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New Documentary Explores Forgotten Women WWII Fighter Pilots
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:00pm
KUED airs the story of a group of young, determined, and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes as the first women pilots to ever fly for the United States military, but were denied military status. We Served, Too: The Story of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots premieres on Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m.
After a nasty and aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) jobs, the women were denied military status by Congress and sent home before the war was over. Because they were denied military status, they received no insurance or benefits during or after the war. If a WASP died during training or while on a mission, their families were not allowed to put a service star in the window, nor could the WASP receive a military burial.
We Served Too provides a first hand account from WASP who tell their stories and discuss their experiences during the three pivotal periods that make up the WASP history. WASP experts and family members also share their stories.
It wasn’t until the mid 1970‘s that the U.S. government recognized the women as World War II veterans, and it wasn’t until 2010 that the government recognized those women who died during their service and bestowed the congressional gold medal on the surviving WASPs.