Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 WASP Exhibit Featuring Memorabilia From Gail Sigford Family Archives: Panorama of Case 1 and Margaret DeBolt Christian

(Photo by courtesy of  Diane Johnston)

The panorama of Case 1 shows that the focus of the exhibit was on the five WASP that were associated with Klamath County, Oregon; left to right,  Blanche Osborn Bross, Margaret DeBolt Christian, Peggie Parker Eccles, Margarete McGrath Armstrong, and Gail G. Sigford.

Courtesy of Texas Woman's University'
Margaret DeBolt Christian
A graduate of Klamath Union High School, Margaret DeBolt lived with her parents in Klamath Falls, before going to the University of Oregon in 1941. She also clerked for the JNN Company of Klamth Falls. In late September 1943, she left Klamath Falls by train to join her WASP class, 44-W-3, at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. She flew AT-6s and B-26s. After she received her wings, she was assigned to Dodge City Army Air Base.

Courtesy of James Christian, from the Christian Family Archives 
Five WASP in flight suits- Margaret DeBolt Christian, 2nd from rt.

Debolt met her future husband, Charles D. Christian, while they were both stationed at Merced, California. After the WASP were disbanded in December 1944, she turned her attention to raising her family. Margaret returned to flying in the 1960s when she taught ground school and instruments at Mount San Antonio Junior College in Los Angeles County. She also taught flying privately for many years. She kept flying until she was in her 70's. The Christians owned three airplanes at different times; Cessna Cardinal RG, Cessna 210, and Beach Barron.

Courtesy of James Christian, from the Christian Family Archives
circa 1980s  Margaret DeBolt Christian in her Beach Baron
(Note: There is s small WASP Fifinella decal on the tail)