Something new and something old          Page 13         October 2012  

WWII Aircraft Assembly

October 1942. American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front.



March 1943. Yardmaster at Amarillo, Texas rail yard.



February 1943. Lucille Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife husband going into the service. Working at the Heil and Co. factory in Milwaukee on blackout lamps to be used on Air Force gasoline trailers.



October 1942. Glen view, Illinois. Transfusion bottles containing intravenous solution are given final inspection by Grace Kruger, one of many women employees at Baxter Laboratories. When her brother left Baxter to join the Merchant Marine, Miss Kruger, a former life insurance clerk, took his place.



October 1942. Riveter at work on a bomber at the Consolidated Aircraft factory in Fort Worth, Texas.



October 1942. Thousands of North American Aviation employees at Inglewood, California look skyward as the bomber and fighter planes they helped build perform overhead during a lunch period air show. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 'Billy Mitchell' bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe.



August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base.



August 1942. Mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor in the Corpus Christi, Texas Naval Air Base assembly and repairs shop.



August 1942 Corpus Christi, Texas. Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes. As a National Youth Administration trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker.


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