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Letter from Dorothy Avery, circa 1943

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Object ID: WV0204.4.012

Description: Avery describes a plane crash during a foggy morning practice. She enjoys ground school at Mather Field, saying they have the best instruction and latest data.

Creator: Dorothy Avery

Biographical Info: Dorothy Avery (1917-1999) was a pilot in the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from 1943-1944, then worked as an inspector for Navy-Lockheed Service Center.

Collection: Dorothy Avery Papers

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Full Text: Greetings etc.

Now lets see where do I go from here. Oh yes, something new I flew today. Interesting isn't it. Well it was a little different from the usual run or I guess by now it is just about an everyday affair because people don't pay much attention to crack ups any more. It was such a peaceful morning to. As usual it was dark at take off and not realizing it was so foggy we climbed above the overcast and again watched the sun come up. After the field was cleared we came into the field to shoot some landings. The fog was pretty close in, and as we were taking off we saw a plane making a wide circle close to the ground. My instructor took over called the tower, told them a plane was in distress and at the same time we circled after it, then it was gone in fog and we circled to pick it up and finally I sighted it burning on the ground. It wasn't stocked much, made a good forced landing and all the crew got clear of it before it burned though they say one of them was hurt pretty bad. We circled giving directions & complete report. Then we came in because the field was shut down but were back up in a half an hour when the fog cleared, the fog really gets thick around here. A couple of ducks spun in the other day it was so thick. The birds walk around here they don't fly. Next week we will get to see the Sunsets as we fly in the afternoon.

I suppose I shouldn't tell about what goes on around here but gosh I gotta talk to somebody sometime or next best babble in a letter. We get so crammed full of technical knowledge all the time, it gets monstrous. This ground school is really super though. The best instruction and all the latest data on everything.

I'll stop now and maybe tomorrow I will babble on some more after a routine day even though it is Sunday.

Good night now, Jake