Minnesota Female Aviation Pioneer Has Died
FAIRBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who piloted military planes during World War II and received two Congressional Gold Medals has died.
Elizabeth Strohfus of Faribault was 96. Her son, Art Roberts, says Strohfus died Sunday night at her assisted living center after being placed in hospice care after a fall.
Strohfus was one of the last remaining members of Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. She ferried military planes in 1943 and 1944, and helped train air and infantry gunners at Las Vegas Army Airfield.
The Faribault Daily News reports after graduating from high school, Strohfus borrowed $100 to join the previously all-male Sky Club. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol before joining WASP.
After WASP was disbanded in December 1944, Strohfus worked as an aircraft controller in Wyoming before returning to Faribault.
Funeral arrangements are pending.