Shoulder Sleeve insignia of the Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
Photo Credit: Army Heritage Museum
Shoulder Sleeve insignia of the Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. The patch depicts the Walt Disney Studios designed "Fifinella," coming in for a landing. "Fifinella" was a winged female gremlin in a red and yellow suit with red high top boots and black gloves. According to Barry Stein, her mission was to seek and destroy male gremlins, which were believed to cause all types of aircraft malfunctions, including those by the aircrew. The WAFS were tasked with ferrying all types of Army Air Force aircraft from the factories to the military air fields throughout the country. In doing so, they freed up male pilots who were needed in combat theaters. Before the end of World War II, the WAFS were incorporated into the organization Womens Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs.(Army Heritage Museum).
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