World War II era WAVES
Occupations -Ship and Aviation Orientation



Though service at sea and in the air was not contemplated for WAVES in the Second World War, or for some three decades afterwards, their work provided vital support for the seagoing and flying Navy. Accordingly, many WAVES were given opportunities to visit ships and aircraft, giving them at least a limited familiarity with the fighting forces that benefited from their efforts. Some WAVES also received first-hand experience with the special pressure and temperature chambers that were used to acclimate aviators to the environment of high-altitude flight.

This page features views of World War II era WAVES' visiting Navy ships, and provides links to coverage of their aviation orientation activities.

World War II WAVES aviation orientation images

Overivew images of WAVES of the World War II Overview and Special Images


Click photograph for a larger image.

Photo #: 80-G-K-4563 (Color)

USS Missouri (BB-63)


WAVES visiting the ship in an east coast port, during her shakedown period, circa August 1944.
They are standing on the main deck at the bow, with the Navy Jack flying behind them.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 78KB; 585 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-4520 (Color)

USS Missouri (BB-63)


Two WAVES look out through the armored rear door of a 5"/38 twin gun mount, while visiting the ship in an east coast port during her shakedown period, circa August 1944.
They are Yeoman Second Class Blanche Oswald and Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin.
Note thickness of armor plating on the door and mount shield.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 76KB; 580 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-4570 (Color)

USS Missouri (BB-63)


Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin exiting the rear door of a 5"/38 twin gun mount, while touring the ship in an east coast port during Missouri's shakedown period, circa August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 74KB; 585 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-364476

WAVES visit USS Mission Bay (CVE-59), 20 August 1944


In this view, they are receiving a tour of the ship's pilothouse from two of her crewmen.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 104KB; 740 x 615

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-364466

USS Mission Bay (CVE-59)


Visiting WAVES examine aircraft propellers while they tour the ship, 20 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 100KB; 740 x 610

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-364459

USS Mission Bay (CVE-59)


Several WAVES examine a 20mm anti-aircraft machine gun, while visiting the ship on 20 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 615

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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