Virginia Lee Doerr

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Virginia Lee Doerr (Warren)

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Wife of Maj. Louis Charles Doerr

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About Virginia Lee Doerr

I started flying in Winnipeg with a friend whose family owned a working gold mine, accessible only by air, and we were going to get our licenses. Her father would purchase the plane and we would "ferry" men and equipment to the mine. We would be bush pilots! My friend, Sally, was killed by another student three days after we soloed, and this tragedy ended any thoughts of our original plans. For several reasons, and with encouragement from my father, I continued to fly.

I went into the class of 44-3. After graduation from Sweetwater, I was stationed at Romulus, Detroit, as a ferry pilot, then to Orlando, Fla., for officer's training, back to ferrying, and then to Greenville, Miss., as a test pilot. After deactivation, I started flying in Winnipeg, on Taylorcraft, Luscombe Stinson and a Fleet. I flew Harvards (from Canada), the B-24 from the Ford Factory in Detroit, Lysanders (also manufactured in Michigan), Piper Cubs, twin-engine Cessna (UC-78), BT-15 (basic trainers), and a couple of flights in the B-17, AT-7 and AT-10. I did not continue to fly but had a few flights with friends and business associates. I married an officer at Greenville, Miss., in January 1945 and had two children.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada