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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

BETTY ETTEN WIKER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Betty Wiker (b. 1921) of Chicago served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and the Women in the Air Force (WAF) from 1942 to 1952.


BIOGRAPHY

Betty Wiker was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 27, 1921. She graduated from Hirsch High School and attended Moser Business College. She went on to work as a typist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. During this time she volunteered as a hostess at USO [United Service Organizations] shows.

Wiker enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in December 1942. She completed basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and was assigned to Bolling Field in Washington, D.C, where she worked first in the plotting room, and later in the motor pool. She then attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Des Moines, graduating on June 4, 1943. Wiker was then stationed at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio as a finance officer in the Army Air Forces WAC company. In March 1944 she was reassigned to Hill Field in Ogden, Utah, as the club officer. A year later she was transferred to Ladd Army Airfield in Fairbanks, Alaska, as a squadron commander.

Wiker continued to serve as a squadron commander for the next four years. In January 1946 she was assigned to Love Field in Dallas, Texas; in June 1946 she was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee; in October 1946 she was stationed at Fort Totten in New York; and from October 1947 to April 1948 she served at Westover Field in Springfield, Massachusetts. After attending Adjutant General’s School at Camp Lee, Virginia, she returned to Westover Field as part of the newly formed Women in the Air Force (WAF) until May 1949 when she was sent to New York City as a recruiting officer. She married Kenneth Wiker on December 29, 1949. On July 2, 1952 she resigned from the WAF at the rank of major due to pregnancy.

Wiker and her husband raised two children in Teaneck, New Jersey, where they lived for fifty years. She currently resides at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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Betty Wiker by military vehicle at Camp Simms, 1943
Item # WV0428.6.003
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Betty Etten Wiker in recruiting office, circa 1949
Item # WV0428.6.004
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs serve food in mess hall, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.014
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Teletype operators, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.015
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs serve troops in mess hall, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.016
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs interview for duty assignments, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.010
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WAC flight operations clerks, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.012
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Women in the Air Force at Fort Slocum, New York, 1949
Item # WV0428.6.005
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WAC cadre at Hill Field, Utah, 1944
Item # WV0428.6.006
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Betty Etten Wiker at train station, 1943
Item # WV0428.6.001
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WAC squadron in formation, 1944
Item # WV0428.6.009
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs board airplane, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.011
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Betty Etten Wiker at dining hall, Hill Field, Utah, circa 1944
Item # WV0428.6.007
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs sing in chapel, 1944
Item # WV0428.6.008
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Betty Etten Wiker and friend at Ladd Field, Alaska, circa 1945
Item # WV0428.6.002
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs parade in Salt Lake City, 1944
Item # WV0428.2.002
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
Oral history interview with Betty Etten Wiker, 2008
Item # WV0428.5.001
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers
WACs at transient service information desk, 1945
Item # WV0428.6.013
From the Betty Etten Wiker Papers