Evelyn Sharp Historical Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 37.482 W 098° 56.910
14T E 504290 N 4608109
Evelyn Sharp Historical Marker
Waymark Code: WM4FCJ
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 08/16/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 30

Marker reads as follows


Evelyn Genevieve Sharp was Nebraska's best-known aviatrix during her eight-year career. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Sharp and was born October 1, 1919, in Melstone, Montana. Her family moved to Ord in her youth. She became interested in flying at age fourteen, and she soloed under the tutelage of Jack Jefford at sixteen. Two years later she received her commercial pilot's license, one of the youngest persons to achieve this rating. Ord businessmen assisted in the purchase of her first airplane, and she repaid them with profits from barnstorming trips.

At twenty Evelyn became an instructor. Over 350 men learned flying from her in Spearfish, South Dakota, her first teaching assignment. She was the nation's first female airmail pilot. With the coming of World War II, Evelyn joined General H. H. "Hap" Arnold's Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, expert pilots who flew aircraft from factory sites to shipping points. Her proficiency enabled her to fly everything from training craft to bombers.

On April 3, 1944, at the age of twenty-four, Evelyn Sharp was killed near Middleton, Pennsylvania, in the crash of a P-38 pursuit plane. At the time of her death she was a squadron commander only three flights from her fifth rating, the highest certificate then available to women. She is buried in Ord.

Ord Rotary Club
Nebraska State Historical Society

Ord Airport north of Ord - Valley County
Marker 150

Marker Name: Evelyn S

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

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Web Address if available:: Not listed

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