JUNE 27 Class 44-5 graduates. (132 entered training, 72 graduate).
AUGUST 4 Class 44-6 graduates. (136 entered, 72 graduate). Orders to report to 19 duty bases.
AUGUST 10 WASP blasted on floor of House. WASP still under orders to keep silent.
SEPTEMBER 8 44-7 graduates. (103 entered, 59 graduate).
OCTOBER 2 Letters sent to WASP announcing deactivation on Dec. 20, 1944. As of Nov. 20, WASP
may resign in good standing.
OCTOBER 9 WASP Class 44-8 graduates 49 of 108.
OCTOBER 14 WASP is first woman to fly experimental jet aircraft
NOVEMBER 1 Secret Memorandum from Brigadier General Nowland, Commander ATC Ferrying
Division to Commanding General, Air Transport Command outlining success of WASP program and
burden the deactivation will have on ACT.
NOVEMBER 6 Class 44-9 graduates 55 of 107.
DECEMBER 7 Last class, 44-10 graduates 58 of 117. General Arnold: keynote speaker. Over 100
WASP attend from bases all over the country.
DECEMBER 20 One minute after midnight of preceding day, WASP cease to exist as a quasi-military
unit. Hung up their parachutes and paid their own way back home. No benefits, no honors, no
veteran status. Official WASP military records sealed, stamped 'classified' and sent for storage to the
government archives. History of WASP not recorded by historians in official historical accounts of
WWII. Reason: records not available.
DECEMBER 21 Gen. Arnold becomes General of the Army--the first airman to hold five-star rank.
Press release from the United States Air Force Academy claiming that, for the first time in history, the
Air Force is graduating 10 women pilots from flight training. They will be the first women in history to
fly American military aircraft. WASP, whose records had been sealed since 1944, began a campaign
for fair and just recognition and setting the record straight.
SOON AFTER WASP, supported by Senator. Barry Goldwater and Bruce Arnold (son of Gen. Arnold),
lobby Congress for Veteran status for WASP.
OCTOBER 21 Deputy Secretary of Defense officially supports WASP as veterans.
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