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WASPs: Female pilots in World War II

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Marjorie Ellfeldt Rees exits an aircraft in this undated family photograph. Rees is one of only 300 surviving WASPs, an acronym for female pilots in World War II. The Women Airforce Service Pilots took part in noncombat missions, such as ferrying aircraft from factories to military bases, thus freeing up more male pilots for combat roles. On March 10, these women, the first to fly US military planes, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in Washington.

PHOTO: Couresy of Rees/Kansas City Star/MCT/Newscom/FILE

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