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Here's our mission. A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty YB-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at the field, Langley Field, Va.  (LOC)

A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty bomber from a bombardment squadron base at the field, Langley Field, Va 1942

1940's Kodachrome picture of World War II plane and crew.

1940s Kodachromes

1940 Servicing an A 20 bomber at Langley Field, Virginia Alfred Palmer

B-17 Bombardier

William Witt in the nose of a on the way back from a mission to Stuttgart,Germany. (Not my Dad's plane, however he did fly over Germany during WWII)

33 Real-Life Rosie the Riveters | Stuff Mom Never Told You

October Assembling switchboxes on the firewalls of bombers at North American Aviation’s Inglewood, California, factory. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

B-17 Pilots ~Strapped into metal behemoths - men lost their youth and often their lives while dealing with mechanical death thousands of feet above the earth.

World War II _______ Pilots ~Strapped into metal behemoths - men lost their youth and often their lives while dealing with mechanical death thousands of feet above the earth.

(WW2 Woman Machinists)

WWII Pictures in color: August Mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor in the Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Air Base assembly and repairs shop. Kodachrome transparency by Howard R.

George Takei at Rohwer Camp, Arkansas, where he and fellow Japanese were interned during World War II.

Star Trek actor George Takei writes about being interned in Arkansas and California internment camps along with his Japanese-American family during WWII, a particularly important remembrance.

Thomas Graham, a member of the Victory Corps at Polytechnic High School, is learning to use a sextant to determine longitude and latitude (LOC)

Thomas Graham, a member of the Victory Corps at Polytechnic High School, is learning to use a sextant to determine longitude and latitude (LOC)

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