View of Mildred M. Laitner
I began working for the Weather Bureau in 1943 at Lambert Field,
St. Louis, Missouri. My practical experience had been flying small
aircraft. I had learned that the Bureau needed new employees by using
their service. I went to work for the Bureau because I had become
very interested in weather while flying locally, and there was a need.
I started work using my maiden name -Laitner. In 1949 I married and
left the Weather Bureau.
training that the Weather bureau provided was mostly on duty. I was
received very well by the other Weather Bureau employees. My first
impression was that the work was interesting. Morale on station was
were those of Observer. I worked fairly regular shifts, both day and
night. There were about 20 people at my duty station. We worked eight
hours a day, forty hours a week. The pay in 1948 was $3351.00.
choose to do this type of work again. It was a vital service for military
and civilian pilots. Because of the war there was more need for meteorologists.
I feel that one of my major contributions was being as quick and accurate