Women’s Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), Mary Anna Martin “Marty” Wyall died last Thursday at age 95.
Wyall was among the 25,000 applicants and one of only 1,074 women accepted into the demanding WASP program.
Wyall grew up in Indianapolis and attended DePauw University in Greencastle to study bacteriology.
That is where she first learned about the WASP program from a magazine article.
In an article by Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, she said, “There was a war on, and I wanted to help my country.”
During World War II, the WASPs helped on the home front by ferrying aircraft, testing planes, providing instruction for male pilots, and towing targets for anti-aircraft artillery practice.
She graduated from college in 1943, and left for training to Texas.
After the war, Wyall went on the a career as a private pilot.
Wyall and about 175 other WASPs were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, ‘top military award for valor in action against an enemy force while serving in the U.S. armed services’, at a March 10 ceremony in Washington.