Jessie Keaton and Claudia Sherwood were as different as night and day.
But when their nation needed experienced
female pilots, their reactions were
identical: heed the call. In early 1943, the
two women joined the Women Airforce Service
PilotsóWASPóand reported to Avenger Field in
Sweetwater, Texas, where they promptly fell
head-over-heels in love.
The life of a WASP was
often perilous by definition. Being two
women in love added another layer of
complication entirely, leading to ostracism
and worse. Like many others, Jessie and
Claudia hid their relationship, going on
dates with men to avert suspicion. The ruse
worked well until one seemingly innocent
afternoon ruined everything.
Two lives tragically
altered. Two hearts ripped apart. And a
second chance more than fifty years in the
From the airfields of World War II, to the
East Room of the Obama White House, follow
the lives of two extraordinary women whose
love transcends time and place.