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HEADQUARTERS OF TIE ARMY AIR FORCES
WASHINGTON, D. C.
1 October 1944
To Each Member of the WASP:, -
I am very proud of you young women and the outstanding job
you have done as members of the Air Forces team. When we needed
you, you came through and have served most commendably under very
The WASP became part of the Air Forces because we had to
explore the nations total manpower resources and in order to release
male pilots fox' other duties. Their very successful record of
accomplishment h:.froved that in any future total effort the nation
cah count on thousands of .its young women to fly any of its aircraft.
You have freed male pilots for other work, but now the war situation
has changed and the time has come when your volunteered services are
no longer needed. The situation is that if you continue in service,
you will be replacing instead of releasing our young men. .1 know
that the WASP wouldn't want that.
So, .1 have directed that the WASP program be. inactivated and
all WASP be released on 20 December 1944. I want you to know that I
appreciate your war service and that the AAF will miss you. I also
know that you will join us in 'being thankful that our combat losses
have proved to be much lower than anticipated, even though it means
inactivation of the WASP.
I am sorry that it is impossible to send a personal letter to
each of you.
My sincerest thanks and Happy Landings always.
H. H. ARNOLD
General, U. S. Army
Commanding General, Army Air Forces
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Arnold, Henry Harley. [Letter from H. H. Arnold to all WASP, October 1, 1944], letter, October 1, 1944; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1010632/m1/1/?q=general%20henry%20arnold%20: accessed October 28, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting National WASP WWII Museum.