Norbeck, Jeanne Lewellen, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 139th Army Air Force Base Unit
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Last Address
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Date of Passing
Oct 16, 1944
Location of Interment
Garland Brook Cemetery - Columbus, Indiana
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  2014, In the Line of Duty

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Last Known Activity
On October 16, 1944 Jeanne Norbeck was on a test assignment in a BT-13 Trainer  that was purported to have a problem with the left wing. She reported via radio at one point to her friend and other engineering test pilot, , Marybelle Arduengo, also flying a BT-13, that the aircraft appeared fine "in straight and level flight." The two pilots separated after arriving at the test area to conduct their individual assignments. Apparantly Norbeck noted something wrong with the aircraft and turned back to her base. On the approach to the airfield the aircraft suddently rolled over and into a spin, the aircraft crashing to the ground upside down and burning.  Source:

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Jeanne Norbeck was born in Columbus, Indiana, where she grew up with a brother and sister. She began flying while in high school  and received a pilots license in college. She married Edward Norbeck in September 1940 while in Hawaii. They were in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Her husband entered the U.S. Army Intelligence Service and she returned to Columbus. Her early pilot training was at the Dallas Aviation School and Roscoe Turner Aviation School. She applied to the Women Airforce Service Pilot Program and entered training in 1943.

Jeanne Norbeck's name was inscribed on one of the 25 columns of the Bartholomew County Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio and a restored chapel at the Columbus Municipal Airport was named the Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck Memorial Chapel and dedicated to her memory.

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 Unit Assignments
Air Corps Ferrying Command Headquarters Women Airforce Service Pilots, Air Ferrying Division (AFD)318th Women's Flying Training Detachment, USAAF Flying Training CommandUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Air Base Units
  1943-1944, Air Corps Ferrying Command
  1943-1944, Headquarters Women Airforce Service Pilots, Air Ferrying Division (AFD)
  1943-1944, 318th Women's Flying Training Detachment, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1944, USAAF Technical Center
  1944-1944, 139th Army Air Force Base Unit
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II3
 Colleges Attended 
Washington State University
  1929-1933, Washington State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  PT-17 Kaydet  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  
BT-15 Valiant  AT-10 Wichta  
  1943-1943, PT-19 Trainer
  1943-1943, PT-17 Kaydet
  1943-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1943-1944, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1944, BT-15 Valiant
  1944-1944, AT-10 Wichta
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