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Dec. 7, 1941, 22-yr-old Cornelia Fort became the 1st American woman pilot in a combat zone while flying over Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. While 2 other civilian planes were shot out of the sky, she made it thru' the strafing & landed her plane. She was among the first pilots recruited for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March 1943, she was killed by a midair collision while on a ferrying mission to Dallas.

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from Fodor's

40 Ultimate Things to Do in Hawaii

Catch the Views at Waimea Canyon - 40 Ultimate Things to Do in Hawaii | Fodor's Travel

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Anchor of the USS Arizona

Anchor of the USS Arizona at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

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George H. Bush, following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bush postponed going to college, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948

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