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    • Oral history interview with Gladys Avery Tillett, 1976 [text/print transcript]

    • 1976-06-21
    • OH007 UNCG Alumni Association Oral History Program Collection, 1972-1979
    • Gladys Avery Tillett (1892-1984) was a member of the Class of 1915 at State Normal and Industrial College, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, 1940-1950; co-director of Frank...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-26
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery, 1943]

    • 1943
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Mary, 1943]

    • 1943-06
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-27
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-28
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery describes a graduation parade and the graduates' nice uniforms, their class' misfitting zoot suits, her cleaning activities, taking frequent showers because of the heat and dust, starting on flight line the following day, and worrying about...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943-05-31
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery describes her first day of flying, including being allowed to do maneuvers and land the PT-19. She also mentions watching a movie on base, attending vespers, their first physical training (PT) exercises, the showers, and how everyone enjoys...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Butch, 1943]

    • 1943-06-01
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery has a had busy day with two flight periods and cleanup duty, and thinks she is being picked on. She has been practicing stalls and spins.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, 1943]

    • 1943
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery writes of the death of an instructor and student after a plane crash. She also notes they are swimming for PT to prepare for crashes into water. She explains where her nickname of "Sunny" came from.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, circa 1943]

    • 1943-11
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery passed her civilian check ride earlier, but did not attempt her Army check ride due to ill health. She describes her recent cross-country and night flights, and close calls and crash landings other pilots have had. Ground school has been...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery, 1943]

    • 1943
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Eunice, circa 1943]

    • 1943-11
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery, circa 1943]

    • 1943-11
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery describes a plane crash during a foggy morning practice. She enjoys ground school at Mather Field, saying they have the best instruction and latest data.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, 1943]

    • 1943-12
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery expresses displeasure at missing out on flight time while the instructor takes a personal leave. She states the instructors act as if they're living at a resort and that there is not a war on. She finds consolation in occasionally flying a...
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, Jan. 1944]

    • 1944-01
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • Avery, probably responding to the Battle of Bulge, writes of her excitement over the possibility that the war will soon be over. She describes what it will be like to become re-accustomed to civilian life for herself and servicemen.
    • [Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, circa 1944]

    • 1944
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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...
    • [Dorothy Avery beside a plane, circa 1943]

    • 1943
    • WV0204 Dorothy Avery Papers
    • 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."

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