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12/15/02 - Tyler

World War Two Heroine Visits East Texas

   One of the first female aviators of World War II was in East Texas Sunday. Florene Watson spoke to the American Girl Reading Club at the Tyler Public Library. She was chosen because she most closely represents the 1940's heroine, Molly, from the American Girl book series.

   Watson says she survived flying with only a map, compass and a wristwatch. She hopes her story can encourage the younger generation. Watson says, "This was a very break the ice, ceiling type of thing. No one had ever seen a girl in a military uniform in the first place, then when you had a uniform with wings on it, it raised the eyebrow, 'Who are you and what are you up to?'" 

   Watson was among the first 25 women to qualify as one of the original Women's Air Force Service Pilots.

   Marie Biggs, reporting.
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