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WWII: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) Organisation created

5th August 1943

In the US the WFTD and WAFS were combined on August 5, 1943, to create the paramilitary WASP organization. The female pilots of the WASP would end up numbering 1,074, each freeing a male pilot for combat service and duties. The WASP flew over 60 million miles in all, in every type of military aircraft.

WASPs were granted veteran status in 1977, and given the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.


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