Beautiful color photos from World War II show American student pilots struggling with their parachutes while training for war just weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack
- The photos were taken by the American Office of War Information, with the majority of different airports in Texas
- They show recruits how to use parachutes when they prepare for war after the Pearl Harbor attack
- Other photos show men and women working in factories making parachutes and armor for the pilots
- In 1939 fewer than 1,000 American pilots graduated from basic flight training while in 1943 the number was 165,000.
- However, in the rush to go to war, about 15,000 American pilot soldiers died during training to become skilled airmen
World War II color photos show visually impaired American student pilots who master their parachutes as they prepare to wage war for their country.
The images, from 1942, were made by the American Office of War Information, with the majority handsome at various airports in Texas, just weeks after the United States went to war after the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.
They record a patient instructor who explains how a parachute works to nervous students; a woman methodically sewing the belts for the potentially life-saving slide; and a grinning recruit showing off his canopy bundle as he crawls into his plane.
Another photo shows skilful parachuting in the US Navy on Parris Island, home of the training facility of the US Marine Corps.
After heavy losses at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, the United States has blown up their air force, although thousands would die before they even had the chance to fly into battle.
15,000 pilots died during the training to go to war – ten times the number of Americans who died on D-Day.
In the course of the war, the US built more than 275,000 aircraft. In 1939 fewer than 1,000 pilots graduated from basic flight training, while in 1943 that had grown to 165,000.
Cadet L. Deitz at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. He seems very happy with his plane and parachute. After heavy losses at Pearl Harbor, the United States has blown up their air force. In 1939 fewer than 1,000 pilots graduated from basic flight training, while in 1943 that had grown to 165,000
Recruits struggle to control a wavy parachute. Thousands of recruits would die before they even got the chance to fight, while the US fought to improve the air force and adapt to its enemies. 15,000 pilots died during the training to go to war – ten times the number of Americans who died on D-Day
When the US rushed planes and pilots to the front line, accidents occurred. In the rush to improve their air force, there were casualties among pilots and trainees. The crews knew what they were dealing with. The B-24 bomber was nicknamed & # 39; flying box & # 39; due to its many problems. It is not surprising that more trainees died in B-24 & # 39; s than any other aircraft. But the war took precedence over security
During the Second World War, US Airmen was especially prominent in the Pacific against Japan, but also served bravely throughout Europe and the RAF and other Allied Air Forces helped to capture the air of the German Luftwaffe before the D-Day landings in 1944
Producing & # 39; defense silk & # 39; for parachutes. Raw silk used by the US before the Second World War came from Japan. However, after World War II broke out, the US could no longer import silk from Japan. The sale of silk to the public was prohibited and all deliveries were claimed from retailers because they were needed for parachutes and were used for powder bags for ship's guns.
A US Navy arrives for a landing after a practice jump on Parris Island. In the first months of World War II, Parris Island struggled to handle the huge number of upcoming recruits and officials were forced to shorten training periods. Later, when the influx of recruits slowed down and shortages in the shortened program were noticed, the training was again increased. Around 200,000 recruits were trained on Parris Island during the war
The utmost precision is required from these operators who cut and drill parachute packs at an eastern plant in Manchester, Connecticut.
A woman who makes a parachute armor. Due to the shortage of silk, nylon, a relatively new fabric invented by DuPont replaces silk for parachutes, ropes and rubbers. Every fallen parachute, if not taken by the army, was cut by ladies who used them for their dresses and underwear
These rare color photographs were taken by the Office of War Information in 1942. Most were hijacked at various airports in Texas, just weeks after the United States went to war after the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tens of thousands American pilots were shot and killed, imprisoned or wounded throughout the Second World War
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