|An airplane from British Imperial Airways, taken in the early 1930’s|
|This picture is from 1938, and famous chefs are shown loading cakes onto the airplane for the passengers|
|The picture was taken in Pennsylvania in 1938, which would have been the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg|
|Passengers at the airport in Washington DC, 1938|
|Taken at an airport in Israel, 1935|
|This picture was taken in 1943, and the President was being flown to North Africa|
The work undertaken by the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was wide ranging; from cooking to meteorology; from administrative duties to maintaining and repairing aircraft.
Women replaced RAF personnel in those trades where there were shortages. There was an ebb and flow of requirements. The safety and physical well-being of the women were primary concerns. Except for nursing orderlies, aircrew duty was never approved.
|Assistant Section Officer Elizabeth Weightman. Photographic interpretation played an important role in assessing targets|
|WAAF armourers preparing a bomberaircraft for an operation|
|WAAFs helped to bring back casualties and prisoners of war from Europe soon after D-Day|
|WAAFs in the Middle East, circa 1944|
|RAF station dance, Bradwell Bay 1944|
|WAAF Flight Mechanics|
The Douglas TB2D Skypirate (also known as the Devastator II) was a torpedo bomber intended for service with the United States Navy’s Midway class aircraft carriers; they were too large for earlier decks. Two prototypes were completed, but the dedicated torpedo bomber was becoming an outdated concept and with the end of World War II, the type was no longer needed, resulting in the project’s cancellation.
|This is how the final service model would have appeared|