Shirley C. Kruse
Women Airforce Service Pilots
Featuring the Artwork of Aviation Artist and Historian, Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.
I was born in
finally arose in my early 20's while visiting friends in
flight lessons I heard about Jacqueline Cochran's WASP program, sent in an
application, and was accepted into the class of 44W-6. Upon graduation, I was
sent to Bainbridge Air Base, Georgia, where we tested and tested the aircraft.
During this time I encountered a few male pilots who occasionally made life
miserable. While at BAB, I was detailed back to
deactivation, I returned to my parents' home in
In 1945 I
married Chester Egler and had three lovely daughters. I went to work for the
United Postal Service in 1958, serving in various capacities, and retiring as
Director of Customer Service from the
In 1978, having
been single for several years, I married Lawrence Kruse and moved to
My time spent as a WASP was a never to be forgotten adventure, a great preparation for the wonderful experience of all that my life was to become.
In her own words, thank you Shirley.
Shirley is the last cadet on the right.
Thank you Shirley!
Thank you. Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
Other WASP pilots in our series.
Bernice Haydu PT-17 Pilot
Bernice Haydu AT-6 Pilot
Florene Miller P-47 Ferry Pilot
Helen Snapp B-17 Ferry Pilot
Helen Snapp A-25A Target Towing Pilot
Jackie Cochran Famous Air Racer
Janet Lee Simpson BT-13 Pilot
Back to the Main Directory
January 22, 2012