Caro Bayley Bosca, 85, died September 13, 2007 surrounded by her loved ones.
Caro was born March 29, 1922 in Springfield, Ohio to Caro Gray and "Captain" Elden Dicus Bayley. She had three siblings; Elden Dicus Bayley Jr., Robert Gray Bayley and "Dodie" Mary Ellen Bayley.
Caro attended Ridgewood School, Springfield High School and Saint Mary's College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In May of 1943, Caro entered the Woman's Airforce Training Program (WASP) in Texax as part of Class 43-W- 7. She received her silver wings at graduation in November of that year. Reporting to Biggs Field in El Paso, Texas, she was part of a B-25 two target squadron. While serving in the military, she flew multiple aircraft.
In January of 1945, Caro moved to Coconut Grove, Florida. Caro instructed flight in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While instructing, she began entering aerobatic competitions. First in Jess Bristow's "cut-up Cub" and later in Ben Bradley's "Bradley's Special". On January 3, 1951 in the Miami Air Maneuvers Air Show, she became the International Women's Aerobatic Champion in her "Pitts". She set an altitude record for Class II Aircraft of 30,203 feet for which she received the Bleriot medal and held the altitude record until the mid-1980s. For these two accomplishments, she was named Mademoiselle Magazine's "Aviation Woman of the Year" in 1951.
Caro married Orsino Hugo Bosca. Caro had four children: D'Orsi Hugo, Martin Bayley, Caro-Gray and Marcy Elena Bosca. They lived in Springfield, Ohio summering in Wilmington, North Carolina and later in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Caro was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio in the early 1990s. She was a member of the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) and the Women's Military Aviators (WMA). She was also a member of many other clubs and organizations.
She enjoyed skiing, sailing, tennis and golf, and loved to travel.
Caro is preceded in death by her husband, Orsino Hugo Bosca; son, Martin Bayley Bosca; her sister, "Dodie" Mary Ellen Bayley; and brother, Elden Dicus Bayley, Jr. She is survived by her brother, Robert Gray (Ruth) Bayley of Springfield, Ohio; children, D'Orsi Hugo Bosca of Springfield, Ohio, Caro- Gray Bosca of Boston, Massachusetts, Marcy Elena & John MacGregor of Harbor Springs, Michigan; grandchildren, Orson Bayley Humphrey, CaroMia Humphrey, Elena-Lee Humphrey.
Services will be held Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 409 East High Street, Springfield with a reception immediately following.
This is part of the September 19, 2007 online edition of Harbor Light Newspaper.