by Emmett R Smith
During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers disguised Lockheed’s Burbank, California, aircraft plant to protect it from possible Jap airraids.
They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a suburban subdivision from the air.
Meanwhile, production work went on, undercover….
Pay was good, savings were building up for the postwar boom,
and not unreasonably many GIs fighting overseas thought the male deferred war workers at home, especially the middleaged production supervisors and foremen,
were a lousy load of 4Fs and “dirty bastards, eternal and everlasting” (maternal second cousin Sgt Leland Jacobson, US Army Coastal Artillery, Eagle Lake, MN),
playing fast-and-loose-and-ring-around-the-you-know-what, with the lady riveters and other women war workers.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 17 December 2008]