Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fearless Females # 14 News worthy: Aunt Gail and WASP

Thank you to Lisa at The Accidental Genealogist for the great Fearless Females prompts for the month of March. Prompt # 14: Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

Since the birthday of my Aunt Gail, on February 9th, this is the fourth post about my aunt. She was a graduate of the Last Lost Class of the WASP, class 44-W-10. There has been much in the news over the last month about the WASP and that they are finally receiving recognition from Congress and the nation, in the form of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Today, I will provide links to the following posts:

Happy Birthday, Gail

Newpaper Article on Gail and WASP This article also has a great picture of Gail in her flight suit.

WASP Speak which has some great videos on the WASP. I intended to publish this piece as the March 14th post, but did so on March 10th, the day that the WASP received their Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C.

I do wish my Aunt Gail had lived to see this day.


  1. Oh, I wish she had seen all this too! Those women were as resposible for our victory as the men were. They truly were "The Greatest Generation"!

  2. I'm glad you posted the links in this piece, Joan, I'd missed the newspaper article. I really had no idea about the WASP before--very interesting!