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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Bombs

Under wings. Not only bombs, Torpedos too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBY_Catalina

But Why A Bomb?

It looks to me like the aircraft in the background is a PBY Catalina or a variant thereof. I did'nt think these planes were used for bombing, unless one tossed the bombs out through the gun blisters!? Those are, however, some really fine lookin' bombs.

No Freudian interpretations, please.

Sometimes a bomb is just a bomb.

 
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