Second World War: Woman Pilot Trained Bombardiers

Mozelle Simpson, woman pilot, trained bombardiers in the second World War.

| Good Old Days

Mozelle Simpson was a member of the Women Armed Service Pilots in 1943, during the second World War. She trained the male bombardiers who were in turn sent overseas for the war effort. Information regarding her was still classified as late as 1982, but we can now tell how she flew four-engine bombers. 

The following excerpts are from an article that ran in our town newspaper three months before Mozelle I. Simpson died.

"Mozelle flew more than 2,000 hours in twin-engine planes and earned her wings not only from the WASPs, but also from the United States Army Air Force.

"Letters to her sister, Lillian Pipkin, also of Quitman, tell of her many flying hours. They also tell of the varied reactions of the men who would stand out by the airplanes talking to her while waiting for the 'pilot' to show up.

"Her happiest hours were spent in 'my honey' as she called it, and whenever she had the opportunity to fly near family, she would 'buzz' their house. 'We even had signals worked out,' said Lillian. "

In a time when a woman's place was considered to be in the home, and bombardiers expected their training instructor pilots to be men, Mozelle carved out a place for herself in the history of women's aviation

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