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Janice Christensen, a World War II Veteran Bomber Pilot, Honored


November 16, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 Congressman Brad Schneider participated in a ceremony honoring the late Janice Christensen, a World War II veteran of the elite Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and former resident of Waukegan, IL.

Founded in 1943, WASP was a wartime civilian women pilots organization, which graduated only 1,074 women to operate military aircrafts and fly non-combat missions. Members flew more than 60 million miles throughout the course of the Second World War serving over 120 bases around the country, including missions towing aerial targets for anti-aircraft gun practic...

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