2nd Lieutenant Louise R. Kline
WAC, World War II
Here is a uniform belonging to Ms. Kline that is on exhibit at the Museum. The uniform is named to her
and came with two scrapbooks filled with papers, pictures, cards and letters. This uniform will be in the
Museum's “Women in Uniform" display. Ms. Kline was involved in the Civil Air patrol and was a war plant worker,
before she turned in her CAP uniform for the uniform of a WAC. Ms. Kline took basic training at the 3rd WAC Training Center,
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. She was an air operation specialist whose job was to clear planes for flight through briefing
of weather, read meteorology reports, checked tower frequency to destination, called flight control for flight
approval, checked fuel hours, kept log of inbound and out bound traffic. Ms Kline completed several hours
in the air as observer, bombardier and navigator. Ms. Kline also logged many hours of dropping messages,
and supplies by parachute.
many newspaper clippings that came in the scrapbooks of Ms. Kline.
Ms. Kline's husband
was station with the Navy in the South Pacific during the war. After the war the couple
became known as the "Flying Kline's" when as a team, resumed their interest in the Civil Air Patrol
at the Pontiac Municipal airport. Paramount pictures made a movie of the Kline's receiving
their bars. Unfortunately the Museum does not know the name of this movie, but from the information
that we do have, it looks like the movie was filmed in the early 1950's.
Soldiering is a hard job, especially in heels!
Ms. Kline must have liked this original unused World War II post card, as it was the only postcard in
the stack of cards and letters that she saved.
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