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  • National Cryptologic Museum Foundation

    12 Sept 1946: Elizebeth Friedman departs the U.S. Coast Guard. While working with the Coast Guard, Elizebeth and her husband, William Friedman, helped to create the Coast Guard's first official code book. While working for the Coast Guard during the Prohibition era, she decoded over 12,000 rum-runners’ messages. In 1933 her efforts resulted in convictions against thirty-five bootlegging ringleaders found to have violated the Volstead Act.

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    Indiana-born Elizebeth Friedman introduced her husband, renowned codebreaker William F. Friedman, to the field of cryptology--a passion they...

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Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38

Natalya Meklin, a WWII Ukrainian-Soviet combat pilot who won numerous awards (the Hero of the Soviet Union being the most notable one). She flew 980 night combat missions.

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