Born and raised in Ferndale, Michigan, Lois fell in love with flying at age five after riding with her family in a Ford Tri Motor. It wasn't until years later, when she signed up for the CPT program at Michigan State Teachers College (now Eastern Michigan University), that she was given an opportunity to learn how to fly.
Attending college and working as a teacher, Lois continued to acquire flying hours. In 1943, she finished school in June and in July, she was accepted into the Army Air Forces experimental flight training program for women and headed to Texas. Lois and 94 other young women pilots paid their way to Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas to become WASP class 43-8. Less than half that number eventually graduated.
After Lois completed the training and earned her silver WASP wings, she was sent to Hondo, Texas (C-45 navigational flying to train cadet navigators); Dodge City AAB, Kansas (B-26 transition training); Pueblo, Colorado (B-26 tow target missions) and finally to Walker AAB, Victoria Kansas (engineering, ferrying, copilot B-17's).
During the eighteen months Lois flew for the Army Air Forces, her husband, Albert E. Nash, was serving in North Africa and Italy. As a WASP, Lois flew fifteen different types of aircraft for her country, but the B-26 Martin Marauder remained her all time favorite. When the WASP were disbanded on Dec. 20, 1944, Lois returned home and, eventually, she and Albert began raising their 2 sons.
|WASP Lois Nash plus Congressional Gold Medal |
in front of the podium, Emancipation Hall, US Capitol
March 10, 2010
Lois had been living in S. Carolina since the retirement of her late husband Albert E. Nash. She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Bill & Susan Nash of Ft Wayne Indiana, and Thomas & Donna Nash of Roswell, GA.
respectfully posted and photos added by Nancy Parrish
Other information on Lois:
Lois Nash photos on her son, Thomas's page
Video Interview WSPA --March, 2010