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WOMEN’S AUXILIARY FERRYING SQUADRON

Posted 9/1/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Nancy E. Batson, WAFS pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), never numbering more than 28, was created in September 1942 within the Air Transport Command, under Nancy Harkness Love's leadership. WAFS were recruited from among commercially licensed women pilots with at least 500 hours flying time and a 200-hp rating. (Women who joined the WAFS actually averaged about 1,100 hours of flying experience.) Their original mission was to ferry USAAF trainers and light aircraft from the factories, but later they were delivering fighters, bombers and transports as well.

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