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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MILDRED D. DALRYMPLE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Mildred Inks Davidson Dalrymple (b. 1920) of Llano, Texas, served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from 1943 to 1944.


BIOGRAPHY

Mildred Inks Davidson Dalrymple was born on 14 February 1920 in Llano, Texas, where her father was the mayor. Her father died when she was fifteen, and the family moved to Austin, Texas. Dalrymple graduated from Llano High School and then attended the Texas State College for Women, where she majored in journalism.

Dalrymple began working as a civil service typist on military bases in San Antonio, Texas, when World War II started. In June 1942, she married Bill Davidson. He was killed several months later while flying B-17s in Europe. Dalrymple then joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and graduated from training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, in May 1944. She was stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, until the WASP disbanded in December 1944.

Dalrymple worked for the legislature in Washington, D.C., after leaving the WASP. She married Edwin Dalrymple in 1946 and after a brief stay in Newark, New Jersey, the couple settled in Washington, D.C.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Two WASPs in front of plane, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.007
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
Portrait of Mildred D. Dalrymple, circa 1944
Item # WV0336.6.001
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
WASPs sit on the wing of a plane, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.002
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
WASPs in front of a plane, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.003
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
WASPs walk on tarmac, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.004
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
Two WASPs look out of a cockpit, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.005
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers
WASPs on tarmac, 1944
Item # WV0336.6.006
From the Mildred D. Dalrymple Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Clippings about Dalrymple’s service, 1944, 2002; oral history interview, 2005.