WOMEN IN THE WILD BLUE...Target-Towing WASP at Camp Davis Published September 2006 - Second Edition, July 2010 ISBN 0-9708239-3-2
This is a tribute to the WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, heroic young women who flew military aircraft during WWII. This special group of women were picked to prove that women could fly more difficult missions and Camp Davis became the proving grounds. One of their missions was to fly over Topsail Island towing aerial targets simulating enemy aircraft. Antiaircraft gunnery trainees fired live ammunition at them. They were civilians serving under military rules, and were finally recognized as veterans of WWII in 1977. Later, in 2010, they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
THE HEART OF THE STORY... is told by the WASP in their own words.
Betty Deuser Budde's frequent letters home reveal her experience and impressions day to day. Laurene Nielsen's journals of her flight activities give another perspective. The many other WASP stories combine with them to give the reader a window into what these Women in the Wild Blue encountered at Camp Davis. Read more...
"Many of us married during the war, and a number of us continued flying for our livelihood. But we could never go back to the way we were. The WASP experience changed us all forever."