Nell Bright Collection

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    Photograph of Nell Bright with Lt. Col. Gwyddon Owen, 2018 December 4
    (Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation, 2018-12-13) Pierce, Veronica
    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gwyddon Owen, 37th Intelligence Squadron commander, poses for a photo with Nell Bright, Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) WWII veteran, during the Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation (RAFMAF) 2018 Sword of Honour ceremony, Oct. 11. Owen, a cyberspace operations officer, a cyberspace operations officer, began working with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD), Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL) in May 2016, as a Military Advisor as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP) for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and was selected as the 2018 U.S. Sword of Honour recipient.
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    Oral memoirs of Nell Bright: An interview conducted on March 11, 2021
    In 1943 and 1944, Nell Bright served in World War II as one of hundreds of Women Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), who were tasked with testing and ferrying aircraft for training. She had taken flying lessons after college and had a private license by the time the United States entered the war. She trained in Sweetwater and then flew a number of missions out of Biggs Field in El Paso, Texas, often towing targets for male pilots to practice shooting. WASP was considered civil service, and its pilots did not receive veteran status until 1977.