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Cornelia Fort WAFS Pilot Earns Sarah a Silver!

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards 2024  Last fall I entered Cornelia Fort WAFS Pilot: Her Life for Her Country in the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Cornelia’s story is the ninth biography I’ve written about those remarkable women pilots of World War II. They were known first as the WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron). Badly needed, 28…

December 7, 1941: “The Day That Will Live in Infamy”

“Remember Pearl Harbor” “At 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a Japanese force of 183 airplanes attacked U.S. military and naval facilities on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands without warning. For 30 minutes, dive bombers, level bombers and torpedo planes struck airfields and naval vessels. “After a 15-minute lull, a second wave of 170 planes launched…

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38 WASP Died in WWII, 3 Were Original WAFS

Thirty-eight WASP perished performing their patriotic calling — flying for their country in World War II. All were young women, age 20 to early 30s — women whose futures would never be realized. Cornelia Fort, a southern gentlewoman from Tennessee, loved flying. She also was on her way to becoming a proven writer. Early on,…

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