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Maggie Gee and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP): Maggie Gee

Resources on Maggie Gee, the WASP, and women in the military

Final Farewell

Maggie Gee passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the age of 89.

Maggie's legacy will live on in the lives of all of those she educated and changed with her passionate patriotism and her extraordinary sense of social justice.

      - Nancy Parrish

WASP Final Flight

Women in Aviation

SF Chronicle Obituary

Maggie Gee at LPC!

Maggie Gee was a guest speaker at LPC

Date:  Thur, November 10, 2011

Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Place: Mertes Center for the Arts

Maggie Gee Artifacts

About Maggie Gee

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Maggie Gee was a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley.  To contribute to the war effort, she quit school and worked as a draftsperson for the military, but that wasn't enough for Maggie.  She and two friends decided to go to flight school with the hopes of joining the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and fighting for their country.  They pooled their money, bought a car for $25, and headed for Texas. 

When Maggie graduated from the tough course of training, she was one of only two Chinese Americans in the WASP.  She was stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she helped train other pilots-both male and female.  After the government disbanded the WASP, Maggie went back to school.  She joined the army in the 1950s, running service clubs in Germany during the height of the Cold War.  Later she became a physicist, working for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory until she retired.  Today, Maggie is active in local politics and continues to meet regularly with her WASP friends. 

Excerpted from Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss

Online Resources

Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee Book by Marissa Moss

Berkeley's Maggie Gee Joins History's Hereos by Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times

An Interview with Margaret Gee from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Berkeley Woman Was One of the First Females to Fly Military Airplanes from City of Oakland/Oakland Tribune

Margaret "Maggie" Gee from Chinese American Hereos

World War II Brought Fear -- and Opportunity from the LA Times

Videos

Subject Guide

Frances Hui