|Died||21 Mar 1943|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseCornelia Clark Fort was born into a wealthy family in Nashville, Tennessee, United States; her father Rufus Elijah Fort was a founder of National Life and Accident Insurance Company. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, United States in 1939. She learned to fly in Hawaii, United States, and was working as a civilian pilot instructor there when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor. When the attack began, she was airborne with a student in an Interstate Cadet aircraft. Observing the Japanese insignia on the attacking planes and smoke rising from the harbor, she landed at John Rodgers civilian airport; she was strafed by a Japanese Zero fighter as she was landing. She returned to the continental United States in early 1942 where she promoted war bonds. Later in 1942, she was recruited by Nancy Love to served in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). Accepting the offer, she became the second to join the program. As a member of the 6th Ferrying Group based in Long Beach, California, United States, she ferried aircraft from factories to military bases. On 21 Mar 1943, another aircraft collided with the BT-13 aircraft she was ferrying 10 miles south of Merkel, Texas, causing the BT-13 to crash, killing her. She was the first fatality in the WAFS program. The footstone of her grave inscribed "Killed in the Service of Her Country".
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|21 Mar 1943||Cornelia Fort was killed during an aircraft ferrying mission in Texas, United States.|
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