Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: The Home Front in Western Minnesota: Interview with B.J. Erenberg
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Betty Jane (B.J.) Hanson Erenberg attended the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks for a brief time before beginning the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT). She attended ground school at the West Central Branch at the University of Minnesota-Morris and began flight instruction there in June 1941. After earning her pilot's license in 1943 at age 20, she joined the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots). She did 30 weeks of WASP training in Sweetwater, Texas and graduated from Avenger Field Army Air Force Training Detachment on April 13, 1944. Her first assignment was Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command at Newcastle Army Air Base in Wilmington, Delaware. She ferried new planes from factory to embarkation points, aircraft to a Brownsville, Texas aircraft graveyard, and evacuated fields during hurricane alerts. She later transferred into engineering text flying, slow timing new aircraft and testing rebuilt aircrafts, and remained in the WASPs until it was disbanded in December 1944. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Her experiences in the Civilian Pilot Training Program; WASP training; work in Ferry Command as a WASP; experiences working with different aircraft; experiences as one of the few women pilots during World War II.
30 pages transcript
Content Category: text
Interviewee: Erenberg, Betty Jane Hanson
Interviewer: Ripley, David
Made in: Benson, Waseca, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 111 (Library Call Number)
AV2007.25.12 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: The Home Front in Western Minnesota'