"She's Ready to Defend America," a portrait of Georgette Louise Meyer (aka Dickey Chapelle), as a member of the Women Flyers of America, an organization formed in 1940 to teach women to fly and then to ferry American bombers to Great Britain.
Image ID: 11541
Creation Date: 1940 ca.
Creator Name: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Collection Name: Dickey Chapelle papers, 1933-1967
Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number: PH 3301 A
Original Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
Dickey Meyer grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and she fell in love with aviation from a young age. However, given her poor eyesight, freelance photography was a better way to continue flying. In addition to covering the last months of World War II and post-war stories around the globe, in 1962 Dickey was one of the first photographers to disclose conditions in Vietnam to the American public. Dickey Chapelle was killed by a land mine near DaNang in 1965. Her papers and photographs are available for research in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
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