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Iron Men: 1943

Iron Men: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen using laundry facilities in the basement of the United Nations service center. It is not necessary to engage a hotel room in order to use these accommodations." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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The logo on the T-shirt of the "Kingman Army Air Field" I could find. Bugs Bunny became the base's official mascot, with sanction from Warner Brothers, due to the abundance of rabbits on the base and firing range.

Information about the "Costodes Americae" is still "to be found" -- who can provide some clarity?

[It's Latin for "Guardians of America." -Dave]

The translation was not a problem for me (and by the way, it should have been written as "custodes"). It's the organization (squadron?) I cannot find information about!

Not a pox upon his house

Does the shirt-free gentleman have a small pox vaccine scar on his arm? I have one, I clearly remember the scab (and being scolded for touching it) and the early days of the scar when I was 4-5 years old (circa 1964). I just don't know if the vaccine was available when he was young.

[Edward Jenner? Milkmaids? 1796? -Dave]

KAAF -- From Gunnery School To A Boneyard

Kingman Army Air Field ... History of the Early Days

The Army Air Force Flexible Gunnery School, Kingman, Arizona, was built at the start of World War II as an aerial gunnery training base, located on approximately 4,145 acres in Mohave County next to U.S. Route 66. Arizona was an ideal location due to its sparse low population and miles of wide open spaces.

It offered its first classes in January of 1943, and was renamed Kingman Army Air Field (KAAF) later that year with the primary mission of training gunners for the B-17 Flying Fortress. More

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