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    • Oral history interview with Majorie S. Thompson, 2005

    • 2005-12-29
    • Primarily documents Marjorie Sanford Thompson's service in the WASPs [Women Airforce Service Pilots] from 1943 to 1944.

      Thompson briefly discusses her education, pre-war teaching career, and training in the Civilian Civilian Pilot Training...
    • WV0337 Marjorie S. Thompson Papers
    • Oral history interview with Nancy Featherhoff Sendelbach, 2000

    • 2000-05-22
    • Sendelbach primarily discusses her pilot training, her ferrying duties as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II, and her post-service family life.

      Sendelbach discusses her frequent moves as a child; the Civilian Pilot...
    • WV0168 Nancy Featherhoff Sendelbach Papers
    • Oral history interview with Nancy Mayes, 2000

    • 2000-05-23
    • Mayes primarily discusses WASP training, working overseas with the Red Cross and Air Force Pacific Command, and her experiences in the Air Force Reserves, GE, and as a WASP veteran.

      Mayes details her mother's experiences teaching and being a...
    • WV0169 Nancy Mayes Papers
    • [Three WASPs on a PT-19 airplane, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery (center, with helmet and goggles) poses on the wings of a PT-19 airplane with two fellow WASPs, circa 1943. The women wear men's green herringbone twill coveralls, jokingly referred to as "zoot suits."
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [ WASPs in the mud, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery (left) and fellow WASPs Emy and Dottie stand in the mud at Avenger Field, Texas, circa 1943. Emy and Dottie wear "zoot suits"; the caption by Dorothy Avery reads "Muddy - nothing to do but play."
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [WASPs sunbathe beside a barracks, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • WASPs at Avenger Field, Texas, lie out beside barracks, circa 1943. The caption by Dorothy Avery reads, "a day of rain - a day of rest."
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Five WASPs in work suits, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery (bottom left) and four other WASPs in "zoot suits" pose together outside a barracks at Avenger Field, Texas, circa 1943.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [WASPs pass in review, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Units of WASPs march in formation for a pass in review on the tarmac at Avenger Field in Texas, circa 1943. Rows of airplanes are parked on the tarmac and chairs have been set up for attendees to watch the event.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [WASPs at parade rest, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Units of WASPs stand at parade rest in front of airplanes on the tarmac at Avenger Field in Texas, circa 1943.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Marjorie Thompson in a car with a puppy, circa 1944]

    • 1944
    • WASP Marjorie Sanford Thompson poses in the passenger seat of a car with a puppy, circa 1944. She wears the WASP dark olive drab trousers and shirt with a General Army Air Forces Headquarters patch on the upper left sleeve.
    • WV0337 Marjorie S. Thompson Papers
    • [Dorothy Avery in flight suit, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery poses outside barracks at Avenger Field, Texas, in a size 42 "zoot suit," circa 1943. WASPs referred to the men's green herringbone twill jumpsuit they had to wear as "zoot suits" because of their tendency to be too large.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-26
    • Avery writes about her first day as a WASP at Avenger Field. Details include the schedule, her roommate and fellow WASPs, her quarters and new wardrobe, and the 40 percent washout rate.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Mary, 1943]

    • 1943-06
    • Avery has had a successful first solo flight and wanted to celebrate, but decided to stay in Sweetwater instead. She notes that everyone is tense and wondering who will wash out; several WASPs released their tensions by going out during the...
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, circa 1944]

    • 1944
    • Avery recounts a harrowing flight from March Field in Riverside, California, to George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, where they were the first WASPs ever to land. She describes their greeting, quarters, and the base, and ponders what...
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Dorothy Avery beside a plane, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery, in WASP flight suit and seat-type parachute, stands beside a plane at Avenger Field, Texas, circa 1943. Of the parachute, the back of the photo says, "Boy, that's heavy."
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Dorothy Avery, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery poses in her WASP trainee dress "General's white" uniform of a white blouse and khaki trousers, circa 1943.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Dorothy Avery in flight suit, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • WASP Dorothy Avery, wearing a "zoot suit" and holding a helmet, stands beside a structure at Avenger Field, Texas, circa 1943.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers

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