W.A.S.P. Training Base: Avenger Field

W.A.S.P. Training Base: Avenger Field (HM1NZ9)

Location: Sweetwater, TX 79556 Nolan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.185', W 100° 28.311'

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(A quarter of a mile to the north)

  Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) trained here in military aircraft during World War II, from Feb. 21, 1943, through final graduation day, Dec. 7, 1944.
  Avenger Field first served as a training base for British Royal Air Force Cadets in 1942, then for U.S. Army Air Forces Cadets Aug. 1942 - April 1943.
  The WASP program was started under General H.H. ("Hap") Arnold to train women to fly every kind of mission short of combat, releasing male pilots for overseas duty. Jacqueline Cochran was director of women pilots; Ethel A. Sheehy, WASP staff field executive; Nancy Harness Love, WASP staff executive-ferrying division; and Leoti Clark Deaton, WASP staff executive-training bases. Of 25,000 girls who applied for WASP flight training. 1,830 were accepted; 1,074 won their silver wings. The WASPs flew 60 million miles on operational duty; 37 lost their lives serving their country. WASPs had civil service—not military—status, but were granted eligibility to apply for reserve commissions in the Air Corps after the WASP program ended when the allies were winning the war in Europe and the U.S.A. pilot shortage was past.
  Avenger Field was closed after a short post-WASP span of service as a missile base.
HM NumberHM1NZ9
Marker Number5667
Year Placed1972
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 361657 N 3591611
Decimal Degrees32.45308333, -100.47185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.185', W 100° 28.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 11.1" N, 100° 28' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10144-10302 I-20 Frontage Rd, Sweetwater TX 79556, US
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