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Fifinella, the female gremlin was designed by Walt Disney for a proposed film from Roahl Dahl's book, "The Gremlins".


During WWII, the WASP asked for permission to use her as the official mascot and Disney agreed. Fifinella was worn on many of the WASP flight jackets.

 

 

Who were the WASP?

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), was a non-military organization in WWII, which throughout its existence, Congress maintained was an experiment. Politics ended the experiment suddenly and with little notice, but that did not detract from their work or their remarkable determination to fly. Twenty-five thousand women applied to the program. Almost two thousand qualified and entered training. Successful graduates tested and ferried military aircraft and completed other piloting jobs to free up men for active service.

 

They transported every make of airplane in the American armament, which included training, pursuit, and transport planes, along with fighters, and bombers. Some WASP received orders to fly planes that males had refused to fly, such as the B-26 Martin Marauder, also known as the 'Widow Maker'. The hope was to shame the men into flying them. Although the ploy successfully made men feel 'if a woman can do it, anyone can', eventually even the Army recognized how degrading that attitude was to the women pilots.

 

After their training, the WASP lived and worked at one hundred and twenty bases around the country. They wore uniforms that followed strict military code and took orders as if they served in the armed forces. They didn't. They had no life or accident insurance, no death benefits and could not be buried in a military cemetery or receive a burial with flags and honors. WASP could achieve no rank of significance outside their organization, nor could they give orders to men. Federal law prohibited women from flying military planes into combat or outside the boundaries of the United States, still, thirty-eight WASP died serving their country.

 

After the WASP 'experiment' ended, the Pentagon ordered their files sealed. For over thirty years, no one talked, wrote, or learned about the pilots and few were interested in the women who literally kept 'the home fires burning' while they worked in defense plants and shipyards.

 

On July 1, 2009, President Obama signed S.614. The bill was a bipartisan effort led by Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Maryland Democrat Senator Barbara Mikulski. It awards the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from World War II.

 

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The Woman in

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July 1944

A member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots struggles to land her A-24 dive bomber whose engine suddenly burst into flames. A week later another pilot's life is threatened when the rudder cables of a BT-13 training plane snap mid flight. The plane goes into a deadly spin and she prepares to jump, only to discover her canopy is jammed. Are these accidents the result of sabotage or mechanical failure? The work of Nazi sympathizers or washed out US Army pilots?

 

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The December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor ended debate as to whether the United States should become involved in World War II. This hasty entrance into war brought unexpected changes. Two hundred thousand women enlisted in the military and twelve million, many who had never worked outside of their homes, took jobs in factories, offices, and as civilian workers on military bases. This new supply of labor increased ship, airplane, and weapons production beyond all expectations. Eighty-five hundred planes a month rolled out of factories, twice the number previously manufactured in an entire year. A largely unknown fact both during and after the war was that more than half of the aircraft produced were delivered to ports and bases around the country by civilian women, Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASP.

In The Woman in the Wing, a suspense thriller, Charlotte Mercer is a WASP trainee who hopes to fly for her country. Charlotte's career nearly ends before it begins when an army major removes her from training after she refuses his proposition to do something other than fly. Ordered to work at a defense plant with the FBI, she meets her new riveting partner, agent Eleanor Frazier. Char quickly goes from pilot to Rosie the Riveter to undercover agent after a ring of German spies. The dedicated pilot never gives up hope of earning her silver wings, even as she makes a perilous flight with a Nazi demolitions expert holding a gun to the back of her head.

 

 

 

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Why?  Can't you just trust me?  I promise you this is an excellent read. Pam Hedden

 

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The Woman in the Wing reminds us that the contributions of those who are seldom given the spotlight are nonetheless vitally important to understanding where we are today. Laurence Overmire

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There are several eye opening themes in this novel.  Ken Maurizi

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WASP Whodunit Has The Right Stuff.  A delightful romp! Betababe

 

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This book was well written and a good mystery. What more could you ask for? Patricia C. Whitehead

 

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This is a great book and it has a little bit of WWII history woven through the pages things that you don't learn in a history book. It keeps you turning the pages for more.

Veronica Nagy

 

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The story has a build up of excitement and intrigue. Trying to figure out who the bad guys/women are, the reader is caught up in mystery.

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"The Woman in the Wing" grabbed my attention and held it until even after I finished the book. Betty Gelean ReviewTheBook.com 

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Learn more at sites about American women who served during WWII

 

Wings Across America where you can find out more about the WASP.

WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) Gold Medal Ceremonies

Andy's WASP Web Pages
Women During WWII fighting on the home front and overseas is a great site for all women including WASP and Rosies
Texas Woman's University
PBS Documentary Flygirls 


Rosie the Riveter www.rosietheriveter.org/
● National Park Services Rosie the Riveter exhibit: www.nps.gov/pwro/collection/website/home.htm
Library of Congress, Journeys & Crossings:
www.loc.gov/rr/program/journey/rosie.html
American Rosie the Riveter Association: www.rootsweb.com/~usarra/

 

 

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