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April 1942. De Land, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. These carefree high school students are learning the serious business of war production in a Daytona Beach vocational school located in a revamped nightclub. Instructor Gil Angell (with piston in his hand) is showing the group how to assemble an airplane engine. Left to right are Wilson Flippo, Angell, Dewey Stewart, 19; Ken Kirkpatrick, 18; Bill Jackson and Ned Brown, 18. Jobs already are waiting for most of them when they finish their courses." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
October 1942. Long Beach, California. "Girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.