Question by Corrine: What military jobs would women have held in Honolulu during the Pearl Harbor attack?
I’m researching, and would like to know if women would have held any military support jobs other than nurses (such as secretaries, pilots, etc…)? If so, did they belong to a special branch of the military, or would they have been hired as civilians. Specifically posts held BEFORE the breakout of war.
Answer by knight1192a
While I know during the war women did become pilots (though in the US they didn’t become combat pilots, though they did serve as ferry pilots and in at least one instance as test pilots of a sort), I’m not aware of any female military pilot in the US prior to Pearl.
Women would join as WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots), WACs (Women’s Army Corps), and WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during the war. The last two came into existence in ’42 and the WASPs in ’43. However, the WASPs actually had been proposed in the summer of ’41 and had two predecessors which came into existence in ’42 which would be combined in ’43 to form the WASPs. These were the WFTD (Women’s Flying Training Detachment) and the WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferry Squadron).
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