“Censored On Final Approach” Lifetime Meeting
This is my blog for March 11th, 2014. Heads up this isn’t Europe but it pertains to World War II. I had the honor of meeting one of the women from the WASP program at the play “Censored on Final Approach”, Her name: Elizabeth “Betty” Strohfus.
This play is not only historical accurate in a sense it was a play drama, but the view of gender roles during this time period. From the play and the talk back after, they accurately portrayed the issues with the planes and the hostility to the women pilots during World War II. Its funny, during one part of the play, the founder of the WASPS was talking about how much they are just like the men or better then would interject to don’t forget to keep up your hair or make up, even having brand clothes made up for them. It was an oxymoron during the beginning for it was also they were on a military base but they were civilians; its like they had no power what so ever. Eventually, they gained the reputation of skilled flyers and well liked other they were women around the bases, still there were some that had a grudge and started to mess with the planes for example sugar in the gas tank, water in the carburetor, etc. Things that would stall the plane or have them not take off for their duty/flying session. Even if the women took the planes for target practice runs, the men weren’t to happy having women flying during war time. This was a constant, when it wasn’t going their way, the excuse was there is a “war going on,” that takes priority than some women trying to fly. This play told us an untold story of women that didn’t get out until the ’70s, almost 30 years after the war had ended, and its amazing that Elizabeth was able to come and talk to the audience after and sign her book and pictures.
Another thing to note; during the play I met a fellow, who was sitting next to me, who was 90 years old. I learned that he is one of the three survivors of Pearl Harbor bombing in the county. I was blessed tonight to meet these two people; I recommend going to see any version of this play.