By Mary Davis
|WASP Betty Wall|
|WASP trainees with instructor|
Besides ferrying airplanes from factories to bases where the male pilots were stationed for training and to be deployed, WASPs also tested aircraft, trained male pilots, were airplane mechanics, transported cargo, and towed targets for live anti-aircraft artillery practice.
|WASP Deanie Parish by a P-47|
|WASPs showing the various uniforms|
Fifinella was the WASP mascot. The logo was created by the Walt Disney Company.
The WASP arrangement with the Army was terminated in December 20, 1944 when returning male pilots took over the ferrying duties. Finally in 1977, the WASP members were granted veteran status.
Though an individual WASP wouldn’t perform all these duties but specialize in one, I chose to have my WASP heroine in my upcoming WWII release Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War do many of the jobs so I could spotlight several of the WASP assignments.
|WASP Betty Wall in her golden years|
MRS. WITHERSPOON GOES TO WAR (Heroines of WWII series)
A WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flies a secret mission to rescue three soldiers held captive in Cuba.
Margaret “Peggy” Witherspoon is a thirty-four-year-old widow, mother of two daughters, an excellent pilot, and very patriotic. She joins the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). As she performs various tasks like ferry aircraft, transporting cargo, and being an airplane mechanic, she meets and develops feelings for her supervisor Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg. When Peggy learns of U.S. soldiers being held captive in Cuba, she, Major Berg, and two fellow WASPs devise an unsanctioned mission to rescue them. With Cuba being an ally in the war, they must be careful not to ignite an international incident.