“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gloucester in Gloucester County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Turner
1. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Marker
Inscription. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), including Gloucester resident Margaret Ann Hamilton Turner (1917-2009), transported and flight tested aircraft and towed targets for the U.S. military during World War II. More than 25,000 female pilots applied but only 1,074 completed the rigorous training and were accepted. The WASP delivered more than 12,260 aircraft, often with only a road map for navigation, but Congress disbanded them in 1944 without benefits. Due largely to the efforts of surviving WASP like Turner, in 1977 Congress acknowledged their military service and granted them Veterans status. In March 2010, all WASP were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number NW 23.)
Location. 37° 25.445′ N, 76° 29.169′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Virginia, in Gloucester County. Marker is at the intersection of Ware Neck Road (Virginia Route 623) and Flat Iron Road (Virginia Route 690), on the left when traveling south on Ware Neck Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester VA 23061, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ware Church (approx. 2 miles away); To Gwynn's Island (approx. 2 miles away); Zion Poplars Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Zion Poplars Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Thomas Calhoun Walker (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pvt. James Daniel Gardner (approx. 2.5 miles away); Court House (approx. 2.5 miles away); In Memoriam John Clayton (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gloucester.
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Turner of Va Beach, Virginia. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 32 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Michael Turner of Va Beach, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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