What was considered contraband on a military base back in 1943 allowed one woman to capture her experience in color as one of the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.
Ninety-three-year-old Lillian Yonally of Massachusetts was one of just 1,078 women who were the first in history trained to fly military aircraft in the United States from 1943 to 1944 as a WASP, or Women Air Force Service Pilot.
Tuesday night at the American Legion in Greenville, North Carolina, Yonally was recognized for her accomplishments and shared some of her experience.
“The telegram came while I was at my 21st birthday party,” she remembered.
Yonally said at the time she received notice of her departure the following Monday, she was working at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in New York, where she obtained her air traffic control license.
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