A cool video I found about the stateside war effort during World War II. Poor acting aside, it gives a neat glimpse into the production mindset of our country at the time.
Category Archives: Automobiles and Machines
Inside a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber a radio operator & an engineer, clad in hi-altitude sheepskin clothing, goggles & oxygen masks, manning .50 cal. waist guns during bombing raid launched by US 8th Bomber Command fr. England. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White, Sept. 1942, from the LIFE Archives.
Over the past several days I’ve been watching World War II classic movies. Films like “Dive Bomber,” “12 o’clock High,” “30 Seconds Over Tokyo,” and the 1970s classic “Tora! Tora! Tora!”
One of the things I like best about them is the planes and equipment. Both of my grandfathers served during the war. My dad’s dad, William, was a transport pilot who shuttled aircraft of all types from base to base, depending on the needs of the time. My mom’s dad, Norman, was a radio operator and gunner in a B-17. As such, the B-17 has always fascinated me.
Four engines of raw, heavy bomber power, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was introduced in the 1930s and was used by American forces as well as Continue reading
I’m on my fifth month of Jeep ownership. Although my Jeep has had a few mechanical issues, I see them more as fun mechanical activities than pesky mechanical problems. I’ve enjoyed working on it and I love to drive it! I’ve been looking at pictures of old Jeeps, particularly around WWII. Enjoy!
New River, N.C. The Marine Corps throws a lot of jobs to the jeeps.May 1942.
Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Library of Congress
Note: December 1941 is the month of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is early in the war effort.
Note: I’m a bit confused by this one. Note the “Ford” emblem embossed on the back? I did not know Ford made lower-case “jeeps” during this time or any other for that matter. Can anyone tell me about this?
I, like a million others in this world, am a sucker for classic cars. Give me an old, rusty jalopy with an engine making sounds it shouldn’t be making long before you give me a new, shiny hunk of plastic that is churned out on so many assembly lines these days.
In fact, a few months ago, when I was looking for a used car to buy, I contemplated going way back and getting a car from some time between the 1930s and the 1960s to fix. Although I ended up buying a 1980 Jeep (still older than I am!), my desire to have a classic car has not waned.
It is of the Rust n’ Dust Jalopy race in Teterow, Germany. Teams enter Continue reading