Cornelia Fort (with a PT-19A) was a civilian instructor pilot at an airfield near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Fort was killed on March 21, 1943 while ferrying BT-13 trainers in Texas, making her the first American woman to die on active military duty.
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