Mabel Virginia Rawlinson

Mabel Virginia Rawlinson

Greenwood, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 23 Aug 1943 (aged 26)
Onslow County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block E, Section 216, Space 6
Memorial ID 70676127 · View Source
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She was the daughter of of Reverend William Winthrop Rawlinson and Nora Belle Berden of Delaware and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her siblings were Margaret Elizabeth Rawlinson Svoboda, John Winthrop, Georgian M, Woods W, Jean Winifred Rawlinson Pohly, and Mary H Rawlinson.

She was a graduate of Western Michigan College of Education in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

She entered AAF flight training at the Houston Municipal Airport in Texas 15 January 1943.

She was stationed at Camp Davis Army Air Field in North Carolina.

She was killed as the pilot of A-24A #42-60835 when it crashed due to an engine fire near Camp Davis, North Carolina 23 August 1943.

She was one of only thirty-eight WWII WASPs killed while in the service of their country.

Mabel's youngest sister, believed that the cause is related to the inferior equipment that the WASP were using. She wrote, "I have done extensive research and have discovered the reason for the accident. The aircraft developed mechanical problems after take off from the Camp Davis runway, and it was necessary for Mabel and her instructor, who was checking her out at night, to come back for landing. What she really meant was that she considered sabotage to be the reason for Betty's death.

"Mabel was in no way at fault. What was at fault was the latch - yes, the latch could not be opened from the inside of the aircraft - there was no way Mabel could have exited."
—Contributor: ET (47514618)

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