LIFE Cover, July 19, 1943  Pilot trainee Shirley Slade(love her face)

LIFE Cover, July 19, 1943 Pilot trainee Shirley Slade(love her face)

July 2, 1937- Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappear; they are never found.

July 2, 1937- Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappear; they are never found.

The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's branch of the United States Army. It was created as an auxiliary unit, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on 15 May 1942 by Public Law 554, and converted to full status as the WAC in 1943. Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby, a prominent society woman in Texas.

The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's branch of the United States Army. It was created as an auxiliary unit, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on 15 May 1942 by Public Law 554, and converted to full status as the WAC in 1943. Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby, a prominent society woman in Texas.

White Mouse - code name for Nancy Wake, a woman who organized a network in German occupied France, to allow Allied pilots to escape in 1940. She was the most wanted by the GESTAPO. Identified in 1943, she fled to Spain, her husband was tortured and executed, she then headed to Britain where she was part of the SOE, returned to France in 1944 and organized new resistance groups. Most decorated allied servicewoman in WWII. Died in 2011.

White Mouse - code name for Nancy Wake, a woman who organized a network in German occupied France, to allow Allied pilots to escape in 1940. She was the most wanted by the GESTAPO. Identified in 1943, she fled to Spain, her husband was tortured and executed, she then headed to Britain where she was part of the SOE, returned to France in 1944 and organized new resistance groups. Most decorated allied servicewoman in WWII. Died in 2011.

James Stewart being awarded the Croix De Guerre medal for his service in the military, 1944.

James Stewart being awarded the Croix De Guerre medal for his service in the military, 1944.

Jobs for the girls: Other naval roles available to women included working as motor transport drivers, although as this image shows, that often included doing repairs

Jobs for the girls: Other naval roles available to women included working as motor transport drivers, although as this image shows, that often included doing repairs

This is Irina Sebrova, a Soviet pilot in the second world war.
She was the leader of the Night Witches, an all-female bombers regiment.

This is Irina Sebrova, a Soviet pilot in the second world war.
She was the leader of the Night Witches, an all-female bombers regiment.

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova a WWII Soviet Pilot flew over 300 combat missions [433 × 663] 1942-45

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova a WWII Soviet Pilot flew over 300 combat missions [433 × 663] 1942-45

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