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You And God And The Sky, All In One Piece

Beverly Sanders prepares for a recent plane ride in Hixson. Sanders was one of a small number of women who served as pilots in World War II.

 

As World War II got underway, and the US became increasingly desperate for more men to send to the front, the Air Force did something it had never done before: It accepted women. Beverly Sanders was one of the women who volunteered with the Women Airforce Service Pilots – or just, the WASP.

At the time, the women weren't technically considered to be part of the Air Force, it would be more than 30 years before they got such recognition. But they were charged with important non-combat missions in the U.S.

Now Sanders lives at Alexian Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on Signal Mountain. She recently reflected on her days flying, before and after the war.

 

Mary Helen Miller was a producer for Around and About from 2012 to 2013. She now works at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.