Thursday, March 18, 2010
Last Wednesday, 3/10, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) received the Congressional Gold Medal of honor. It's about time! During WWII they ferried planes from the factories to the bases, 38 died and never left the United States. 200 former pilots (in their 80's & 90's) went to Washington, D.C. to receive the medal. Florence Wheeler of Healdsburg (WASP) went with her son. When I asked her if they paid her way and stay she said NO! My answer, "that's terrible!" Her response: "This is nothing new!" Please read my book "She Flew Bombers" to get a feel for what it was like to be 19 years old and delivering planes back in the forties!