Batten, Bernice, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 6th Women's Airforce Service Pilot Squadron, 6th Ferrying Group
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Mae Moss (MayDay) to remember Batten, Bernice, 2d Lt.

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Date of Passing
Jul 16, 2004
Location of Interment
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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"Celestial Flight"  
   ~ WASP, Elizabeth MacKethan Magid

She is not dead -
But only flying higher,
Higher than she's flown before,
And earthly limitations
Will hinder her no more.

 There is no service ceiling,
Or any fuel range,
And there is no anoxia,
Or need for engine change.
Thank God that now her flight can be
To heights her eyes had scanned,
Where she can race with comets,
And buzz the rainbow's span.

 For she is universal
Like courage, love and hope,
And all free, sweet emotions
Of vast and godly scope.

 And understand a pilot's Fate
Is not the thing she fears,
But rather sadness left behind,
Your heartbreak and your tears.

 So all you loved ones, dry your eyes,
Yes, it is wrong that you should grieve,
For she would love your courage more,
And she would want you to believe
She is not dead.
You should have known
That she is only flying higher,
Higher than she's ever flown.


Other Comments:
Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew non-combat missions during World War II to free men for combat. Although the Air Force trained only about 1,200 WASP, they had an enormous impact on World War II aviation.

     Women pilots assigned to the Air Transport Command ferried forty-three types of aircraft, including small primary trainers, the fastest fighters, heavy transports, and huge bombers, from factories to bases throughout the United States and Canada. They towed targets, took meteorologists up for weather observations, transported equipment, broke in engines, and flew as couriers.

     WASP went through AAF Training Command primary, intermediate and advanced training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. Their twenty-seven week curriculum was the same as that given to aviation cadets. They received additional transitional instruction at the air base to which they were assigned.

     Although WASP were on Civil Service status, they were entitled to the privileges of officers when on an Army base and had to conform to military regulations when on duty. WASP wings were the standard AAF silver wings with a lozenge in the center.

     The mascot on their patch was called Fifinella; she was cute, agile, and always ready to take up the flying challenge. This epitomized the spirit that was the WASP who served this country very well in a time of need. Their contributions are documented and stand for spirit that made this country the great nation we are. 



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Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service Squadron, 2nd Ferrying GroupUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Air Corps Ferrying Command
  1942-1943, Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service Squadron, 2nd Ferrying Group
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1944, Air Corps Ferrying Command
  1943-1944, 6th Women's Airforce Service Pilot Squadron, 6th Ferrying Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II1
 Colleges Attended 
Kansas State University
  1931-1934, Kansas State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  
P-51/F-51 Mustang  PT-13 Stearman  A-24 Banshee  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1942-1942, PT-19 Trainer
  1942-1943, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1942-1943, BT-13 Valiant
  1942-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1943-1944, PT-13 Stearman
  1943-1944, A-24 Banshee
  1943-1944, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
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