Ruth Guhse 44-10

Born on December 31, 1923, in Losa Angeles, California, Ruth Guhse developed the desire to fly since she lived near Clover Field in Santa Monica and Mines Field, which is now LAX.  Part of the desire, no doubt, was publicly due to Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. She learned to fly in a Meyers OTW,

Millicent Peterson 44-10

FULFILLING A DREAM In the 1940s, in the dusty fields of Sweetwater, Texas, Millicent Peterson Young became part of a group of history-making women aviators. At 20, Young joined the WASP, or Women Airforce Service Pilots, which freed up men for combat flights in World War II by using women to support the air effort

Barbara Searles Squire 44-10

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

M. Jean Harman, 44-9

I was born on November 4, 1924 in Sterling, Colorado. My Mother moved back to California where most of her family lived, and I was raised in San Francisco. I spent some summers in West Los Angeles, with my aunt and uncle, where he was an engineer with Douglas Aircraft, and they lived near the

Mickey Brown, 44-9

Mickey Brown got her first airplane ride from her brother-in-law and immediately fell in love with being in the air. She earned $12 a week working for some attorneys and spent $8 for each flying lesson. She did earn her ticket, but didn’t have a lot of hours when she was accepted as a WASP.

Elaine Harmon 44-9

Elaine Danforth Harmon was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1919, the second of three girls. Her father played professional baseball and was a dentist, and her mother was a housewife. Harmon graduated from Eastern High School in Baltimore in 1936. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park and graduated with a bachelor of

Jan Marie Wood, 44-8

Jan Marie Wood Reseda, California was born November 6, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. In 1943, during the junior year as a Major at UCLA, I heard about the WASP and asked my parents if they could give me flying lessons. They said, “No, we can’t afford it.” I sold my accordion for $350.00 and

Emily Gile 44-8

The group’s true beginnings lie with Emily Gile, a local resident and former member of the World War II Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). After a visit to Oshkosh in 2005 for EAA’s AirVenture, she felt Hillsville needed its own EAA chapter. “Emily Gile was very interested in exposing her grandchildren to careers in

Sylvia Burrill 44-7

In 1944, Sylvia Miller Burrill – “Sunny” was a young woman with a heart for her country and her head in the clouds-literally. Burrill was one of a unique group of women pilots during World War II known as W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Service Pilots). These women, the first female pilots ever to fly military aircraft