Spectacular Color Photos That Capture World War II Air Cadets Of USA In Training


One year before the World Wari II U.S. Navy commissioned a new air training stations on Corpus Christi Bay in March 1941. Eight hundred flight instructors were brought to Corpus Christi and put to work training 300 cadets each month. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, that rate nearly doubled.

In 1942, Office of War Information photographer Howard R. Hollem visited the air station and documented Navy cadets, members of National Youth Administration and aircrafts.

#1 Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine
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#2 Navy N2S primary land planes

Navy N2S primary land planes
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#3 A sailor tries on a new type of protective clothing and gas mask for use in chemical warfare

A sailor tries on a new type of protective clothing and gas mask for use in chemical warfare
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#4 Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan.

Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan.
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#5 Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane.

Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane.
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#6 Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace learns the construction of Navy planes.

 Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace learns the construction of Navy planes. As an NYA 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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#7 Learning to work a cutting machine, two NYA employees receive training to fit them for important work.

Learning to work a cutting machine, two NYA employees receive training to fit them for important work. After eight weeks they will be eligible for civil service jobs at the Naval Air Base.
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#8 Doris Duke works on reconditioning spark plugs in the Assembly and Repair Department.

Doris Duke works on reconditioning spark plugs in the Assembly and Repair Department.
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#9 Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a .30-caliber machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane.

 Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a .30-caliber machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane.
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#10 Mildred Webb, an NYA trainee at the base, learns to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department.

 Mildred Webb, an NYA trainee at the base, learns to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department.
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#11 Cadet L. Deitz boards a plane.

 Cadet L. Deitz boards a plane.
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#12 Cowler Lorena Craig works on the tail of a plane.

 Cowler Lorena Craig works on the tail of a plane.
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#13 Virginia Young, right, a Pearl Harbor widow, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base.

Virginia Young, right, a Pearl Harbor widow, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill.
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#14 Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department.

 Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department. She buoys morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems.
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#15 Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics.

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics.
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#16 J.D. Estes loads munitions into a plane.

 J.D. Estes loads munitions into a plane.
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#17 Aviation Ordnance Mate Jesse Rhodes Waller prepares to install a .30-caliber machine gun in a Navy PBY plane.

 Aviation Ordnance Mate Jesse Rhodes Waller prepares to install a .30-caliber machine gun in a Navy PBY plane.
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#18 J.D. Estes, a seven-year veteran of the Navy, hefts a machine gun to be installed in a plane.

J.D. Estes, a seven-year veteran of the Navy, hefts a machine gun to be installed in a plane.
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#19 J.D. Estes tests the sights on a newly installed machine gun.

J.D. Estes tests the sights on a newly installed machine gun.
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#20 Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, paints an insignia on an airplane wing.

Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, paints an insignia on an airplane wing.
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#21 Aviation cadets in training.

 Aviation cadets in training.
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#22 Assembly and Repairs Dept. mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor.

 Assembly and Repairs Dept. mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor.
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#23 Oyida Peaks rivets as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic in the Assembly and Repair Department.

Oyida Peaks rivets as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic in the Assembly and Repair Department.
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#24 Sailor mechanics refuel an SNC advanced training plane.

Sailor mechanics refuel an SNC advanced training plane.
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#25 Cadet L. Deitz boards a plane.

 Cadet L. Deitz boards a plane.
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