Women and the War Effort ~ AmmoLand News Image Vault

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A Rosie Riveter

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Welcome to the AmmoLand News image vault. Here is where we dig deep into some of our collection of historic photos for our readers to enjoy. In this series photographer, Alfred T. Palmer highlights the dedication and effort put forth by women workers leading up to and during World War II.

Alfred T. Palmer (1906–1993) was a photographer who is best known for his photographs depicting Americana during World War II, he was an Office of War Information photographer from 1942 until 1943.

AmmoLand Editors have reprocessed and digitally enhanced these photos so you can better see the details and imagery of these important photos. Be sure and click on each image for full-size images views.

This is the first time these images are being seen in print in fifty or sixty years. If you like this series please leave us feedback in the comments if you would like to see more vintage photo digs like this.

A Rosie Riveter: (above) An A-20 bomber being riveted by a woman worker at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, California.

Women At Work On Bomber: Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.

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Women At Work On Bomber

Girl Bomber Worker At Lunch: Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.

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Girl Bomber Worker At Lunch

Women Engine Mechanic: Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, California.

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Women Engine Mechanic

Woman Machinist: Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.

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Woman Machinist

Women Brush Artist: A candid view of one of the women workers touching up the U.S. Army Air Forces insignia on the side of the fuselage of a “Vengeance” dive bomber manufactured at Vultee's Nashville division, Tennessee.

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Women Brush Artist

Woman Dive Bomber Worker At The Vultee-Nashville: This woman worker at the Vultee-Nashville is shown making final adjustments in the wheel well of an inner wing before the installation of the landing gear, Nashville, Tenn. This [is] one of the numerous assembly operations in connection with the mass production of Vultee “Vengeance” dive bombers.

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Woman Dive Bomber Worker At The Vultee-Nashville

Woman Ironing Self-Sealing Gas Tanks: Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio 1941.

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Woman Ironing Self-Sealing Gas Tanks

Punching Rivet Holes: Punching rivet holes in a frame member for a B-25 bomber, the plant of North American Aviation, Inc., California.

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Punching Rivet Holes

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  • 15 thoughts on “Women and the War Effort ~ AmmoLand News Image Vault

    1. I was a Flight Test engineer for a major jet engine manufacturer. A friend of mine, who worked in Quality Assurance, suggested that I talk to a woman who worked in the subassembly area, who had been a pilot ferring aircraft all over the U.S. during WWII. Her name was Marie. She was in her mid-40’s brilliant and drop dead beautiful, I may add. She told me about two other womwn who were also ferry pilots during WWII, and worked in the facility. I met up with them, and they were just like Marie brilliant and great looking. One of them, Gladys was married. Fran and Marie were not. Both said that they had their fill of the male woofhound mentality during WWII. And both decided to stay single. By the end of WWII all three had more flight hours than any military or commercial pilot past or present. All three of them flew fighters and bombers. Whatever plane had to be delivered to the Army Air Corp, Marines, or Navy was in their superior ability range. I always enjoyed discussing WWII aicraft and recip engines with them, and their unique quirks. Unfortunately, after WWII, with the resume all three of them had, they couldn’t have had the same opportunity, as today’s women have, to fly for the military or commercial airlines. Because of their love for aviation, they went to work in various positions with a great jet engine manufacturer in the North East. I’ve always said that once you get Jet Fuel in your blood, so to speak, you’re in love with a fantastic career for life.

    2. These photo’s show that today’s so-called “feminists” are polar opposites of real women of the past. So much for how our society has changed into whiny, butt-hurt, and narcissistic women now. Kind of sad, really.

    3. These images should all be a reminder that women have ALWAYS been strong, independent and had huge influences in history. Women have been rulers of vast empires, leaders, inventors and yes mothers. These images should all remind us of the strong role women have had always had in our own country. These are the women who are the real heros and patriots, not the current crop of angry foul mouth protesters in the streets claiming to represent women’s rights.

    4. Great photos! My dad was a test pilot with a home base at Muroc Dry Lake, now part of Edwards AFB. Mom spent some time as a hydraulic mechanic at Norton AFB (?) San Bernardino, CA during the war.

    5. My Aunt Hilda was a “Rosie the Riveter”, she was a welder in the tail section of small aircraft because she could fit!! I’ve always been proud of the efforts of both my Aunts and Uncles serving during WWII.

    6. I love these photo essays. Keep up the good work.
      I particularly liked the machinist. As far as I could tell, she’s running a 4 axis horizontal mill, I assume all manual. She would have to dial in every dimension with hand cranks, unlike today’s CNC’s which run way faster and more accurately.

    7. Love this series of photo essays. They remind us of a simpler time and should be shared with our children. Keep ’em coming.

    8. Suggest you look at “shorpy dot com” , especially their Aviation and their WWII sections where I have seen these images previously … a wonderful site for old photos … as well as the Library of Congress and the National Archives web sites for even more. I especially like Shorpy for their eclectic daily additions of photographs from all walks of the historic past.

    9. I Really enjoy these photos. I live near the FDR Little White House in Warm Springs Georgia. As part of Veterans Day, They have WWII vets visit. In the past they have had actual Rosie the Riveters visit and talk about their wartime duties. One of the visiter was one of the last living members of the Bataan Death March. These photos are very important, so that we never forget these people and what they did for our Country. Keep up the good work.

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