Congress Approves Arlington Cemetery Burials For Female WWII Pilots
The legislation would allow the remains of women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, in the 1940s to be buried in the veterans cemetery.
The WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) flew noncombat and training missions for the US during WW2, but were not afforded honors such as burials in military cemeteries – until now.
They flew over 60 million miles, in every type of military aircraft. They suffered 38 losses. Their members included trailblazers like previously-covered Maggie Gee (who, undeterred by how difficult this was, went on to become a nuclear physicist).