About the Author

rickman_headshot2Who is Sarah Byrn Rickman?

That I write about the WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II — is no secret. This website is full of the WASP — my books and articles about them, photos of me taken at WASP events.

I serve as the editor of the WASP News, published twice a year by Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, the home of the official WASP Archives. Since 2003, I have been a WASP oral historian for TWU, recording many of these ladies’ stories on audiotape.

I’m a former journalist and former novelist who “found” herself when she met these amazing women who flew airplanes for the Army back when many women didn’t even drive cars. Writing is in my bones and telling stories has been my life’s ambition since the age of 5. Through the WASP, this author has married her journalist’s quest for facts and her artist’s desire to create stories.

And I couldn’t have picked a livelier subject. I get to “run” with these ladies — 92 and up — and I get to call them friends.

Welcome to my website and to my world!

Sarah

 

Sarah’s Bio

Sarah Byrn Rickman is the author of seven books about the WASP — the women who flew for the U.S. Army in WWII.

 

More about Sarah

In 2016, Sarah was the recipient of the Vinnie Ream Award in Letters from the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.

Her essay about writing Finding Dorothy Scott — describing how she found Dorothy’s story and was inspired to write it — won the award for her. (Read the essay here.)

Sarah received the Combs-Gates Award for 2009 presented by the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Her grant is to research and write the story of the WASP who flew for the Ferrying Division in World War II. In addition to her books, Sarah is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles about the WASP. Those magazines and website information can be found on the Other Writing page of this website. She is the editor of the WASP News, the twice-yearly WASP newsletter published by Texas Woman’s University and the WASP Archives.

Sarah is a former reporter/columnist for The Detroit News (Michigan) and former editor of the Centerville-Bellbrook Times (Ohio). She earned her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University McGregor.

Sarah was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Richard, and their black Lab, Lady.

 

6 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hello, Sarah!!

    I picked up “Ferry Command” for my wife at Christmas and I get it next. I am a life-long pilot and she is the World’s Best Co-Pilot; her Dad flew Navy in WWII.

    I have a long-shot question for you: In 1970-71, I learned sailplanes at a glider port in Lake Elsinore, California. There was a Lady tow-pilot in a taildragger (a Citabria, if I recall…) who flew from her home in Hawthorne, CA to Elsinore every day to tow gliders. It certainly was not for the money, it was for the joy of flight. She was tall, slender, and had the charming southern drawl that just invites a grin…and a great sense of humor.

    I am straining to remember her name from 45+ years ago (no success yet) but I was told that she had been a WASP! She looked to be the right age to fit into that role. At 19 years old, I did not appreciate fully what that meant nor did I know the battles these women fought to serve the country.

    Is there a chance you are familiar with her?? I may have to get to safe deposit and check my soaring logbook to see if I ever recorded her name from memorable tows through thermal strewn Lake Elsinore Valley in the summer.

    It would be bragging rights to be able to say I was towed by a WASP!!

    Thanks for all you do for their recognition.

    Peter McEvoy
    Phoenix, AZ

    • Peter,
      That would be Nancy Batson Crews, one of the Original WAFS. She was my mentor — long gone, died in 2001. I’ve written her biography. Check here on the website for Nancy Batson Crews, Alabama’s First LAdy of Flight, if you are interested in her story. Not sure it’s on Amazon, but I have copies. Let me know if you would like one. I sell them for $20 plus shipping.

  2. Yes, indeed, Sarah!!

    I really enjoyed “Ferry Command” and have recommended it. I would be excited to know more about Nancy and pick up another of your books. I’d love to get it from you directly with an autograph, if I may. If you wish to route the information through my home e-mail address, that would be fine.

    I even have a fun story about one of our glider-tow adventures that left both of us laughing about it later. How cool…I got towed by a WASP!!!

    Sorry a month went by before my reply, but I never thought to re-check your website!

    Blue skies,

    Peter McEvoy

  3. By the way, you were absolutely right. The only name that kept coming to me was “Nancy”, but at glider ports nobody worries about the formality of last names! Everybody is on a first name basis.

    Peter

  4. Hi this is me again on maybe a more appropriate spot to write a comment to you. I love what little I could read from Nancy Love and the WASP Ferrying Pilots of World War Two. It would help me so much with my wax museum piece if you would be willing to help me out and give me some of the sources you used because for instance, that horseback riding picture of her and Daisy I have not been able to find and same goes with the picture from when she was three. I would oh so grateful if you could. I can’t believe that you were mentored by Nancy Batson either. That must have been very rewarding and a,axing to have been under her wing.

    • The photos you mention came from Nancy’s family. The best source for photos of Nancy Love is the WASP Archive, Texas Woman’s University. twu.edu or call 940-898-3743.

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