Letter from Dorothy Scott to her mother, February 24, 1943

Title

Letter from Dorothy Scott to her mother, February 24, 1943

Description

Letter written by Dorothy Scott to her mother on February 24, 1943. Scott discusses a trip to Arkansas and the excitement over their being female pilots, and flights back to Dallas.

Creator

Scott, Dorothy, 1920-1943
Dorothy Scott joined the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) in 1942. Stationed at New Castle Army Air Base and with the 5th Ferrying Squadron at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Died in 1943 while in Pursuit training.

Date

2/24/1943

Contributor

Scott, Dorothy, 1920-1943

Rights

Materials may not be used without permission. For further information, please contact (940) 898-3751 or womenshistory@twu.edu

Format

2 pgs., front and back

Language

en

Type

Letters
Manuscripts

Identifier

MSS600c_Scott,Dorothy_Correspondence,Dec1942-July1943_19430224

Is Part Of

MSS 600c, Dorothy F. Scott Papers

Spatial Coverage

Vault A

Provenance

Scott, Edward
Gift

Rights Holder

Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's University, P.O. Box 425528, Denton, TX 76204.

Text

Feb. 24, 1943

Dear Mom:
I had the most exciting trip on Monday! One other girl and I took Bt's into Arkansas and I got to do all the navigating and did it fine, even with radio trouble.
There, being first girl-pilots, we were mobbed by people and scorted to the officers club and mess. We were to get a 7:15 bust out of there but they wanted us to stay longer so they flew us into Memphis to catch an airliner.
Mom, I'll never forget that ride at nite [sic]. We made a formation take-off and flew [illegible] close for quite a ways guided by our wing-tip lights only.
All of a sudden our two planes separated and swish- we were in a snap-roll. From there to Memphis we did all kinds of acrobatics and it was wonderful. It was thrilling

enough to be just flying at night, but with acrobatics too, well, I was so excited I expected to bust any minute.
Then coming over Memphis at 6000' wotj tje cotu's lights looking like a magic carpet, and finally we spiraled down and landed. The natives were a bit startled to see two girl flyers and two officers walk in with parachutes.
When our airliner arrived, who should step off but Mrs. Love, back from Washington D.C. She rode back to here with us. After our night ride, my first airliner ride was anti-climax. I thot [sic] it too much like a bus.
Mrs. Love left last night for Long Beach to set up the WAFS there so if you should see any uniforms like mine walking around be sure to talk to her.
How soon do you figure on coming out here? Make it soon as possible, and fly. If you haven't "handy' money- let me send some- I've lots of it.

-2-
I discover you've been asking when I crossed the Mississippi- and I don't know really. We came out of Wash. D.C. to Parkersburg, W. Va and crossed the flooded Ohio there, and then to Cincinnatti and down to St. Louis, then to Okla. City and here. So we must have crossed at St. Louis.
Could you go to a stationary store and buy me a U.S. map of pure black and white with just towns mostly so I can draw my trips on it? I can't get to town any more to buy anything. Make it about 3 feet wide.
You can keep this pic.

b. f now
Dorothy

Files

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Citation

Scott, Dorothy, 1920-1943 and Dorothy Scott joined the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) in 1942. Stationed at New Castle Army Air Base and with the 5th Ferrying Squadron at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Died in 1943 while in Pursuit training., “Letter from Dorothy Scott to her mother, February 24, 1943,” TWU Digital Exhibits, accessed June 16, 2024, http://exhibits.twu.edu/ex/items/show/138.