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Notification from General Hap Arnold of the end of the WASP program
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY AIR FORCES
1 October 1944
To Each Member of the WASP:
I am very proud of you young women an the outstanding job you have done as
members of the Air Forces team. When we needed you, you came through and have
served most commendably under very difficult circumstances.
The WASP became part of the Air Forces because we had to explore the nations
total manpower resources and in order to release male pilots for other duties.
Their very successful record of accomplishment has proved that in any future
total effort the nation can count on thousands of its young women to fly any of
its aircraft. You have freed male pilots for other work, but now the war
situation has changed and the time has come when your volunteered services are
no longer needed. The situation is that if you continue in service, you will
be replacing instead of releasing our young men. I know that the WASP wouldn't
So, I have directed that the WASP program be inactivated and all WASP be
released on 20 December 1944. I want you to know that I appreciate your war
service and that the AAF will miss you. I also know that you join us in being
thankful that our combat losses have proved to be much lower that anticipated,
even though it means inactivation of the WASPS.
I am sorry that it is impossible to send a personal letter to each of you.
My sincerest thanks and Happy Landings always.
General, U.S. Army
Commanding General, Army Air Force
Courtesy of The Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's University
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