She joined the Women's Army Corps in 1943.  During her military career, she was the commanding officer of a WAC hospital detachment in Fort Lawton, Washington.  She was discharged in 1946. 
Mount Erebus Disater
At 1917 hours (Z) on 27 November 1979 Air New Zealand flight TE #901, a DC I0-30 (ZK-NZP) departed from Auckland Airport on a non-scheduled domestic scenic flight which was planned to proceed via South Island New Zealand, Auckland Islands, Baleny Island, and Cape Hallett to McMurdo, Antarctica then returning via Cape Hallett and Campbell Island to Christchurch its first intended landing point. The aircraft’s 3 engines were at a high power setting and the aircraft had rotated upwards in pitch immediately prior to impact. The aircraft collided with an ice slope on Ross Island and immediately started to break up. A fire was initiated on impact and a persistent fire raged in the fuselage cabin area after that section came to rest. 
Florence Hance was aboard this flight at the time of the crash. It was called the Mount Erebus Disaster.
Florence (Shiplet) Hance died in Mt Erebus, Antarctica, from the Air New Zealand Flight 901 Mount Erebus disaster. She is buried in Higgins Cemetery, Higgins, Lipscomb County, Texas. 
↑ "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2TY-YMB : 11 March 2018), Florence Lee Shiplet, 16 Jan 1920; citing Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States, certificate 4785, Texas Department of Health, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,521,379.
↑ 2.02.12.2 "Former Higgins Teacher Discharged From WAC," The Amarillo Daily News, 11 Apr 1946, p. 3,col. 4. Digital images. Newspapers.com, (www.newspapers.com; accessed 27 Jul 2019). Historical newspapers. news clipping.
↑ "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8LW-LWC : 5 December 2014), Florence L Shiplet, enlisted 16 Jan 1943, Lubbock, Texas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 27 July 2019), memorial page for Florence Lee Shiplet Hance (16 Jan 1920–28 Nov 1979), Find A Grave: Memorial #81636344, citing Higgins Cemetery, Higgins, Lipscomb County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Donna Barnes (contributor 47112976).
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2TY-YMR : 11 March 2018), Shiplet, 16 Jan 1920; citing Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States, certificate 4785, Texas Department of Health, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,521,379.
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HNRD-T2M : accessed 27 July 2019), Florence L Shiplet in household of James Shiplet, Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 13, sheet 33A, line 8, family 691, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2384; FHL microfilm 2,342,118.