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Adela Riek Scharr - War Experiences
During World War II, at the age of 35, Mrs. Scharr became one of the first women to serve as a pilot with the Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). In 1943 Mrs. Scharr became a member of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) where she and her sister pilots transported combat planes, like the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt, from factories to air bases across the United States.
As part of her piloting duties, Mrs. Scharr logged over 2,500 hours of flying time.
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