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2017 Dec 13

 

Virginia Mae Hope Resources

Virginia Mae Hope
1921-1944

Virginia Mae Hope, a native of Winnebago, Minnesota, was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. WASP flew planes and performed wartime duties in the United States, thus freeing male pilots for combat.

Hope was one of only 1,074 women to receive the WASP "silver wings." She was known to say, "Isn't it just wonderful!" about her WASP career, though she and other female pilots faced blatant discrimination because of their gender.  

In 1977 Congress recognized the WASP as military pilots and granted then veteran status.

 

Virginia Mae Hope Resources

Extended Virginia Mae Hope Biography - PDF

MHS Visual Resources for Virginia Mae Hope

MHS Library Resource: Virginia Mae Hope Papers

Women in the Military During World War II History Topics Page

Women and the Home Front During World War II History Topics Page

Serving Stateside: In Their Words: Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Home Fires Burning : In Their Words: Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Homepage

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