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A rivet is her fighting weapon. Oyida Peaks, daughter of a Navy lieutenant, one of many women taking NYA training to become mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks apprenticeship she will be qualified as a civil service worker in the Assembly and Repair Department

Formerly a sociology major at the University of Southern California, Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis (right) now "keeps 'em flyin'" at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a supervisor under civil service in the Assembly and Repair Department. It is her job to maintain morale among the women to help them solve housing and other personal problems. With her is Jo Ann Whittington, an NYA trainee at the plant

Answering the nation's need for womanpower, Mrs. Virginia Davis made arrangement for the care of her two children during the day and joined her husband at work in the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Both are employed under Civil Service in the Assembly and repair department. Mrs. Davis' training will enable her to take the place of her husband should he be called by the armed service

Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Chas. Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan; Corpus Christi, Texas

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis has been appointed by civil service to be senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She buoys up feminine morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems

At the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Navy N2S primary land planes at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas

Aviation cadet in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Women from all fields have joined the production army, Corpus Christi, Texas. Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Naval Air Base, and a school teacher before the war, is doing her part for victory along with her brother who is a flying instructor in the Army. Miss Weaver paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings

Oyida Peaks riveting as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic in the Assembly and Repair Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

A sailor mechanic refueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Sailor mechanic inspecting a PBY plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Bowen and Olsen, a riveter and her supervisor, in the Assembly and Repair Dept. at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

NYA employees receiving training in the Assembly and Repair Dept., U.S. Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Bowen, a riveter, and Olsen, her supervisor, in the Assembly and Repair Dept. at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Assembly and Repairs Dept. mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

As an NYA trainee working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes, Corpus Christi, Naval Air Base, Texas

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Av. Cadet Thanas at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Ens[ign] Noressey and Cadet Thenics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics at the Naval Air base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Women are contributing their skills to the nation's needs by keeping our country's planes in top-notch fighting condition, Corpus Christi, Texas. Wife of a disabled World War I veteran, Mrs. Cora Ann Bowen (left) works as a cowler at the Naval Air Base. Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs department

Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval air base, supervises Chas. Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan, Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks of training he will go into civil service. Should he be inducted or enlist in the armed service, he will be valuable to mechanized units of the Army or Navy

Working with a sea-plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Cadet L. Deitz at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Working on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Aviation cadets in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Aviation cadet at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Working in the Assembly and Repair Dept. of the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Standing on the wing is Floyd Helphrey who came from Iowa to join the Navy early in the year. At right is W. Gardner of Illinois who used to be a crane operator

Sailor mechanic fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

This sailor mechanic is inspecting a PBY plane at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship had been reconditioned by the Civil Service employees at the Assembly and Repair Department in the base

Lorena Craig is cowler under civil service at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Starting a propeller at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Mrs. Cora Ann Bowen (left) works as a cowler at the Naval Air Base; Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department, Corpus Christi, Texas

Working on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

He's like to use that gun on the Axis. After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, Corpus Christi, Texas. These uniforms are lighter than the old type

Plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

It's an intricate operation - installing a 30-calibre machine gun in a Navy PBY plane, but not too tricky for Jesse Rhodes Waller, Corpus Christi, Texas. He's a Georgia man who's been in the Navy 5-1/2 years. At the Naval Air Base he sees that the flying ships are kept in tip-top shape. Waller is an aviation ordnance mate

Cadet L. Deitz(?) at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes, Corpus Christi, Texas. As an NYA trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Lorena Craig is a cowler under civil service at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

"Women in white" doctor Navy planes (motors) at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mildred Webb, an NYA trainee at the base, is learning to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department. After about eight weeks as an apprentice she will be eligible for a civil service job in the capacity for which she has been trained

Formerly a sociology major at the University of Southern California, Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis (right) now "keeps 'em flyin'" at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a supervisor under civil service in the Assembly and Repair Department. It is her job to maintain morale among the women by helping them solve housing and other personal problems. With her is Jo Ann Whittington, an NYA trainee at the plant

Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Oyida Peaks riveting as part of her NYA training to become a mechanic at the Naval Air Base, in the Assembly and Repair Department, Corpus Christi, Texas

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Dept. of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men, Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. There's a war to be won, and Miss Mildred Hanna is helping to win it. After Pearl Harbor, Miss Hanna left school teaching and went to the ssembly and repair department of the naval air base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Here she is working on the firewall of a PBY plane. She is a civil service worker at the base

Naval air base. Corpus Christi, Texas. Now an expert mechanic, Mary Josephine Farley shows a National Youth Administration (NYA) trainee the tricks of a Wright Whirlwind motor. He will act as her helper for about eight weeks, then he'll be qualified to work on motors for the naval air base at Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Women from all fields have joined the production army. Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Corpus Christi naval air base and a school teacher before the war, is doing her part for Victory along with her brother who is a flying instructor in the Army. Miss Weaver paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Sailors stationed at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, check the pilot seat of an SNC advance training plane

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Feuling an N2S, primary land plane, at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sailor mechanics at the base service the ship as a cadet prepares for the take-off

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Summer flight uniforms for Naval cadets are light and give the flyer maximum freedom to operate. Cadet shown here is stationed at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Perched at the nose of a Navy PBY flying ship, two sailors check the huge motor to keep them in first class condition while the plane is in service. These men are aviation mechanics nates stationed at the Naval Air

Naval air base. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Women in white" doctor Navy airplane motors at the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base. Mildred Webb, a National Youth Administration (NYA) trainee at the base is learning to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department. After about eight weeks as an apprentice she will be eligible for a civil service job in the capacity for which she has been trained

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Elouise J. Ellis has been appointed by the civil service to be senior supervisor in the assembly and repairs department at the Naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. She buoys up feminine morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. The motor gunned, connections intact, the Navy fighter F3F are constantly reconditioned by sailor mechanics at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. He'd like to use that gun on the Axis. After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. A Navy wife works to keep HIM flying. She has been trained to recondition spark plugs in the assembly and repair department of the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base. Her job is under civil service

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. With a woman's determination, Lorena Craig takes over a man-sized job. Before she came to work at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, Lorena was a department store girl. Now she is a cowler under Civil Service

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Coming under the "hook" is the first step in getting a sea plane on land. The ship is then hoisted out of the water and placed onto a dollie on shore and wheeled to the hangar. The plane is an N3N, Navy training ship, stationed at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Answering the nation's need for womanpower, Mrs. Virginia Davis made arrangements for the care of her two children during the day and joined her husband at work in the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Both are employed under civil service in the assembly and repair department. Mrs. Davis' training will enable her to take the place of her husband should he be called by the armed service

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance. Mrs. Virginia Young (right), whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the ssembly and repairs department of the naval airbBase at Corpus Christi, Texas. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Navy N2S primary land planes taxi out for a "rat race" at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cadets in advanced training have given the race this name

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Highly technical training is given by two National Youth Adminstration trainers, working with a civil service employee. This training will be valuable to the Army or Navy mechanized units should tag trainees be called to service. They work at the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base under the NYA program. Before long they will be qualified for civil service jobs in the assembly and repair department

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Ready to soar out over the water, this N3N training plane coasts down the plank to launching. Cadets at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, are trained in planes carefully conditioned by sailor mechanics at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Perched at the nose of a Navy PBY flying ship, two sailors check the huge motor to keep them in first class condition while the plane is in service. These men are aviation mechanics nates stationed at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Standing on the wing is Floyd Helphrey who came from Iowa to join the Navy early in the year. At right is W. Gardner of Illinois who used to be a crane operator

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Deep in the heart of Texas, young National Youth Administration (NYA) trainees for war jobs, watch the Navy planes they are learning to service. Wearing their regulation work clothes, these civil service apprentices of the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, are in the vanguard of a large army of youths being trained as maintenance and repair workers at the military air station

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Navy planes must be mechanically perfect. Lloyd H. Brooknole (left), an experience sheet metal worker, repairs and assembles planes at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. A helper, Elmer J. Pace, is getting practical experience working with Brooknole. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Navy N2S primary land plane, ready for afternoon flight trips at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. These ships are completely reconditioned, after fulfilling their service schedules by civil service employees at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. The powerful airship slides down the gangplank, hits the water, and the launching is completed. This is the Kingfisher Service type plane, technically termed the OS2-U3

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. The pilots fly it, but the ground crew keeps it flying. Every ship, after so many hours in the air must be completely reconditioned. Here, in a hanger of the naval air base at Corpus Christi, Texas, women Civil Service workers of the assembly and repair department are trained to check carefully every part of the plane. Service of a Navy PBY ship

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. After being checked by sailor mechanics, the Kingfisher, a Navy flying ship, is ready for launching. This type of plane is a service ship, technically termed the OS2-U3

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. "And so he says to me...." sailor mechanics at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, laugh heartily over a good story between servicing operations on Navy planes

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Skimming across the water in a perfect landing, a Navy training ship M2M, approaches the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. This is a type of plane used for training cadets at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Signing out before taking off. Before each flight, at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, the yellow flight sheet records are kept at the base. Servicing of the planes is done by sailor mechanics attached to the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. A top notch mechanic, Mary Josephine Farley expertly rebuilds airplane engines. Although she's only twenty years old she has a private pilot's license and has made several cross country flights. She ranked highest of all competitors on her civil service examination with a grade of 89. Since her arrival at the Corpus Christi Air Base four and one half months ago, she has been made a crew leader

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. A couple of cranks--and let her go! Sailors at the naval air base in Corpus, Christi, Texas, start the N3N training ships in this way for the Navy pilots at the base who fly the planes

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. A Mexican neighbor, who crossed the border, now works under U.S. Civil Service in the assembly and repair department of the naval air base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Formerly he was a laborer in a warehouse

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Navy pilots of tomorrow! These cadets in training at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, are learning the fine points of flying Navy planes

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Civil service employees leave the Assembly and Repair Shop at the naval air base in Corpus, Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. The target: the Axis! Jesse Rhodes Waller, Aviation Ordnance Mate, third class, tries out a thirty-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane. Waller is stationed at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mounting a navy flying ship at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, a former department store girl, is one of many women who are taking over jobs to release men for military service. She is a civil service crowler in the assembly and repair department at the base

Naval air base. Corpus Christi, Texas. Like a man from Mars, a sailor at the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base wears the new type of protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare. These uniforms are lighter than the old type

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She's still connecting lines--this former telephone operator who is learning how to solder iron wires. Jo Ann Whitington is being trained through an National Youth Administration (NYA) program for a civil service job in the assembly and repairs department of the naval air base at Corpus Christi, Texas. She will be a helper in electrical overhauling work

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Perched high in the nose of a plane, this sailor mechanic is inspecting a Navy PBY at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship has been reconditioned by civil service employee in the assembly and repair Department at the base. Every ship, after fulfilling its schedule of service, must be completely reconditioned. This work is done by the assembly and repair department

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Flight's over--an N3N training plane is safe on the dollie and pilot and instructor go back to the hangar. After fulfilling their service schedules, planes at the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base are completely reconditioned by civil service mechanics attached to the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Reconditioning the motors of airplane at the Corpus Christi, Texas, naval air base is being done here by three aviation mechanics mates stationed at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Lined up and looking eager for flight are Navy fighter palnes at the Navy Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas. These biplane F3F's are constantly reconditioned by sailor mechanics at the base

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Perched high in the nose of a plane, this sailor mechanic is inspecting a Navy PBY at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship has been reconditioned by civil service employee in the assembly and repair Department at the base. Every ship, after fulfilling its schedule of service, must be completely reconditioned. This work is done by the assembly and repair department

Naval air base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Its aluminum body shining in the sunlight, this advanced trainer palne is taxied into the airport by a line man. Technically, this is an SNC plane, or advanced training ship