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FORTY WINKS. Lt. Mae Hanson, Navy nurse, takes a short nap on board a hospital plane of the Navy Air Transport Service in between taking care of her patients. The plane carried casualties from Okinawa to the Marianas.



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LIGHTS IN LONDON. Following years of wartime blackouts, when Londoners walked cautiously in the dark, the lights went on again after VE-Day. In this picture, the House of Parliment shines out under the floodlights. Big Ben stands at the right and the buildings are reflected in the river Thames.

HEADING IN. The camera from another plane caught this Navy Curtis Helldiver wheeling in for a landing on the deck of its carrier below. It had returned from a strike against Japanese shipping. Other planes have landed before

HEADING IN. The camera from another plane caught this Navy Curtis Helldiver wheeling in for a landing on the deck of its carrier below. It had returned from a strike against Japanese shipping. Other planes have landed before

RABBIT'S FEET. Since Pfc. James Hall has several of them at the moment, it's not surprising he was lucky enough to meet this French beauty. Mlle. Jacqueline Gerardin.

RABBIT’S FEET. Since Pfc. James Hall has several of them at the moment, it’s not surprising he was lucky enough to meet this French beauty. Mlle. Jacqueline Gerardin.



HANDLE BARS M1. As though his home state didn't have enough to its credit already, Sgt. Charles A. Kilpatrick of Cleburne, Tex., and the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy, grew whiskers wich were checked in at 7 1/2 inches.

HANDLE BARS M1. As though his home state didn’t have enough to its credit already, Sgt. Charles A. Kilpatrick of Cleburne, Tex., and the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy, grew whiskers wich were checked in at 7 1/2 inches.

REUNION. Sgt. Jeanne A. Bolis, a Ninth Air Force Wac, met her grandmother, Mme. Marie Lapeyre of Trie, France, for the first time in Paris.

REUNION. Sgt. Jeanne A. Bolis, a Ninth Air Force Wac, met her grandmother, Mme. Marie Lapeyre of Trie, France, for the first time in Paris.

WHO ME? Capt. Richard C. Suehr, Fifth Air Force pilot, reads his own death notice. He crashed in Philippine waters but native guerillas rescued him.

WHO ME? Capt. Richard C. Suehr, Fifth Air Force pilot, reads his own death notice. He crashed in Philippine waters but native guerillas rescued him.

FAMILY AFFAIR. When his three sons went to war Sgt. A.C. Vanskike (third from left) went with them. All pfcs, they are (left to right) Louis E., Archie R., and Clarence E. They fought together on New Guinea and the Philippines.

FAMILY AFFAIR. When his three sons went to war Sgt. A.C. Vanskike (third from left) went with them. All pfcs, they are (left to right) Louis E., Archie R., and Clarence E. They fought together on New Guinea and the Philippines.



THOUGH SHALT NOT. Whitey Schafer, Paramount Photographer, staged his gay picture to show what the Hays office won't let him do when he makes his still shots. It is verboten to include: 1)the law defeated; 2) the inside of a thigh; 3)lace lingerie; 4) a dead man; 5) narcotics; 6) drinking; 7) an exposed bosom; 8) gambling; 9) pointing a gun; 10) a tommy gun. That's how to keep it clean.

THOUGH SHALT NOT. Whitey Schafer, Paramount Photographer, staged his gay picture to show what the Hays office won’t let him do when he makes his still shots. It is verboten to include: 1)the law defeated; 2) the inside of a thigh; 3)lace lingerie; 4) a dead man; 5) narcotics; 6) drinking; 7) an exposed bosom; 8) gambling; 9) pointing a gun; 10) a tommy gun. That’s how to keep it clean.

IWO JIMA U. Cpl. Roy A. Ginstrom (left) and Cpl. Robert J. Yaegar look over the bill of fare of off duty classes given on Iwo Jima by officers and men of the 7th Fighter Command who have done some previous teaching experience as civilians.

IWO JIMA U. Cpl. Roy A. Ginstrom (left) and Cpl. Robert J. Yaegar look over the bill of fare of off duty classes given on Iwo Jima by officers and men of the 7th Fighter Command who have done some previous teaching experience as civilians.

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