Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo and troop transport plane, 1945


Photograph. Truck backing up to the cargo bay of a Fairchild C-82 Packet transport plane. Official Caption: "Rome 6/4/45--Post war use planned for U.S. cargo plane--A van backs up under the twin-boom tail of the Fairchild Packet, new U.S. cargo plane designed for post war use, to unload directly into the cargo compartment, whose floor is the same height as the truck bed. The twin-engined plane, known as the 'Flying Boxcar', has 2,312 cubic feet (64.73 cu. meters) of cargo capacity--88 percent as much as a standard railroad boxcar. The square fuselage, with its straight sides, level floor, and two huge doors in the rear, permits easy loading. Motor vehicles can be driven aboard the Packet under their own power.--PWW photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A List out). Approved by appropriate military authority 6528.” Location unknown. 4 June 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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