Eleanor Thompson Wortz —

A chapter from the book



WWII Womans Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

by Eleanor Thompson Wortz

Fly Gals of World War II, is a feisty young southern woman’s account of her two years with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Eleanor Thompson had determined at age 12 that she would fly. She earned a private pilot’s license at 19. At 21 she became the first WASP from North Carolina.

Eleanor and the other dedicated WASPs ferried planes across the country from factories to bases where they were needed, often with little rest between trips. They also acted as test pilots, flew weather missions, and even towed targets for male pilots to practice firing live ammunition. It was dirty, tiring, and dangerous work, but filled their lives with excitement and adventure. Above all they were happy to be doing their part to win the war.

The WASP met fierce discrimination by the male dominated world and even endured shouts of “Go back to the kitchen.” Being maligned by the men she worked with didn’t stop Eleanor, any more than sandstorms stinging her skin and snow blocking her visibility while flying in an open cockpit. She believed she was invincible.

Eleanor’s amazing account of verve and valor provides an intimate look into an unheralded part of American history. Once privy to her story, no reader will question that she and the other brave women of the WASP deserved the Congressional Gold Medal, which they finally received in 2010.  (Eleanor's medal is pictured below.)

ISBN: 978-1-61170-034-3. 174 pages

Fly Gals of World War II

On March 10, 2010 the long-overlooked group of women who flew military aircraft during World War II were awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal.

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From 1942 to 1944 a few more than 1,100 young women, all civilian volunteers, flew almost every type of military aircraft — including the B-26 and B-29 bombers — as part of the WASP program.

By the summer of 1944 the war was ending and the program would disband. The Lost Last Class, as it was dubbed, graduated (receiving their wings from General "Hap" Arnold), and served 2 1/2 weeks before being sent home on Dec. 20, along with all the other WASP.

In 1977 the WASP were finally granted military status. On July 1, 2009 a bill was signed to award the Congressional Gold Medal to all the women who served.

In 2010 about 200 of these female aviators, mostly in their late 80s and early 90s and some in wheelchairs, came to the ceremony at the Capitol to accept the medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

" Fly Gals of World War II"
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Some pages from the book  ~ Copyright Material ~

Eleanor Thompson Wortz


CONTENTS (photos throughout)


Big Event of the Day
Wide Spot In The Road
Mother and the Ungrateful Sow’s Ear
The Luck of the Draw
Introduction to an Aileron
Is She Ready Or Not?
Where’s Hickory Airport Anyway?
How Do I Support My Habit? (The Crucial Test)
Escape—At Last
Would You Like to Be A WAF (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron)
Primary Flight Training (The Way It Was In Sweetwater)
Are We Going to Fly Those Big Things? (Basic Training)
Advanced Flight Training (Night Flying on The Twins)
I’m Your Test Pilot
Early Ferrying and Dallas Boyfriends
A Christmas Gift From The Army Air Corps
Hairy Legs, Bunking, Bailing, and Bumping (5th Ferry Group Duty)
Life With The 5th Ferry Group
A Westward Odyssey (Dallas to Victorville)
Train to Orlando for OCS and Reunion with Tony
Fini WASP Program
The End of an Era


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Jean Thompson Barrick and Eleanor Thompson Wortz
Jean Thompson Barrick and Eleanor Thompson Wortz
at Eleanor's award celebration with her family. The event was held in Los Gatos, 2010.
Congressional Medal

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