AUGUST 20 General Arnold, CG/AAF issues orders: "Acronym for all AAF women pilots will be
'WASP', Women Airforce Service Pilots, period." (AAF Regulation 20-4) do we need 2 entries?
AUGUST 30 All Ferrying Division WASP ordered to live on base. All women pilots are to transition on
multi-engine and high power single engine airplanes.
SEPTEMBER Class 44-2 enters training. SEVERE shortage of pilots. WASP doing essential flying for
ATC and Camp Davis--towing targets. Gen. Arnold: "Time to let them try other flying jobs." Training
and missions extended to include: target-towing, glider towing, radar calibration flights, co-piloting
bombers, flying bombardier training missions.
SEPTEMBER 11 Class 43-5 graduates. 127 entered, 86 graduated.
SEPTEMBER 13 Losses of planes and men alarming because enemy radar cannot be avoided. Secret
project to confuse enemy radar screen detection needs test pilots. Too few male pilots available.
Cochran says, 'Let the WASP do it.'
SEPTEMBER Only four people in America know about top secret radio controlling of drone planes: 2
men, 2 WASP. All at Muroc Lake, Calif.
OCTOBER 1 Another FIRST for WASP: 15 WASP from Camp Davis transferred to Camp Stewart to
take special course in radio controlled drone flight. Assignment is still "top secret' and experimental.
Training at Avenger Field increased to 27 weeks in (3) nine week phases. Flying increased to : 210
hours flying . 66 in military training, 300 hours academic plus physical training.
OCTOBER 9 Class 43-6 graduates. 122 entered, 84 graduate. Graduates wear AAF officers 'pinks',
after being fitted by tailor.
OCTOBER Changes in WFTD flight training program: advanced phase to concentrate on AT-6,
eliminate twin engine (UC-78) training, intermediate stage will be on instruments, extensive cross
country in PTs and AT-6's of at least 1,000 miles each added to training. Some male pilots refusing to
fly B-26 Martin Marauder bombers. Gen. Arnold orders Ms Cochran select some WASP to train at
Dodge City to fly B-26 as morale booster for male pilots.
OCTOBER 4 Class 44-3 enters training.
OCTOBER 14 25 WASP, with twin engine experience, report to Dodge City for B-26 training.
NOVEMBER 1 Class 44-4 reports to Avenger Field to begin training.
NOVEMBER Training Command lacks pilots. Needs women to replace men needed for combat and
to help train men for aerial warfare. 20 WASP assigned from 43-7 by Western Flying Training
Command to fly B-25's. PT-19 trainers retired. New primary trainer aircraft: PT-17s (Stearman).
NOVEMBER 11 6 WASP sent to South Plains Base, Lubbock TX for glider towing training in C-60's.
NOVEMBER 13 Class 43-7 graduates (103 entered, 59 graduate). 10
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