WASPS HOJJOR GENERAL "HAP" ARNOLDGenerB.1 of 'the ArIIfIfH. H. Arnold, retired warli:lll.ecommandinggonerB.1 of the ArIIfIfAir Foroes, was honored by the WASPs onThursday night, November 6th, 1946 at a dinner at the WingsClub headquarters in the Hotel Biltmore, New York City.WASPs
York City and the Eastern states attended,for some the first meeting sinoe deaotiTation; and thatunsurpassable Esprit de Corps of Fifinellas preTailed.Among the honor guests were Jaoqueline Coohran and her husband,Floyd OdIum, and GenerB.1 Robert W. Douglas, oOlJllllQlldingoffioerof the 1st Air Foroe, Mitohell Field, New York.Cooktails were enjoyed in the lounges as "hellos" and gree't-ings were exchanged before dinner. Suf'fioient members of thepress were present.Clara Jo S'tember presented General Arnold with a satin finishsterling silver cloak, ous'tom built by Car'tier, appropriatelyengraved, and set wi'th five s'tars on 'top of the oase and tinyWASP wings on the face. The olock is set jewel-like in a whitesa'tin quil'ted lined lea'ther box. This clock was a gift fromB.11 WASPs who served under GenerB.1 Arno Id 's oolJllllB.lldin theArIIfIfAir Forces, in recogni'tion of our esteem for him.Below is a pic'ture of that presentation.His gracious remarks of thanks are expressed in the followingletter which Clara Jo received a few days after the dinner." The Wasp party was wonderful and the clock Super. 1think it was a mighty fine thing for you girls to remember methat way. I also think it is grand that you ,(asps have theEsprit to stick together the way 'that you do.After many changes in flight plan due to rotten weatherwe finally arrived at our destination, Hatlilton. It has beena long time since wea'ther has made me change my flight plan.Looking back on my many trips during the war, 1 can think ofvery few times that 1 had 'to change my route or my plan.unce going into Preswick, once going into Gander, once withKnudsen re'turning to Washington. That's about all during thefive year period.I haven''t forgotten your article for Skyways. 1 can'tsay however, just when you will get it though. 1 leave forCleveland on Sunday and I have Turkey exposition to go totonight. Tomorrow 1 go to Santa Rosa for a talk before thePresent Day Club. So I will have to get on the job ,~en Ireturn.Please give my thanks to all the girls for that clock.Everyone who has seen it remarks upon its beauty."Sincerely,ls) H.H.ArnoldIncluded in his remarks at 'the time of the presentation, hetold of his activities on the ranch in Califcrnia. He isreally enjoying his new life of relaxation; and claims thathe has learned considerable about farm life, despi'te the manyvis~ tors that come to see him at work as a civilian.He commended the WASPs on the great part they have played inhistory, greater even than they realize, he said.
WASPS HONOR COCHRANImmedia'tely after General Arnold received the cloak, Clara Jo un-veiled the oil portrai't of Miss Cochran and presented it to heras an expression of appreoiation from all WASPs for her leadershipas Director of Women's Airforce Service Pilots; and to offer sin-cere thanks for her efforts in making it possible. This came asa complete surprise to ~liss Cochran, as she expressed her heart-felt words of gratitude. The portrait was flown in from FlOrida,where Dottie Swain had just finished the last few brush strokes.It is indeed a beautiful piece of .rork and Dottie shculd be con-gratulated and thanked for this voluntary ges'ture. We were for-tunate in having her present as her plane arrived just in thenick of time.Miss Cochran is thanking Dottie in the above picture in front ofthe portrait. Dottie had to s'tudy her subject from memory andsnapshots, and it is indeed a remarkable likeness.Approximately one hundred WASPs and friends attended. Much creditis due Gene Landman, Chairman of this i'unction for her planningand arranging. We wish to thank her at this time.Gene Landman