A pair of photos from the National Guardsman magazines of 1956 with one Captain Norma Parsons. Parsons, a CBI vet, was apparently the first woman officer in the Air National Guard from any state.
And this online period find of her, haven't found an OBIT of her, even using her apparent married name, Erb, could she still be around!!
Unfortunately, Ms. Norma Parsons Erb passed away on 18 Oct, 1991 age 76. She was born on 9 Oct, 1915. She is buried in Calverton National Cemetery Section 5 Site 4961, Calverton, New York.
Fortunately, before she passed away she was interviewed and her recollections of service were recorded in an oral history record currently available at the Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. The link to her interview record is at the following website; I'm including the abstract of the interview record which provides a summary of her life.
MAIN= ERB, NORMA PARSONS
RECTYPE= ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW
CALL= K239.0512-2030 C. 1
ABSTRACT= COL NORMA PARSONS ERB WAS BORN IN CARIBOU, ME; EARNED A NURSING DEGREE FROM CARY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1936; ENTERED UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES IN 1941; SERVED AS A FLIGHT NURSE DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR; SHE SERVED IN NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD (NYANG) IN 1955.
INTEVIEW DISCUSSES NURSES TRAINING; ARMY TRAINING; ATTENDED FLIGHT SCHOOL WITH FIRST ASSIGNMENT IN ITALY. PARTICIPATED IN AIR EVACUATION OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, FRANCE, AND CHINA-BURMA THEATER; FLEW IN C-46 AND C-47 AIRCRAFT. MET ARCHBISHOP SPELLMAN. CLARIFIED ISSUE OF RANK FOR NURSES IN WORLD WAR II. DESIGNED MEDICAL KIT FOR FLIGHT NURSES. NURSES ALLOWED TO WEAR SLACKS ON DUTY IN INDIA. ACQUIRED IRONING BOARD FROM MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL. MET LILY PONDS IN IRAQ. SAW PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AND PRIME MINISTER WINSTON CHURCHILL IN CASABLANCA. LEFT ARMY AIR CORPS AFTER WORLD WAR II ENDED TO CARE FOR GRANDMOTHER.
REJOINED ACTIVE SERVICE WITH OUTBREAK OF KOREAN WAR. SERVED WITH 801 AIR EVACUATION SQUADRON; FLEW IN C-54 AND C-119 AIRCRAFT DURING KOREAN WAR. AIR EVACUATION OF POLIO PATIENT. LEFT ACTIVE DUTY; SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NURSES AT BAYSIDE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK. BECAME FIRST FEMALE IN THE NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD. SERVED AS CHIEF NURSE OF 106 AIR TRANSPORT MEDICAL GROUP. STATUS OF NURSES IN 1990S; VISIT TO TAJ MAHAL; COL SLATTERY AS MENTOR.
TITLE_AE= UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MEDICAL SERVICE ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
DNOTES= TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW OF COL NORMA PARSONS ERB. INTERVIEW