Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
  • Location of Service: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas; Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant

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"Back in those days, women weren't expected do things like this, and so many people were against the idea of women flying, endangering their lives." (Video Interview, 10:03)

As a student at the University of Maryland, Elaine Danforth heard about the Civilian Pilot Training Program and persuaded her father to sign permission for her to learn to fly. By the time she applied to join the WASP, the number of flying hours required had been reduced, and her 40 hours got her admitted. After training in Sweetwater, Texas, she was sent to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to work with enlisted men on refreshing their instrument skills. She recalls how controversial the idea of women flying during wartime was and how that prevented the WASP from gaining full military status before they were deactivated.

About this Item

Title

  • Elaine Harmon Collection

Names

  • Library of Congress
  • Harmon, Elaine Danforth
  • Lindsey, Beverly

State of Birth

  • MD

Home State

  • MD

Headings

  • -  Harmon, Elaine
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
    • Location of Service: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas; Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1944-1944
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: DAT [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 03/19/2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 03/19/2004)
  • Video: Betacam SP [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 03/19/2004)
  • Audio: 10" Audio Reel [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 03/19/2004)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 03/19/2004)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/30070

Cite as

  • Elaine Harmon Collection (AFC/2001/001/30070), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Library Of Congress, Elaine Danforth Harmon, and Beverly Lindsey. Elaine Harmon Collection. 1944. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30070/.

APA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Harmon, E. D. & Lindsey, B. (1944) Elaine Harmon Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30070/.

MLA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Elaine Danforth Harmon, and Beverly Lindsey. Elaine Harmon Collection. 1944. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.30070/>.