History of the Women Pilots in the Air Ferrying Division, ATC Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2021.0019
Creators:
United States. Army. Air Corps
Marx, Walter J.
Dates:
1942-1945
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
0.39 Cubic feet
One letter document case.
Repository:
This collection consists of Major Walter Marx's report
History of the Women Pilots in the Air Ferrying Division, ATC
along with related memoranda and rewrites. The collection also contains six color transparencies of WAFs, a memorandum discussing discrimination the WASPS faced while in Lebanon Tennessee in 1943, and the Northwest Route under the Ferrying Division Air Transport Command, June 16, 1942-November 1, 1942 Report.
This collection is in English.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of Major Walter Marx's report
History of the Women Pilots in the Air Ferrying Division, ATC
along with related memoranda and rewrites. The collection also contains six color transparencies of WAFs, a memorandum discussing discrimination the WASPS faced while in Lebanon Tennessee in 1943, and the
Northwest Route under the Ferrying Division Air Transport Command, June 16, 1942-November 1, 1942 Report
.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged by material type.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Nancy Harkness Love's 1942 proposal to set up a group of female pilots to ferry aircraft from factories to air bases during World War II was approved as the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). Love commanded this unit until August 5, 1943, when the WAFS were merged with the newly formed Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and she was named the executive for all WASP ferrying operations. From light aircraft, the WASPs advanced quickly to fly every Air Corps aircraft in use at the time. With the exception of aerial gunnery and formation flying, these women received the same training as the male pilots. WASPs ferried planes, towed targets, flew cargo, simulated bombing missions, performed radio control, flight tested aircraft, gave instrument instruction, and performed many other duties. Their work allowed more men to participate in aviation combat roles'.
Walter J. Marx held a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Marx taught at the College of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia and Catholic University in Washington before serving four years in the Air Force, where he reached the rank of major. During his service, Marx wrote the 600 page report History of the Women Pilots in the Air Ferrying Division, ATC. After the war he worked at the State Department.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2021
Author
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Paul Marx, Gift, 2021, NASM.2021.0019

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Preferred Citation
History of the Women Pilots in the Air Ferrying Division, ATC
Collection, NASM.2021.0019, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
https://airandspace.si.edu/archives