Barbara London, 1920-2013

Barbara London
BARBARA LONDON, ’42, was a home economics major at the UW when her life took a drastic turn. She enrolled in the Civilian Pilot Training program and was among the first group of female pilots formed during World War II. Her assignment was to deliver the newly built warplanes to the U.S. Army. She flew all the single-engine fighters and most of the twin-engine bombers of the day. In 1943, Gen. Hap Arnold presented London with the Air Medal for Distinguished Services; she was the only woman to receive that honor. London, who died July 7 at the age of 93 in Los Gatos, Calif., was the mother of two daughters. Naturally, both became pilots.—Julie Garner

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