July 1943 Cover of Life Magazine. Pilot trainee Shirley Slade sits on the wing of her Army trainer at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July In September, Slade graduated as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Class
In September 1940 the first peacetime draft law in U. history had been passed.authorizing the registration of 17 million men. In August and September 1941 U. merchant vessels were armed for self defense.
"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.
Matilde Moisant, was the second woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license. She flew in aviation meets throughout the US and Mexico until the early spring of Pictured here, wearing a (pre-WWII) swastika brooch as a good luck charm.
Pearl Harbor Attack--my home port during the Vietnam War. Many relics and reminders of the Pearl Harbor attack were still there in Nearby Hickam Airfield still had holes in the walls of offices and barracks as a reminder to never let our guard down.