The following is from the CBI Roundup dated June 14, 1945
Though WAC Cpl. Henrietta A. Williams is often up in the air about her work with Lt. Gen. George E. Stratemeyer's AAF Headquarters, there haven't been any complaints.
That's because Cpl. Williams is the only WAC in the India-Burma Theater on flying status. If you will permit the old fishwrapper to indulge in a bit of free and loose whimsy (We feel so damn repressed these days.)
The heroine of this journalistic effort also can claim another distinction: She was the first WAC enlisted woman to set her delicate feminine G.I. tootsies on the soil of China.
This history-making incident occurred in the course of Cpl. Williams' travels as instructoress in the operation of a new type of navigational aid which has proved of great value on the treacherous Hump route over the Himalayas, where rugged terrain and dirty weather have been greater menaces to aircrews than the Japanese.
In a specially-equipped plane operated by the Communications Section, Cpl. Williams (and along about here we're of a good mind to call her Henrietta, military procedure to the contrary notwithstanding) makes frequent tours of the tactical units in the Theater in order to instruct both officers and enlisted men. Henrie -er, ezxcuse Cpl. Williams is an assigned aircrew member and flies an average of approximately 80 hours each month.
When she was an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Cpl. Williams expected to become a clothing designer. But the war made her decide to look for a job as a draftsman. As a result, she drew blueprints and did original drawings of machinery in the Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard for about two years after she won her sheepskin.
The corporal enlisted in the WAC in April, 1944, received her basic training at Fort Des Moines and was assigned as mechanical draftsman to Victorville (Calif.) Army Air Field.
At Victorville, Cpl. Williams (cess to this formality) became interested in special navigational aids. She was shipped overseas as a draftsman and assigned to the Communications Section of Headquarters, AAF in India, when she arrived here early this year. Her first assignment was making special maps of South East Asia to be used for this new type of navigation. Since then, she has flight-checked the maps all the way from the Bay of Bengal to Chungking, accomplishing considerably more than merely decorating the inside of an airplane.