The Women Who Powered World War 2, All In Color

Published April 5, 2015
Updated July 25, 2019
women of WWII b17 fuselage

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Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, California.

Women of WWII riveting aircraft light dress

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Virginia Davis rivets parts of an aircraft, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas.

women of WWII stabilizer assembly glasses

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Operating a hand drill at North American Aviation, Inc, a woman is working in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane, Inglewood, California.

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Operating a hand drill, this woman worker at Vultee-Nashville is shown working on the horizontal stabilizer for a Vultee “Vengeance” dive bomber, Tennessee.

women of WWII landing gear

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A young woman employee of North American Aviation, Incorporated working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane, Inglewood, California.

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A young riveting machine operator works at the Douglas Aircraft Company.

women of WWII navy plane painter

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Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Naval Air Base, paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings.

women of wwII filing metal parts

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A war production worker at the Vilter Manufacturing Company is shown filing small parts.

women of WWII engine installer

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Woman working on a motor at the Douglas Aircraft Company.

women of WWII cargo transport inspectors

Inspectors check and inspect cargo transport inner wings before they are assembled on the fuselage, Douglas Aircraft Company.

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Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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