WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Ninety-two-year old Mildred “Duke” Caldwell is one of about 1,100 female pilots who flew planes during World War II. Caldwell learned to fly while working for the Piper Aircraft Company in Pennsylvania. And, in 1942 when the Women Air Force Service Pilot Program started she quickly signed up. But that didn’t curb her family’s fears about her service.
Peoria resident Mildred “Duke” Caldwell and other W.A.S.Psâ€”Women Air force Service Pilots were recently honored for their service to our country during wartime.
Peoria woman to be honored as WWII Pilot
Her story is WWII history
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