Cornelia Fort

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Cornelia Fort (1940)

Cornelia Clark Fort (born February 5, 1919 in Nashville , † March 21, 1943 in Mulberry Canyon ) was an American pilot .


Fort came from a wealthy and well-known Nashville family. The father Rufus Elijah Fort was the founder of the "National Life and Accident Insurance". Fort graduated from Ward-Belmont School in 1936 and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1939 . She then joined the Junior League of Nashville charity. She showed an early interest in aviation and acquired a private pilot's license in 1940 .

She then advanced to trainer flight students in Hawaii . On December 7, 1941, she unwantedly witnessed the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Forces on Pearl Harbor . She was barely able to evade the attack by the enemy planes and land her plane on the John Rodger civil airport in a daring action. After this incident, she was recruited by the Women Airforce Service Pilots , an organization whose main task was to transfer military aircraft from the USA to the UK under the direction of the US Air Force . There she died during a training flight with a BT-13 . She got into a catastrophic air collision with another aircraft and crashed while serving the US Air Force on March 21, 1943 near Merkel , Texas. She was dead instantly.


Web links

Commons : Cornelia Fort  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Epic of Cornelia Fort ... 2018, accessed on March 25, 2018