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Volume VIn WAS P NEWSLETTER

June, 19)0

Out of deference to those who shall be nameless we are not mentioning on the first page of this newsletter.

1950 dues

M.R.M.
ORDER OF FIFINELLA President Hazel J. Raines Yukon, Oklahoma National Executive Secretary Hally Stires 3629 Lavell Drive Los Angeles 65, California

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NATIONAL OFFICERS Secretary-Treasurer Gloria Heath 405 Park Avenue New York 25, N.Y. National Newsletter Editor Madge Rutherford Minton 6502 North Caroline Avenue Indianapolis 20, Indiana

Vice-President Dorothy A. Avery 534 East Foothill Boulevard Azusa, California

OPEN FORUM "Ideas, pro and con, on any subject relative to Fifinella activities are invited for publication in this column." Hazel J. Raines, Pres. OOF Deadline for the OPEN FORUM for the September Newsletter is August fourth. All Open Forum inquiries for this issue will be found under the RESERVE column. Perhaps WASPS will eventually find other subjects. To date, no information concerning the National Convention, nor the proposed amalgamation has been received by your 0ditor. Your comment, please~ ABOUT THE RESERVE President Hazel J. Raines will be going back to Sad Sack for another five weeks period of Reserve Training in June. She has applied for extended active duty status which is an assignment for a period of three years. Correspondence concerning Reserve activities may be addressed to: Lt. Hazel J. Raines 3700 WAF Training Group Lackland Air Force Base San Antonio, Texas 2nd Lt. Starley M. Grona, P. o. Box 2566, San Antonio, Texas; has been assigned to the 3700th Indoctrination Wing, 3700th WAF Group Training Base, Lackland Air Force Base at Sad Sack, for "On-the-Job-Training." Lt. Grona served six days in April and will serve another trick in July. This duty training is being given Lt. Grona by the Organized Reserve Training Division in S A. Saith St/:!-rley my six days I read, . "In helped issue clothing, watched inspections, listened in on classes, drank coffee and ditto, and on the final round helped cheer up and ketch the new girls as they took their shots----And, since it was for free, took the shots myself, all in one since I wouldn't let them deactivate my bowling arm. All in all, I believe the most unusual thing was the saluting." RESERVE FORUM Question: What is the uniform color and type of hat?

At the present the uniform color is light tan with garison cap; however, the uniform is being changed to blue with a new type of design or style which will become regulation wear in January 1951. This new uniform was designed by Hattie Carnegie, noted as a creator of highly fashionable clothes for American Women. The collar and tie have been abandoned (Hear!) in the new uniform design and contemporary fashion in silhouette and length has been followed. (Contemp. for 1/51?)

Volume VIII - 2 Question: Yes! Question:

ABOUT THE RESERVE - (Cont I d. )

Is one permitted to wear civilian clothes when not on duty?

Is there a booklet on the WAF with informative

reading material available?

Such a booklet is not yet available. The best way to find out more about the WAF program or WAF activities is to take an active part in the Reserve Program. As an officer in the Air Force Reserve, you are entitled to serve 15 days on Active Duty per fiscal year, plus a ~BXimum of 48 training periods with pay status. Question: What does one have to do in order to participate Program? in the Reserve Training

Contact the Officer in Charge of your nearest Reserve Training Center or write the Commanding General of the Area of your command (the place where you applied for your commission). It is up to you to ASK for Reserve Training. I am sure that you will then be given all the assistance and information that you will need. Question: NO! As an Officer in the Air Force ReGel~e, am I allowed flying time? may fly only as passengers in Military Aircraft.

Ex-WASP with Reserve Commissions

Question:

I received a letter from Headquarters saying that I am appointed a GENERAL in the Air Force Reserve and that the commission will be furnished at an undetermined date. I am wondering if anyone has received such commission papers, and just how long a time is required to lapse before such papers are received. To my knowledge, not one X-WASP has received official papers of any definite commission appointment. The only thing that any X-WASP who actually has a Commission can take substantial reliance upon is her letter of appointment. GUARD that letter with your life; have several photostatic copies made and rent a safety-deposit box at your local bank for their safe-keeping. Official letters of Commission appointment shall be issued soon. The NEWSLETTER Editor would take it kindly if the WASP so concerned by her elevation would send a photostatic copy to the Editorial Office. Anonymity is promised.

Question:

Am I eligible to make formal application for aetive duty with the WAF? What is the length of the tour of such duty? The tour of

As an officer in the reserve you are eligible to make such application. duty is three years. Question: How do I make application for Active Duty with the WAF?

Application is made thru AF Form 125, and is submitted to the Commanding General of the area of your Command. Question: Am I required to purchase a uniform if I serve in the Organized Reserve?

Yes, in order to participate actively in the Organized Reserve Program, you are required to wear the Air Force Uniform. Question: In order to participate in Organized Reserves, how much will I have to spend on uniform equipment?

You, as an officer, can get by on a minimum expense for uniforms for about $30.00. Actual uniform expenses depend on the individual. If you can get by on just a couple of shirts and skirts, a tie, and a pair of shoes you "have it made!" "In the event we have not been able to give you the information that you desire, inquiries regarding your appointment in the United States Air Force Reserve or matters pertaining thereto should be addressed to the Commanding General of the numbered Air Force to whom you sent your application." (Signed) Hazel J. Raines, Pres. OOF

Volume VIII - .3 For your convenience here are the numbered Air Forces:

ABOUT THE RESERVE - (Cont d. )


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First Air Force, Slocum Air Force Base, New York: Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey & Connecticut Fourth Air Force, Hamilton Air Force Base, California: Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon & Washington Ninth Air Force, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Tenth Air Force, Benjamin Harrison Air Force Base, Indiana: Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado Twelfth Air Force, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas: Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico Fourteenth Air Force, Orlando Air Force Base, Florida: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi

& Florida

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Mary "Sandy" Saunders Willson (44-W-2) reports that she applied for active duty and was told that they were "full up" and therefore could take only those with college degree and legal training. Thank you for your letter, "Sandy." How many WASPS have had similar brush-offs? Let us know, piease! Marge Logan Rolle (43-6) has completed three correspondence courses for her points for this year and is now attached to a Reserve Unit in Billings. Verda Mae Jennings (44-2) has completed one active tour in Reserve duty and will do another in July. X-WASPS cOlmnissioned in the Air Force include: First Lieutenants Faith F. Buchner Marge Logan Rolle Marion Schoor Betzler Jill McCormick Mary M. Willson Marion Tibbetts Mickey Jennings Jeanne D'Ambly Patricia Adams Gibson Virginia L. Sweet (43-4) (43-6) (43-2) (43-5) (44-2) (43-6) (43-7) (43-5) (44-4) (43-4) Second Lieutenants

Florence Shutsy Verda Mae Jennings Lesley J. Williams Georgia B. Gehring Etta Mae Hollinger Starley Grona

(44-6) (44-6) (44- 5) (44-3)

Will the following X-WASPS commissioned in the Reserve please furnish the Newsletter Editor with their respective ranks? Marcia Wenzel, Parbara Poole Shoemaker, Ruth Anderson Curtman, Catherine Menges Brick, Alice Jean May, Betty Haas, Margaret Moore, Nonie Horton, and Gloria Heath WASP CLOTHING (Is it ~nug now?) service is offered for your convenience. Rather than diet why not advertise it for sale here in the NewEletter? This free Please include size, price, etc.

Volume VIII - 4 S E PTE M B ERN E W S LET

ABOUT THE RESERVE - (Cont'd.) T E R

To the forty-some WASPS who wrote during the past month and to whom multitudinous credit for this newsletter is freely given, a carton of cattelyas each. DEADLINE for the September Newsletter is August fourth! Thank you 'all and come again, please. WASPS IN THE 'NINETY-NINES AIR RACE Among the thirty-three women pilots who went upstairs at San Diego, June 11, and set their course for Greenville, South Carolina, about 2460 miles hence were the following X-WASPS: Jean Parker Barbara. Ward Betty Gillies Jane Page Lenore McElroy Isabelle McCrae Ruth Gamber Irma Story Lois Hailey
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Flying her own Taylorcraft Flying an Ercoup Sponsored by Acme Saw and Supply Co., San Diego Flying a WACO Flying a Beechcraft Bonanza Flying a Beechcraft Bonanza Flying a Cessna Flying a Cessna Patroller Flying a Luscombe

Lois Eiler

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Mardo Crane (44-1) was Chairman of the '99's National Race Committee. Mardo is also Woman's Ed. for Aviation News Beacon, and the widespread interest in the '50 race was largely due to her masterful plugging. With her on the Air Race Committee were Barbara London (WAFS), and Bea Medes (43-3). As this issue goes to press - the winners werejJean Parker Boots Seymour Betty Lambert Claire Hale Irma Story Aileen Pickering Claire McMillen Clara Davis Darlene Saunders Dody Prario (Wasp) (Co-Pilot) (Co-Pilot) (Wasp) (Co-Pilot) (Co-Pilot) (Co-Pilot) 1st Place

2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place

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Betty Gillies won a trophy from Montgomery, Alabama for the fastest time to Alabama

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Volume VIII - 5 CHAPTER NEWS

The Los Angeles Chapter convened in San Diego on June 11, to give the '99's racers a warm send-off. Will the chapters' secretaries please furnish the Newsletter Editor with any items or problems of national scope contained in the chapter minutes? Thank you~ ROSTER For your copy of the WASP ROSTER write to National Headquarters. Non-Members . $ 1.00 Members. $.50 If your address is incorrect, or if you find any address which is incorrect, please report same to National Headquarters. Address changes are included in each Newsletter. NATIONAL NEWS: About Dues . Did you think we had forgotten?

National Dues are $5.00 per year. Make checks payable to Order of Fifinella. Nat. Dues, Roster, and Memorial Fund orders may be included in the same check.

ORDER OF FIFINELLA Application for 1950 Membership NAME

---------------------------ADDRESS --------------------------PHONE NO. CLASS NICKNAME

XX-LIST OF CO-PILOTS GRADUATED MARION SCHORR BETZLER

(43-2) - has two sonsj "Rickey",l1age 4t, and Michael


who was born on St. Patrick's Day - 1950.

LORRAINE ZILLNER RODGERS

(44-2) - was blessed with issue - male - last January.


Name? "Buck" of course~

EVIE TAYLOR WAHLBORG EMMA LILLIAN EPSBERG GOODMAN ELAINE HARMON SYLVIA DAHMES CLAYTON ISABEL TYNON MARTEL BETTY WILLIAMSON SHEPLEY BECK

(44-3) - presented her little girl with a sister last


winter. (PULEEZE! Let us have more details:) (43-5) - now has two boys; ages three and one. (44-9) - had her third child, 'Chris Elaine Harmon, May ninth. - has two children - Bobby, months -- and redhaired! (43-7)

2t, and

Sharon - 8

- has a boy of a ripe year and one-half, and expects a playmate for him in September. - living in Waco, Texas, has one child and expects an addition shortly. - expected to surprise her son, Brian - age 2 ~ith a baby sister a couple of wee~s ago. Did you make it, Marge?

MARJORIE CHRISTENSON

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Volume VIII - 7 JULIE E. LEDBETTER

LASSES OF '43C~SSES

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(43-5), 2nd Lt. WAC, writes: "Here I sit, pea-green with envy because I was too eager." Since being commissioned, Julie has been a platoon officer and supply officer in a basic training company at the .Women's Army Corps Training Center, Camp Lee, Va. In off-duty hours she has been teaching some of the WACs to fly. It's not too late to join the OOF, Julie. We will welcome you. FRANCES THOMPSON HUNT (43-7) (43-7) and her spouse are living in Collins, Colorado, where he is attending Colorado A. and M.

MICKEY JENNINGS named John Phillip. us who wish we could: JILL MC CORMICK

writes to request Wen Wood's address: Mickey also reports that Lela Harding has a new baby That makes three in three years for Lela. There are those of

(43-5) writes, "A TWA Link instructor and I (I'm TWA IS Link instructor in Boston) drove to Mexico City in my "Lemon-drop," - a bright yellow 1948 Studebaker convertible. Did that trek in March, mileage 7000, with one mishap - a blown overdrive; repair cost, ten cents." Jill vows she will write a testimonial for Studebaker. Jill spent 26 months in Europe after deactivation. While there she bought an army surplus jeep and toured seven countries. MARY HILLER CALL dental school in Chicago. 311 Oak, Park Ridge.) MARGE LOGAN ROLLE is Secretary to an advertising consultant in Park Ridge, Illinois, while husband Jerry attends (Suggest the Chicago Chapter get in touch with her at (43-5)

writes, "I have returned to Billings, Montana, to live after having roamed the U.S. for the past 10 years. My husband and I are farming and ranching about 500 acres right on the edge of the airport. We have lots of room and will be glad to see any WASPs that may be in this part of the country. I am working for the Bureau of Reclamation as a Secretary.
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(43-6)

MARION STEGEMAN HODGSON year old son. NANCY BAKER) CECE HUNTER ) & VA. HILL ) LAS (43-4)

is back in Texas for keeps. Her address is 624 North Bailey, Fort Worth. She has a l~

(43- 5)
(43-4)
. verv. Fl3i

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are working in Alaska this summer. They would like to get some friendly ~~:;:.responde_n~e.!. __ _ __.

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ELEANOR THOMPSON WORTZ

(43-4) writes: "Irene DeGray (Fremd 43-5), husband and two kiddies are still living in.Sao Paulo, Brazil. Irene vows that if the company that Bill works for doesn't give him a vacation this year in the States, they are going to quit and come home for good. They've been down there five years now." ISABEL STEI~R KARKAU

(43-4) and husband are still in Sao Paulo. Isabel's husband finished his job at the Excola Tecnica de Aviacao there in January and they now have plans for a chicken ranch." MARION CARLSTROM TRICK MERRIDEE SNIVELY (43-5) and husband Carl have a ranch in North Park, Colo.

writes: "My husband, Alan, and I are trying to build up Park Raven AviEi.tionCo. here in North Park. This is a beautiful valley in the Colorado Rockies. Walden, the main town, is small but serves all the people in the park. We are directly east of Salt Lake City, west of Fort Collins, northwest of Denver, and southwest of Laramie. You x-countriers are more than welcome." JANE FOHL (43-6) teaches Phys. Ed. at the Hollywood High School. Her drilling at Sweetwater has come in handy since she now has a cracker-jack drill team that performs in local parades and football games.

Volume VIII - 8 JERRY HILL JEAN PARKER DOT AVERY (43-5) (43-7)

LASSES OF '43 CLASSES - (Cont'd.) and her husband hope to start building a new home in Tarzana. is a First Lt. and is attached to the 448th Communications Squadron in Long Beach.

(43-7), First Lieutenant, is Adjutant 448th Communication Squadron in Long Beach.

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Volume VIII - 9 LAS S E S

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The Spring thunderstorms drove a refugee into the home of Doris Gee (44-1) and Thelma Hall. It is a baby kitten, black as that ace, and prone to climb freshly laundered curtains. MARGE HARPER WATSON youngest daughter. PAT BRAUN 0 'BANNON certificate. DOT SWAIN LEWIS (44-5) and her young son are going to camp in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, this Summer. has moved from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Cherry Point, N.C. (May we have a detailed address, (44-8) will be going to Texas A. & M. this Summer, to do some further work on her cotton classing (44-1) is redecorating her home. The childrens' room is painted "Deborah" pink - so named after the

ANN HOPKINS WHITE please? ) MARGE BERGH GREY ALLISON IDA CARTER RUTH CRAIG JONES &DELROSE SIEBER

(44-1)

(44-5) (44-4) (44-1) (44-1) (44-3) (44-6)

is now Mrs. Frank McGlinn as of April 15th. is living in Tuckahoe, New Jersey.

She

was married to Lt. Hugh Dunlap, Jr. on April 5th.

are members of the same flying club. up their time on a Cessna 120.

They keep

LESLEY J. WILLIAMS

writes, "Since I received my commission my husband has been trying to get me to join the Air Reserve Association of which he is President. My two children, Jeanne, age 4t, and Marleen, 11 months, keep me too busy." (44-9)

KAY KLEINECKE

is stationed at Frankfurt at the American Embassy. She is with the Information Service Division. Kay plans to spend 2 years in Germany. (44-9) is working at the National Bureau of Standards Washington. in

MAGGIE GEE PAT HOURAN RIDEOUT drop in. LITTLE HOUSE MARY "SANDY" WILLSON ELEANOR~.

(44-10) and her husband are operating an airport at Lake Placid, New York. They invite WASPS to (44-9) (44-2) now has three children. Her boy, Charles Edward Ferree III, was born August 2, 1949. writes, "HI! to Marge Gilbert."

has been on the sick list for nearly 3 years. Starting with a serious vertebrate infection and a fracture, Tommy's illness resulted in an operation and months spent in a traction and brace. She is slowly recovering. Prior to this illness, she was with A. R. C. in Manila and was also in Germany. (44-1), with her two daughters, Linda years - and Toni, 5 months, has been visiting her parents in Mary's husband, Captain O'Rourke, is with the 14th A.F. at Warner Robins. (44-8)

"TOMMY" MARTIN - (44-3)

MARY JERSHIN 0 'ROURKE Omaha.

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VIRGINIA FISHER WISE

writes that her husband is on the last lap of his college work in Bowling Green, Ohio. Does anyone need a good basketball coach next fall?

Volume VIII - 10 LEE WARREN DOERR

LASSES OF '44 CLASSES - (Cont'd.)

(44-3), husband, and 3~ months-old son survived a 32 deg~ees below zero - Canadian Winter. (44-3) (44-5) has two lively boys - aged 2~ years and 7 months. and Art Wethey were married March 12th in Bellflower, California, and they are making

JEANNE WAGNER SIMPSON DOLLY SEXTON their home in Downey. SUZANNE ARMSTRONG air accidents. MADGE LEON MOORE JOAN ALLEN EUNICE BOARDMAN BAGDONOVICH

(44-10) is dreaming up serial scrip on flying. She'd like any info anyone might have on spectacular is with her Army Captain husband in Japan. graduated January. in Occupational Therapy from U.S.C. in

(44-4) ( 44-7)

(44- 3) (44-5)

has left Saudi Arabia for Japan where she will ~emain for the rest of the year. went on a 125-mile hike in Lower California. Lawsey1 Thank you,

BECKY MC SHEEHY

Madge Rutherford Minton, Editor (Mrs. Sherman Minton, Jr.)

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