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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

SUSIE WINSTON BAIN PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Susie Winston Bain (b. 1922) of Bay City, Texas, was a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Correspondence, artifacts, textiles, printed material, clippings, and an oral history interview document Susie Winston Bain's 1943-1944 service as a WASP. Letters from Bain to her family describe daily life on base in Laredo, Texas, in 1944. Military and personal papers document Bain's activities as a pilot during WWII and in post-war Greensboro, North Carolina. Photographs illustrate WASP and their planes, while printed material records WASP contributions and related organizations. Bain's oral history interview details her early life, her military experiences, and the effects of her service on her life after the war. Prominent subjects include Jacqueline Cochrane, Nancy Love, Hap Arnold, Eleanor Roosevelt, and women in the military. Textiles include Bain's WASP battle jacket and reunion materials.

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BIOGRAPHY

Susie M. Winston Bain was born 21 July 1922 in Markham, Texas, and raised in Bay City, Texas. Her mother was a musician and her father was in the automobile business. She graduated from high school in 1940 and studied home economics at the University of Texas. In early 1942 she found a job in an accountant’s office in Houston.

Bain took flying lessons in order to qualify for the newly formed WASP in 1943. She interviewed and joined the WASP at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, in November 1943. After six months of basic training at Avenger Field outside of Sweetwater, Texas, Bain graduated in Class 44-W-4, Flight 1, on 23 May 1944. She was sent to Love Field in where she ferried PT-19s across the country. In September 1944, after a short stint at Garden City, Kansas, Bain was transferred to Laredo, Texas, where she flew B-26s and towed targets for men's live ammunition practice.

Susie Bain met her future husband, Carson Bain, while they were stationed in Laredo. She requested an early discharge to marry him in November 1944, after it was announced that the WASP would disband the following month. She followed him to several duty stations, and the Bains moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, after Carson's discharge. The couple later divorced and Mrs. Bain relocated to Austin, Texas.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
WASP using radio in airplane cockpit, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.013
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Elizabeth Williamson in cockpit, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.012
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Susie Winston Bain with airplane, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.010
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Group of WASPs, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.015
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
WASPs in leather jackets, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.006
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Susie Winston Bain, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.001
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Portrait of Susie Winston Bain, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.004
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Portrait of Susie Winston Bain, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.005
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Three WASPs, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.002
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Susie Winston Bain at laundry, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.003
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Oral history interview with Susie Winston Bain, 2000
Item # WV0185.5.001
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Six WASPs, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.014
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Five WASPs, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.007
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
WASP beside sign, circa 1944
Item # WV0185.6.008
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Susie Winston Bain and pilot beside airplane, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.009
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Susie Winston Bain beside airplane, 1944
Item # WV0185.6.011
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers
Women Airforce Service Pilots battledress jacket, 1944
Item # WV0185.8.001
From the Susie Winston Bain Papers