Tuesday, August 10, 2010

2010 WASP Exhibit Featuring Memorabilia From Gail Sigford Family Archives: WASP WWII Assignments

The above is a photograph of the List of WASP Assignments that was taken at the Fly Girls Exhibit in Washington D.C. during the celebration and awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal on March 10, 2010.  These duties, given to WASP  between the inception of the WASP program in 1942 and its disbandment  in 1944, covered a wide array of flying assignments.  Whether the assignments were  routine or downright risky,  WASP were there to do their duty.


  1. Flying B-26s and B-29s to prove to male pilots that they were safe???

    *eyeballs rolling*

  2. TK, that's absolutely true. The early B26's had the reputation of crashing and the male pilots were making noises that the B26 was unsafe and not wanting to fly in them. Between Jackie Cochran and the AAF, they proposed that the WASP fly the B26. The ploy worked.

    The B29, the super fortress, was thought to be too big to fly and thus met with some resistance. So a couple of WASP were trained to fly the B29. After the women piloted the B29, one male B29 pilot was reported to toss his wings on his commander's desk, saying, "I quit." The commander retorted, "You'll quit when we tell you that you can quit."

  3. Joan,
    On our return from the Oregon coast last weekend, we stopped at the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville. My husband wanted to see the Spruce Goose (which was quite impressive), but I was more interested in the WWII-era planes and exhibits. I noticed they had a small portion of an exhibit that talked about the WASP and their service during that time period. Throughout the museum, there was a strong emphasis on Oregon individuals and their flight/military service. If you get the chance, it is a wonderful museum and worth the visit.

  4. Tracy, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have always meant to go up to the Evergreen Air Museum, but never gotten around to it. You have given me new impetus for a trip up that way. Thanks for the reminder of what's in my own back yard (well, sort of, I am as far south in Oregon as you can get without being in California.)