One of Fold3’s popular World War II collections is the WWII US Air Force Photos (via the National Archives). Among other things, this collection is great for finding photos of American women who served in certain capacities during the war. Although women served in a wide variety of roles at home and abroad during WWII, the images of women in this particular collection of photos tend to focus on three types of American female war workers: Army nurses, WACs (members of the Women’s Army Corps), and Red Cross workers.
Below is a sampling of just a fraction of these types of images:
- Red Cross workers unloading boxes of supplies in England
- Red Cross workers beside their “clubmobile” in England
- A Red Cross worker giving food to wounded personnel on a transport plane in Iceland
- Red Cross workers working in their “clubmobile” in England
- Eleanor Roosevelt talking to a Red Cross worker in Australia
- WACs sorting out a backlog of mail in Australia
- WACs cleaning their barracks in New Guinea
- WACs marching down a road in Hawaii
- A WAC welding an engine in India
- WACs exercising on a ship headed to Hawaii
- Flight nurses training in Hawaii
- Two nurses in India
- Two nurses in the Admiralty Islands
- A flight nurse preparing her patients for travel in New Guinea
- A nurse receiving a medal in England
To find more images of women during WWII, try searching the WWII US Air Force Photos collection for terms related to their roles, such as “nurse,” “WAC,” or “Red Cross.” You can also search for terms like “women” and “girl.” Or use this pre-formatted search as a starting point.
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