Helen Harrison-Bristol (1909 - 1995) was a pioneering Canadian female civil aviation instructor and the first Canadian Air Transport Auxiliary ferry pilot during Second World War. Google Image Result for http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/watermark.php%3Ffile%3D11805
Nancy Harkness Love, September 22, 1942. With the approach of World War II, Love recognized the coming need for pilots to ferry aircraft and identified highly qualified women pilots who could perform such duties. In September 1942, the Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command approved the creation of a temporary, civilian women's flying corps, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), under her direction. She is pictured here leaning against a Fairchild PT-19A. SI-96-15604
Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors.
Hannah Senesh was one of 37 Jews from Palestine who parachuted into Yugoslavia to save the Hungarian Jews who were about to be deported to Auschwitz. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed by a firing quad. Hannah never revealed the details of her mission. Her poem "Eli, Eli" is a very famous Hebrew song.
Hitler visiting the Canadian War Memorial, at Vimy Ridge, France. 1940. Hitler so respected & revered the Canadian soldier after fighting them in WWl that he gave orders not to bomb the Canadian Memorial. Canadians were given a name by the Germans in World War l Canadians were called Storm Troopers. German soldiers feared the Canadians, gave them a scary name. Hitler reused that name for his own troops in WWll because it put fear into people.
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.
The story of one of the first Sikh Canadian WWI soldiers has been uncovered with the recent discovery of his Victory medal. Learn about the tale of a once forgotten war hero and early Canadian pioneer.
Members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) pose at Camp Shanks, New York, before leaving from New York Port of Embarkation on Feb. 2, 1945. The women are with the first contingent of Black American WACs to go overseas for the war effort From left to right are, kneeling: Pvt. Rose Stone; Pvt. Virginia Blake; and Pfc. Marie B. Gillisspie. Second row: Pvt. Genevieve Marshall; T/5 Fanny L. Talbert; and Cpl. Callie K. Smith. Third row: Pvt. Gladys Schuster Carter; T/4 Evelyn C. Martin; and Pfc…
Georgina Pope (1862–1938) was a Canadian nurse who served with distinction in the Second Boer War (South Africa) & First World War (England & France). She became the first Canadian to receive the Royal Red Cross, awarded to her for conspicuous service in the field. In 1908 she was appointed first Matron of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Upon her death, Pope was granted a full military funeral.
Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944. These female pilots of the British Air Transport Auxiliary flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to air bases in England during WWII.