W.85  First Officer  Edith Foltz Stearns
 flag usa  b. 17 Aug 1902, Dallas TX 10 Jun-42 to 30 Jun-45 

 ata edith foltz stearns grissom

     

 

Father: Richard E Magalis, a Parmacist; mother Kate 'Daisy' [Bethurum]

prev: barnstorming, air racer, Flight Instructor; 2nd in the first 'Powder Puff Derby' in 1927

m. c1920 Joseph Rathelle Foltz Jr., (from Milwaukie, Oregon, b. 1895) [ [divorced, 2 sons; 1 dec'd, Richard b.1926]

ata edith foltz stearns 1931 with Richard in 1931

 Governor of the Northwest Section of the 99s Organisation of Women Fliers

m. 1935 Harry Edwin Stearns (an automotive engineer, b 1897 in Massachusetts, d. 1 Jan 1943) They ran an air mail service, 'Oregon Airways' together.

Address in 1942: 2627 NE 11th St, Portland, Oregon


Travelled from Nova Scotia to Belfast to join the ATA, arriving  28 Jun 1942 with fellow pilots Evelyn Hudson and Catharine van Doozer.

Suspended for 7 days without pay for "wilful misuse of M.T. transport"

1 accident (her fault):

- 17 Nov 1942, she was concentrating on doing her pre-takeoff cockpit drill and her Defiant drifted forwards and hit a Magister


 m. 1947 Grissom, a rancher from Beeville, TX

d. 28 Jun 1956 -  Corpus Christi, Texas

 


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