Loudounlady’s Blog

May 23, 2009

Getting Theirs

Filed under: Uncategorized — loudounlady @ 3:19 pm

In a time when women were supposed to be subordinate to the males, in a time when women were supposed to stay at home and clean the houses, 1,100 women would become an integral part of the war effort during World War II.  Of course everyone has heard of Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, but only a handful, maybe less, have heard of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

This group was created in 1942 because of the lack of pilots at home.  The males had gone off to war and left thousands of flying jobs behind.  With no one else to turn to the women, Jane Tedeschi being one of them, decided it was their responsibility to take over what the men had left behind.

Out of the 25,000 applicants only 1,830 were selected.  These women would received $250 a month with no benefits and no training for combat.  When the war ended in the program was disbanded and has received no recognition until now. 

It has taken 65 years for these women to get the proper recognition but as the saying goes “late is better than never.”  The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots will be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.  Senators throughout Texas and Maryland drew up the plans  for this bill, the Senate has already passed legislation now awaits the House’s decision.

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