission, her fate still unknown as of 2019.[4] In 1977, for their World War II service, the members were granted veteran status,[5] and in 2009 awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.[6][7]