(Jillian Drapala, Lacey Opdycke, Amanda Baughman)
(Photo Credit: D-Day Conneaut Staff Photographers)
Hi there, and welcome to the official website for all things Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) related. We are a small, yet mighty, group of American female “pilot” reenactors based out of Michigan, who are dedicated to authentically representing the 1,074 WASP of the Second World War.
The WASP were a small group of women pilots chosen and trained to be the first female pilots to fly planes for the war effort. Their duties included towing targets for ground to air gunnery practice, ferrying airplanes from assembly line to base or between bases, “tracking and searchlight missions, simulated strafing, smoke laying and other chemical missions, radio control flying, basic instrument instruction, engineering test flying, administrative and utility flying.” By completing these duties, the WASP would then free male pilots to participate in combat duties. According to the Director of Women’s Flying Training, Jacqueline Cochran, in her final report on the program, the WASPs “flew during operational duties nearly every type of airplane used by the AAF, from the small primary trainer to the Superfortress (B-29), including the Mustang, Thunderbolt, B-17, B-26, and C-52 … the women pilots … flew approximately 60 million miles for the Army Air Forces.”
If you’re interested in being recruited, please see our recruitment tab above and fill out the pertinent information.
*Research conducted by WASP REENACTED, CO Lacey Opdycke*
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