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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

M. JANE DOYLE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

M. Jane B. Doyle (b. 1921) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, served in the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from 1943 to 1944.


BIOGRAPHY

Mildred Jane Doyle was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on 13 October 1921. In 1939 she graduated from Grand Rapids Senior High School and enrolled in Grand Rapids Junior College. While there, she earned her private pilot license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program. In the fall of 1940, Doyle transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she also served in the Civil Air Patrol. She graduated in 1943 and worked briefly as a graphic designer in Ann Arbor.

Doyle enlisted in the WASP in 1943 and went to Sweetwater, Texas, for training in November. Following graduation in May 1944, she reported to Seymour, Indiana, for engine school. There she worked in the engineering hangar as a test pilot. In August of 1944, she married a fellow air force pilot. She resigned from the WASP in October of that year after hearing rumors that the program would be disbanded.

For the next year, Doyle moved with her husband to his various duty stations. In 1946, while he was stationed in Japan, she maintained her pilot license by renting a plane. The couple later settled in Ann Arbor in 1947 and had five children.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Three WASPs in front of propeller, circa 1944
Item # WV0402.6.002
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers
Jane Doyle and fellow WASP, circa 1944
Item # WV0402.6.003
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers
Jane Doyle on wing of PT-17 plane, circa 1944
Item # WV0402.6.004
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers
Jane Doyle in front of AT-6 plane, circa 1944
Item # WV0402.6.005
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers
Oral history interview with Jane Doyle, 2007
Item # WV0402.5.001
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers
Jane B. Doyle in airplane, circa 1944
Item # WV0402.6.001
From the M. Jane Doyle Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Copies of letters; pins; clipping; and WASP Fifinella sticker.