Dec. 7, 1941, 22-yr-old Cornelia Fort became the 1st American woman pilot in a combat zone while flying over Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. While 2 other civilian planes were shot out of the sky, she made it thru' the strafing & landed her plane. She was among the first pilots recruited for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March 1943, she was killed by a midair collision while on a ferrying mission to Dallas.
December 7, 1941. Japan staged a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. This radiogram reported attack "AIRRAID ON PEARLHARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL" #PearlHarbor / Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration