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Fifinella Gremlins Character

Fifinella Gremlins Character

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Item #:12572



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"Fifinella the Gremlin" Plush Toy
This National WWII Museum exclusive was originally introduced as a featured character in the children's book, "The Gremlins", by Roald Dahl. Gremlins were credited(blamed) for many mechanical aircraft problems during WWII.

Question: Which daring, all female group fought for the Allies during WWII and chose Fifinella as their mascot?

Answer:The Female pilots of WWII.
On August 5, 1943, the WFTD(Women's Flying Training Detachment),who first used Fifinella as their mascot and even published the Fifinella Gazette, and the WAFS(Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) merged to form one organization of civilian female pilots. Known as the WASP(Women Airforce Service Pilots), these 1,074 female pilots of the WASP ended up each freeing a male pilot for combat service and duties. They flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft.The WASP was granted veteran status in 1977 and given the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

The female gremlin, Fifinella, conceived by Roald Dahl and drawn by Walt Disney, was used as the official WASP mascot and appeared on their shoulder patches. Disney allowed them to use the character in the hopes of boosting morale.

The National WWII Museum honors these dedicated women with our Fifinella Plush Doll. Support the strong woman in your life with this sassy plush!

"Fifinella" is 12 inches tall, stuffed with plastic pellets and 100% polyester.