Eno, Lillian D. Calkins, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USAAF Training Command
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Home Town
Mt. Etna
Last Address
Indian River County, FL

Date of Passing
Dec 16, 1991
 
Location of Interment
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Lillian D. Calkins Eno was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on March 10, 2010 in Washington D.C. for her efforts as a WASP in World War II. The Women Air Service Pilots were formed during WWII to assist in the war effort by filling in for male pilots who had been given assignments overseas. The WASPs performed a host of tasks, including ferrying aircraft from one base to another, towing targets, and testing repaired aircraft.

"Name: Lillian Darlene Eno
Death Date: 16 Dec 1991
County of Death: Indian River
State of Death: Florida
Age at Death: 69
Birth Date: 31 Dec 1921"
Source: Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, Ancestry.com
   
Other Comments:
"Women who served in WWII recognized
Two area women remember relatives who served, will be honored with gold medal today

By Norman Moody - Florida Today - March 10, 2010

Excitement fills her voice as Teri Eno of Indialantic talks about her mother's flying exploits during World War II. On one occasion, Darlene Eno was able to safely land a plane with severe mechanical problems. 'She got out of that aircraft and kissed the groundl' Teri Eno said.

It's with  equal excitement that Teri Eno talks about the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, her late mother and other WWII pilots she flew among as Women Airforce Service Pilots will receive today in Washington, D.C. Eno and her sisters, Tina Eno and Toni Adcock, will be among the family members and veteran women pilots receiving the medal at today's celebration, which puts them among such other distinguished recipients as George Washington, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Mother Teresa and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Eno and her sisters will represent their mother, who died in December 1991.

'This is an incredible thrill and honor,' Teri Eno said. 'Just to be able to witness this and receive the medal for her' is an honor. Teri Eno said her mother grew up on a farm in Iowa and never gave up her dream of flying, convincing her parents that's what she should do.

'When a plane would fly over she would run outside and stare at the plane,' Teri Eno said. 'She took some flying lession in a crop duster and a Stearman. Her dad gave her $250, wished her good luck and sent her across the country to join this group of women.' More than 1,100 WASPs served in WWII. They tested and ferried aircraft from factories to bases and delivered aircraft for repair. Some of the women helped to train their male counterparts on various aircraft. Thousands more applied to be WASP pilots. Only a relative few made the cut and went on to fly military aircraft. Thirty-eight died while flying in the Army Air Corps. All those who served are being honored today in Washington, D.C.. Fewer than 300 are alive, but not all are well enough to attend the ceremony, some attendees said. Family members will represent those who have died and those too frail to attend.

The women flew all types of military aircraft to fill in for male counterparts. They all learned to fly before joining the WASPs. The women's work freed up the men for active service overseas. When American male pilots began returning home from the war, the program ended and the women were promptly sent home. 'When these women were dismissed from the service, they were dismissed,' Teri Eno said. They weren't considered part of the military. It wasn't until 1977 before they received veteran status....Teri Eno's sister, Toni Adcock, who lives in Lake Martin, Ala, said her mother was flying an aircraft when she realized that she'd stored the maps she needed for the flight back in the cargo area. She had to land the plane in an open field, open the cargo area, dig out her maps and take off again. She thought nobody would ever know about it until she landed. Her supervisor, however, asked how the landing went in the farm field. She had grain in her landing gear.

She flew airplanes such as the AT-6 Texas, BT-13 Valiant and P-47 Thunderbolt, one of the most storied fighters of World War II. 'They loved it,' Teri Eno said......"

   
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Headquarters Women Airforce Service Pilots, Air Ferrying Division (AFD)Air Base UnitsAir Force Bases/ InstallationsTraining Units
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)USAAF Training Command
  1943-1944, Headquarters Women Airforce Service Pilots, Air Ferrying Division (AFD)
  1944-1944, 2536th Army Air Fprce Base Unit
  1944-1944, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1944-1944, 7th Basic Flying Training Group
  1944-1944, 61st Air Base Group
  1944-1944, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1944, USAAF Training Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II1
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B-26 Marauder  BT-13 Valiant  BT-15 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  
B-25 Mitchell  
  1944-1944, B-26 Marauder
  1944-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1944-1944, BT-15 Valiant
  1944-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1944, B-25 Mitchell
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