WASP in the Spotlight

Margaret Peggy Kocher

ABOUT Margaret Peggy Kocher

Margaret Peggy Kocher was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1921 to Willard and Margaret Grishkin Helburn. Margaret joined the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots in 1943. In 1947 Margaret married Erick Kocher, who served in the Foreign Service for 23 years. Margaret simultaneously entertained monarchs, presidents, and foreign politicians in the Diplomatic Corps and used her biology skills to collect specimens for the Smithsonian and Roman Glass from ruins in Jordan.
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at the Wasp Museum
The training equipment at Avenger Field consisted of over 200 airplanes of standard types. The women trained on five aircraft: PT-17, PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, and the UC-78 during their time in Sweetwater. The Museum is proud to have four of these five airworthy trainers in its collection.
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Archive - Artifacts

at the Wasp Museum
The National WASP WWII Museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts. Find out more about what is currently on display when you come to visit.

Donate an Artifact

Partner with the WASP Archive in achieving its mission to collect, protect, preserve and provide access to materials that chronicle the WASP story, it’s legacy, and the personal and professional lives of its pilots. New artifacts are always welcome. Please call Ann Haub at 325-235-0099.

Portal to Texas History

To provide direct access, researchers can search and view photos, letters, drawings, historic documents, and personal papers through the Portal to Texas History link below.  These items are for personal research only. To use pictures or letters in any publication or website, please call or email Ann Haub at or 325-235-0099.

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