Aloe AAF, Victoria, Texas, 1944.
Barbara Searles Squire’s first taste of flying came at age 10, when she took a ride with a barnstorming pilot. She began following the career of Amelia Earhart with interest; when old enough, she enrolled in trade school and began installing radio equipment on an assembly line for B-17s. She then took ground-school courses and joined the U.S. Civil Air Patrol as a warrant officer. Cashing in her war bonds, she traveled to Quartzsite, Ariz., to log the necessary hours of flying time to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots. As a WASP, she learned to fly several planes. She also wrote poetry about her flying experiences. Later in life, she and her husband settled in Monte Sereno.