High School Wall of Honor
Beverly Jeanne Moses
Class of June, 1940
Died July 18, 1944
June 27, 1944 Beverly graduated from basic training at Avenger
Field, Sweetwater, Texas.
Beverly's graduation roster from her WASP (Women Airforce Service
Pilots) Class 44-5 (06/27/44):
Her orders took her to Las Vegas Army Air Field, Nevada. Based
on the flip of a coin between Beverly and Mildred Taylor, Beverely
won the copilot position for an instrument training flight with
four others in an AT-11. The pilot was Lt. Frank Smith. During
the training mission, the flight was redirected to search for
a downed parachute near Mt. Charleston. Later that day, Mildred
reported back from her mission in a B-17 and couldn't find Beverely.
Maybe she went on a night mission? Mildred began checking around
but no one knew where the AT-11 was. It was now midnight. A search
was started early the next day and the plane was found pancaked
into the side fo a mountain. The plane was mostly intact, but
the center section was burned and all 6 personnel were killed.
Summary: While flying as the co-pilot in an AT-11, she was killed
in a crash in the mountains near Las Vegas on July 18, 1944. (KIS)
Beverly was born in Des Moines, Iowa, along
with two brothers and two sisters. When she was 17, her mother
died and she had to care for the younger children. After attending
AJB business school, she got a secretarial job at Solar Aircraft
Company. While working there, she took flying lessons and joined
the Civil Air Patrol. She entered training to become a WASP
on December 7, 1943 and graduated on June 27, 1944 at Avenger
Field, Sweetwater, Texas.
| In 1976, after the
Air Force announced that it was training the "first women
to fly for the military," the surviving WASP went to work
to correct the error of fact. With the help of Colonel Bruce Arnold
(General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's son) and Senator Barry
Goldwater (who had flown with WASP aviators in the Ferry Command
during the war), the WASP went before Congress to ask for militarization.
Despite strong opposition from various powerful individuals and
organizations, the measure passed through Congress. In 1977 President
Jimmy Carter signed the bill making the WASP part of the Air Force.
They received no back pay or death insurance, but they did finally
get the one thing they had fought so hard for: recognition that
the WASP had answered America's call when she needed them. They
too had fought and died for their country.
This exhibit features the artifacts and memorabilia of Utah WASP
Alberta Hunt Nicholson (1914-2002). Her Santiago Blue service
dress uniform and flight uniform are shown, along with other personal
items. The exhibit was made possible by the generous financial
support of the Dr. Ezekiel and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation and
Pacificorp. Permission to use the image of the WASP mascot "Fifinella"
in the exhibit was graciously provided by The Walt Disney Company.
|The above information
was obtained from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army
Air Forces Personnel was created by the War Department, the Adjutant
General's Office, Administrative Services Division, Strength Accounting
Branch. The original records are held at the Modern Military records
LICON, Textural Services Division (NWCTM), National Archives at
College Park, Maryland.
The documents contain the latest and most complete information
available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were killed
or died, or became and remained missing, between the President's
declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941 and
the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This document
includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing. The records
are available online at http://www.archives.gov/.
The type of casualty is indicated by the following:
* KIA - Killed in Action. This is an individual who was killed
in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a
prisoner of war.
* DOW - Died of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded
and later died.
* DOI - This is an individual who suffered fatal battle injuries
and died in a line of duty status.
*DNB - Died Nonbattle. This is an individual who died in a line
of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or
accidents outside of combat areas (training).
*M - Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing
and later was determined to be dead.
*FOD - Finding of Death. Findings of death fall within Public
Law 490 and its amendments and are made when there is either
conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming
evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have
This documents contains the names of those individuals who died
in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were not in
the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed in
(2) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information
on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records
can be found online at
(3) The American Battle Monuments Commission was established in
1923 to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of
U.S. Armed Forces. There are 24 overseas cemeteries that serve
as the final resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead.
The serviceman and women are either buried at these cemeteries
or their names listed are on tablets of the missing that memorialize
these men and women and their sacrifice. These records can be
found online at http://www.abmc.gov/home.php.
(4) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018
graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines
High School website. The names of all North High School graduates
can be found online at http://www.ndmhs.com/.
Beverly Jeanne Moses's 1940 class page can be viewed at http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1940(1990.50).html.
December 21, 1923. Deceased: July 18, 1944. Beverly is buried at Oakwood
Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, IA
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
01/25/10: The Civil Air Patrol is continuing to search for the wreckage
of Beverly's AT-11 in Nevada.
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
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