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TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
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WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

December 7, 1941, is a historical date that
too few people remember these days.
Maven would like to honor the veterans and civilians who contributed to the defense of our country on "the day which will live in infamy" and before and since . . . and their families. So please check it out and pass the links on to others who have also served--at home and abroad--and their families.
 
Charlie Lagostie, Editor

And here is a version of The Marine Hymn with a translation from the Navaho Code Talkers.  Just click on the link.

Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet

World War II Era Posters
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This is part of a run-up to the Seventieth Anniversary of December 7, 1941.  It's not just about the one day.  It's about those we lost, the survivers, their families . . . not to mention our military since and their families.
 
Here are just some of our heroes from then and now to enjoy:

Nothing about America's participation in World War II is complete without bringing up Audie Murphy.  Youtube.com has a clip of him discussing WWII at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PstvNQVP3Zk&NR=1 and as the Mystery Guest on What's My LIne? (July 3, 1955) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RWQ5tESVzk, plus

Audie Murphy

Television in the fifties had a lot of different types of shows.  One of most popular was WHAT'S MY LINE?  and they had such heroes from Audie Murphy to Chuck Yeager.  It's nice to see them "in person"!
 

General Alfred M. Gruenther (former NATO Supreme Commander):

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhJgltMMnBw&feature=related

 

Audie Murphy (the most decorated soldier of World War II):

            (July 3, 1955) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RWQ5tESVzk

 

(General) Blackshear Morrison Bryan, West Point Commandant:

            (1955) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJX_vlzIS0E&feature=related

 

(Colonel) Chuck Yeager:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehSTtttb0xQ&feature=related

 

(Major General) James E. Briggs:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vewI0ScmWxg&feature=related

 

(General) Mark Clark:

            (1957) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsDFZGbuTws&feature=related

 

(Rear Admiral) William R. Smedberg, III :

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JWf7UJ5fnQ&feature=related

How much history about The Day that Shall Live in Imfamy do we really know?

Pearl Harbor History Map
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http://www.pearlharborhistorymap.com/

We are adding an excerpt from Jackie Cooper's autobiogrphy, Please Don't Shoot My Dog, in memory of his recent death as well as his military duty in the Navy during World War II and then Reserve Officer . . . .  Plus in honor of our more recent vets.--Charlie

Please Don't Shoot My Dog by Jackie Cooper (An Excerpt from His Autobiography)

DECEMBER 7, 1941: Then and the Years Since

DECEMBER 7, 1941: The Old Movie Maven Issue

Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet

German Saboterus Invade American 1942

FDR amd World War II Espionage

Maven has also added a first-hand experience from
a United States Army Air Corps' wife . . .

PEARL HARBOR: You Are There

Here are reviews and such by Maven about
movies that dealt with the war:
 
Tora!  Tora!  Tora! represents Hollywood's take on
December 7th, the day that embroiled the
United States into World War II:

TORA! TORA! TORA!!

TORA! TORA! TORA! - One Reviewer's Opinion

TORA! TORA! TORA! Bloopers

The Man Who Came to Dinner was released in January of 1942,
less than two months after the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor and was a much-needed
remedy for the home front:

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

Veronica Lake
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With Her Peek-a-Boo Bang

Even hair had it's part in the war effort:
Hair Style for Safety WWII:

Hollywood did its part too for our military to safely enjoy food, drink, entertainment and the company of nice girls - supervised of course!

The Original Stage Door Canteen

JACQUELINE COCHRAN

 

http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Explorers_Record_Setters_and_Daredevils/cochran/EX25.htm

 

http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=465

 

Cochran, at the request of Army General Henry "Hap" Arnold, organized the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) to train civilian women pilots in anticipation of a shortage of military pilots during the war. The WFTD was merged with Nancy Love’s Women’s Auxiliary Ferry Squadron (WAFS) to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) with Cochran as director. From 1943 to 1944, 1,074 women trained and flew over 60 million miles, ferrying aircraft, towing targets, and performing other administrative flying duties. The WASPS were disbanded in 1944, but were given retroactive military status in 1977. Following the war, Cochran continued to establish speed records into the 1960's. She was the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in 1953 in an F-86 Sabre jet. She was a fourteen-time winner of the Harmon Trophy, awarded to the best female pilot of the year. Cochran flew the Beech Staggerwing and Lockheed F-104, examples of which are displayed, respectively, in the Golden Age of Flight and outside the Planetarium. Cochran authored two autobiographies - The Stars at Noon and, with Mary Ann Bucknam Brinley, Jackie Cochran.[1]

FIFINELLA
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THE MASCOT FOR THE WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS

Dress the WASPS . . . lady pilots from World War II!

http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/wasp/paperdoll/paperdoll1.html

(Parents can find out more about "Women Auxilary Service Pilots" at

A DAY WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY: December 7, 1941)

Jacqueline Cochran

Jacquelind Cochran and the U.S. Air Force

Jacqueline Cochran and Newspapers

World War II's WASPS
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Or, Women's Auxilary Service Pilots

WASPS in WORLD WAR II

 

Here are links to get more information about women in the service during the second world war . . . as pilots!

 

http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/wasp/

 

Dress the WASP!

http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/wasp/paperdoll/paperdoll1.html

 

WASP GALLERY . . . with all sorts of things!

http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/wasp/gallery/index.htm

 

The National WASP WWII Museum:

http://waspmuseum.org/

 

The Women Pilots of World War II:

http://wwii-women-pilots.org/classlists/clslist.html

The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII:

http://www.radiodiaries.org/wasps.html

 

Other WASP Links:

http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/wasp/links/index.htm

AVENGER AIR*
PILOTS, LAND ON THE HISTORIC SPOT WHERE THE WASP FLEW
VISIT
AVENGER AIR, SWEETWATER AIRPORT!

Right across the runway from the National WASP WWII Museum is AVENGER AIR, a working FBO with a friendly airport manager named JOHN HOWARD.  John is a great guy--with great WASP stories and a knack for fixing broken airplanes.  Stop by for a visit--and ask him to show you the UC-78.    Better yet, FLY IN and he'll be glad to show you around.  

Avenger Air is right on the spot where AVENGER FIELD was during WWII. Although the runways have been upgraded, the wind still blows in the same direction -- and the view hasn't changed a bit.

*http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us/avenger/avengerair.htm

And please check out TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation since so many of our military pilots went into the airlines to continue flying us!

Effects of World War II

Maven did double duty on one review with two movies:
Above and Beyond (1952) starred Robert Taylor as Paul Tibbets,
who lead the mission towards victory in the
bombing of Hiroshima.
Since You Went Away (1944) was based on Since You Went Away:
Letters to a Soldier from His Wife by Margaret Buell Wilder. 
Wilder also did the adaptation . . . but then
one has to take the producer David O.
Selznick into accout:
"One of David O. Selznick's staff members told the producer
about Margaret Buell WIlder's novel; he was
immediately taken with it. However,
Selznick really wanted to make an
epic-sized movie, so he had to do a complete
overhaul of the book to suit those ends. He was
particularly interested in the character of the older
daughter, Jane, knowing that it would make a
great part for Jennifer Jones."

ABOVE AND BEYOND and SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

The Son of Frankenstein (1939) with
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Boris Karloff as the Monster and Donnie Duagan as Peter von Frankenstein

NOTICE:
 
Maven was doing some checking and checked www.imdb.com for Donnie Dunagan, who played Basil Rathbone's son, Peter, in The Son of Frankenstein (1939).
 
It has a note about what he's doing now:
Where Are They Now

(March 2011) San Angelo, TX USA: Retired Maj, USMC, but Dunagan has kept up a hectic schedule by doing interviews on the ABC morning show "The View," in addition to the British Broadcasting Corp. in London, Disney Studios, NBC-TV in Chicago and CBS-TV in Houston, among others due to the recent Blu-Ray release of Bambi.  (http://www.imdb.com).

And you can catch an interview with him at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d-yQhRlB-Y

Good  going, guy!


Dame Vera Lynn, whose "We'll Meet Again" meant so much to so
many of her countrymen who fought in World War II,
is interviewed seventy years aftwards on GMTV:

And don't forget that
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THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL

The War Years[1]

 

In January of 1942, the U.S. Navy signed a lease agreement with the Royal Hawaiian to rent the hotel for $17,500 each month so that the hotel could be used as a rest and relaxation center for officers and enlisted personnel serving in the Pacific. 

 

And so the barbed wire surrounded the beach around the hotel and armed guards monitored the entrances.  Retail shops were converted to canteens and the Coconut Bar was used as a soda fountain.  Telephones were taken out of the guest rooms.

 

During the war, over 200,000 men stayed at the Royal Hawaiian. Each day as many as 5,500 service-related visitors (most of whom were not staying at the hotel) passed through the front gates to enjoy the beach or social activities.

 

The Aftermath

 

At the conclusion of World War II, the hotel was given a makeover to restore her to the level of luxury her guests would expect.  San Francisco architect Garnder Dailey was contracted for the two-million dollar remodeling along with Honolulu architect George Wimberly.

 

In January of 1942, the U.S. Navy signed a lease agreement with the Royal Hawaiian to rent the hotel for $17,500 each month so that the hotel could be used as a rest and relaxation center for officers and enlisted personnel serving in the Pacific. 

 

And so the barbed wire surrounded the beach around the hotel and armed guards monitored the entrances.  Retail shops were converted to canteens and the Coconut Bar was used as a soda fountain.  Telephones were taken out of the guest rooms.

 

During the war, over 200,000 men stayed at the Royal Hawaiian. Each day as many as 5,500 service-related visitors (most of whom were not staying at the hotel) passed through the front gates to enjoy the beach or social activities.

                                                                                    PHOTO NATIONAL ARCHIVES #1441