America in WWII

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, June

A Girl's Dream Takes Flight: Florence G. Shutsy Reynolds
Male pilots may have won the war over Europe, but women pilots flying in the United States provided the support the men needed for their victory. The often forgotten Women Airforce Service Pilots ferried planes from factories to airfields, towed targets...
Born to Draw Kilroy
AS A KID I WAS FOREVER DOODLING all over my notebooks and the textbook covers my mother fashioned for me from brown paper bags. I imagined that my furious scribbling was fooling Sister Clemention into believing I really was taking the notes I was supposed...
Called on Account of [Censored]
THE LETTER THAT Bob Elson received from the US Weather Bureau must have been the blandest praise ever to come his way. "I wish you would accept our very sincere congratulations upon the most adroit and, at the same time, satisfactory piece of radio...
Eisenhower in War and Peace
Eisenhower in War and Peace, by Jean Edward Smith, Random House, 946 pages, $40. Any MILITARY man who makes his way into America's presidency becomes a member of a clique within an already small club. Dwight David Eisenhower, born in Texas in 1890...
Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II
Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II, by Barrett Tillman, Simon and Schuster, 302 pages, $27. The names the US Navy chose for some of its first aircraft carriers had roots in the Revolutionary War. The namesakes...
FDR's Other White House
WHEN THE NEWS reached the front lines, it shocked even the most hardened combat veteran: The president was dead. For many GIs, Franklin D. Roosevelt was more than just their commander in chief. He was the only president they had ever known. He was...
Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power
Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, by Andrew Nagorski, Simon and Schuster, 388 pages, $28. Andrew Nagorski's latest book, Hitlerland, is an accessible read that looks at how Americans within Germany viewed the rise of the...
Kilroy Was There
GIs were all over the world in the early 1940s. And wherever they went, a mysterious little cartoon character was watching them from behind a wall. It was a sprawling war, touching all the world's populated continents and spilling into the oceans...
Midway to Victory
Just four months after Pearl Harbor, American forces in the Coral Sea halted Japan's brief charge toward victory. Then they cut its heart out at Midway. AS THE SUN SET over Japan ON April 18, 1942, the island empire's military leaders were angry...
Mr. Nice Guy
IT WAS the VOICE that made Vaughn Monroe's band--Vaughn Monroe's voice. The girls couldn't get enough of it. They loved the emotion that bubbled up in it, and they loved the looks of the man behind it. Trained at the New England Conservatory, Monroe's...
"Pilot to Wife ..."
Hello ... Hello ... back there... I know you won't get this message. It's only in my mind ... but I've got to talk to you because there isn't much time. Here they come. "Squadron leader to Fighting 4! Sixteen Zeros at 12 o'clock! Come on,...
Recon under Fire-For Nothing
BY MARCH 15, 1945, we had fought our way to the Siegfried Line, a [line] of pill boxes and dragon teeth that ran for a considerable distance. Our company commander, Lieutenant Harris, summoned Lieutenant Posipankq and me to an observation post, where...
Running out of Fuel
IN late September or early October 1943 my crew (pilots Lieutenant Daffin and Van Valkenberg, crew chief Staff Sergeant D. Thompson, and I [radio operator] departed from the 607th Troop Carrier Training Squadron, Lawson Field, Fort Benning, Georgia,...
Sherlock Holmes Stalks the Nazis: Hollywood Resurrected the World's Greatest Detective as a 20th-Century Spy to Help Defeat the World's Greatest Villain
Adolf Hitler shivered Popeye's timbers. And he brought that fierce jungle call out of Tarzan. Both of those popular heroes took on the Fuhrer and his Nazis during World War II, pummeling the Axis bad guys with an arsenal of bulging biceps, spinach...
Take That, Old Man Hitler!
During WWII, comic book-themed clubs encouraged young readers to spy the skies for enemy planes and otherwise keep busy so they didn't worry obsessively about their fathers and older brothers overseas. If they were having fun in a club, why shouldn't...
The Americanization of Emily
The Americanization of Emily. Directed by Arthur Hiller, written by Paddy Chayefsky, starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, 1964, 117 minutes, black and white, not rated. In 1964 the United States was two decades removed...
Up from the Foxhole
Anti-aircraft school was the first training opportunity that opened up for Lloyd Cain after he enlisted in the army in 1943. Fresh from studying agriculture for two years at Purdue, he jumped on it. "I was ready to get on the move and do something,"...
When Eagles Dared: The Filmgoers' History of World War II
When Eagles Dared: The Filmgoers' History of World War II, by Howard Hughes, LB. Tauris, 290 pages, $28. When Eagles Dared provides an unusual combination of both real and reel history. Author Howard Hughes divides the war into 20 sections, such...
Zoot!
It wasn't easy for a poor boy to get out of the ghetto. But he could escape for the night by putting on a zoot suit and dancing the jitterbug. It was the swing era. The tunes were exuberant. The dance was the jitterbug. The moves were exhilarating....
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