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Today in World War II History—Sept. 10, 1942

Nancy Love (left) and Betty Gillies in 1943, the first women to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber; the two WAFS were set to ferry a B-17 to England when their flight was cancelled by General "Hap" Arnold (US Air Force photo)

Nancy Love (left) and Betty Gillies in 1943, the first women to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber; the two WAFS were set to ferry a B-17 to England when their flight was cancelled by General “Hap” Arnold (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 10, 1942: US forms WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) under Nancy Harkness Love for already-licensed pilots, a precursor to the WASP program.