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Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
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The WASP badge
Elizabeth L. Remba Gardner, Women's Airforce Service Pilots, NARA-542191.jpg
Elizabeth L. Gardner, WASP member, at the controls of a B-26 Marauder
Agency overview
Formed August 5, 1943 (1943-08-05)
Preceding agencies
  • Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD), formed September 1942
  • Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), formed September 1942
Dissolved December 20, 1944
Employees 1,830 accepted for training
1,074 completed training
Parent agency United States Army Air Forces

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (also Women's Army Service Pilots or Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots) was a civilian women pilots' organization.

Their members were United States federal civil service employees.

Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during World War II. The WASP and its members had no military standing.

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