Elizabeth L. Gardner

Elizabeth L. Gardner
Elizabeth L. Remba Gardner, Women's Airforce Service Pilots, NARA-542191.jpg
Gardner in the pilot's seat of a Martin B-26 Marauder
Born1921
Died (aged 90)
OccupationPilot
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Corps

Elizabeth L. Gardner (1921 – December 22, 2011) was an American pilot during World War II who served as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She was one of the first American female military pilots[1] and the subject of a well-known photograph, sitting in the pilot's seat of a Martin B-26 Marauder.[2][3]

In 2009, the 300 living WASP pilots were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal through a unit citation.[A]

Early life and family

Gardner was born in Rockford, Illinois,[9] in 1921. She graduated from Rockford High School in 1939.[10] She was a mother and housewife before the war started.[11] After she married, she took the last name Remba.[10]

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