The Monuments Men, the group of Allied men and women who recovered stolen artwork from the Nazis in Europe during the Second World War. The group was composed of artists, curators, archivist, soldiers, men and women from over 13 nations.
Mary Wilkins Ellis flew planes during WWII for the Air Transport Auxiliary for women pilots. During the war she single-handedly delivered 76 types of aircraft, including about 400 Spitfires. She found her way using a map and a compass. The ATA delivered 308,567 aircraft during the war; Mary’s own total was in the region of 1,000 planes.
The Niland brothers were four American brothers from Tonawanda, New York, serving in the military during World War II. Of the four, two survived the war, but for a time it was believed that only one, Frederick "Fritz" Niland, had survived. After the reported deaths of his three brothers, Fritz was sent back to the United States to complete his service and only later learned that his brother Edward, missing and presumed dead, was actually captive in a Japanese POW camp in Burma.
Women Marines learning how to rig parachutes at the training school at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1942. From left to right: Private Marion I. Chadwick, Private Jessie O. Young, and Private Marjorie N. Barrett.
Women in WWII ~ Ariel Walker. Former Pan Am pilot enlisted into the WAAF service and then became a P-38 pilot. Her craft was named Honey Bunny because of her personality characteristics and smooth sweet victories she amassed over fascist forces in Europe. Her rank is Lt. Colonel. ~ BFD
Betty Wall Strohfus, a WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot, holds a picture of herself when she was a WASP pilot, Sept. 27,2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Strohfus was stationed at Las Vegas Army Air Field from 1943-44, and was one of 1,074 women who became certified WASP pilots during WWII. Las Vegas Army Air Field later was re-designated as Nellis AFB. The female pilots of the WASP freed up male pilots for combat services and duties during the WWII era.