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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ANN K. WATTERS ORAL HISTORY

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BIOABSTRACT

Ann Watters (1925-2006) of Wilmington, North Carolina, served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from 1943 to 1944.


BIOGRAPHY

Ann K. Watters was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 3, 1925. Her father and two brothers were pilots, and Watters took aviation classes in high school. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1943 and worked breifly as an aeronautical draftsman in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Watters attended flight school at Dallas Aviation in Texas in the spring of 1944, and immediately joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She then trained at Sweetwater, Texas, and graduated in December 1944 just as the WASP disbanded.

Watters worked at Dow Chemical after returning to North Carolina. A year later she married Jim Watters, a serviceman, and traveled with him to his various duty stations, including Germany, Ohio, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The Watters had two sons, one of whom became a pilot. Ann Watters passed away in May 2006.


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Oral history interview with Ann Watters, 2000
Item # WV0175.5.001
From the Ann K. Watters Oral History