Scott County

Miss Ruth Gamber



Shown in the picture as she waves a cheery farewell is Miss Ruth Gamber, 658 East Twenty-ninth street.

She is to report to Houston, Tex., on Feb. 15, as member of the women's flying training detachment of the WAFS. After a flying training period of approximately four months, she will ferry planes from factories to airports. These ladies are civil service workers, trained under the jurisdiction of the U.S. army air corps.

Miss Gamber has been an active member of the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol since its organization a year ago. Miss Gamber is communications deputy officer and has a private pilot license.

Miss Gamber resigned Saturday from the personnel section of the U.S. engineers at the Clock Tower.

Source: Quad-City Times, Davenport IA - January 31, 1943 (photo included)

Win Wings as Ferry Pilots

Miss Ruth Gamber, whose home was at 658 East Twenty-ninth street, and Miss Dorothea Shultz, 2021 Scott street, before they left Davenport last Feb. 9 for training with the Women's Army Flying Service, will receive their wings Saturday at Avenger field near Sweetwater, Tex., it was announced today through the Associated Press. A class of 112 women pilots will be graduated.

They will be assigned to the transporting of palnes under the army ferry command.

Both received their basic training at Cram field, qualifying for private pilot license and when Civil Air Patrol was organized, they became active in the organization serving as staff officers at the Davenport squadron, Miss Gamber as communications officer and Miss Shultz as assistant operations officer and flight leader. They had been employed at Rock Island arsenal before joining the WAFS.

Source: The Daily Times, [Davenport, Ia] August 6, 1943 (photo included)