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Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver
Birth: Oct. 16, 1912
Death: Oct. 26, 1944

World War II Woman Aviator. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey and she learned to fly at an early age. She reported to Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas in June, 1943 to begin training to become a WASP, (Woman Airforce Service Pilot). She graduated on November 13, 1943 and was stationed at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, with the 5th Ferrying Group. She belonged to an elite group of about 1,100 female pilots formed during World War II, who ferried new warplanes destined for battle, in Europe or the Pacific. On October 26, 1944, she and 40 other pilots were briefed on ferrying new P-51s from the North American Aviation factory at Mines Field, Los Angeles Municipal Airport, Inglewood, California, to Coolidge Field, Arizona. Although only a light haze, there was fog reported over Santa Monica Bay when she took off at 15:42 in aircraft number 669. On October 30, 1944, her home station at Love Field, Texas reported her and P-51 669 missing. A massive air search was launched, but no trace of her or her plane was ever found. Even as late as June 8, 1994, the HQ for Air Force Safety Agency conducted a search and reported that no wreckage of this accident has been located. She was married one month before her disappearance to Hollywood producer, Henry M. Silver and is the only WASP never to be accounted for. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Remains never found
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Oct 15, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7986762
Gertrude Vreeland <i>Tompkins</i> Silver
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Gertrude Vreeland <i>Tompkins</i> Silver
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