Strohfus, Elizabeth (Betty) Wall (1919–2016)

Elizabeth (Betty) Wall Strohfus fell in love with flying airplanes in the 1940s and became a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. She fought for WASP veteran recognition in the 1970s, and from the 1990s until her death, she traveled across the country to tell her story and inspire others.

Photograph of Betty Strohfus, September 27, 2012.

Betty Strohfus

Betty Strohfus, a World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), talks about her life and experiences as a WASP pilot with airmen and their families during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base on September 27, 2012. Strohfus was stationed at the base when it was called the Las Vegas Army Airfield (1943–1944).

Photograph of Betty Strohfus, September 27, 2012.

Betty Strohfus

Betty Strohfus, a World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), talks about her life and experiences as a WASP pilot with airmen and their families during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base on September 27, 2012. Strohfus was stationed at the base when it was called the Las Vegas Army Airfield (1943–1944).

Photograph of Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Betty Strohfus, ca. 1940s.

Betty Strohfus

Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Betty Strohfus, ca. 1940s.

Black and white photograph of the launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Launching of the Genesee

Launching of the Genesee at Port Cargill, Savage, September 4, 1943.

Black and white photograph of a shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill

Shipbuilding crew at Port Cargill, Savage, ca. 1941.

Black and white photograph of the launching of the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Launching the Agawam

Launching the Agawam at Savage, 1943. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Navy tanker at Savage

Navy tanker being built at Savage, ca. 1942.

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

Sweetgum Launch in Duluth

Launching of the vessel “Sweetgum,” built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, Minnesota. Image courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

Quint Fleet Launch

A newspaper ad for the “Quint Fleet” launching of five boats into the Twin Ports. Used with the permission of the National World War II Museum.

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