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    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery, 1943]

    • 1943
    • Avery provides a detailed description of a typical day. It includes a minute-by-minute schedule of her meals, classes, flight training, and free time.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery, 1943]

    • 1943
    • Avery writes that the planes are grounded due to a new technical order, so everyone is catching up on cleaning since they can't fly. There are 15 days left before she graduates from WASP training.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-27
    • Avery describes Sweetwater, Texas, a snake disrupting their drill practice, having a morning off to clean, the possibility of starting to fly soon, the regimentation of the WASP, and planning a parade for the second graduating class.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, circa 1943]

    • 1943-11
    • Avery describes doing stalls, steep turns, and shot landings during flight training at Mather Field, California, and mentions top speeds of 350 to 450 mph. She notes that several men are now in their class training. She hopes she is able to...
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery 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
    • [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
    • [ 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
    • [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
    • [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
    • [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
    • [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
    • [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
    • [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
    • [Dorothy Avery beside sign, circa 1943.]

    • 1943
    • Dorothy Avery poses beside a sign for Squadron D of the 420th Army Air Force Base Unit, circa 1943. She wears the WASP santiago blue dress uniform with trousers.
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers

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