JANUARY 2-5 Nancy Love and 4 others develop WAFS Squadron at Love Field, Dallas, Texas . Group
transitions on BTs & ferry a half dozen.
JANUARY 15 3rd class (WFTD) arrives in Houston. At-6s and BT-13s arrive each day. 6 pilots in
Romulus cadre report to 3rd Ferrying Group.
JANUARY 23 Orders from AAF Hq: 'All new members of WAFS will have to be processed thru the
WFTD. WFTD flight training extended, divided into 3 phases: primary, basic and advanced.
JANUARY 30 Report filed with AAF Central Flying Training Command: 'No dorms or housing facilities
available at Houston.”
FEBRUARY 6 AAF Central Flying Training Command begins search for other training sites for women
FEBRUARY 7 Women’s Flying Training Detachment/Sweetwater approved.
FEBRUARY 14 Class 43-4 enter. One half will report to Houston, one half to Avenger Field,
MID FEBRUARY Nancy Love transfers herself to Long Beach, with cadre of 5.
FEBRUARY 21 Second WFTD school began. 318th AAFTD Avenger Field, 95 airplanes. Canadian
male cadets in flight training at Avenger Field, take up most of barracks. First class (one half of Class
43-4) enters Avenger Field. New barracks not finished. Classes directed by Plosses-Prince Air
Academy. First week girls are at Avenger, over 100 'emergency' landings. Cochran closes base,
except to real emergencies. Avenger Field then forever called, "Cochran's Convent".
FEBRUARY 22 Some of 43-4 trainees move immediately into barracks. Others stay in a hotel. Within
2 weeks all trainees are at Avenger.
FEBRUARY 23 Houston will soon close. All training will move to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Male
Canadian cadets training at Avenger will be moved to another field. A First: Gen. Stratemeyer to Gen
George: "Women pilot graduates of flying training schools will be accepted by Air Transport
MARCH 7 First WFTD trainee & instructor killed (near Houston), flying PT (Margaret Oldenburg, 43-
4, wife of Navy Ensign).
MARCH 10 Aviation Enterprises and all WFTD training ordered to move to Avenger Field. Flying
training program to last 22 ½ weeks; 170 flight hours.
MARCH 19 Lt. Gen. Hap Arnold promoted to four-star rank, a first for the Army Air Forces.
MARCH 21 WAFS Cornelia Fort, first American woman military pilot to be killed on active duty (in
BT-13 in West Texas).
MARCH 26 Class 43-5 reports to Avenger Field for training. 7
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