Case File: Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver - 1453DFCA
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Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver
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Circumstances of Disappearance
Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver was one of 1,074 Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) in World War II and the only WASP who disappeared without a trace. She had over 850 hours of flying time, 46 hours of those were in the P-51, and 17 of those were in the D model she was flying at the time of her disappearance.
She was a bride of just one month when her warplane disappeared after takeoff from what is now Los Angeles International Airport. Because of a misplaced flight plan, Gertrude and her plane, the new P-51D Mustang, weren't even missed for three days. A search, including the scanning of Santa Monica Bay by military boat with new husband Henry Silver on board, failed to turn up any trace of the young pilot or the newly built single-seat pursuit plane she was to fly across the country for shipment overseas.
Years have passed without any trace of the plane's wreckage in the deserts or mountains along the route to Tucson, the first leg of her assigned journey.
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Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 9/28/15 By: DD / Cases Coordinator
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