From the early 1940’s until 1957, Aunt Mame worked at the Olmsted Airfield in Middletown, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles from her home in Williamstown. She was assigned to a variety of mechanical support jobs during this time. For a while, she was a Junior Aircraft Mechanic.
The military history of the Airfield began in 1917 when it became a supply depot and maintenance center for the Army Signal Corps. The Airfield grew to become a major support installation for the Army Air Service and later the Air Force. Its engine and airframe shops provided employment for many local residents, including Aunt Mame. The base was decommissioned on June 30, 1969.
Aunt Mame retired from the Olmsted Airfield in 1957. Here is her letter and certificate of commendation.
I never knew this about Aunt Mame when I was growing up. I am proud that she was part of the war effort in the 1940’s. By working at non-traditional jobs, she and other women of that time took an important step toward equality in the workplace.
Below is a picture of how I remember Aunt Mame. She is with my Dad. It was the summer of 1976, two years before she died.