Women's History Month- 399th honors Civil Air Patrol's Lt. Margaret Bartholomew


Many people are unaware of the sacrifices made by Civil Air Patrol Pilots during World War II. In all during World War II 64 CAP Members lost their lives including 2 cadets and one Female.


CAP Lt. Margaret Bartholomew Photo Credit Wikipedia

Lt Margaret Bartholomew was returning to Cincinnati on Oct. 18, 1943, from a courier mission out of Williamsport, PA, Lt. Bartholomew lost visibility and Crashed into a hill.

May we never forget those who go before us.


Lt. Bartholomew was the only female member lost during World War II and was the first casualty from Cincinnati during the war.


Bartholomew was one of Cincinnati’s first CAP members and was the Ohio Wing’s 154th charter member. She was a member of Squadron 5111-1, based at Lunken Airport, home today to Purvis’ squadron.

She was also assigned as the flight leader of all-female Flight C and as station commander of the Cincinnati courier service.

Members of the 399th Composite Squadron meet on Tuesday's from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Armed Forces Reserve Center, Danbury, CT. For additional information visit www.facebook.com/399thCompositeSquadron or email to Seniorstaff@399th.org

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.comfor more information.

Photo Credit capgoldmedal.com


Bartholomew and her fellow Aviators photo credit capgoldmedal.com

Photo Credit Indiana Gazette 19 Oct 1943


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