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Virginia Malany Meloney [2009]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
  • Unit of Service/Ship: 3rd Ferrying Group, Air Transport Command
  • Location of Service: Michigan
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/68886

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"I could feel rotten on the ground and get up in the air and feel just dandy." (Video Interview, 1:12:15)

Virginia Malany got what she calls a "crash course in aviation" on a college date with a young pilot, who took her up for a ride and brought her down to earth a bit rudely, washing out the plane's undercarriage. After trying her hand at acting, she got a clerical job at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, and began building flying hours in her spare time. She was in the fourth class of the WASP, training in Houston, then Sweetwater, Texas, "the most barren place I'd ever been in my life." Her main duty was ferrying planes, starting from Michigan. Her closest call: icing over and climbing to get out of a storm, only to almost black out from lack of oxygen. She had little idea what devastation the war had caused until she went to work for the Red Cross in postwar Europe, an experience which inspired her to become a pacifist.

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About this Item

Title

  • Virginia Shannon Meloney Collection

Names

  • Meloney, Virginia Shannon
  • Kulikowski, Mark

Home State

  • New York (State)

Headings

  • -  Meloney, Virginia Shannon
  • -  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: 3rd Ferrying Group, Air Transport Command
    • Location of Service: Michigan
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1944
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: Meloney reported to duty as a member of the 4th Class of WASPs (2/1943); Flight Training in Houston and Sweetwater, Texas; flying the PT-19 and UC-78; graduated (8/1943); stationed at Romulus Army Air Field in Michigan; assigned to the 3rd Ferrying Group; provided statistics on WASP Program and its establishment; flying the C-45 on a transcontinental flight; returned to Michigan via the Military Air Transportation Service; types of planes piloted: AT-9, C-87 Cargo Plane, C-46 Cargo Plane, and a four engine bomber; deactivation of WASP Program; WASPs given veteran status in the 1970's.

Materials

  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2009-11-03; 2009-11-11)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2009-11-03; 2009-11-03)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/68886

Cite as

  • Virginia Shannon Meloney Collection (AFC/2001/001/68886), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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  • video

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Rights & Access

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Materials as a whole:

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

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), 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:

Meloney, Virginia Shannon, and Mark Kulikowski. Virginia Shannon Meloney Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.68886/.

APA citation style:

Meloney, V. S. & Kulikowski, M. (1943) Virginia Shannon Meloney Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.68886/.

MLA citation style:

Meloney, Virginia Shannon, and Mark Kulikowski. Virginia Shannon Meloney Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.68886/>.