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The Finishing Touches: 1942

The Finishing Touches: 1942

October 1942. Final assembly for a B-25 bomber at North American Aviation, Inglewood, Calif. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

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B-25 in the background

The B-25 at the right edge of the photo (tail #253332 or 42-53332) had an interesting history. It was transferred to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force as #N5-122 as part of a joint NEIAF and RAAF squadron that operated out of Australia (since the Dutch East Indies had largely fallen to Japan.) That squadron apparently suffered great losses of the B-25Cs, but no word on this plane’s final fate.

Safety 1st

He actually fell after photo was taken? Do you know what happened next? Was he badly injured or killed from his fall? Were better safety measures taken after the fall? Just curious to know, I work in aviation and have always been instructed on working safely.

[That was a joke. Jim Osha. Get it? - Dave]

Oddly enough...

...this fellow's name was Jim Osha and his unfortunate accident immediately after this picture was taken had far reaching ramifications... :-)


The guy on the ladder at left is standing on the edge of the top step!

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