Dorothy Smith Lucas 44-7

Dorothy Smith Lucas was born on December 4, 1922, in Norfolk, Virginia. She was working in Washington DC when she heard about the WASP program. She borrowed a couple of hundred dollars, and spent the summer earning her hours. In the spring of 1943, the age limits were 21-35, and since she was only 20 then, she took her time getting her 35 flight hours. Then the age limit was lowered to 18 that summer, and she put in her application at that time.

Dorothy was working as a secretary, going to George Washington University at night, and flying on the weekends. Her application into the WASP was approved and she was accepted into the class 44-7.

After graduation, Dorothy was assigned to the Gunnery Squadron, Moore field in Mission, Texas. She towed targets, flew some administrative flights, and delivered planes to other bases. She met Alfred Lucas at Moore Field.

After deactivation, Al and Dorothy married. Al stayed in the military after the war ended and his career took them to Europe and the Philippines as well as various parts of the U.S. They have five children and 14 grandchildren.

Dorothy was co-chairman of the 1992 WASP reunion in San Antonio, Texas. It was great fun and a lot of hard work and a lot of time. Betty Shipley, 44-4 and Dorothy have given many speeches there about the WASP and those have been very gratifying.

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