Frances Pullen and other Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPS, are being honored with a congressional gold medal.
It is the nation's highest civilian award.
The female pilots flew non-combat military missions within the United States during the war, but their service was kept secret for decades.
Pullen is one of 300 living WASP members.
"I wasn't looking for a medal. The only thing I was promised when I joined the WASP was a chance to fly," said Pullen.
The 88-year-old says she is hoping to meet President Obama during her trip to Washington next month.