The WASPs were the first American women military pilots in history. During the war they flew vital ferry, training and flight test missions to free up men for combat operations. Led by famed aviators Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Love, more than a thousand women private pilots from all parts of the country graduated from military flight training and flew difficult and often hazardous missions. Disbanded before war’s end for political reasons, they were forgotten for decades until Congress officially recognized their service and bestowed full military benefits in 1978.
Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II