Carla Howard Horowitz Oral History Interview, February 7, 2005.
Horowitz, Carla Howard, 1922-
Transcript: 39 leaves; Index to transcript 37 - 39.
Joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), class of 44-W-8 during World War II.
Carla Howard Horowitz was born on May 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois to George Edward Howard and Ella Joseph Howard. Her father served in the army for both World War I and World War II, and her mother had failed dreams of becoming an actress in a time when the profession was deemed improper for a lady. As a result, both of her parents were very supportive of Horowitz when she joined the WASP program. As a girl, Horowitz attended progressive schools in Chicago and attended a co-ed boarding school for her high school education. She graduated high school in 1939 and attended Carleton College and Northwestern University. Following college graduation, Horowitz spent some time working at the French Mission as a secretary, though she did not speak French. After this, she went to Danville, Pennsylvania to a private flying school to learn how to pilot. When she first applied to the WASP program she was rejected due to abnormal thyroid levels, possibly caused by hypothyroidism. She met with Jacqueline Cochran in person and arranged to have a physical done by a private doctor to prove that she did not have hypothyroidism. Horowitz was able to alter the results of the blood test by doing an exercise routine in the examination room while waiting for test to be administered. She was accepted into the WASP program after passing the examination. While in Sweetwater, she met some other members of the WASP who had similar difficulties meeting the physical requirements for entrance. After graduation from WASP, Horowitz was assigned to Blackland Army Base in Waco, Texas where she did engineering test piloting until the deactivation. Horowitz worked for the Red Cross organization, and then went on to work in the publishing industry for a company called Popular Publications. She later worked in the public relations department of Merrill Lynch; writing for its magazine. She met her husband, a psychoanalyst, during the summer of 1946 and married him a year later. The couple adopted two children, a boy and a girl. When her husband developed cancer in 1965, Horowitz went back to school and earned a degree to become a reading specialist. In 1995, Horowitz participated in a World War II documentary made by Walt Disney Studios that is still occasionally played at Disney Land. Horowitz currently resides in New York City. Part of the: WASP oral history project.
Oral History Status
Bound. Available in the Woman's Collection.
Horowitz, Carla Howard, 1922-;
Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.); Blackland Army Air Field (Waco, Tex.);
Women Airforce Service Pilots;
Military air pilots; Military facilities; Military training; Military organizations; Military service;
World War, 1939-1945--Women--Archives.;World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations--Archival resources.;Women air pilots--United States--Archival resources.;Women air pilots--Texas.;Women in aeronautics--United States--Archival resources.