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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, circa 1943

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Object ID: WV0204.4.013

Description: Avery encourages her friend to join the WAVES, noting that they have good technical courses and aviation work. She hopes to come visit over Christmas.

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

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Hi O'Finnigan

I thought something must have detained you and I'm sorry to hear that you were ill and in bed. It's like I said you need rest, sunshine and eats.

Yes that airways thing is a good deal and consider yourself hired. Have to have someone with brains and sense around. Being just a dreamer don't get you very far. No. That is I don't think. Kielty looks like Padus? anyway she is not like her. Anyway I'm mad at her she hasn't written either.

Gosh I hope you get some place to stay. Course it would be a good time for you to join the Waves but nothing else. Otherwise stay a Civilian this regulation life is not what its cracked up to be. The Waves have some very good tech. courses though and they do a lot of tech aviation work thats [sic] very interesting.

It looks as though now it is going to be very hard to get down there over Christmas but I am going to try till the last minute anyway.

Thats [sic] all for now as I just wrote you everything last nite [sic] and I have to go to a link now. Remember R.S.E.

Love A.A.A.