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WASP Uniform Jacket
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

WASP Uniform Jacket

Accession #: 1999.0323
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 20" H x 14" W

Physical Description

Blue wool with WASP wings pined to pocket.

Specific History

WASP Ruth Lindley Muller, a member of Class 43-W-5, wore this battle jacket when on flying duty. Muller served in the WASP for about 15 months.

General History

The WASP uniform was developed in early 1944. Prior to that time the WASP had no formal uniform, but usually wore khaki slacks with a white blouse and a soft garrison- type khaki cap when flying. The WASP flying uniform consisted of a short “Eisenhower” style jacket called the battle jacket, worn with a blue long sleeved shirt and black tie. While in flying status the women were authorized to wear slacks which were of the same material as the jacket. When not flying, they were required to wear a skirt. The dress uniform consisted of a long jacket that came down over the hips, made of the same material, and worn with a skirt. A blue beret with small army officer’s crest completed the uniform.


Keywords

War: World War II
Service: Air Force
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