World War II era WAVES
Occupations - Control Tower Operators



This page features views of World War II WAVES working as Control Tower Operators.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2923 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Control tower operators, including a WAVE, at work, circa 1944-45.
Note what appears to be snow on the window ledge.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-5675 (Color)

WAVE air station control tower crew

At a Naval Air Station in the Hawaiian islands, circa mid-1945.
Specialist 2nd Class Mary E. Johnson uses a microphone to speak to an incoming plane, as Specialist 2nd Class Lois Stoneburg operates a signal lamp.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-5470 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Charleston, South Carolina

Specialist 3rd Class Nora Scott (left) and Specialist 3rd Class Virginia Chenoweth at work in the air station's control tower, circa spring 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2926 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California

Specialist (Y) 2nd Class Janna Hoffman (with microphone) and Specialist (Y) Helen Lu Dooley (with telephone) handle control tower duties, circa 1944-45.
The Specialist (Y) rating represented the occupation of Control Tower Operator.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-13615 (Color)

WAVES Control Tower Operators

Specialist (T) 3rd Class Dorothy Knee and Specialist (T) Genevieve Close direct aircraft arrivals and departures from the control tower at Naval Air Station, Anacostia, District of Columbia, in early or mid-1943.
Planes on the field at left include F6F, GB and GH types. Those in the center and at right include SNJ, F4F SBD and SB2A types. All have the circle and star insignia that was used until July 1943.
The Control Tower Operator rating, Specialist (T), was changed to Specialist (Y) in October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2928 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California

Specialist (Y) 3rd Class Doris M. Rolph uses a control tower signal lamp to sent messages to aircraft taking off or landing, circa 1944-45.
The Specialist (Y) rating represented the occupation of Control Tower Operator.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2925 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Specialist 2nd Class Jane Rockman uses a control tower signal lamp to flash landing instructions to an incoming plane, circa 1943-45.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2924 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Scene in the control tower, overlooking a seaplane ramp, circa 1944-45. One of those present is a WAVE.
Planes on the ramp are Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplanes.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-150570

Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field, New York


WAVE Control Tower Operator at work in the station's control tower, November 1943.
Note FM and TBM planes in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-K-2921 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia

A Sailor and a WAVE on duty as spotters at the station control tower, keeping track of aircraft traffic, circa 1944-45.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.

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