Take a closer look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the WASP. New profiles are added regularly and will grow as the staff and volunteer of the CAF RISE ABOVE continue their tireless efforts to research and share the remarkable stories of these important American figures.

Nancy Harkness Love

­Nancy Harkness Love   Founder of the WAFS – the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron   “I have no idea what made me catch the flying bug. A ride in a tandem two-seater, single-engine Fleet Biplane

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Shirley C. Kruse

Shirley C. Kruse WASP, Class 44-W-6 “My time spent as a WASP was a never to be forgotten adventure, a great preparation for the wonderful experience of all that my life was to become.” –

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Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu

WASP, Class 44-W-7 “Follow your dreams. There may be pitfalls along the way but just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue on your way.” – WASP Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu Bernice “Bee” Falk

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Elaine Harmon

Elaine Harmon WASP, Class 44-W-9 “It was a man’s world, but we (WASP) did something really great that was needed for the war effort … There is never a day that I don’t think how

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Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran Founder of the WASP program I might have been born in a hovel, but I determined to travel with the wind and the stars, ~ Jacqueline Cochran May 11, 1906 – August 9,

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Delphine Bohn

Delphine Bohn WAFS, Class “The Originals”   We will not again look upon a woman flying as an experiment. ~AAF Commanding General Henry “Hap” Arnold, 1944   July 5, 1913 – January 19, 1992 Delphine

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Kathryn Bernheim  

Kathryn Bernheim   WAFS, Class “The Originals” February 1, 1911 – June 24, 1996   Kathryn “Sis” Bernheim was born Kathryn L. Strouse in Rockaway, New York. She was a graduate of Woodmere Academy in Woodmere,

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Beverly Beesemyer

Beverly Beesemyer WASP, Class 44-W-6 “We were given the opportunity to fly wonderful aircraft that women hadn’t flown. We were the experimental thing.” ~WASP Beverly Beesemyer Beesemyer, born in Hollywood and raised in Beverly Hills

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Ann Baumgartner Carl

Ann Baumgartner Carl WASP, Class 43-W-5 “Last time we spoke,” Wilber Wright said one day, “I asked what sort of a girl would want to fly experimental military aircraft. You didn’t say, “he laughed.” “Well,

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Bernice Batten

Bernice Batten WAFS, Class “The Originals” The first females to fly for the U.S. military were the “Originals,” better known as the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a WWII group led by aviatrix Nancy Love. Twenty-seven women strong, between the

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Nancy Batson Crews

Nancy Batson Crews WAFS, Class “The Originals” “The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron was started in 1942 with the appointment of Nancy Love as director of 28 highly qualified civilian women pilots stationed at New Castle

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Mildred “Micky” Axton

Mildred “Micky” Axton WASP, Class 43-W-7 Axton was one of the first three Women Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot and was the first woman to fly a B-29. January 8,

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Meriem Lucille Roby Anderson

WASP Class 44-W-4 “I was crazy about flying and as a little kid, even through grade school, I built model planes.”   July 12, 1921 – January 5, 2018 Anderson was born July 12, 1921,

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Mary “Marty” Wyall

Mary “Marty” Wyall Class 44-W-10    “We didn’t care so much about the pay or the recognition, We just wanted to help our country win the war.” – Marty Wyall   By her own recollection,

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Shirley C. Kruse

Shirley C. Kruse Class 44-W-6   “My time spent as a WASP was a never to be forgotten adventure, a great preparation for the wonderful experience of all that my life was to become.” –

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Dawn Seymour

Dawn Seymour Class 43-W-5   “I wanted to serve my country in a very active way.”- Dawn Seymour   Dawn Seymour graduated Cornell University in the Class of 1939. She was 22 years old, and

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Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds

Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds Class 44-W-5   Reynolds, though she does not fly anymore, is often awakened by dreams where she is back in the sky, at the controls of a military airplane, remembering the

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