In a recent post to social media, FlyGirls, highlighted Elizabeth "Betty Wall" Strohfus, yes the same that the Faribault airport is named after when they were referencing a fundraising effort for a film to tell the story of some of the WWII female pilots. Will Betty be one of those featured in the film?

March is Women's History Month, and now more than ever we should look to lift up women like Betty who served our country with honor and distinction. My dad's aunt, Jeanne, was a pilot around the same time Betty was, and when I'd get to see and talk with her, she would get a distant look in her eyes when I would ask her about flying. Jeanne passed away almost a decade ago, but that look in her eye, like she was replaying in her mind what it was like to fly those planes is a look I've never forgotten.

According to the movie's fundraising website, the film, Coming Home - Fight For A Legacy, is described as:

Personal archival footage and hundreds of hours of interviews with sixteen pilots and their families, Oscar-nominated director Matia Karrell brings us a raw, candid portrait of these 90-year-old unsung WWII heroes. Coming Home - Fight For A Legacy shines a light on what it means to persist in the face of injustice and what impacts lasting and meaningful change in our culture.The opportunity of a lifetime - that’s what 25,000 women pilots saw when they opened their newspapers across America to see the Army Air Corp’s urgent plea: “Women Pilots Wanted."

I reached out to Red Door Films, who is creating the film, to see if Betty will be one of the pilots who will be featured. You can learn more about the project, and more importantly support this project so it can be made, here.

I hope to hear back from the production company so I can share what I find out on whether one of our hometown heroes will be featured or not in the film.

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