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WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« on: March 21, 2014, 06:42:10 PM »
This grouping belonged to LtC. Helen M. Schaefer (USAF Retired). After her death, the group was given to one of her sisters, Mary Du Pre. As you peruse the documents in the thread, please notice her name throughout the envelops and cards. After Helen's death, sister Mary was instrumental in sending pictures, biographies and other information to former WASP's to include in their books.
Before Mary's passing, she gave this material to a friend and collector. I was able to obtain it due to the former owners need to support his family. He said he would have NEVER given it up for anything less!!
 
Helen's Obituary...........
 
 Helen Schaefer, a member of the elite group of female fliers who flew military aircraft during World War II, died Friday after a brief illness at Seton Hospital in Daly City. She was 81.
The retired lieutenant colonel was one of 1,074 women civilian pilots who flew for the U.S. Army Air Corps as Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs. Ms. Schaefer had been fascinated by flying since she was a girl, but it was not until 1940, when the government established a civilian pilot training program, that she was able to realize her ambition. Finishing second out of 55 in her ground-training class, she was awarded a scholarship for flight training -- and won her private pilot's license in three months.

In February 1943, with only 100 hours of flying time to her credit, she volunteered for the WASPs. After intensive training, she was assigned to the 5th Ferrying Group at Love Field, Dallas, where she transported planes from factories to training bases and points of embarkation.

In 1949, Ms. Schaefer received a direct commission as a first lieutenant in the Air Force. In 1975, she retired as a lieutenant colonel.

A San Bruno resident for 50 years, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco and later as a dispatcher for the San Bruno Police Department.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Du Pre of Millbrae and Dorothy Rogalsky of San Bruno, four nephews and one niece.


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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 06:44:24 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 06:47:51 PM »
Name Plate and Patch...
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 06:48:43 PM »
WASP Card...
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 06:49:58 PM »
WASP Wing...
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 06:51:49 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2014, 06:53:01 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2014, 06:54:26 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2014, 06:56:22 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2014, 06:57:48 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2014, 06:59:29 PM »
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2014, 06:49:47 AM »
That is a wonderful group Robin. I had a leather Wasp patch years ago. I think I have a picture of it somewhere.
Dick

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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2014, 08:10:05 AM »
WASP Card...

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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2014, 09:01:00 AM »
SORRY LB....only the one!  :'(
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Re: WASP Grouping....Helen Schaefer
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2014, 09:38:34 AM »
Uber cool! Helluva grouping Robin...they don't come much better than that!
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