Severson, Helen Jo Anderson, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1943, Air Training Command
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Last Address
Sweetwater, TX

Date of Passing
Aug 30, 1943
Location of Interment
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Helen Jo Anderson Severson
November 2, 1918 to August 30, 1943

Helen and Peggy Seip were only 11 days away from graduation and were thinking about their next assignment as Air Transport Command ferrying pilots. They were with their instructor in an AT-17 on a flight from Sweetwater to Big Springs to practice radio navigation. Helen was flying under the hood at the time of the accident. An accident investigation blamed the crash on stuctural failure. Later that evening, some of their classmates gathered around a vine that Margaret and Helen had planted in March. It now covered the rear wall of a barracks.

Helen was born in Marvin, South Dakota. She graduated from Summit High School as the 1936 class valedictorian. She got her B.A with honors in Political Science from South Dakota University. Helen had received her Masters Degree in Library Science from University of Illinois and learned to fly in her spare time.

At South Dakota State University, she completed Civilian Pilot Training. She managed the Urbana Municipal Airport and became a member of the CAP.

Helen was married to a pilot, Capt. Robert Severson, who was shot down over Germany. Robert had volunteered for this mission after the death of Helen Jo.

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Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAir Training Command
  1942-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, Air Training Command
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  1941-1945 World War II
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South Dakota State UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1936-1940, South Dakota State University
  1940-1942, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  1943-1943, A-17 Nomad
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