Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fifinella WWII

The Life magazine archive of photos has been google-ized. There's a wealth of old photos available on line.

Here's a wonderful Disney-related picture from 1943 of a World War II pilot trainee in Sweetwater, Texas wearing the Disney Fifinella Gremlin pin.

The great blog Toons at War has a lot more on the Disney designed insignia made for the various combat units in WWII.

The photo is by Peter Stackpole, July 1943. The google archive comes with captions and always provides the date and photographer.

Here's the caption for the above:

Girl Pilots/ Avenger Field

Anne Armstrong McClellan, pilot trainee in Women's Flying Training Detachment, sporting an official dress uniform of white blouse, tan slacks and overseas cap & a Fifinella mascot pin designed for the girl pilots by Walt Disney, at Avenger Field.