I love stories like this. Read the comments too.
A lot of people who were directly involved in fighting WWII were ignored and had to wait years to have their efforts recognized. Its a shame, but sadly, its understandable. The attitude, at the time was that recognizing the efforts of women or blacks would somehow diminish what the white boys were doing. I could choose to see their lack of recognition as shameful, but I prefer to see it as evidence of how far we've come. I don't doubt for a moment that the women in this story would have jumped at a chance to fly combat missions if they'd been given a chance.
As an aside, I've been thrilled by stories of the Tuskegee Airmen ever since I first heard about them. If I ever considered researching and writing a non-fiction book, they'd be the subject. There's actually very little that's been written on the subject and I think I've read most of what's available.