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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

B-17 Flight Video Coming Soon…

View of Mount Diablo from the nose compartment of B-17G Aluminum Overcast of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Buchanan Field, Concord, CA, 2 May 2011 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

View of Mount Diablo from the nose compartment of B-17G Aluminum Overcast I know, I know. I promised to have the video of my B-17 flight posted today. Due to technical difficulties – the difficulty being that I’m not technical – it won’t be up today. But soon. Very soon. Me standing under the chin… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 2 – Crew

Cutaway diagram of a B-17G Flying Fortress (Sarah Sundin)

Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Today I have the privilege in taking a flight in Aluminum Overcast, the restored B-17 owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This is the second of a three-part series on the legendary Flying Fortress – a starring side character in my… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 1

B-17G Flying Fortress Shoo Shoo Baby of the 91st Bomb Group (USAF Museum)

Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Next Monday, May 2, I’ll have the privilege in taking a flight in Aluminum Overcast, the restored B-17 owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Over the next three weeks, I’ll run a three-part series on the legendary Flying Fortress –… Read more »

Medications in World War II

Last week I was a guest blogger on Redwood’s Medical Edge, a wonderful blog on medical topics for writers, posting a three-part series on medications in World War II. In Part 1, I discussed general principles of medication use in the 1940s – generic/brand names, dosage forms, administration, and measurements – all very different than… Read more »

Make It Do – Stocking Shortages in World War II

For American women, a shortage that affected daily life was the shortage of stockings. Before the war, no well-dressed woman was seen in public without hose, and silk stockings were a necessary part of every woman’s wardrobe. Nylons Introduced Nylon was invented by DuPont in 1938, and nylon stockings were demonstrated at the 1939 New… Read more »

Pharmacy in World War II

As a pharmacist and a World War II buff, naturally I’m interested in how pharmacy was practiced during the war. Last week I was a guest blogger on Jordyn’s Medical Edge, a blog which provides medical facts for fiction writers, with a three-part series about pharmacy in World War II. The first post covered the… Read more »

Love Letters and Victory Mail

There’s nothing like a love letter. When you write one, you dwell on the qualities you adore in the person you love. When you receive one, you feel warm and gooey inside. Letters in World War II During World War II, letters were more than romantic—they were essential to the health of a relationship. Soldiers… Read more »

A Dog, the President’s Son, and a Grieving Sailor

A Dog, the President's Son, and a Grieving Sailor, an Incredible Story from World War II

Sometimes historical research is dry, but often it brings up fascinating stories. While reading excerpts from 1945 issues of Time Magazine, a story grabbed my attention. It involved Antioch, California—the small (at the time) town I used as the hometown for the heroes in my novels. A bit of time over microfiche copies of the… Read more »

Make It Do – Coffee Rationing in World War II

Rationing was an important part of life in the United States during World War II. Although not necessary for survival—though that’s debatable—coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party, and coffee rationing was extremely unpopular. Why Coffee? During World War II, Latin America produced bumper crops of coffee beans,… Read more »

Make It Do – Sugar Rationing in World War II

What could be more American than Hershey bars, homemade cookies, and birthday cake? During World War II these items were hard to come by. Short on Sugar When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in the early months of 1942, the United States lost a major source of sugar imports. Shipments from Hawaii and Central and… Read more »