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 Evelyn Genevieve “Sharpie” Sharp

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Evelyn Genevieve “Sharpie” Sharp

  • Birth 1 Oct 1919 Melstone, Musselshell County, Montana, USA
  • Death 3 Apr 1944 Allen, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 12467

Called "Sharpie" by her friends. Subject of public television documentary, "Sharpie: Born to Fly." One of the first female pilots in America. She was, in the late 1930's, the youngest aviatrix in the nation. Learned to fly in her home town, Ord, Nebraska. Made her first solo flight at age 15, and got her private pilot's license on her 17th birthday, and a year later had a commercial transport pilot's license, and began flying mail between towns in central Nebraska, as well as barnstorming rodeos and country fairs. She taught flying in South Dakota and California. Then, in 1942 she was one of the first 23 women chosen for Army Air Corps' new Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Her military task was to fly newly built military aircraft from West Coast manufacturers to the Eastern US for shipment to war zones. On April 3, 1944 an engine blew up in a new P-38 she was piloting over Pennsylvania. It crashed. She was killed. The airport at Ord, Nebraska is called Sharp Field in her memory. Nebraska's main newspaper, The Omaha World-Herald, calls her " of the most memorable Nebraskans of the past century" (editorial page, September 10, 2000).

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 13 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12467
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Evelyn Genevieve “Sharpie” Sharp (1 Oct 1919–3 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12467, citing Ord Cemetery, Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .