Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
  • Unit of Service: 5th Ferrying Group
  • Location of Service: Sweetwater, Texas; Love Field, Dallas, Texas

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"And when the wheels left the ground, I was thereinafter hooked for the rest of my life." (Video Interview, 3:39)

Like many other women who served in the WASP, Gayle Bevis joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program first--but to further her education, not because she yearned to fly. However, one flight was all she needed to fall in love with flying. She became a member of the fifth class of the WASP and worked out of Dallas, ferrying planes around the country. She married another pilot who was envious of the variety of planes she was assigned to fly. Her career was cut short when she got out of her plane to check on something and it ran over her and broke her ankle. Six weeks later, the WASP were deactivated.

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About this Item

Title

  • Gayle Dora Reed Collection

Names

  • Reed, Gayle Dora Bevis
  • Baxter, Albert
  • Price, Nevin
  • The Martin B-26 Marauder Men and Women of the Washington Area (WAMM)
  • Albert E. Baxter

State of Birth

  • MO

Home State

  • VA

Headings

  • -  Reed, Gayle Dora
  • -  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)
    • Unit of Service: 5th Ferrying Group
    • Location of Service: Sweetwater, Texas; Love Field, Dallas, Texas
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1944
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: Hi-8/Digital 8 [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 12/09/2006)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Home movie footage (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/51305

Cite as

  • Gayle Dora Reed Collection (AFC/2001/001/51305), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

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:

Reed, Gayle Dora Bevis, Albert Baxter, Nevin Price, The Martin B-26 Marauder Men And Women Of The Washington Area, and Albert E. Baxter. Gayle Dora Reed Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.51305/.

APA citation style:

Reed, G. D. B., Baxter, A., Price, N., The Martin B-26 Marauder Men And Women Of The Washington Area & Albert E. Baxter. (1943) Gayle Dora Reed Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.51305/.

MLA citation style:

Reed, Gayle Dora Bevis, et al. Gayle Dora Reed Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.51305/>.