Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jeanne D'Ambly, 43-W-5 | April 12, 2013

WASP Jeanne D'Ambly was born in Philadelphia to Clara Cooper Stratton Perot d'Ambly and Augustus Ernest d'Ambly III.   The young girl grew up and graduated high school in Philadelphia.

Already a licensed pilot, Jeanne became a professional in the visual arts.  During World War II, she interrupted her studies at Philadelphia's Museum School of Art to volunteer to serve her country.  Already a licensed, experienced pilot, Jeanne put her studies on hold and applied to become a WASP.  She was accepted into Women Airforce Service Pilots training Class 43-W- 5.  

Jeanne and 126 other young women pilots arrived at the   318th Army Air Force Flying Training Detachment, Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas on March 26, 1943.  After completing over five months of flying training, she was one of eighty-five who graduated, earning their silver wings.

After graduation Jeanne was sent to Dodge City Army Air Base, Dodge City, Kansas where she completed  B-26 transition flight training.  She was then transferred to the Flexible Gunnery School at Harlingen Army Air Field, Harlingen, Texas, where she flew B-26 tow target missions, training gunners for combat.

After the WASP were disbanded and World War II over,  Jeanne competed in the 1948 "Powder Puff Derby."   accepted a commission in the newly formed United States Air Force.  Subsequent service included assignments in public relations and intelligence during the Korean War. Discharged from the military after earning the rank of captain, she continued federal services as a civilian air traffic control specialist.  She was stationed at Albuquerque, El Paso, Yuma, Palmdale terminal and for ten years at Los Angeles LAX.  She retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1983.

In addition to her career in the aviation field, she worked as a commercial artist, model, welder, charter pilot and guest house operator. She had a lifetime interest in art and accomplished many works in multi media. 

Since 1977, Jeanne was a resident of Leisure World in Seal Beach, California. In recent years at Long Beach she devoted time to bike riding and competitive swimming, winning several gold medals; other pastimes included studies at Golden West College.

She is survived by her nephews John P. d'Ambly and his wife Karen of Hackettstown, New Jersey and Jeffrey T. d'Ambly and his wife Linda of Raynham Massachusetts and a cousin, Davis d'Ambly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A graveside service was held April 17th at Pacific View Memorial Park.

sources: Original Obituary
Wings Across America