The SHE CHANGED THE WORLD – NC WOMEN BREAKING BARRIERS adult programming series at the Gunn Memorial Library in Yanceyville continues with two presentations on November 10.
With a respectful nod all our veterans, John Moseley, Assistant Site Manager at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will present Yankee Doodle Pilots and Daughters of the Sky from 10 am to 12 Noon in the meeting room at the library.
Everyone who attends will hear stories of the amazing women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II and learn of their special tie to North Carolina.
During WWII, American women answered the call to serve their country in many ways. One program was the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, who were the first women trained to fly the military’s frontline arsenal.
In 1943, the women pilots arrived in North Carolina. They were attached to Camp Davis Army Airfield in Holly Ridge, NC and the Army Air Force Weather Squadron based in Asheville, NC.
At Camp Davis, the WASPs arrived with a challenging mission to pull targets for the Anti-Aircraft Artillery training that took place in the skies above Southeastern North Carolina.
These pilots were handpicked due the dangerous nature of the job and because they had what it took to deal with problems they would face on land and in the air. During their time at Camp Davis, two WASPs would make the ultimate sacrifice. The program was kept quiet.
The WASPs were not recognized for their military service until nearly three decades after the war ended.
The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 161 E. Main St. in Yanceyville. For questions about these programs, contact the library at 336-694-6241. Please note that social distancing and masks are required in the library.