Gile, Martha Emily Metz, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1944-1944, Air Ferrying Division (AFD)/Headquarters Women Airforce Service Pilots
Service Years
1944 -
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Stephen Willcox to remember Gile, Martha Emily Metz, 2d Lt.

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Home Town
Last Address
Hillsville, Virginia

Date of Passing
Nov 18, 2008
Location of Interment
Quantico National Cemetery - Quantico, Virginia
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When the WASPs were deactivated in December of 1944, Emily married and served in the Air Force Reserve until she became pregnant with her son, who was born in 1950. She attended Concordia River Forest College near Chicago to become a Elementary teacher, and received a Masters Degree in reading education at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She became a reading specialist for the Carroll County School system in Virginia and retired from teaching in Virginia. After her retirement she was involved with the American Association for Retired Persons (serving as Chair for the retired teachers), Federation of Women's Clubs, Carroll County Retired Teachers, American Legion and the American Cancer Society, and was the founder of a local chapter of the Young Eagles' Program, designed to provide the opportunity for young kids to experience aviation. The Emily Metz Gile Scholarship helps to send a child to aviation camp.

The specific cause of her death wasn't reported, but she was over 80 years old at the time of her death. She was buried November 28, 2008 at Quantico National Cemetery, Virginia. Martha Emily Metz Giles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously on July 1, 2009.
Other Comments:
She was the daughter of Fred Christian Metz and Julia Fritz Metz and grew up in Miami, Florida. The family had a summer home in Hendersonville, North Carolina and Emily lived in Hendersonville with her son and parents in the early 1950's.
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 1944-1944, PT-17 Kaydet
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Model Boeing-Stearman PT-17A Kaydet
Length 25.03 ft | 7.63 m
Width 32.15 ft | 9.80 m
Height 9.15 ft | 2.79 m
Engine(s) 1 x Continental R-670-5 Seven-cylinder radial delivering 220hp.
Empty Weight 1,936 lbs | 878 kg
MTOW 2,716 lbs | 1,232 kg
Max Speed 124 mph | 199 km/h | 107 kts
Max Range 505 miles | 812 km
Ceiling 11,204 ft | 3,415 m | 2.1 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None.
Accommodations 2

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Last Updated: Apr 16, 2010
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