WWII Female Aircraft Worker's Official War Documents
Original DocumentArchive of 6 items and documents pertaining to female aircraft worker, Ruth Burns, who worked as a power shear operator at one of the leading suppliers of military aircraft, Douglas Aircraft during WWII. This archive consists of two pamphlets, one is a job instruction manual by Douglas Aircraft titled Hints to Women Aircraft Workers and This is Our Story, another pamphlet published by Douglas Aircraft in 1942, showcasing the history of the company and their contributions to the American war effort through the development and distribution of major military aircraft machines such as the DC-3, DC-9, and MD-80 series. Though social tensions were widespread at the time, photographs in the pamphlet include various service workers of different racial and gender backgrounds reminding us that during WWII, uniting as Americans transcended labels that would normally cause division. Other documents include Ruth's employee timecard, a 1945 Personnel Change Request, a war ration book, and a 1944 War Fund window decal. Members of the WAAC were the first women other than nurses to serve within the ranks of the United States Army, and over 150,000 American women served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. Given the opportunity to make a major contribution to the national war effort, women seized it. They drove trucks, repaired airplanes, worked as laboratory technicians, rigged parachutes, served as radio operators, analyzed photographs, and more. By the end of the war their contributions would be widely heralded, and even General Eisenhower felt that he could not win the war without the aid of the women in uniform. Items are overall in very good condition with minimal wear.
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