Friday, September 21, 2012

World War II from a WASP's point of view topic of seniors meeting in Florham Park

From Florham Park Eagle:  World War II from a WASP's point of view topic of seniors meeting in Florham Park

FLORHAM PARK – World War II veteran Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu shared her experiences as a Women Air Force Service Pilot at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, when the first fall meeting of  Florham Park AARP Chapter 5109 gots underway at the Florham Park Senior Center, located on Longley Lane in the borough municipal complex off Ridgedale Avenue.

From 1942 to 1944 the WASP were the first women to fly airplanes for the Army Air Force. Their seven-month training program was almost identical to that of the male cadets. Although the WASP were disbanded,  Haydu continued flying, at one point serving as a flying instructor.


Haydu is an inductee into the  Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro and  into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.

She is also the author of “Letters From Home,” based on leters her mother had saved.
Chapter meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are served between the business meeting and the program. Parking is available at the center, or in the Community Center lot, from where attendees can be shuttled

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