The Formation of the WAFS

 

 

The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron began around 1942. The Air Transport Command was trying to recruit men pilots. Being short many pilots, a telegram was sent to eighty-three American women in September of 1942.

AFATC s938 PERIOD FERRYING DIVISION AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND IS ESTABLISHING GROUP OF WOMEN PILOTS FOR DOMESTIC FERRYING STOP NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS ARE HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION AGE BETWEEN TWENTY ONE AND THIRTY FIVE COMMERCIAL LICENSE FIVE HUNDRED HOURS COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND FERRYING GROUP FERRYING DIVISION AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND NEW CASTLECOUNTY AIRPORT WILMINGTON DELAWARE IF YOU ARE IMMEDIATLEY AVAILABLE AND CAN REPORT AT ONCE AT WILMINGTON AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE FOR INTERVIEW AND FLIGHT CHECK STOP BRING TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION PROOF OF EDUCATION AND FLYING TIME STOP BAKER END GEORGE ARNOLD COMMANDING GENERAL ARMY AIR FORCE WASHINGTON -Haynswood and Toomey, 1998

The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, or WAFS, was formed. Nancy Love, the squadron leader, came up with the idea. The twenty-eight original women in the WAFS ferried planes.

Photos from Texas Women's Collection

 

 

 

 

The 28 Original WAFS