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WW2 WASP Aircraft

WASP airwomen more than did their part within the ranks of the male-dominated United States Army Air Force during World War 2.

WW2 WASP Aircraft

WASP airwomen more than did their part within the ranks of the male-dominated United States Army Air Force during World War 2.

OVERVIEW



Women Airforce Service Pilots (or 'WASPs') served under the banner of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945). These women initially belonged to a civilian-minded aviation organization that was instrumental in bringing flight to female aviators. The group then fell under a paramilitary standing in early August 1943 and went on to number some 1,074 total certified flyers aviators of the 25,000 or so who actually applied for positions.

These women served in non-combat roles, ferrying warplanes to-and-from (they did not receive combat training) and assisted in training of male pilots (target tugs and the like). Before the end, the women amassed tens of millions of miles in the air for their part in the Second World War. Their primary purpose was to alleviate the demand of male pilots so they may be sent abroad to continue the fight. WASP pilots ended up delivering approximately 12,500 combat aircraft during the war's span.

Thirty-eight WASP pilots lost their lives during service and eleven of these were involved in training-related accidents. Rather sadly, their non-military status did not offer the usual military honors and respects upon their death but this did not detract from their discipline, capability and sacrifice during the war effort that required millions to be on the same operating page to achieve victory. It was only in later decades that the work of WASP pilots was properly acknowledged.

There are a total of 26 WW2 WASP Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.






#1
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beech AT-10 Wichita
Beech AT-10 Wichita
Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft
#2
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
Utility / Trainer Aircraft
#3
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
#4
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet
Bell P-59 Airacomet
Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
#5
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#7
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#8
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
Biplane Trainer / Aerobatic Aircraft
#9
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#10
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
Single-Seat. Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
#11
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber / Fighter Aircraft
#12
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Carrier-Borne Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
#13
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Twin-Engine Long-Range Transport Aircraft
#14
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
#15
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas A-24 Banshee
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
#16
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas B-18 Bolo
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Medium Bomber Aircraft
#17
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
Medium Transport Aircraft
#18
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Four-Engine Military Transport Aircraft
#19
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
#20
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin B-26 Marauder
Martin B-26 Marauder
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
#21
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell
North American B-25 Mitchell
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
#22
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the North American P-51 Mustang
North American P-51 Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
#23
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
#24
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Light Observation Aircraft
#25
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
#26
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Light Reconnaissance / Observation / Liaison Aircraft