Anna Flynn Monkiewicz ‘37
Following the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941, Anna Flynn moved to Lockhaven, Pennsylvania, to work at Piper Aircraft, where she helped build aircraft and earned her pilot’s license.
In 1943, Anna was accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), an elite group of 1,074 women who flew military aircraft during World War II. Anna was assigned to the ferry division, where she transferred or delivered the PT-19, the BT-13 Vultee Vibrator, and the AT-6 Texan to military bases throughout the United States. During her service, Anna was selected for training in pursuit aircraft and subsequently flew the P-39 Cobra, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the P-51 Mustang, and the P-63 King Cobra. Anna served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot until December of 1944, when the organization was disbanded.
In March of 2010, the Women Airforce Service Pilots were finally recognized for their unique accomplishments as aviation pioneers and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
In 2013, Anna published her memoirs about her WASP service in a Kindle book titled My Piece of the Sky.
Advice to Students
Hitch your wagon to a star and hang on tight
Inducted November 24, 2015