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Doris Weatherford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060606

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060606.001.0001

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World War II and Its Aftermath, 1941–1960

World War II and Its Aftermath, 1941–1960

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They Dared to Dream

Doris Weatherford

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the role of American women during World War II. Because of the predictable weather and flat land in Florida which was ideal for flight training, hundreds of thousands of pilots for both the army and the navy learned to fly there. At the start of the war, the Air Force was not yet a separate entity, but many women who were recruited into the Women's Army Corps (WAC) called themselves “Air WACs.” They were not allowed to fly, but they taught men the basics of flight in classrooms and simulation labs; they ran air traffic control towers and were mechanics for planes. Likewise, WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) forecasted weather for both planes and ships, and plotted trajectories for targets to be hit by great guns on the navy's ships. Meanwhile the Army Nurse Corps and the Navy Nurse Corps expanded greatly to meet wartime needs, and some nurses served in Florida. They often worked in temporary facilities, as tourism ended with the war and many hotels became hospitals.

Keywords:   World War II, Women's Army Corps, Air WACs, WAVES, Army Nurse Corps, Navy Nurse Corps

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