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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WASP


Today, the women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, active during World War II, will be awarded Congressional Gold Medals. It is more than 65 years since the WASP were disbanded and nearly forgotten by the American public. Yesterday, NPR's Morning Edition had a extended report on the WASP. The website includes additional material such as photos and essays that you won't want to miss.

We have books in both the adult and children's sections that deal with the long neglected story of the WASP:

Donnelly, Karen. American Women Pilots of World War II. [940.544 DON]

Haynsworth, Leslie. Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age. [629.13 HAY]

Nathan, Amy. Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II. [J 940.54 NAT]

More information on the WASP can be found at the National Museum of the US Air Force website. Click here to start.

Congratulations to these daring and brave women who paved the way.

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