Champlin, Jane Dolores

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M 0273-Airplane Pilot
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1943-1943, Air Training Command
Service Years
1943 - 1943

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Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
Sweetwater, Texas

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

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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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Eighmy, Larry V., SSgt, (1942-1946) [Other Service Rank]
Erickson, Jayne Elizabeth, 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) [Other Service Rank]
Howson, Mary Holmes, 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) [Other Service Rank]
Keene, Edith Clayton, 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) [Other Service Rank]
Lavelle, John Daniel, Gen, (1939-1972) [Other Service Rank]
Lawrence, Kathryn Barbara, 2nd Lt, (1943-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Marra, Henry J., Sgt, (1942-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Oldenburg, Margaret Burrows, (1942-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Rehnquist, William Hubbs, Sgt, (1943-1946) [Other Service Rank]
Seip, Margaret June, 2nd Lt, (1942-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Severson, Helen Jo Anderson, 2nd Lt, (1942-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Spillane, Frank Morrison, 1st Lt, (1941-1945) [Other Service Rank]
Taylor, Betty L., 2nd Lt, (1942-1943) [Other Service Rank]
Baccus, Donald Arthur, Col, (1940-1965) First Lieutenant
Cummings, Robert Orville, Capt, (1942-1954) Second Lieutenant
Darmstandler, Harry Max, Maj Gen, (1943-1975) Second Lieutenant
Rasmussen, Floyd Martin, MSgt, (1940-1973) M73 M 0737 [Other Service Rank]
Gobel, George Leslie, 1st Lt, (1943-1945) [Other Service Rank]
Grimes, Frances Fortune, 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) Second Lieutenant

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