Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II receive Congressional Gold Medal

March 27, 2010

When the women were dismissed from service in 1944, their records were classified and sealed — denying them recognition for their accomplishments — in what many thought was an effort to obliterate them from history. Contract employees, they didn't receive any veterans benefits until 1977. This reminded me of the movie A League of Their Own, but these women were pilots instead of professional baseball players. (Click on image to read story, see photo gallery.)

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