Willa Beatrice Brown, a 31-year-old Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces.

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    Original Caption: "Willa Beatrice Brown, a 31-year-old Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces. She is the first Negro woman to receive a commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol.", ca. 1941 - ca. 1945

    U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier:208-FS-793-1

    From:Series: Feature Story Illustrations, compiled 1942 - 1946

    Created By:Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. Picture Division. (1942 - 1945)

    Production Date:ca. 1941 - ca. 1945

    Persistent URL: arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=535717

    Repository: NARA's Still Picture Records Section, National Archives at College Park (College Park, MD)

    Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
    Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

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    1. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 65 months ago | reply

      Willa Beatrice Brown (1906-1992) was also the first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot's license in the US (Bessie Coleman got her license in 1921, that was in France):
      www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7288758
      She ran for Congress in 1946, 1948, and 1950, and taught aeronautics at a high school until she retired in the 1970s.
      avstop.com/history/blackwomenpilot/willabrown.htm

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