The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), including Gloucester resident Margaret Ann Hamilton Tunner (1917-2009), transported and flight tested aircraft and towed targets for the U.S. military during World War II. More than 25,000 female pilots applied but only 1,074 completed the rigorous training and were accepted. The WASPs delivered more than 12,260 aircraft, often with only a road map for navigation, but Congress disbanded them in 1944 without benefits. Due largely to the efforts of surviving WASPs like Tunner, in 1977 Congress acknowledged their military service and granted them Veterans status. In March 2010, all WASPs were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: 7800-7808 Ware Neck Rd (Rt. 623), Gloucester, VA 23061. Marker is on left about 400 feet south of intersection between Ware Neck Road and Routes 14 and 3 (John Clayton Highway). Marker is NOT visibile when traveling on Routes 14 and 3.
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