Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasps) of World War II

Molly Merryman September 22, 2019

Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasps) of World War II Molly Merryman During World War II, all branches of the military had women s auxiliaries Only the Women Airforce Service Pilot WASP program, however, was comprised entirely of women who flew dangerous missions commonly associated with and desired by men Within military hierarchies, the World War II pilot was projected as the most dashing and desirable of servicemen Flyboys wereDuring World War II, all branches of the military had women s auxiliaries Only the Women Airforce Service Pilot WASP program, however, was comprised entirely of women who flew dangerous missions commonly associated with and desired by men Within military hierarchies, the World War II pilot was projected as the most dashing and desirable of servicemen Flyboys were the daring elite of the United States military More than the WACs Army , WAVES Navy , SPARS Coast Guard , or Women Marines, the WASPs directly challenged these assumptions of male supremacy in wartime culture WASPs flew the fastest fighter planes and heaviest bombers they test piloted experimental models and worked in the development of weapons systems Yet the WASPs were the only women s auxiliary within the armed services of World War II that was not militarized In Clipped Wings, Molly Merryman draws upon military documents many of which were declassified only in the 1980s , congressional records, and interviews with the women who served as WASPs during World War II, to trace the history of the over 1,000 pilots who served their country as the first women to fly military planes She examines the social pressures which culminated in their disbandment in 1944OCoeven though a wartime need for their services still existedOCoand documents their struggles and eventual success, in 1977, to gain military status and receive veterans benefits.

Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasps) of World War II Molly Merryman

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