Newsletter – September, 2021

September Meeting

Monday, September 20, 2021

7:30 PM



Due to Governor Cooper’s order, we do ask that everyone who attends wear a mask.

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 20, at 7:30 pm, at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

 This month John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk to us about the Women Air Service Pilots of World War II and their service at Fort Fisher.

The Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) was a civilian women pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during World War II. Despite various members of the armed forces being involved in the creation of the program, the WASP and its members had no military standing.

John’s talk will focus on the women who were stationed at Camp Davis, near Holly Ridge today, and their involvement in training men stationed at Fort Fisher who were being trained to serve as anti-artillery.

John Moseley is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, in 1989. He then spent the next decade and a half working in the for-profit and non-profit business worlds. During the 1990s, he spent large amounts of time researching North Carolina’s role in the American Revolution and 18th century medical and dental history.

He began working at Fort Fisher in 2011, and is currently in charge of the educational programming for the State Historic Site. Currently, he continues working on the role of Fort Fisher during World War II.