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The Women Airforce Service Pilots Bronze Medal

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Bronze duplicate of Congressional Gold Medal

Public Law:  111-40

Obverse
Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
Engraver:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  The obverse, designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, depicts the portrait of a WASP with three pilots in the foreground in flight uniforms walking toward their aircraft. An airborne AT-6 is featured in the background breaking through the inner rim of the medal. Inscriptions include WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS and 1942–1944.

Reverse
Designer:  Don Everhart
Engraver:  Don Everhart
Description:  The reverse features the three aircraft that are symbolic of the ones flown by the WASP trainers, fighters, and bombers during WWII; the AT-6, indicated by the number 264; the B-26 (Martin Marauder), indicated by the number 967; and the P-51. The WASP wings are depicted at the base of the design. The inscriptions are THE FIRST WOMEN IN HISTORY TO FLY AMERICAN MILITARY AIRCRAFTACT OF CONGRESSand 2009.

Image/Text:  U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

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