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January 14, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Update: Flighty women

Those ladies who flew before lunching are finally seeing some clear blue sky.

Still no time for tea parties, quite yet.

Woman pilot looking out plane window before taking off. WASP Elizabeth Gardner. Harlingen Army AF, TX. (Dept of Defense/Air Force/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Hey, Baby. Need a lift? I got my wings.” (Elizabeth Gardner just before heading down a runway.USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Tiffany Miller, WASP Elaine Harmon’s granddaughter, is thrilled with progress with the effort to secure burial rights and honors for the women who served in the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and contributed to the war effort during WW II.

Legislation has been introduced into both the House and the Senate.

This is a big step

But we all know many pieces of legislation get introduced, then are lost forever down some long, dark hall. Leaving the only thing gained is publicity and PR.

1942-45 Four women pilots,.WASP, getting final instructions before cross country flight. B-26 Maurauder medium bomber planes ferried as well as towing targets for practice. (NARA/USPD by fed. employee/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Listen up, ladies. Final instructions for your cross-country flight delivering this B-26 bomber. Hurry and you’ll have time to freshen up before dinner. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The chocks are still under the wheels of this.

The engines are revving.

Now finish clearing the way for their final flight.

Get on board by reading Tiffany’s updated flight plan:

Cornelia Fort. WASP instructor by Pearl Harbor.1941/US AIr Force/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Nerves of steel. Cornelia Fort, WASP instructor, was in the air over Hawaii when the Japanese arrived at Pearl Harbor. She managed to land safely as her landing field was strafed. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Dear Supporters,

Rep. Martha McSally (Arizona) and  Rep. Susan Davis (California), have introduced legislation into the House and Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland) with Senator Joni Ernst (Iowa) have introduced legislation into the Senate to secure inurnment rights for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in Arlington National Cemetery!

We are very excited because if legislation is passed, it cannot be easily overturned by future administrations.

Now I would like to ask for your support one more time.”

Four WASP in front of plane, Pistol Packin' Mama, they delivered to Lockbourne AAF Ohio/US Air Force photo/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Stepping up with style. “Lockbourne, here’s your Pistol Packin’ Mama plane”.Talk about role models.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Please visit the following website and write an email:

http://letter2congress.rallycongress.com/698/send-emails-to-congress-on-any-topic/

  • Enter your Zip Code. Click “Submit”.

Below is a template email.  If you’re comfortable, please add your own thoughts on what it means to you for these women honored as they should be.

  • Enter your contact information. Click “Preview Letters”. Then, click “Send Letters”.

Sample email message:

As a constituent, I am asking you to co-sponsor HR 4336, the WASP bill, if you are in the House of Representatives, and Senate bill S2437 if you are a Senator. The WASP were a brave group of women who provided substantial support and displayed tremendous bravery during WWII. They were true patriots and embody what it meant to unselfishly serve and protect the United States. These women sacrificed family, and in some cases their lives, to participate in the war effort, and they deserve to be eligible for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Group of WASP pilots at Love Field, TX.1943/US Army Air Forces/USGOV-PD (US PD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Sitting pretty, Mom. Don’t worry. Patiently waiting our turn. (1943/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“We want to ensure your Congresspeople know the public supports overturning the Army’s decision to exclude these brave women from Arlington National Cemetery.”
Tiffany MillerGranddaughter of Elaine Harmon, WASP
Twitter: @tiffbmiller

Here’s a link to the sign the original petition and for Tiffany’s updates

Feel free to share or Tweet asking others to fly along in formation.

WASP.Ruth Daley climbing into Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter.1943-4. (US Army Air Forces/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Smiling like a pageant winner, Ruth Daley hops gracefully into Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter.1943.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The Women Airforce Service Pilots suited up when they and their skills were desperately needed.

Time land them with respect and all due honors.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Related post: “Women and the Underground

WASP.Jackie Cochran in cockpit of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter plane. Head of Women Airforce Service Pilots (US Air Force/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Now there’s a pin-up girl. Jackie Cochran, head of Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, in a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter plane cockpit. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Four neatly dressed WASP.1944. delivering a TB-25 Mitchell Trainer at Turner AAF (US Army Air Force/Nat.Archives/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Hey, look. They finally noticed us!” Neatly dressed WASP pilots delivering a TB-25 Mitchell Trainer in 1944 (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Cleared for take off. Thanks. Better late than never.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Carrie Rubin / Jan 14 2016 12:37 am

    I got the email about this. I was so excited. I’ve saved it so I can contact my Congress people.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2016 12:52 am

      The more I read about these women, the more intrigued I am.
      Tiffany is so smart making it easy with the link, instructions, and sample. Would be nice to get this done before Congress takes another break. Thanks for zooming by

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  2. Cynthia Reyes / Jan 14 2016 1:51 am

    What a remarkable group of women.

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  3. easyweimaraner / Jan 14 2016 1:14 pm

    I cross my paws and I hope for much more good news. It would be a tribute to all women who did so much great things for all of us.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2016 4:45 pm

      Thought people would like to know it’s working. Happy news is always welcomed. Thanks for cheering along

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  4. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jan 14 2016 5:05 pm

    Wonderful effort and project to gain this rightful last honor. Signed, donated, and letters tweaked & sent. I knew a WAC, long ago; proud to help with this one! Thanks for sharing this– in case any don’t know, oftentimes these women flew aircraft directly from manufacture… nothing at all like taking possession of a perfectly detailed new car…. I crash simulators– they FLEW WWII planes!! 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2016 5:23 pm

      They certainly weren’t pretty posed behind desks. Thanks for adding that bit of history – these planes were built by women in the factories, too. Can you imagine how it must have felt for they young women – many never having left home before – to lift off in a brand new giant plane from the runway? (the more I read, the more fascinating the story, but just so much room in blogs and people get bored by a lot of words. Hopefully some will be interested enough to look for more informations and become engaged in their stories.)
      Thanks for the assist for some real wonder women!

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  5. heretherebespiders / Jan 16 2016 6:42 pm

    This is one thing I cannot do, unfortunately. Maybe the the people who liked my FB post will be able to help!

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  6. jmmcdowell / Jan 19 2016 4:45 pm

    Go, Barbara! Glad to see her taking the lead in the Senate. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 19 2016 5:01 pm

      Important to remember who’s voting for what. Yes, mark down that name! Thanks for cheering her on.

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      • jmmcdowell / Jan 19 2016 5:03 pm

        She’s long been a huge supporter for the space program, too. Not surprising when you remember Goddard is here. 😉

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