W.66  First Officer Winnabelle 'Winnie' Rawson Pierce 
 flag usa  b. 11 Dec 1916, Des Moines IA  10 Feb-42 to 15 May-44

 ata winnie rawson pierce 1942 1942

     

 

née Coffee

Ed. Wellesley College, MA (B.A.)

prev: Pilot and Secretary ("private secretary to President Thomas H McKoy of the Monocoupe Airplane Corp.")

Took her step-father's surname (Dante Pierce) when her mother remarried.

Address in 1942: 250 Harrison Ave Apr 1E, Mineola, NY

Off sick from 25 Oct to 19 Dec 1942 after a cycle accident, and from 11 Mar to 29 Mar 1944 with jaundice.

Two accidents, neither her fault:

- 11 Jul 1942, forced landing in a Hurricane after engine failure, and

- 12 Dec 1943, her Argus injured an "elderly cyclist" (age 71, deaf) while taxying. "The pilot had taken all reasonable precautions."

m. 1945 USAAF Col. Peter Beasley (d. 1957)

m. 1958-68 Giuseppe Olmi

In 1979 (at age 62), "Winabelle, the grandmother of three, terrorizes [the neighbourhood] on her motorcycle and sidecar, raises bull snakes and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, teaches horseback riding and still flies at least twice a week."

"She decorated the sidecar with a woman's face, hair and glued-on breasts"

d. 2 Aug 1997 - Tesuque, NM

"Winnie is a reminder to all of us to have fun. She did wonderful, crazy, fun, marvelous things."

 

 


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