Operation “Celestial Flight”

“Our mission is to honor the 38 W.A.S.P
(Women Airforce Service Pilots WWII)
who died in the service of their country”
U.S. Army Chaplain, Captain J. Clemens

WASP Wings

Thirty-eight young women, all volunteers in an Army Air Force WWII experiment, were killed in the line of duty. Now, 65 years later, a U.S. Army Chaplain, intrigued by the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), has embarked on a mission “…to honor the dead” and to ensure they are properly identified and honored. Many of the 38 gravesites have no military symbols or markings. On most, the American Flag never flew, no memorial services were ever held. Ignored by both the public and veteran organizations, these brave young women have been forgotten, except by their sister WASP.

The chaplain has initiated action to correct this 65-year old oversight. At his own expenses, he is having Bronze Flag Holderpersonalized bronze flag holders cast, family members and local veteran organizations contacted, and memorial services held or scheduled.

A bronze commemorative medallion has been designed by WASP F. Shutsy Reynolds. Shutsy has also reproduced and donated six sterling silver WASP wings. She has donated the medallions and WASP wings to help raise funds to defray the cost of the 38 bronze flag holder markers.

Currently deployed to Afghanistan, the chaplain has enrolled the aid of the WASP to help carry out his mission. Five volunteers have stepped forward.

Chaplain Capt. Clemens, OIC; F. Shutsy Reynolds, WASP, Administrator; Dawn Seymour WASP, Memorials; Sara Hayden WASP, Military Veteran Affairs; Scott Ferguson, Researcher; and Susan Cooper, Coordinator and Public Relations.

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For information to purchase a medallion or WASP wing reproduction, please contact:
F. G. Shutsy-Reynolds, WASP WWII, email: Shutsy@earthlink.net

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