Champlin, Jane Dolores

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Last Rank
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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, Air Training Command
Service Years
1943 - 1943

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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
Sweetwater, Texas

Date of Passing
Jun 03, 1943
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: 22, 377

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In the Line of Duty
  2015, In the Line of Duty
  2015, In the Line of Duty

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Last Known Activity
Jane Dolores Champlin
May 14, 1917 to June 3, 1943

Jane was born in Chicago and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Arcadia College and St. Louis University with a B.A. in 1937. She was the first alumni to die in WW II and a building on the campus is named in her honor. She was interested in horseback riding, diving, tennis, and of course flying. She learned to fly in 1940 while in St. Louis and got her pilot's license in the Civil Air Patrol

Jane heard about Jacqueline Cochran's WASP recruitment effort while living in St. Louis where she was working for the Railway Express Agency. She promptly quit her job and took up flying almost full time to get the required hours and used up all her savings for two nose operations to correct a sinus and breathing problem. She was able to pass the AAF phycical and was in training at Sweetwater when she lost her life.

She and her baymate Jennie Hrestu were practicing night flying in BT-13s with their respective instructors. Jennie got back to the barracks around 1:00 AM and fell sound asleep. When she awoke later that morning Jane's bunk was still empty.

This was the first fatal crash at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAir Training Command
  1943-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, Air Training Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
St.Louis University Mo.
  1933-1937, St.Louis University Mo.
 My Aircraft/Missiles
BT-13 Valiant  
  1943-1943, BT-13 Valiant
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