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HD: Bombs Away on Stereotypes

September 24, 1993



In reference to the cartoon ``You've Come a Long Way, Baby,'' May 3: I was a woman bomber pilot in World War II (B-24s and B-26s). We were shot up quite a bit by student gunners or antiaircraft gunnery practice B-26 pilots. And the WASPs (Women Air Force Service Pilots) who were bomber pilots on B-17s for student navigators carried live bombs. We flew every fighter and every bomber (including the first jet) in the United States Air Force.

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The cartoon gives the impression that women flying bombers and carrying bombs is something new, and the grin implies that women bomber or fighter pilots love bombing. Women military pilots have been flying bombers for 50 years. We wonder why newspapers seem to think this is something new. Hazel Hohn, Reno, Nev.

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