Crew of the U.S. President's C-54 Skymaster, 1945


Photograph. Crewmen of the U.S. President's C-54 Skymaster, dubbed the 'Sacred Cow', in the cockpit. Official Caption: "This is the picked crew of U.S. Air Force officers and men of the presidential C-54 transport plane. They have flown the late President Roosevelt on his historic trips to confer with other Allied leaders, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek of China from Rio de Janeiro to New York; U.S. Secretary of War Stimson on his battlefront tour of Europe and recently, President Harry S. Truman from Washington to the Pacific coast and return.--Rome OWI (4 in a series) 7140-4." Location unknown. Circa 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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Airplane cockpits
Military personnel--American
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Presidential aircraft