Lawrence, Kathryn Barbara, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1943, Air Training Command
Service Years
1943 - 1943
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
1920
 
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Sweetwater

Date of Passing
Aug 04, 1943
 
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Kathryn Barbara Lawrence
December 3, 1920 to August 4, 1943
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While working on her B. S. in Education at the University of North Dakota she enrolled in the Civil Pilot Program (CPT) and was the first women to finish the course and earn her pilot license. She worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company until July 5, 1943, when she joined the WASP.

She died while flying solo in a PT-19.

Kay Lawrence was finally given official recognition for her service to her country. On October 14, 2006, "The air was cool and crisp, and the sun filtered through trees that have lost their leaves. The gun salute was heard and taps sounded throughout the cemetery. "

Kathryn Barbara Lawrence, KIS - 8/4/1943, Sweetwater, Texas, Primary Training
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At about 16:45 Kathryn got her turn in the PT-19.   This was her solo flight in a plane that had had 7 other flights that day.   She had accumulated almost 19 hours of flying this type of plane since her class, 43-8, started on July 5, 1943.   There were no witnesses to the crash and a cause was not determined. The plane was found about 15 miles northwest of Avenger field.   The plane had nosed down into the ground and Kathryn's body was found about 150 feet from the plane.   It appeared she attempted to bail out, but did not even have time to pull the rip cord.   The parachute was checked and found in working order.

The plane Kathryn was flying had over 600 hours. The engine had almost 18 hours.   The Form 1-A also indicated, "Hole in L. Wing".

A short biography on Kathryn is also available.


At about 16:45 Kathryn got her turn in the   This was her solo flight in a plane that had had 7 other flights that day.   She had accumulated almost 19 hours of flying this type of plane since her class, 43-8, started on July 5, 1943.   There were no witnesses to the crash and a cause was not determined. The plane was found about 15 miles northwest of Avenger field.   The plane had nosed down into the ground and Kathryn's body was found about 150 feet from the plane.   It appeared she attempted to bail out, but did not even have time to pull the rip cord.   The parachute was checked and found in working order.

The plane Kathryn was flying had over 600 hours. The engine had almost 18 hours.   The Form 1-A also indicated, "Hole in L. Wing".


   
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