The World War II Photo of the Week
for 20 March 2000
|Inside the WASPs' Nest
A bevy of World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) are caught on camera in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, in 1943. As this is a very early photo of WASPs, take note (click on the photo above to view a larger version) of the shield-shaped wing the women are wearing (later, a diamond-shaped wing was adopted). Three of the four women are smoking cigarettes (a pack of Chesterfields is on the table, with a bunch of magazines). The radio is a black-face Zenith AM table model. The WASP tuning the radio wears lieutenant's bars. The others are all wearing their wings, but no rank. The uniform is cotton twill, and may be khakis. The 225th undoubtedly ran in to WASPs in 1943 since many were assigned to various piloting duties at the antiaircraft artillery training schools at Camp Davis, NC. For more information on WASPs, visit our WASP Dedication Page. Photo from the Webmaster's collection.