Disbanding

WASP by a PT-19

During their two years of training and service, the WASP held their own, matching and sometimes exceeding the male airforce pilots records and abilities.  Nevertheless, December 20, 1944, the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots program was discontinued by the War Department and the WASP were disbanded.  As the war progressed and turned toward the Allies’ favor, fewer pilots were needed for combat missions abroad.  It was decided that the returning male pilots rather than the WASPs would better fill the domestic operations.

Some airforce army bases showed their appreciation for the WASPs’ hard work during their service by throwing them parties and having full reviews.  More, however, sent the disbanded WASPs on their way without ceremony.  Because they were never militarized and only civil service employees, the women did not receive any benefits, nor were they recognized as veterans.  This changes, however, in 1977.

WASPs Disbanded
Disbanding