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Dickey Chapelle

Dickey Chapelle
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Title: Dickey Chapelle
Description: "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
1940 ca.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Chapelle, Dickey, 1919-1965 : Papers, 1933-1967
Genre: Photograph
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.
Subjects: Air pilots
Outdoor photography
Portrait photography
Clothing and dress
Protective clothing

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