Local author searches for women who stayed at UC while serving in WWII
by Katie Coburn
A noted aviation historian is searching for women who stayed at the University of Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall as part of their World War II service.
As a part of his efforts to publish the history of Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport’s involvement in WWII, Lou Thole, author of “Forgotten Fields of America,” a four-volume book series detailing United States Army Air Force training fields utilized during World War II, hopes to speak with women who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) with the Air Transport Command (ATC) Ferrying Division.
Thole’s more than six months of research so far has resulted in finding from UC’s University Archives a list of the names of 122 WACs who worked with the ATC at its world headquarters located in the Central Trust Annex at 309 Vine St. in Cincinnati. According to a "monthly historical report" [see below] dated November 1944, which Thole located in the Office of Air Force History of Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., UC housed the WACs in its Memorial Hall dormitory, part of the present-day College-Conservatory of Music.
“Special arrangements for eating breakfast in the Student Union, holding classes in the women’s building and enjoying the recreational facilities of the Student Union building are provided by the University,” the report states.