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Updated by William Brantley-Kade Erbe on Oct 20, 2016
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HIST 3364 Video Project Sources Curation

Here is the ongoing list of sources I will pull from to complete my final project for Dr. Saxon's Texas History course at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Walker, Mike, Powder Puff Derby: Petticoat Pilots and Flying Flappers, (West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 2...

This book follows the early years of women aviators from the end of World War I through the madcap years of the 1920s to the establishment of aviation as a serious part of defense and commercial activities during World War II.


Claudia M. Oakes, United States Women in Aviation, 1930-1939, (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991)

This book details the climb of american aviation involvement, specifically within the realm of outlying female pilots, during the pre-war era.

WASPs: First women in history to fly for Army Air Corps

Before there could be women flying combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, there were the pioneers of the Army Air Forces of World War II.


Rickman, Sarah Byrn, Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II, (Denton, TX: Univ. of North Texas Press, 2...

This book reveals the story of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of twenty-eight women to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army.

This is a link to the typed speech that Commanding Gen. Arnold presented to the last graduating class of the WASP program on Dec. 7, 1944.

Air Force Personnel Center

Demographic information pertaining to the Total Force and civilian employees.


Molly Merryman, Clipped Wings: the Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasps) of World War II (New Yo...

This book examines the origins of the WASP program and the social pressures which culminated in their disbandment in 1944-even though a wartime need for their services still existed-and documents their struggles and eventual success, in 1977, to gain military status and receive veterans benefits.

American Air Museum in Britain

Pilots from the 4th Fighter Group sharing a smoke in front of a Spitfire at Debden air base. The pilot in the centre holding a pipe and a piece of paper is Lieutenant-Colonel Chesley G. Peterson. Third from left is Captain W.T. O'Regan. Passed by the U.S. Army censor on 30 March 1943. Printed caption attached to print: 'Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson D.S.O., D.F.C., U.S. Army Air Force 4th (crossed through with censor's red pencil) Group Britain, who formerly commanded the old Eagle Squadron, seen at an Air Force station somewhere in England with his flight group.' And '23478. Lt. Col. Chesley G. Peterson (centre) in front of his Spitfire has a talk with his flight group, and they seem very pleased with the raid they are going to carry out. S&G D.M.'

L-R: Bob Boock, Jim Clark, Abe O'Regan, Chesley Peterson, Dick McMinn (in back), Stan Anderson, Oscar Coen.