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NEWSLETTER

VOL. XIV

Editor - Betty Cross

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WE SALUTE YOU, AMERICA!

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DECEMBER 1977

/ "\", JACQUELINE COCHRAN Col. w. Bruce Arnold Dr. Harold Brown, Secretary of Defense
/
"\",
JACQUELINE COCHRAN
Col. w.
Bruce Arnold
Dr. Harold Brown,
Secretary of
Defense

***THEY FINISHED IT!***

Congresswoman Lindy Boggs

-

GENERAL H. H. "Hap" ARNOLD

**THEY STARTED IT!** Those two great people above struggled for many years to make us a part of the Army Air Force. How proud and happy they must be at what has finally taken place.

Senator Barry Goldwater

Asst. Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower, Reserve Affairs & Installations) Hon. Antonia Handler Chayes

Historic days never to be forgotten -- November 3rd and 4th, 1977. The House and Senate passed a veter~. benefits bill and included the WASPs. President Jimmy Carter signed this bill into law November 23, 1977.

,

;

THANKSl

"The Prez Says"

THANKS I

THANKS!

THANKS!

I'Jhenthere are so many to

thank, where does one

begin?

this time but here are a few. Our beloved Sena- tor Barry Goldwater whe never gave up the battle' Congres~lonen Lindy Boggs and Margaret Heckler who of tel' placed their personal careers on the line for our cause; Congressman Ja'l1esQuillen who was the first in the House to introduce one of the

It is impossible to mention everyone at

many Bills for LtS; the mal".ySenators and Coneress-

people who sp0l!sored us and convinced others

to

vote fo~ us when the time c~ae. Some of our un- sung heroes have been the Aides to Senators and Congresspeople. Terry Emerson, Aide to Sen. Gold- water; ~ixQ Griffith, Aide to Congresswoman Lindy Boggs al~d FeteI' Sare,ka, Aide to Congresswoman

Nareare~ Heckler to llame just three, worked for

hours 0:1 cur behalf.

tary .)1' [j'Jfense,for taking the time to study our

hL:tre,y ,'nJ properly re-evaluate it against the eas.~,JrrGl~te of follm'iing ,,,hathad been said be-

for';, '.;8 ',;oemere than

To Dr. Harold Brown, Secre-

words can convey and a

specht!. t:.p of the hat must go the Honorable Antcr::.anall,Her Chayes, Assistant Secretary of the Air j<'o:cce(J<a!lpO'tler,Heserve Affairs and Install-

aticns) ',:~o9rc~;er.tedthese facts to Dr. Brown. To Col. Bruce Arnold "ho since 1972 guided us,

prodded us and d:'

imagine at great personal sacrifice, our never

endin.::cratitucte. None of t.his could he

,-;itboutt.)',eiore':Jearal,ceof his' charming 'dfe,

Earba:";;,Ul(i Gil'l Friday, Susan Bradley. For the

Sen,,,tt:iil,dHOC1~e Veterans' Affairs Committee hear-

i :-le" "he t:L1T,t'and 13nergy

dmore

for us than anyone can

have done

expended by the HASP

Par:elf;d".:i.nhi;.cluded 01'. Dora Strother, our Chief ',;itnessjLt. G""neral and HI'S. \'iilliamTunnel' (Ann Ha:,iHen); Col. ;,HIiam B. Arnold; Doris Tanner; and L:.::'f,':.retBoylan showed their dedication to

our cc,:

lJlj '~h",L',",<crt,s tilis represented not only hours of re':ii3&.r'c:l,-;,:::~;clidat.ionof material provided by ;;~31 s ',,':LL(;11c,ve them the needed ammunition to :.':"l'e, 't.il<:, ;"j.:::cthp. many necessary trips to Wash- i~'iE:.::r;,J,':';. 1;; cubmitting her research, Byrd G~,<rye!',7~,!'; t:~(~~;;-i:~tiated in 'iJASPactivities

" E,~~'''' .::::. t:,,~ '_etell IT.ilitarization the \'iASPshad e;':':.,,::,i"l;.C'Jd.T::r-=rewere many others who spoke .:c~.:1' ",r'"e::t in their comments which are record-

~;G,

a::'Jof "hid, contributed to success.

~

:.

.~;: t!:,:;~ C~::e:re;

5ional

Records.

Don't know ,,"hat

" ,":'.~'l.c:be':'!c: Ck'!ll~v:i thout Lee \'fueel\\'rie;ht,Lucile 'iI:.:3", u c ;: .') Fer,~;u=ol1,Elaine Har:non, Natalie Fahy, George ""i'} Lorr"ine Hodgers and the many other

:

f';;.;. "),1\,::', steady,

hard-working group at Headquar-

to",!,,, '.1itt-:utwhom this would never have corne to

l;':.SS. HO:1l fortunate vie were

~r':.edour progress w;ekly i.l'1 the Stars and Stripes,

cO'.<rtc:;yof 'Ghe publishers., our

Ken Hubbs. And ho

ca:L,n Captains and their many assistants who kept tn.:S0 lied ,Herts coming? Without those continous cor:~munication lines all of you who wrote letters C():1stQntly, SOl:Cht publicity and did the many iJl~i.:.vidua.lt2.sks that contributed grain by grain to the finished loaf would not have known when

te act.

' about those diligent Corranuni-

that Pat Huehes re-

friends Alice and

There were so many who did sc,much which we

would like to record. George Rodgers has volun- teered to assemble this material for vlev~ng at the Sept., 1978 reunion and re~uests each of you l"rite him listing what you have done on TV, radio, public appearances or what~ver.

There is always a p.s. and here

it is.

Thanks

to Senators and Congresspeople those we thought opposed us).

how to address them.

Antonia Chayes whose assistance tipped the scales

in our favor may be addressed as follows:

is a "must" (even By no~ you know

Dr. Harold Bro~n and Hon.

The Pentagon Washington, D. C. 20301

Still another way to show our appreciation is when reelection tirr~ comes. Next year all Con- gresspeople will be running for reelection. Lindy Boggs and Margaret Heckler whose perfor- mances were brilliant at the House Hearings as

well as the others we have come to knO\" so well will appreciate your getting out there and

II stomping ll for them.

tical process works. Now it is our responsibi-

lity to become more active.

\'ie have seen how the poli-

All must be happy

in the knowledge of a job

well done, of making this in fact THE YEAR OF THE

WASPs 1 EDITOR'S NOT]<;: Bee Haydu was also a witness at the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing.

Bee Haydu is now at the following address:

Bee Haydu 4200 N. Ocean Drive Riviera Beach, Fla. 33404

305-842-8225

A TASK WELL OONE

After an interminal wait of 33 yrs., many long hours of gathering and disseminating affadavits, pictures, l~tters, documentations, etc., our efforts have been rewarded with recognition and Veteran's Benefits at long last! This was a monumental effort on the part of all concerned

with

the ultimate outcome of Victory.

It has

been

a hectic year for everyone and ,dthout

officers like our Frez, our Sect./Treas. B~tty

Nicholas and our Vice Pres., Sarah hayden, plus

the combined support of the members of OaF ,:[he

upheld the old adage of UNl Tl!:Dv/:c.; STAND - DlVl D.:;D W~ FALL, ALL fOH m~~AND ONE FuR ALL, this great task could not have been acccmplislied. Our Prez, in her message to all, has tried to thank at. many as possible who, through their combined

efforts, have written another event in History.

An historic moment, culrrQnatinG in Passaee of th0 Bill by Congress and signed into being by Pres- ident Carter on Wednesday, November 23, 1977.

A day all American will remember came out of the shadows and were

as serving their country when needed. ED.

RS the HASP

finally noted

PUBLICITYREPORT

Chair:nan:

BETTYJANE WILLIAMS

5935 I1cDonie Avenue

Woodland Hills,

CA. 91)64

Ph. 213-348-8671

Loud applause and some well ea~ned ~ldos for Pat Collins Hughe~ (4.'.-6) for her sterling efforts,

writing

STFJ:F'E:)". She has proyided a needed cata.lyst in

the weekLy \'iAS? colutln in "The STARSand

our com:nunicatiolls .link.

turning a j::h!'a~~e••• we're most fo:-tunate to have her

working in our behalf.

Pat has a neat way of

This indeed has been a productive

publicity

pref;s-cl ipping se:-vice .<endall artides

come to l"Y at.tention, I can on.ly repOI"t of those

are:i5 in ,<bieh I i1JTl falnil.i.ar.

that a size&.bl~ ar,:o~t of press cliFpings

been sent to he~0quarters larl.

and to the WASPhistor-

period for WASP

- ir. aJ 1 media.

As we do not employ a

have not

However, I do know

have

Then" has be€'t: fairl,Y const.ant expc'sure in the

pres:;

ma[;'nine prct'otion campaign, which tied in with t;~eir fe~t.u:ce artic1.~, "Those }:agnificent Women in Their Flying tJiachines" - May issu3 -, guest

appearances on radio and TV of local WASPsacross the countI')' were arranged through VIVA offices and other !=,ubUC rela t:i ons contact s wi thin our own "WASPorga:;ization. Some 100 prints of the short film (2 nin.17sec) Ibmr., color/sound (which I wrote ar,d prod ' .1ced with the Air Force) were dis- 1,ri1:;uted to TV station3 througbout the llation and

used wiLh these guest appearances

news directvI's.

tapes of t1lt;se TV appearances. Most of you saw the ";'OfJi,Y" 0how (NBC-TV) when Bee Haydu and other HASh; wt<r" L,terv:lewed along with Senator Barry GoldVlltter, at the time of the Senate hearings in lI,ay.

,,:i

-.Cf"

fi.~.rly spring,

starting

with the VIVA

as well as by

We were able to get some video-

Other magadne featured WASPaI"ticles, i.e. the May issue of the official Air Force monthly mag- czine "AI !-tM.AN"; the April issue of AIR CLASSICS related Byrd Huwell Gral1ger's reflections of op- erati.on.q1. flj'ing in the WASPprogrctID; and the April issue "AlRFOHGE",published by the Air Force Asso~., eave us a feature.

In the Los Angeles area there were lead articles in the Los Angeles Times (featuring Jean McCart)

as well as WJ;.SPlegislative

were rel?ted in various community newspapers; at least 6-8 radio and TV appearances, with some st.rong eciitcrifils supporting us •• one from William }randolph Hear:>t, Jr. (Herald Examiner, Sept. 18th) and another, the following week. The National

ObserVer ran an editorial;

attempts in general

vITNGSOVERTHF ROCKIES,

a supplemer.t to Elnpire Magazine, Denver, featured

Betty Jo Reed and the WASPstory

covering all aviation •• a handsome tribute

ing, publi shed July

voted nearly half a page in July; Shreveport Jour- nal (JUNe; 26) gave front page caption and over half the front page, second section; The Times

in their

issue

to

fly-

:3, 1977. The Houston Post de-

Picayne, New Orleans (JUNE 25) along with articles in the Baton Rouge paper, The Modesto Bee (Central Calif.) half a page plus another fourth of page (June 15) with a follow-up of a big Editorial

story a few weeks later

as well

Editor

by the Pres.

of Stanislaus

as a Letter

to the

State College

urging the WASPbe given their rights.

I'm certain

that practically

every major metropolitan

area has

given space to our continuing

nition •••• most of the WASPshave sent their

ally generated news directly

fore I can't report city-for-city coverage.

struggle for recog-

loc-

to National and there-

WASPshave been speakers at various military

or

aviation functions,

providing direct

communication

tc the most interested

audiences.

I urge! more of

this,

licity

whenever the opportunity

chairman was invited

arises. as the feature

Your pub-

speaker

at the

June meeting of the Order of Daedalions,

In add-

ition to a handsome plaque, which now hangs on my

den wall, they extended an invitation

Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, Calif.

to all

WASPs

to join

this

prestigious

organization,

which dates

back to

World War I; truly pioneers,

they foster

national programs in support of aviation

safety.

1heir invitation

is f1attering

recognition

of our

worth to military

aviation.

During the American Legion National Convention in Denver, August 19 - 25, when we lobbied to get

their support for our pending legislation l

WASPreceived considerable radio and TV exposure

••. thanks

views August 18, 19, and 22; with radio on the 21st, which was later repeated.

the

to Betty Jo Reed's

efforts.

TV inter-

Dorothy Davis, San Francisco, has been working

hard at it and reports good coverage in the Sun-

day Examiner &

with young people waiting in line to see "Star

Warsll•• got them to sign her petition

WASPuniform) an ingenious act, Dottie ••• it paid

(she was in

Chronicle (August 28) ••• she mingled

off.

views on radio

She is

also doing public and TV.

spealdng and inter-

On August 28th, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa,

Calif.,

(Mrs. Marshall Wheeler) along with full coverage

of WASPhistory and current efforts.

ran an in-depth feature

of Florence Ernig

The public is aware ••• we have indeed had a respon-

sive attitude

from the news media as a result

of the

efforts of hundreds of energetic, willing WASPs•••

making contact

at the local

level and through their

social and professional

organizations.

When the

final outcome of our Congressional hearings and

the Military

mown, there will be an opportunity for good pub-

licity follow-up. WE MUSTDO ITlll

Affairs COJID'Ilitteereports become

HISTORIAN'SREPORT- Nov., 1977

This year has been an active

year for all

de-

partments of the WASPorganization. I express my thanks to all the thoughtful Fifis who sent

clippings

from out-of-the-way places.

from their local newspapers and even

Many of these clip-

pings were used in the WASP Headquarters in Wash- ington during the Hearings.

The collection of classbooks is growing.

We

have eight, but need six more for a complete set. The missing books are: 43-4; 43-5; 44-2; 44-3;

44-4 and 44-8.

Also, this year the Historian has

received bits and pieces from flying outfits worn during ATC assignments by the WAFS and WASP trai- nees in Sweetwater. The family of Gretchen Gorman Graba sent all of her flight records plus her uniform and pictures for our history. She was a very remarkable even after her WASP days, and was active up to 1977 in community service for the city of Bottineau, N.D. There has been interest shown in having a temp- orary exhibit available for WASPs who need to display the "History of the WASPs" for local meet- ings, libraries, museums, schools, air show, etc.

The Historian is in the process of assembling pic- tures, copies of orders, logbooks and a short his-

tory to be used on loan for ~~one through the Office of the Historian. l'lARTYHY ALL

requesting it

Write to:

p.O. BOX 9212

F~rt Wayne, IN 46809 Ph. (219) 672-3237

H£NOlUAL COl-'il'1ITTlili:Chairman - JOAN FROST M.54 Scrope Rd. Rydal, Pa. 19046 Ph. (215) 884-2130

After reading all the material sent to me that was corr.piledby the past committee, I felt we

~ would discuss matters at the up and coming 178

I Conference in Colorado Springs as, by then, we

status of our Militarization and

will know the

our "Tax free II status.

HI SCELLANEULJS

,~e are attempting to cor"pile a list of nick- name ~ used f or ~JW1:Iairplane s. Example:

UC78 - Useless 78; Bamboo Bomber, Double Brea~ted Cub. If you know any, please jot it down on a post card and mail to Bee Haydu, 4200 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach, Fla. 33404.

* ABeUT THe ~QW

CONFERENCE *

Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In order for us to use the Air Force

facilities, ttis must be called a "Conference". Registration Wed., Sept. 27 and Thurs., Sept.

28, 1978.

1978.

details will follow in early 1978.

Academy

Activities throughout Sun., Oct. 1,

Headquarters, Antlers Hotel. Gobs of

----- LOST ~~D FOUND -----

Betty Jo Reed, 44-7, lost her Class Book at Hot

Springs, Ark. reunion.

If anyone picked it up by

mistake, would they please return it does mean so much to her.

it to her since

ORDER OF FIFIN.ELLA.

TREASURER 1S REPORT As Reported to the Board

September 17, 1977

On Hand from Previous Report

$6,125.80

Receipts:

Dues

Donati01l8

Sales Replacement Checl<s Transfer of funds from savings Interest on savings acct.

Disbursements:

$1,290.00

190.00

4l.3.85

58.00

600.00

43.65 2 595.50

8,721.30 i 500.00 479.40 200.00 39.00 $1,218.40 147.05 2,792.63 46.61 133.70 23.01 132.70 15.55 26.60
8,721.30
i
500.00
479.40
200.00
39.00
$1,218.40
147.05
2,792.63
46.61
133.70
23.01
132.70
15.55
26.60
4.575.31
4,146.99
600.00
BALANCE
$3,546.99
$2,090.79
1.456,20
i3.5lt 6 '99

Militarization:

Rent - Headquarters Washington Reception for Hearings parti- cipants Bruce Arnold T-Shirt Gifts

Regular:

Board Travel Printing List Maintenance Postage Telephone \'lings& Pins Stationery Miscellaneous Allowance - returned check.

Transfer tund15 trom saTings

Fund Accounting:

Saving.

Checking

MEMO TO MElffiERS

FROM

The Secretary-Treasurer

Your dues are welcome fo'J:t.he October '77 to Octo- ber '78 year if ;rou have not already paid them,

HOWEVER, P LEA

S ~-

1

Make checks payable !!Q! Wasp Memorials,

to ORDEROF FIFINELLA Inc. The name of the'

organization is still Order of Fi.finel1.a

and we ha-ns not set up an account

at this

time

for Wasp Memorials Zlince the

OOF acc-

ount

and identification

-number are acti-ns.

Wasp Memorials t name is for bul.k mail.ing

purposes.

 

2.

Dues are $1.0 per year.

3. Pl.ease destroy a.rry old you haft been saving.

$5 and some of insignia

yellow order blanks They show dues as

prices are wrong.

4. Please notify me if you move.

The OOF has

had a 1.ot of expense this yeax because some

of you have gone to sunnner homeu or resorts (and I don't b1.ame you!) and have obviously

asked that

warded. The OOF and Wasp Memorials use bulk mailing pri vil.ege~ where pos5ib1.e, so

your mail is returned

often costs doub1.el Therefore, please be

only first

class

mail. be for-

to me and the return

sure I

I

have a PERMANENTrna; J tng addr~s or am made aware what dates you will be

and we wil.l TRY to make

Aren't you afraid

be missing something important?

that

at other addresses

sure you get your mail

you'll

Dues are $10 per year;

to ORDEROF FIFINELLAj check

check should be made should be sent

to:

Betty Nicholas 125 West 82nd Street Indianapolis, Indiana 413260

MONEY

That's vhat ve ain't got much of.

In spite

of the fact that many have donated

addition

that those vho did not pay Oct., 1976 to 1977

~lO dues,

would you please

funds in

to dues, ve still need funds.

please

do so.

We urge

For Oct., 1977 to 1978,

pay $10 dues and an additional

$5 to help defray expensive Militarization battle

in D.C.?

~e not only need money

funds for things

for this, but for the Con-

we must advance

ference in Colorado Springs, Sept.,

'78.

COi'lTHIBU'1'I0HS

You may be vondering vhjl contributions can-

not be tax deductible. Order of Fifinella is

not a corporation

HASPs ;.1emorials Inc.

legally advised that a tax exempt organization cannot use funds for lobbying vhich is what we are doing in D.C. Therefore, if funds vere donated to WASPs Memorials Inc. and then these funds vere used for lobbying, \.,rASPsl~emorials

Inc. vould lose their tax exempt status.

or

a tax exempt organi zation.

is.

Hovever, ve have been

Under

W~P~ Memorials

ma~l~ng rates vhich saves us hundreds

Inc. ve set up the lov bulk

of

dollars in mailing your Newsletter,

Militarization Bulletins.

jeopardize this.

Roster and

We do not want to

is why you

Of course, this

see WASPMemorials Inc. as a return address on

mailings.

111 HAVEYOUMOVED? 111

Pul.eeze notify Betty Nicholas of any address and telephone number changes. The Newsletter and many of our notices are now going via Fourth Class mail and when they are returned, we pay a premium.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Chairman:

Ziggy Hunter, 838 Havenvood, Dallas

TX 75232 Ph. (214) 224-2905

or

352-5204

QUESTION:

(From one of our 60-plus committee

members)

DO WE KEEP LOOKING

FOR LOST WASPS, NOW

THAT THE BI-CENTENNIAL IS OVER?

ANSWER:

M~D WELCOME

LET'S DO KEEP AT IT--NOT ONLY TO FIND

BACK THE LOST ONES BUT LET'S DON'T

LOSE THE FOUND OHES.

But thanks to all of you, the information

Even the restless

keeps coming.

ones are keep-

ing us up on their nev addresses.

Another year rolls around and it's dues time

again.

this issue and keep us updated

A vhole bunch have already

haven't, maybe you'd and get on it before

of that other business.

Be sure to pull the memebership

like to pullout

it gets

form in

on YOU and yours.

"dued" it but if you

that form

stacked under some

And do please keep looking

mates or the WASPs you flev vith along any clues, hovever remote,

for those old class-

on base.

and ve'll start

Send

searching.

CM~ N1YBODY HELP?

Frankie Bretherick

says there is a WASP

Mayes

somewhere in Florida.

Is it Faye HcWhorter

Mayes

of 44-1 or Doris A. Mays of 43-8 and does any-

body knov the vhereabouts of either?

Rumor has it Eleanor Boysen l~organ has moved

in Fort Lauderdale,

Who can confirm and send along her change of

'Tention 43-1's.

grapev~ne, a-la-Bretherick:

addres~?

from her 26th St. address

FL.

Also from the Florida WAF Shoemaker has

moved to 2238 l~ichelle Dr., Sarasota,

FL.

~ASP Lois Bristol

of 44-3 has changed her name

to Mrs. Herbert Young and lives at 1226 Los

Robles, Pomona, CA 91768, Ph. 714-622-1636.

has made inquiries about Betty Chambers. anybody supply any information?

Can

She

Katherine

L. (Boyd) Miles,

44-5, called from

Oregon to give us her new address

Lane, Eugene OR 97402. same.

as 40 Angel

Phone number remains the

FOUND~

WAF Dorothy Fulton.

Married name is

Slinn and she lives at 13550 N.E. 10th Avenue,

N. Miami, FL 33661.

number and husband's initials handy?

Anybody have her phone

And

after a long search

for her, we get a

letter

out of the blue from Ellen A. Bunch

(Howard)

Graff.

She lives at 1018 S. Halladay

S, Santa Ana,

CA 92701.

Her 44-10 buddies will be delighted.

And how about this?

Before we even get the

page finished,

Mays, 43-8 trainee.

we have a locate on Doris Alice

She is Mrs. Ralph E. Davis,

1726 Questar Lane, Sarasota,

FL.

ANOTHER LOST ONE BUT WITH CLUES--Rose

G. Crow-

ley.

Marion Tibbetts says this 43-8 trainee

married a William Abbott and lived at 98 Crofton

Rd., Woban, Massachusetts.

there have failed. Calling all New Englanders for help on this one.

Efforts to reach her

ATTENTION, TUCSON AREA WASPS:

Dallas' loss

is your gain.

Hazel

Sue Richter,

44-3, has moved

out with

her daughter,

Mrs. C. W.

Pyeatt.

Sue

has been putting

It was

from the Hot

Springs reunion. Her latest phone communication

revealed

will be settled

up a valiant

and we now ~elieve

of moving

and

Tucson,

successful fight against throat cancer.

diagnosed shortly after her return

they are in the process

in at 750 Las Lomitas,

AZ 85704.

Phone will be listed under C. W.

Pyeatt.

Sue sounded

great and will be wanting

to hear from some of the A~izona WASPs.

and flowing

now.

up and we don't want that mailing

The membership

You have no idea how much it will help your

Let's keep that info current

in

Remember, we've got another reunion coming

to go astray.

form asks you to insert a carbon.

Bee & Mrs. Bruce Arnold - "pinning

of a Firi"

WOMEN PILOTS WILLIAMS AIR FORCE BASE

The Sept. 2nd graduation class from Williams

Air Force Base had 10 women pilots

there was much publicity.

attempted to obtain an invitation

more of us to attend the graduation service.

However, except for the invitation

given Joan Olmsted,

invited.

John O. Hanford, Base Commander, congratulating

to Col.

Lt. Col. USAF, no WASP was

about whom

Col. Bruce Arnold

for one or

that had been

Bee Haydu sent a mail-o-gram

the young ladies from

all the WASPs

and a

con-

gratulatory

letter with a Fifinella

decal to each

woman graduate.

The two replies she received

are worthy of quoting:

"Thank you for the patch,

I am very honored.

Out of all the greetings and congratulations

given to me, your letter has meant the most.

admire all of you that participated

program.

to claim for us.

I

in the WASP

We aren't the first as so many want

You are, and unfortilllately

so many don't ae~nowledge that today.

is an article that the Williams

about the WASP program.

a commentary on the WASP

Enclosed

AFB paper wrote

paper hal

The Phoenix

flying during WWII so

more is being heard, but

much more.

I feel you all deserve

in

I am going to be stationed

Columbus, Miss. 37 FTS instructing

If possible

some of the women pilots

in t;~" T-37.

I would like to be able to meet

if any are in that

secretary and membership

chairman if we

can each

general location.

Thank you again for the letter.

get a copy and get the action started.

But don't

Sincerely, Mary Livingston" (she

is a 1st Lt.)

hold up the show for lack of a piece of carbon .•.

we won't

argue over a single

copy.

And thanks

"Thank you for your letter of congratula-

for all the help on keeping

the membership

alive.

tions.

Thank you

also for the Fifinella emblem.

 

We were trying to track one down earlier

to

REBELS?

AREN'T

WE ALL?

-"se on our helmets.

We had

a very enjoyable

The Dallas/Fort Worth Wing of the Con:ederate

Air Force has taken the WASP members

under their wing, all their meetings

to be their guests at the CAF annual Air Show,

staged every October.

Frankie McInerney Warms, 43-3, and Ziggy Hunter,

Flight Instructor, went from Dallas to Harlin-

in the area

so to speak.

They have opened

to WASP and have invited them

Marie Muccie Genaro, 43-2,

gen for the main show October

what it was like to have the concrete rolled out for them.

6-10, and found out

carpet

Ed. note:

The whereabouts

of Edythe M. rusk

(Carlton) whose last known address was 6650 Frank-

lin Ave., Hollywood,

become

contact Bee Haydu.

a "1ost ll

WASP.

Ca. 99028 is needed.

If located,

She has

please have her

conversation with Lt. Col. Olmsted yesterday.

She told us of some of her duties

I do truly appreciate your thoughtfulness

as we both know, there is still a long road

ahead.

as a pilot.

but

Respectfully yours, Mary E. Donahue"

(she is a Capt.)

If any

of the 10 young ladies are stationed it would be ni~e to invite them

I suspect they all would

like

near WASPs,

to your home.

to know more about us.

***1 J I Victory Oelebration

111***

Dottie Davis, 44-10, gathered

S.F. area WASPs

together for a Victory get-together

Premature?

Nov. 19, '77.

No, she had faith

(as we all had) that

our WASP bill would be signed shortly by President

Carter. Expecting delivery

chilling the wine (supposed to be delivered 2~ hrs.

before the party guests were to arrive) she became

apprehensive \~len an hour before the

the ice hadn't arrived. Thus began a frant~c search

appo~ted time

of 100 Ibs. of ice for

(liquor

could

store to liquor store) to get wh~t ice she buy and arrived back at her home Wlth a

basic

supply

of 25 Ibs.

Vdnutes later

the original

order

of 100

Ibs. of ice was delivered.

A bit

shook, naturally, she carried on as hostess.

Thirty-three

them (besid.es herself) from outside S.F.

turn-out seeing that the U. C. - Stanford Game

was being play~d that day.

neighbor" and "1"IASPs,about 70 people enjoyed the

celebration. Cappy Whittake Johnson (43-6) bro~ght mounted WASP photos that she had gotten

from Headquarters and set them up for all to see.

Dottie had

WhSPs turned up --- all but two of

Quite a

Counting friends &

gotten several records of IIHit Songs

of 191.,3and 1944" for background music, so t?ere

17:17 from Washington enroute to Cincinnati. Mrs. Dussaq was on an administrative cross-country surveying reemployment possibilities for Women Airforce Service Pilots after inactivation. She had been in Washington to discuss CAA policy on certification of WASP.

It has been through her energy and foresight that this survey of reemployment possibilities was developed. Her planning and work made poss- ible the WASP Newsletter and provided the basis for our post-inactivation organization.

The future of the WASP and their unity after in- activation will owe much to the foresight of in- di viduals like Katherine Dussaq. We will do everything possible to carry through the program which she has started.

Ed. note: Above from article in WASP NEVISLETTER, Maxwell Field, Ala., Dec. 1st, 1944 issue and sub- mitted to me by Clara Jo (Marsh) Stember 44-3.

was

rr~ch nost~gia.

Dottie wishes to apolog~ze to

the

thoughtful HASP wl:~)brought fre shly-baked for-

THE CHAMPION FIFINELLA. Jackie hughes who flew

tune cookies to the party. Says they would have

been such fun buif somehow, she never served them

who it was that brought

theml

in'-'-home where they deliehted some very old ladies. Th~ rest, she and her family are enjoying so, they

di~~lt go to waste. Ed. note: Sorry Iooulllln"tcome Dottie, sounded l~ke fur., but thanks for the invite an)~ay.

and even worse--forgot

Dottie took some of the cookies to a Nur~-

" AJ3UUT COST REPORT II

A figure of $2500 - $3000 has been mentioned as

the cost of our fight in D.C. This is erroneous.

It was much higher.

Nicholas will present accurate figures as to over-

all costs.

At the reunion in '78, Betty

'"'"" NOTIGE TO NEW-BORN \'iASPVh"TBRANS "'"1"

hE' rne:1tior.edin the post card mailing to graduate

~ASFs, our next step is to wait.

of Defense n~st prepare their procedures and as- cert'lin what documentation they will need from

us.

The Department

None 0f us has any

answers as to precisely

'

h'it

shc'

ll,ube

done now but when we do, you will

be notified.

ment of Defense, Senators, Congresspeople or any Guverrunent Agency for information just now. Be assured, as soon as we know what is to be done,

you will be contacted. longed

Please do not contact the Depart-

Be patient just a bit

'NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN I

~trs. Katherine Dussaq, WASP Staff Executive for the Army Air Forces Training Command, was killed

.,,!lenher AT-6 crashed at New Carlisle, Ohio, the

night of November 26, 1944.

ails of the accident are not known further than that she took off on an instrument clearance at

The cause and de-

her own plane to Lock Haven from

placed first in the air meet and received among other prizes a trophy from the Congress of Amer-

Fresno, Calif.

ican Women, whose Pres., Dr. Gene Weltfish, is

shown making the presentation.

Piper, behind Dr. Weltfish is Clara Jo Marsh, Pres. of the Order of Fifinella.

At left is W.T.

Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum

The new building of the Smithsonian has given

us space in the ~~I

The space for the period of time they had to cover was limited and they regret they could not

give us more coverage.

In the old Air and Space

Museum we were not represented at all.

visiting the museum will agree it is worth the

section, pictured above.

Anyone

trip to D. C.

WASP HISTORY

t

Marty Wyall, our historian, is in the process of compiling a pictorial history of WASP to be used for temporary exhibits at Air Shows, Libra- ries, Museums, Schools, etc. This will be avail- able on request.

"Our Newsletter Editor, Betty Cross, Submitted The Com- pleted Product For Printing Prior To Going Into The Hospital For Serious Surgery On Her Hand. She Is Recuperating At Home and We Not Only Send Her Our Wishes For A Speedy Recovery, But Also Hope With Her For The Best Outcome."

After the morning House Hearings, Sept. 20, 1977 on the steps of the Capitol, handing over the more than 22,000 signatures on petitions from allover dIe country. L. to R. Jill NcCormick, Congressman James Quillen, CongreSS\'lorlum Hargaret Heckler, Fran Acker, CongreSS\'lOmanLindy Boggs, Dorothy Davis, Bee Haydu, Col. Bruce Arnold.

ABOUT D. C.

I

,

Hhat would we do without PATRICIA HUGHES and her -"eekly column in Stars and Stripes? She

keeps us abreast of the latest

There are many other unsung heroes who work for

us continuously in D.C. and we want to mention

a few. Of course,

wife BARBARA who spend countless hours on our behalf meeting and over-coming many of our hurdles; LUCILE WISE and LEE WHEELWRIGHT who will be spending the next weeks visiting the uncommitted in the House and who have spent full time at Headquarters; DEANE FERGUSON and NATALIE FAIlY who help so regularly at Head- quarters; ELAINE HA~~ON who handles the treasury for the Congressional Hearings fund as well as countless other tasks; SUSAN BRADLEY (Col. Arnold's secretary) who does so many things for us that it would be impossible to list them all;

C;;;;onGE RODGERS our PubH c Relations advisor and the !:'Ianyothers too numerous to mention. And

doings in D.C.

COL. BRUCE ARNOLD and his

tnen there were

those of you who were able to

attend the hearings (4 from California, FRAN ACKER, DOROTHY DAVIS, HELEN SCHAEFER, VIOL1~ ',ni::RZEICKI),about 75 who left standing room

only in the hearing room. A GOOD DISPLAY~ The presence of ~ASPs -- expecially in uniform -- impress Congress and the news media with the fact that we did exist.

Those who spoke so well for us before the

House Veterans' Affairs Sub Committee HON. LINDY

BOGGS, HON. JM~S QUILLEN, SEN. BARRY GOLD- WATER, COL. BRUCE ARNOLD, LT. GENERAL AND MRS.

NILLIN~ TUNNER, DR. DORA STROTHER, DORIS TANNER,

;45.

A

"lTONIAHANDLER

CHAYES, MAJOR GENERAL HARRY

A. i<10RRISare to be commended on the quality of their testimony and convincing delivery. How fortunate we are to have such talented and will- ing people.

" ~

I,NELLA

DEDIE AND CHARLYNE AT SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE'S "WOMEN IN THE SERVICE" DISPLAY AT SIKES SENTER MALL, WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, AUGUST 27, 1977

**

OF DAYS PAST yet NOT FORGOTTEN

*l~

AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATE OF HERIT

AWARDED TO DJ:illIEDEATON

FOR HER Dl!:DICATEDAND HONORABLE SJiliVICEAS A HEl1BIili OF TH~ WOMl£N AIRFOHCE SJiliVICEPILOTS (WASP) DURING WORLD WAR II FROH 1942-1945. THIS GROUP OF WOMEN ARE COMMENDED FOR THEIR FAITHFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE AS PILOTS IN HELPING THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES GAIN TOTAL VICTORY, ----AND FOR HER TOTAL DEDICATION.

C. W. Knight President

This citation (beautifully framed) was presen- ted as a climax of the Federal Women's Week Ban- quet held at Sheppared Air Force Base Officers'

Club on August 24, 1977.

base included the WASP in its various activities:

WASP slides shown at Squadron Commander's Calls, exhibits, displays, etc. On Saturday, August 27, we were invited to par- ticipate in Sheppard's "Women in the Service"

static display at Sikes Senter Nall. Charlyne Creger sent two dozen enlarged photos, the beau- tiful felt Fifinella banner (the third one Ruth Florey had made) that was used at the American Legion National Convention, and flew in herself

We

from Shreveport to help me "man the boothe"l

During this week, the

also had the slides from the Air Force Museum showing continuously--as well as two cases of WASP memorabilia. All this was interspersed with

current photos and displays about service women. We shared the boothe with young Air Force officers and airmen (women), who were so interest~d in the WASP and had so little knowledge about us that it was unbelievablel We able to get many signatures

on our petition that day and more

airmen (male & female) took petitions to get sign- ed for us. The Command at Sheppard has always recognized

the WASP on every special occasion.

Anniversary Commemorative magazine, a full half-

page in the "Women in the Service" section was

than a dozen

In its 35th

devoted to the WASP, and I was invited

the anniversary banquet as an official represen-

tative of tLe 1tIASP.

to attend

"THANKS"

from

DEDIE

No Hords cc,'Jldpossibly express my deep gratitude for your thc\.iehtfulnesswhen I was "floored"! Your p'8yers J your wonderful letters, cards, telegrams

~dent Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is a member

He

is past president of P-47, P-40 and CEl-Hump Pilots Associations. There were over 350 at this reunion and those WASPs who attended were: Esther Berner, Kay Brick, Katherine Fine, Teresa James, Betty Le Fevre, Liz Lundy, Jill McCormick, Mary O'Brien, Martha Rupley, Adel Scharr, Jane Straughan and

of the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame.

Ruth Trees. The next reunion will be held May 12, 13, and

14, 1978 in Chicago

at the Playboy Club.

Any

8r.d Leod

wi she s (over 300 from "MY vIASPIES") has-

WASP who flew a P47 prior to 1956 is eligible

07405.

This is a great and fun group of fighter pilots

tenecl my

recovery immeasurably, I'm sure. My

for membership in this organization. Informa-

nurses tock great delight in bringing in my stacks

tion can be obtained by writing Herb Fisher,

of !~:ailJcounting it and taping cards allover the deers ~nd walls. This n~de my hospital stay 11.1- ::,osta eala occasion which otherlflse vlould have

628 Mountain Road, Smoke Rise, Kinnelon, N.J.

been very dreary. (I was allowed

very few visi-

and every member and spouse to whom we presented

tor s).

our petition signed pledging to help.

Ir. s7ite of developing a number

of unrelated

"aiL'1~ents"fol101v::.ngthl;)hear "incident", I 1m in

gcod shape novr.

inG~on for the Hcuse committee hearing - and I '-lasver;! proud of all the HASPs who were there--

a.s al'~'lays!

I was even able to go to vlash-

I '.,:ish::.could write to yo'.!all J but it is still

'1:ot pos:3::.b1.efor me to write or type very

I 110;';0 62Cb of you will accept this as a very per- s~)r:al":'!l<ink you" for your concern. (I still get

a 1'-l!:.;Ji:-. my throat

i!::.: yeur r.je s ~8,ge s 1 )

much, so

hen

I look at the box hold-

Herbert Fisher presenting plaque to Bee Haydu at the St. Moritz Hotel, NYC May 7, 1977

At the 16th A~1ual Reunion of the P47 Thunder- bolt Pilots Assoc., our Prez, Bee Haydu, was pre- sented a plaque with large Air Force type wings for her efforts on behalf of the WASP attempt to become militarized. Herbert O. Fisher, Chairman of the Reunion and veteran civilian engineering test pilot, made the presentation on behalf of his association. Herb, as a National Director of the Air Force Assoc., '([as influential in supporting and seconding the AFA's significant resolution supportil~ Senator Barry Goldwater's 3-247 bill in recognizing the

WASPs for their

Ar;:;edForces of the USA. Fisher has been in aviation continuously for

outstanding WVIII service in the

50 years and has been a command pilot for 48

years.

be awarded the coveted USAF "Air Medal" by Pres-

He is the first living civilian to ever

(1 to r.) Lee ,Jheelwright, Dora Strother, Bee Haydu, Byrd Granger, tJargaret Boylan, Voris Tanner, Col. Hruce Arnold. OUR BARRY

~

I

I

On March 17, 1977, those pictured above met ~~th Senator Barry Goldwater to discuss his Bill S247. It was on this occasion that Bee Haydu presented Sen. Goldwater with the miniature gold WASP wings and a citation which read:

CITATION

to

THb; HAN

BARRY GOLDWATER

-"ho

Fill' !,-;:ILITARYAIBCRAFT

and

FL1,'1WITH THE \-JOMENAIHFORCE 3EHVICE PILOTS IN \'IORLDWAR II and FLIES SUPPORT FOR US IN WASHINGTON, D. C.

*-1.****

lftAYYOU AUiAY3 \i,t;AHOUR v,lINGS

With Admiration and Respect i"rom Your Lady Pilots

Senator Goldwater was most appreciative of this gesture and always enjoys hearing from all of you,

WASP AS WEEKEND WARPLA1'lE PILOTS

Genaro,

Warms and Hunter were invited

to ride

the B-17 in Friday afternoon's battles.

Genaro

~Jorr.eoJ!.' the 'wASP who were guests

of the Con-

;E'nc:'Rtc \1.1' Forc'",

at its Airsho

77 in Harlin-

~:C!,.~'r',:~~.October 6-9, feel they may have some

 

to accept the recent

invita-

extra qualifications ti O:'lto Lecome members

of the Combat

Pilots

i-',:,' the ."irst time

in its l3-year

history the

:::"n:'edel'at.e.'Iir Force featured women pilots in

it"

"I,h'st]-:- '17," WASPs Suzanne

(DeLano) Parish

cf 1.4-b, F!'unkie (McInerney)

Harms of 43-8

Marie

;

10, and '-"ASPFlight Instructor Ziggy Hunter pilot-

;ucc:e)

';en~ro of 43-2, Charlyne

Creger of 44-

ed or shared

vi vid re-en!J.ct::lentsof World War II air battles.

crew space during

some of the most

;u"i a'ly::.'sd:r.just observing this spectacular, with Ger:~nr;bO::lbel'Sand fighters droning overhead and d,opp.i.r,t~their bombs (TNT simulations with

realism

t.o the exp':'".sinns.--with Japanese '.-lithtl1e:r red meatball insignia,

Harbor '~f):-u-T()rasequence, swooping low to explode

Zeros, decorated in the Pearl

:'iery musn:'oo~inr; smoke adding remarkable

fiery bCJMbs 01" t.lle de"k in front '.-lit.ha G-l'( s',dnp;ing in low over

of the viewers- the runway, one

c:'l!.:ine 3r~oid nr. and one gear dis abled, but touch- in;:;de:'.mon the other before pulling up, pursued by Zcros--'"i th p-l,O's and FM-2 Wildcat pursuing

t!".eZer'cs and engaginr; them in dogfights--with

oj d \'iWlI'.-larplanescoming across the field head-

on and cro:;s tr'affic (whew: somebody

pass the

, fly swatter )--'.-lith concussions shaking the stands

from the bomb

bursts--with machine gun and anti-

I !].i:-e:'a:'tfire beating a staccato on the ear drums-

we~~, cvpn the observer feels a vivid taste of

['uffle the skin

~pr'i 81 c"!T:batas goose pimples

~ri

a lur.p sticks

in the throat.

'1'1125 year six ',;o::Jcnpilots

got a better

than

~icnri0us experience

when they were invited

to be

pR~ticlpants,

Actually, a Ninety-Nine, Shirley

::est of {,ng1eton, Texas, takes the honors as the

fi l'St.'.-lernanto pilot a plane in the show. She

slip-st.:'eRI'.edan A'I'-G throueh the initial fly-

(,,'ercn '.;.;'[1 warplane:,

;;.;":l~-.:~IJ. ~X~ r~nvagnnza.

of the

at the beginning

3~e Parish ~ith her pink p-40 (painted

in the

C"lCI'S ci the Libyan Desert \-lingwith shark teeth and all) led the formation of Flying Tigers prior

to t:'lcL':lttacK cn the 'I'orafighters.

th is seD,l',';',ce,she was brought up the taxi way in

Following

;ror,t ():-t:le stands and introduced with a brief

history

she sto:Jd up in the plane

applause

Crecer, Harms, I;enaro and

to rerr.ainin the VIP viewinp; stand and they,

turn, were introduced and the announcer then

dedicated the Saturday

body whispered

as

of t.~e W!~P and her service history

and received the

and waves of the 70,000

spectators.

Hunter had been asked

in

Some-

show to the WASP.

how nice it was to have a whole

'''orld':Iardeuicated to the WASP.

With this public

announce~lent t'.-lO more WASPs showed up at the revie'.-lingstn.nd: :!:axine (Edmondson) Flou'noy of "3-8 and ,.iuriel (Kiester)~.1artin of 4 1 1-5.

took movies from the plexiglass

incredibly close formations and the looming

nose of the

bulk of the B-29 leading the formation

~ust a

few feet away.

All were

treated

(?)

to the

effect of extra G's

as their B-17, selected

as

the missing

man from the formation

of the same

name, pulled

sharply up and away, trailing

the

smoke of a wounded aircxaft.

WASPS GO INTERNATIONAL:

Charlyne Creger join- at the invitation for a dawn patrol

of

ed the

of the

flight.

above trio next morning

Canadian B-25 pilots

This group came as representatives

the Canadian Warplane Heritage,

Hope Airport, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

and Frankie

obligingly removed

an unobstructed view for photographing

Island (and they practically

on a couple of sweeps of the shoreline). Marie,

who delivered B-25's during WASP service,

based

at Mount

Charlyne

rode in the tail where

a crew member

the hatch so they could get

Padre

got a fish-eye

view

and

Ziggy were seated

of the airshow

in the front.

The biggest thrill

came for them when each was invited

into the co-pilot's

seat for 20 minutes'

actual

pilot time--and each carries the signature

of

George

logged

E. Stewart,

co-pilot time.

pilot, on their officially

Both are still wearing

very broad grins.

Wayne Roberts, flight engineer,

Canadian contingent all contributed

and wonderful experience

pilots, pinning

of their group.

Dennis Bradley, Co-pilot,

and

and the entire

to a warm four women leaf insignia an invita-

for these

each with the maple They also extended

tion to attend their

big warplane heritage air

show in Ontario next

June.

Ziggy was: invited

by the Minnesota

CAF win~

to

ride in their B-25

on Sunday's

show and

participated

in the Thirty Seconds

Over Tokyo,

Battles of Coral Set!.and Midway,

and D-Day

Invasion.

She was more surprised

than anybody

when, after landing,

she was walking

through

the flight line gate and

a spectator

came rush-

ing up to exclaim,

"You really held that

forma-

tion better than anybody.

It was really

neat."

She nearly

explained that the announcer had called attention

cracked

up when Marie

and Frankie

to

the fact that the lead B-25 was being

flown

by

former WASP Flight Instructor Ziggy HUl,.::er.,.

his own invention, of course.

A word about the CAF.

WASP in other

areas

might find this joint association

most worth-

while in that

it provides an opportunity

to

work with and

share mutual interests in \-.'orldWal

II war planes.

have opened their meetings

the membership is now reserved

at Airsho

rolled out the red carpet for all events.

made us their guests

The Dallas/Fort

Worth Wins of CAF

to local WASPS, although

for men only. 77 and really

One

They

member, John Becker,

staff, provided red flightline

each

on the Airsho's security

arm bands

for

and Harie' s car carried an "all-points"

pass which

provided

the freedom

of Rebel Field

during the show.

Marie, Frankie

and Ziggy were

decked

in uniform blue jump suits,

designed

by

Marie,with a Fifinella arm patch.

Charlyne

and

"ue

',;01'<:

some of

the

original

HASP apparel.

The

uni :'crrr: blue

no2 e n.ut0f;rapb seekers.

fee: Ij~e celebrities.

seemed to

catch

the

eye of innurner-

i\lade the whole

bunch

'?he oril:inal

purpose.of

the

CAF was to locate

for

acquire

the

in the beginning

:;r,ainst

and restore

WWII aircraft,

destined

~nk heap.

They called

because

themselves

rebels

they were rebelling

of aircraft

that

the dest.ruction

should

have beer: pl'eserved

but were

being

,"hopped up

01'

left

to

l'ot on abandoned

fields.

As their

fieet

aircraft

',It. rr.il i tary

of fichters,

crew,

bases.

bo:nbers and some \{1.-J1I foreigh

to perform

a

they were invited

Th

':.1;

year

they secured

:',e:"!!',an iieinkel

HE-Ill

bomber,

the

first

German

oom"eel' eve r to touch

Juneri can shores.

Located

in Spain,

it

,,'as flown

to England

and then

through

Scotland,

Ireland,

i~ewfoundland

and finally

to i!<lrlingen

just

one week before

the show.

In

~ddition

to

the

celebrity

aircraft

appearing

in

this

year's

show, celebrity

pilots

included

GreG "?appy"

Boyine;ton

(Baa-baa

Black Sheep),

Pa']} Tibbetts

(13-29 Enola Gay drop on Hiroshima),

'lex

ii il.1

(one of original

Flyine; Tigers,

Gabby

Gab=-eski (A:nel"ica's

leading

combat ace),

and

George Gay, sole

survisor

of

the

famed "Torpedo

i::isr:t Squadron"

in

the

Battle

of l,lidway.

 

In

addition

to

the

nearly

100 CAF WlHI aircraft,

there

were 613 visiting

private

planes

at

the

shew.

WASP & Canadian B-25 L to R Marie Genera, Frankie Warms, Ziggy Hunter, Charlyne Creger ••••were made Honorary members of the Canadian Warship Heritage.

Durinr, the evening

Officer

Club gatherings

 

CAF members pledged

their

support

for

the

WASP

fi ght

for

veteran

I s benefits

with hundreds

of

petition

signatures.

i-lany expressed

themselves

Sue Parish, pink P-40 & friends at Confederate

"-5 particu~arly

incensed

that

WASP were still

Airshow - Oct. 8, 1977

beinp; denied.

 

" TO TELL THE TRUTH "

f

\

Japanese

Val,

Kate

and Zero

 

replicas

erupt

over

the

field

Because of a front page article in the Oct. 30,

at

the CAF Airsho

- coming

in

1977.Sunday New York Times, New Jersey Weekly

low and

fast

on the

deck.

Sectl0n about the WASPs which resulted from an in- terview they had requested from Bee Haydu, she was asked to appear on TO TELL THE TRUTH. The show was taped Nov. 9, 1977 and below is the schedule

they gave her as to when it would be aired.

If

you call a TV station to inquire about when it

will be shown, be sure to identify it as show

one who

guessed Bee who said, "It sure was fun!"

dates given below are for the Monday of the week

#3311. Panelist Peggy

Cass was the only

The

KNlJC Los Angeles KIRO Seattle

KATU Portland, Ore.

K1"1':B

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KTVI

San Diego

Scranton, Pa.

St. Louis

\iEB\v Buffalo

vlPRl

Providence

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1-)0-78

1-16-78

2-1)-78

2-13-78

2-13-78

1-16-78

1-2-78

WTVF Nashville, Tenn. 12-19-77

:'/TVI Phihdelphia WLCY Ta:i1pe/St.Pete 'tiliA Atla.nta

~;RC \'iashingtcn, D.C. 1-16-78

viPGH Pittsburgh

KoeL Phoenix

1.-30-78

WLWT Cincinnati

1-30-78

3-13-78

1-2-78

2-27-78

2-27-78

vih.VE

Loui sville , Ky.

2-27-78

SARA P. HAYD&J, Vice. Pres. 22 Stadium Road

Methuen, MA

01$44

He : Sale s I terns There are no new items at present and no changes in price. She will have, in 1978, two types of cr:arllis(wines), and a selection of neck chains and cham bracelets.

,

WASP wings, sold to grads only

$25.00

Small wings, 1" pin, sterling

10.50

Fifi pins

9.00

Fifi decals, large, outside

1.15

Fifi decals, small - three

1.40

Fifi brrmze

sculptures

5~1I

55.00

(by Dorothy

Swain Lewis) 7t. 1I

155.00

Fifi stationery, 40 sheets 40 env.

3.60

Fifi notepads, 50 sheets

1.15

T

shirt (C) blue with

white

!"ifi flocking*

 

8.00

(C) blue with

navy

Fifi flocking*

 

8.00

T shirt (Z) white, navy neck and sleeve piping, navy Fifi* ~~Specif:r size, S, M, L, child or adult Needlepoint Fifi kit Postage has been included for all

items.

Order from:

Sara P. Hayden 22 Stadium Road Methuen, Mass. 01844

Shirts, with hand painted Stearman and Fifi - - $30.00 plus shirt Order from: Beverly Beesmeyer

R.R. #3

Grove, Okla. 74344 30th Memorial Reunion Book 40 left

Order from:

Betty Nicholas 125 W. 82nd St. Indianapolis, Ind. 46260

Above report from Sara Hayden, Vice-President

FIFI S1!.TTUD IN

The August, 1976 Newsletter carried a Dicture

and articles about the June 14, 1976 Dedication Ceremonies for the Fifinella statue made by Ann Atkeison and Frances Withers. The final product is pictured above in our restol'<3dWishing \~ell

When the trees are larger

and flowers in bloom, what a beautiful spot this

at Sweetwater, Texas.

~~ll be. Quoting from the March 4, 1977 Sweet- water paper sent to Bee Haydu by Mrs. Poe:

"FIFINELLA MENORIAL MARKER. The final toc:.ches

were added this week to the "Fifinella" monument

on the TSTI Rolling Plains Campus, former home

of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The pro-

ject was begun as a Horizons Co~~ttee

project

of the Sweetwater Bicentennial group. This ,:eek

the memorial plaque mounted in granite was placed

at the site by Jay Morgan who was instrumental

in

ed bronze statue of "Fifinella" is to be perman-

ently mounted directly behind the plaque. Pic-

tured above from left are:

obtaining the monument. A Walt Disney creat-

Mrs. Wilson (Dorothy

Jean) Guest, Bicentennial chairman; l.~rs.George (Peggy) Poe, horizons cownittee chairman; and Morean. The "Fifinella" memorial was a project

of the Woman I s Forum."

"FIFINELLAII Presented by the Svleetwater \'ioman s

Forum in the Bicentennial Year of 1976 Honoring Women's Airforce Service Pilots Avenger Field 1942 - 1944"

The plaque reads:

l

iHHHl* MASCOT

jA~H,*

Jim Tilford - Volunteer

During the big unpleasantness, Jim ~ilford~ a pilot and radar controller was statloned l~ke thousands of other Americans in England. Back

home, on the way t.o Sweetwater, Te~:as "as his

deare st love, • :here

makes th~ heart grow fonder and one night

iCEdon, Jim had Fifi tattooed on his left shoul-

de:: right 'Ihere ;)'ounormall:,'wear your unit patch. ThJ.rty-t:,reeyears later Fifi is not quite as lovely b~t then neither is her wearer. However

WASP were training. Absence

in

sh~ is still lithe and active.

Fifinella and h~r

frlends are <llways welceme at Palm Beach Intll

Airpurt (Tilford's Aviaticn Center) Florida •

uln, .l . ord, \.;hois anxious to see the WASPs get military benefits, has been vlriting letters

or. our behalf and sending us funds.)

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EAGLt; PASS H.~;UNION

JOHN H. BUNDY Col. (Ret) USAF 1612 Air Force Village h917 Hav:mswood Dr. San Antonio, TX. 78227

"News from Col. Bundy"

Col. Bu.ndy had 30 vlASPs assigned to him at

.r;aglePilSS where they 'iere towing targets for

a3rial ~~nnery cadets.

In Nov. he, again, met

lC of the 30, after a span of 33 yrs. at a Reunion he organized. In his words "a total success".

He

ered to be 24 solid addresses from a roster of 30 I •.".::>j's.Lett"rs of inquiry were sent to these 24 ar:i I h"a1'd from 21 of them. Response came in the form of rr,ail,telephone and third party reports.

The inquiry (after a span of 33 yrs. with no comm-

you be in-

unication in the interim) was--"would

says; "ReSeal"ch provid.ed me with what I consid-

te1',~stedin a 33 yr. Reunion of the Eagle Pass ",r.3Fs."The replies provided me with a mandate to lay en such a Reunion. The resulting Reunion was a.tot~l,success a~d embraced a program starting

'1I11.ha Ren:iez'lousi:1 San Antonio the evening of Hov. 3r:i. Nov. 4 - 6 was spent in Eagle Pass and

Fiedras Negras and a return

a fare ••ell luncheon on Nov. 7th. Ten of the 21

to San Antonio for a

.,:1 ••51"5

ti,,,tresponded to my inquiry participated

111 t,he Heunion, eight of these

a.l.l events - from beginning to end. Two

rct'\rn to the ~ast coast on Sunday, Nov. 6. They

ca~ from N.Y. to California and North Dakota to sU'.It,hTexas. Several other \'IASPsattended. These were from the central Texas area with a majority

were present for

had to

of them from ~an Antonio. This group helped in

prv'liding transportation to and from the airport

aiding in registration, etc.

ar.d TI coverage here in 7,0 the local WASPs. Our

even more extensive, particularly by the Mexican

TV."

"AS a 1'esuit of the 3 x 11 03 years) Reunion,

1 have been mandated again

1979. This I will do if I am

ED. ImT~:

d:~til1ghis ori[;inal-report on the recent \'1ASPre-

union he held.

We had good press '

San Antonio, thanks again coverage on the border was

to lay on a repeat in

still able to."

Col. Bundy sent a letter to I,leconsoli-

III

LAST FLIGHT

III

NELLIE CARMODY KLEIN (43-6): Passed away in 1974 after an 11 year fight with Cancer. SIDNEY MIlLER (43-1): Passed away March 29 1977 as result of a stroke suffered in 1970. ' "To the friends of Sidney Hiller--

Sidney wa~ a beautful soul and had many friends. T~ her fr1ends, we are sorry to report that Sidney

d1ed ~n Marc~ 29, 1977. We are

blesslng. Sldne~ had a "stroke" about 1970 and had really deter10rated physically since then. ~he had a fear of becoITlinghelpless and incap~c-

ltated. Death came suddenly and quickly as a cer- ebral hemorrhage, and we know that she is happy and we are happy for her. T~ank yo~ for your friendship for our beautiful Sldney Miller. Her Mother, Mrs. John C. Miller. Her Sisters Lucia M. Collins, Joan M. Caulson, Mineral W~lls Texas." BETTY LeFEVRE (44-2): Died suddenly around Oct.- Nov. 1977. No details available.

GRETCHEN GRABA (GO~)

30, 1978 of Cancer. HELEN PARKS flliNRY- Trainee (43-1): Passed away

sad, but it was a

'

43-3: Passed away June

May, 1977 in Georgia •

Ed. Note:

For those who asked, Margaret E.

McCormick was killed in service after graduation,

accordinR to our Roster.

?? WHAT'S IN A NAME ??

There have been many comrr,entsby WASPs lately about the name selected for this organization

of "Fifi- and yet to

be completely acceptable to others. It has been criticized on the ground that it is too frivolous and even silly. Some think it should be simply

The "WASP". name was selected at Maxwell Field when the staff of the Order was bucking Army red tape and the involved bottleneck of coordiEation to estab- lish a Newsletter. At this time, Kay Dussaq came in from Fort Worth to help us. If she had not cleared our authority through Training Command Hdqtrs. we would have been blocked again. We

had dre3lI,edof and worked on this paper for sev-

eral months.

ed was as a medium for the exchange of reemploy-

ment opportunities. We received perITlission through the efforts of Col. Paul Todd, Deputy to the Chief of Staff, A-3 Division, Headquarters, Er~C, to use Army paper and mailing facilities for the Newsletter. But even he could not clear authority for us to use these facilities for a post-inactivation organization. So we paid for the initial materials ourselves, believing we should establish at least the structure of a group to keep us together, and we dubbed it the

prior to our inactivation. "The Order nella" seems to lace in appeal to many

The only way it was finally clear-

"Order of Fifinella".

It was in the spirit of

fun, and to avoid any complications vdth the Army

Air Forces.

If there is enough opposition to the as lt stands,

let's clear the air before our legal incorporation is completed. (Reprinted from the Mar. 15, 19~ Newsletter. Ed.)

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INSTRUCTORS:

GIP D. OLDHAM,Jr. - SEGTY.

fell

jUIllped into my trusty

and the bau-hoe

through the ees5pool, I

6008 W. Univ. Blvd.

Buick & <iruve to D.C. to

Dallas, Tex. 75206

spend the week-end with my son-in-law.

He's a

budding lawyer and

had a smnmer job with

the

Gip says he's sorry he doesn't. have

t.oo much news

for Instructors

but did send the following:

JOHNNYHUErr has expanded

tions and is building 1!EQ:!!2 homes in Da1.las. CAREYBOWLESand WILLIE TISH!.ERhave called when in town or passing through and we had long phone con\~rsations. BOWLESstill with Flying Tigers

his real

estate

opera-

I

~nd TISH with United.

saw Dav:td Lamb at a WASPget-together

Bird Airport in Dallas in April 1977. Dave has retired from Texas International where he had

Both are flying DC-8s.

at Red

bean

a DC-9 Captain.

August

'76 I went on a visit

to Saudi Arabia to

see

the changes after 8 years away from nying

fc,r Arabian American Oil Co. for 17 pl.us years.

My p13.nned one month trip t,u-ned L'1to 2 months. Aviation was short. of pilots temporarily and so I was put to work for 6 weeks £lying F-'Z{s.

Made one trip

as 3rd pilot

on GIL.

Navy dept.

wi th a Sunday Champagne Brunch

Field Officers Club! to spend a week or so ies. Stopped in D.C.

We did the town up

royal.ly - ending at the Bolling

Then, I drove to Atlanta with some of my old budd- on way back and this time

we gave Georgetown a whirll

Fun, FunI I I Came

home to find siding going up on house (which was

still intact and hadn't folded up in the middle

as l' d expected).

to do much 'capt

daily wor~enls mess and lollygag

pool.

to get married.

we all

be getting

reservations

to see my daughter,

law school,

The summer was too hot for me

sort

Qf clean up after

the

in a friends'

My son, Rob, came home from Navy in Aug.

had

a ball

'He had a beautiful

wedding and

- then he went back

- but will

out, after

6 years.

Now~ I have my

on a round robin night,

to Tulsa

Dugie. in her Jrd year

then back to Atlanta

for

a little

of

elbow-bending and eventually homel BARBARAERICKSONLONOONhas had a busy year.

I missed th •• Hot Sprines affair becaul5e I had just

re~,urned fran S.A. and had to make a trip

Abi.1.ene, but did see some of it cast th~re.

to

on the TV news-

I would like to corrrnend Pat Collins Hughes on her

Cohuns in Stars and WASPC~~e Tery well.

wind this ing me that

on a trip to Singapore in a Gultstream I. A

friend has an air freight line and I will

I'll

Stripes.

She makes the

a call

up as I just

we will

received

tell-

be departing

in a few days

be

goi.ne as 3rd pilot.

2 week trip.

Should be an interesting

As

usual,

I'll

clos& with an

appeal to my Fellow tidbits of your

I!1structors to send me any

doings for the

news of others YOL may keep in touch with, one way or another.

1978 Newsletter ••• as well as

WAFS- All the WAFSsent. indi. vidual letters

to

me this

take over as Secty.

year but 115is ll Fine said

next year.

she may

ED.

KATHKDJ(Sis) FIUE: "Highlight" of my year

was

the day I picked up James.y, Del

Liz Lundy and brought them hane for dinner and

overnight-so we could all appear next day at the

St. Moritz, N.Y. for the P-47 IIJug ll Club

We were wined, dined and danced allover N.Y.

Had dinner at Marian Mackey's Restaurant

boat ride around Manhatt.an, ~ Made our debut on TV. We were

News-also, NBC, ABC& WNLW. Never had

fun.

Twitter & husband were there.

about

Schaar & Jim and

Reunion.

and a

a P-47 flyby!

on CBS * 7 & 11 PM

50 much

Janey Straugham and I shacked up together -

think I'll

All in all,

ever cane down off

believe that we

in my little

they cut

all the main beams in

room floor (so

a hole in the living

11 WASPand 1 don't

this Cloud 9. The guys, as )0 years ago, were

marvelous to us and I couldn~

wera as crazy as way back then! After that, I

decided to put up a real firsplace

house and after

the .front,

1 could look down and see the car in the garage)

Youngest daughter Kris became a mother in Hay

with a nice big baby boy-so I joined the

of "grandma"-She lives in San Clemente so is

close enough for me to baby sit

Terry, my oldest,

Airlines

llwindow seat ll on the 737 in a few months.

tern now has 6 wonen flying--more

airline

ranks

on occasion.

has been flying for Western

2 years

and hopes to get a

Wes-

than any other

doing great.

Terry is

for nearly

and they are all

stationed in San Francisco and her husband, whom

she married in February,

is

a pilot

for United

Airlines

Their schedules are sometimes overlapping-but do

manage to see each other quite often. Terr.y

I just returned from a Seminar and p~~el on Wo-

men's career opportunities in Aviation given for

the Hawaii School for girls.

airline

Air Force, Army~ Navy and Coast Guard, also three women from General Aviation and 2 Ex-WASPs It was very interesting to talk with the service

girls

There were 3 women

and he, also,

is stationed

in S.F.

and

pilots--and

4 service women pilots--the

and see how they are accepted and t~eated

in the modern service

vice during WillI. There's no longer any female chain of command. Once they've completed train- ing, they are just a name, rank and serial # and

are assigned to duty depending on their

in their

Air Force girls

operational

Squadron at Mira Har, CA and the Air

The Navy and Navy in an

in comparison to our ser-

standing

class and their request.

are flying jets-the

Force at Williams Field in Arizona-and continue to train and became an instructor.

Army girl is a maintenance Test pilot for Heli-

she will

The

copters

so mechanics under herj the Coast Guard girl flies a helicopter in Search and Rescue in

OREGONand is the only woman pilot in the Coast

Guard. Really a ver.y interesting

I am still

Beach Airport and II\Y office

in Ft.

Lewis, Washington and has 40 or

meeting.

business at Long

Inc.)

in the aviation

(Barney Frazier Aircraft ,

is right

next to the airline

Term-

inal.

I keep flying

often

but never get very

far

awa7 so, give me a call

and come b7 for

a

cup of coffee

and a visit.

NANCYBATSONCREWSsends the sad news of her hus-

death on Mar. 8, after

ness caused by diabete11a We're very sorry to

band Paul's

a long ill-

hear

of this Nancy1 With her son~-s help, however,

morning.

of me becanSll I aQul.dn~ handle it. all br my-

sel!

up to work. He worked an boar and disappeousd.

lid let the OlIt-of'-doors work: get ahead.

At'ter DIilm1" tritSli, final.ly had a 70ath show

Nancy started towing aerirl

advertising

ba.nnerlJ

So,

kids dontt want to work these

days?

Nega-

along the beach with

her Super Cub last

swmner.

tin.

One came br a week later

and was so wil.l-

Says that

was a

new experience

and this w.inter

ing

to wori: it. almost ld.ll.ed me to keep ahead of

she plans

to go back to flying

Sailplanes

again

hiJn, showing him how things are done my way.

here in Calif.

as she'd rather

fly

than do ~-

thing else. TERESAJAMESflew from Fla. to N.Y. in end the P-47 Reunion. Stayed at Sis

May to att- Bernheim

Fine's overnight

younger. II The gals had a dinner Mackey's (De Gregario) restaurant

liMyGosh, she keeps growing

party at Marion

Felix

"in the

After an entire WIIII11l!lr of' adventures,

and I tQOk an Alpine va~OIl,

t.rouble the day

Reunion in New Tore in Ma;T, and interrupted

, left.),

(my sister

not bei"ore more

starting

with the "JUG"

by'

my attempts to per-suade politicians

will of the people

to perBl1ade people to do something about it,

that 'bhe

is justice

for the WASPand

1

Village" - minds went blank - they couldn't re-

must regret

to say that my goal--"the

canpleted

member the

words to Zoot Suits

and other songs

first

draft

of my writings is not finished.

Get-

of

Sweetwater days - "too

many Martinis ll l

Went.

ting

the WASPstatus changed is first

priority

to Wash., D.C. for Senate hearings on WASPle&-

and it's

what the book is about, a.n;rway••• To

islation and those WASPfrom that area deserve

show what we did

in hopes that legim.ators

would

medals for the job they

are doing for their

sis-

feel impelled to

make up far Congresnonal

ne-

ter WASPs. Saw Barbara Donahoe Ross at the hear-

glect all these years.

So, now, itls

back to

ing.

Went to lunch at her ranch home in

Va. and

the typewriter

and .!!ll projeJlt,

for that

canlt

caught up with 25 yrs.

of news.

Flew to

Tampa,

wait any longer.

Incidentally,

1 1 m up and work-

Fla.

Powder Puff Derby. She, Gert Tubbs and I spent the afternoon reliving Wilmington days. Betty

to see Betty Gillies

land at termination

of

looks the same as she did 30 yrs.

ago.

Came

back to Lake Worth to find I had a call

from a

long lost WAF••• Dorothy Fulton Slinn, 13550 N.E.

10th Ave. ,N. Miami 33661.

I've been busy working on WASPlegislation

and I

urga everyona to do all

porting requ8sts in "Action Now" letters

they can to help by sup-

We are going to visit.

from

WASPHeadquarters.

Luy to all

my old buddhs

at Wilmington!

ADELASCHARR:M7 life resembles a soap opera ser-

ialized

first birthday girt in August was a Tiolent

thunderstorm.

coming to bed with me, but it was Hugin, 7IJ:1" huge black German shepherd, who was firghtened enough

to want to be protected by' me.

Upon arising., 1 discovered that lightning

into strange and unusual episodes.

My

I thought the thunderbol.t was

the big coward.

had

struck my house, plaJing havoc with the electri-

cal syst~

upper northmfst corner of the kitchen, leaYing

an acrid smell and plaster

thing it coul.d, eYen inm-de t.he cabinetll.

struck a tree nearby and burnt wood covered the entire back yard). The telephone was 1IIJl1sabl.

for several

company cleared the line of wlIat.evln' calumd out-

rageousl;y loud static.

dining room exploded. Fortunateq, the electri-

cians repaired the wiring and the tuckpointer

repaired the brickwork. (1 1 m still waiting far

a contraator

Could do it myse-ll', but the insurance adjustor

contactsd someone agreeable

Next day 1 took Hugin, the dog, along on my

visit

bring garden produce"-

had to stop at eYfSr7 redl.ight and Hugin became

nausea.ted all over the nin&. I bl:oke off part

though my dentist was on vacation,

friend

exploding bricks

to enter

Tia t.he

dust covering ~-

(lot

day8 and it

took a month before the

An elel:tri.c

clock in the

and pamt. the kit.chen.

to the can:pa1V).

nhool-teacher

I

On the way heme, 1

And that eTe- Fortunately, 1 phoned a

the n.n

to plaster

to an elderly

retired

back seat. of a ~

of his

and the tooth was filled

ing at 5:00 A.M. dail;y and in bed before

nine

so it's

best

to write

to me; I do that

better

than talking. DELPHINEBORN:Moved to Amari1.lo fran San Fran-

cisco lWVeI'al months ago.

in Dallas, in July, for what

of

time.

I met Betty Gi1.lies

was too short th8 99' s last

a

Despite the rigors

"Powder Puff l1 eovey, she looked Dll11'Telou:sl.ywell

and overshadowed everyon8 else in the area of'

enthusiasm. and energy.

neighbor Florine Miller Watson and her daughter Chris, who is almost as beautiful as her mother.

Florine

Recently, 1 lunched with

'in

the hop-

other people. the 'oversealS l type cap. and would wish to donate it Please do
other people.
the 'oversealS l type cap.
and would wish
to donate it
Please
do get in touch with me.

not. onl.r has lIwn.I oas ideas

per' J she accomplishes twice as much as -three

One of my pet d:i:rersions

has been

She has

the best

cOnYersing with Barbara Towne Fasken.

become an interior deeoratar and a fine one.

to the

One thing I've managed was to get off Air Foree Museum at Wright-Patterson,

remB.ining parts of two WAFSuni1'orms. "Best"

or not, the pants had sma.ll holas in the seatJ One item, after all t~ years, was missing-

If' one of you has one

to the 1IIl1S8UDl.

'.

KATHERINETHOMPSONRAWLS: I am on final count-

down for my last

Greenbrier,

be retiring on Jan 31st and to think I came up here 21 ~arll ago for the S'llIlIll8rto open and

manaae the -.new" poo.l. Thoss were wonderful and exaiting ~s but I'1Il hCll1&Sickfor Fla and re&1l.7 looki:ng forward to JD7return-.

HAwnI \ tllotm siIn3 we sold

ago. These W.Va. bills

White Sulphur. Springa, W.Va. Wi) 1

year as swim:ning pro at the

74 Brava 4 yeaM! for "the births, not

are

old ladi4nl like me in an aged Bingle engine

~

Cesma But, 11~,

I'll find & ~lyi.ng

club to join

Don't know what my address will. be but I can

al~s

Fame in Ft Lauderdale.

way I hope tl187 will

when I gst back to the rlat

lands.

be reached through the 5lrlmning Hall of ~

If look II1II up.

WASPsget that

.

GILLIES: It has been & good yea:r.

Last

July, I took our Beech Baron in der Puff Derby, - Long Beach,

FLA. Had Gertl"Ude Lockwood as co-pilat and

Nancy Bird Walton of Australia

the final

Pow-

CA. to Tampa6

as passenger.

We had a balU While in Tampa, enjoyed a get.- together with WAFSTeresa James and ~de Tubbs, spending an entire ~""'ternoon in a How-

ard Johnson restaurant hash1ng over old timesl

They both looked just

had planned to fly the Powder Puff Derby wi:th

great.

Barbara London

me but

had been in an auto accident

and was

having

problems with her back,

(she 1s ok now).

j

;

/

Then there was the Ninety-Nines Iut'l.

tion in San Francisco in August. Bud and I

went over to Italy

and her family

Conven-

to visit

with our daughter

We came

on the

2nd of Sept.

home on the 19th on a British

Flying in the Concorde was a tremendous thrill

for mt:l. 23 miles

58,000 ft. I FabulOt1sU And such a BEAUTIFUL

airplane!

ing cocktails

ED note:

addressed "notables" for the wonderful response

from the WAFS. Terrific