Jones-Stortz, Caryl, 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, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
San Marcos, California

Date of Passing
Feb 24, 2009
Location of Interment
Bowen Memorial Gardens - Kenilworth, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot 13

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

WASP Congressional Gold Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

2nd Lt. Caryl Jones-Stortz participated in the Womens Air Force Service Pilots WASP Class 43-W-5 , graduating 11 September 1943 based at Camp Davis Army Air Field, North Carolina.  She was trained to fly A-24, A-34, A-20, AT-6, PT-17.

Following her passing, she was interred in Bowen Memorial Garden, Kenilworth Union Church, Kenilworth, Illinois near her brother, Dr. Phillip Jones.

In 2010, the WASPs were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

"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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 Unit Assignments
318th Women's Flying Training Detachment, USAAF Flying Training CommandAir Corps Ferrying Command 6th Women's Airforce Service Pilot Squadron, 6th Ferrying GroupUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, 318th Women's Flying Training Detachment, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1944, Air Corps Ferrying Command
  1943-1944, 6th Women's Airforce Service Pilot Squadron, 6th Ferrying Group
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II1
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-Madison
  1937-1941, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-24 Banshee  A-20 Havoc  AT-6 Texan  PT-17 Kaydet  
  1943-1944, A-24 Banshee
  1943-1944, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1944, PT-17 Kaydet
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