Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII
As the United States military swung into action to rescue the damaged ships, planes, and people suffering from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an entire nation’s adaptation to modern warfare was also beginning. Men who left for the battlefield were replaced in their jobs by women — in the garages, at the jobsite, on the assembly line, and most notably, in the air. W.A.S.P. reveals the untold story of the heroic female aviators who, as Army Air Corps instructors and service pilots, moved a nation forward into the skies.
W.A.S.P. will celebrate the heroics of these amazing women and honor their struggles for recognition in the following years, including obtaining veteran status in 1977, the 2009 awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the group for exemplary service, and the passage of the 2016 law conferring the pilots’ right to burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Thirty-eight of those brave pilots sacrificed their lives in the service of their country between the years 1942 and 1945.