Maggie Gee (pilot)

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Margaret "Maggie" Gee
Born
Gee Mei Gue

(1923-08-05)August 5, 1923
Berkeley, California
DiedFebruary 1, 2013(2013-02-01) (aged 89)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPilot, physicist and researcher
Known forOne of two Chinese-American women pilots during World War II

Maggie Gee (August 5, 1923[1] in Berkeley, California – February 1, 2013[2]) was an American aviator who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in World War II. She was one of two Chinese American women to serve in the organization, the other being Hazel Ying Lee.[3][4] As a WASP pilot, she helped male pilots train for combat, as female pilots were not allowed to serve in combat at that time. She also ferried military aircraft.[5]

Life[edit]

A native of Berkeley, California, Maggie Gee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended graduate program at the university in physics. She later worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is featured in a number of books, oral history projects, and documentaries. In 2009 a book was written about her life story called Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, by Marissa Moss.[5] In 2010, she and all other living WASP pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal.[5][6]

Maggie Gee also served for many decades as an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, supporting voter registration and fundraising. She also served for many years as a long-time Board member and Treasurer of the Berkeley Democratic Club in Berkeley, California. She has served on the California Democratic Party Executive Board and Asian Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus. She has received numerous awards and citations from the Democratic Party, including a posthumous award in March 2014 from the Asian Pacific Democratic Caucus of Alameda County.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maggie Gee Death Notice". San Francisco Chronicle. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ "WASP Final Flight: Maggie Gee, 44-W-9, Feb 1, 2013". Feb 4, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bay News: Pioneering APA Pilot Honored". AsianWeek.com. 2002-10-10. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  4. ^ jaymie Offline (2006-07-13). "In Pursuit of a Dream". Asiance Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  5. ^ a b c "WASP Pilot to receive Congressional Medal of Honor for service during WWII « Crown Publishing - Tricycle". Tricycle.crownpublishing.com. 2010-02-08. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  6. ^ "Congressional Gold Medal Recipients | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". history.house.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-03.

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