Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The '40's on Tuesday // GUEST post // History of the United States Air Force

 Hello, readers! Today is an exciting day for my new blog series, The '40's on Tuesday! Today I will be hosting a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Faith; from Chosen Vessels and Stories By Firefly. Faith is a passionate writer, potter, and Christian teenager, who does a great job with both her blogs, and is actually in the process of writing a book based in World War II. So have a wonderful week everyone, and I hope you enjoy Faith's post! -Amy
"Hey everyone! I hope you are all having an awesome day today. :) I'm so excited to be guest posting here on my friend’s lovely blog! (Thanks for inviting me over here, Amy!)

 While on the subject of the 1940s, my goal today is to enlighten you all on the history of what we now know as the United States Air Force – which during the Second World War was actually a branch of the U.S. Army. I discovered these super cool facts while researching about the Air Force for a book I'm working on that's set in WWII. I hope you enjoy…

(If you're familiar with this time period and anything comes off to you as odd or incorrect, please let me know! I'm certainly not an expert on the subject. ;))

A Boeing B-17, Flying Fortress – a common
bomber plane during WWII.

 The U.S. Air Force was known under several different labels before it became what it is today. Starting out as the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Signal Corps (1907-1914), it soon changed to the Aviation Section of U.S. Signal Corps (1914-1918).
 The Division of Military Aeronautics was established May 20th, 1918 – but only lasted four days! On May 24th, the War Department changed it to U.S. Army Air Service (1918-1926) and, at the same time, established the Bureau of Aircraft Production. In July of 1926, it was again changed, this time to the U.S. Army Air Corps – a title which lasted longer than any of its predecessors.


 During the summer of 1941, with more ground in Europe being conquered by the Nazi empire with each passing day, Americans were becoming worried. No doubt they wondered when, if, or how soon the United States would be sucked into the war that already held their mother country in its evil and powerful grasp. With the threat of war gaining more severity, the U.S. Army Air Corps became the U.S. Army Air Forces on June 20th, 1941. This title lasted throughout World War II and for the years following.


 The U.S. Army Air Force played an important role in winning the war against the Axis forces (Germany, Italy, and Japan). Unlike with WWI – at which time it had been just over ten years since the Wright brothers first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina – aircraft involvement was a profound factor of the war. The thousands of men and planes that made up the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) flew combat missions, evacuated the wounded, and dropped supplies to troops on, or near, the front lines.

Douglas C-47, a cargo plane used for troop transport,
cargo delivery – and soon into the war – air evacuation.

 At the time, the Army Air Forces was made up of sixteen different air forces stationed in various war theaters – from the Pacific, Europe and Indo-China to South America, the Mediterranean and Australia. With 2.4 million members (as of March 1944), including officers and enlisted men, and 80,000 aircraft (July 1944), the USAAF was a massive branch of the U.S. Army and an active part of winning the war.

 Falling years – decades even – behind, such air forces as the Royal Air Force (RAF, started in 1918) and the German Luftwaffe (established in 1935), the U.S. Army Air Force disbanded in the fall of 1947. Then the independent United States Air Force was created September 18, 1947, two years after WWII.

Thanks for reading and I hope you learned something from this. :D I'd love to have you visit me at Stories by Firefly or Chosen Vessels. :)

Blessings in Christ!!

**Not our images. Images from Wikipedia, Pinterest, and Google images.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

'40's on Tuesday // #6 // Short Story-"If Anybody"

Hello wonderful readers! How are you? Well, I am back with another '40's on Tuesday post, and this time you are in for a treat. Recently I participated in Faith's Imagine This challenge at her blog, and this is the story I came up with. Now, I am not used to writing in 1st person, but I wrote what I wrote, and I hope you enjoy it. Here is the first part, and the picture that was my inspiration.

Wife of a departing soldier lifts her son for farewell embrace. Oklahoma, 1945:
Not my picture. Source was Pinterest. Click here for source.

If Anybody

December 25, 1944.

I remember that day when he left.
It was the spring of 1942, and the sun was rebelliously shining in the bright morning sky like nothing was being torn apart— like a war wasn't raging. I wonder how many times the sun has shone over a scene like that one—a scene of longing and fear, of love and selfish wishes.

As my husband, Jackson, my son, Lawrence, and I drove to the train station, Lawrence wouldn't stop asking why Daddy had to leave. He had been told many times before that Daddy had to go defend America, but he didn't understand. When we arrived, Jackson parked the car and grabbed his things, "Well, Martha, this is it."

I just looked at him, with tears of sadness forming in my eyes, "I wish...Oh, Jackson, I wish..." My tears sufficed for words as I rushed into his arms, and cried. He gently held me, stroking my brown hair in love.
"Okay, I'll be late." I pulled away, composing myself and wiping my tear stained face, "Right, I'm sorry. I know you can't stay, but I am going to miss you."

"I'll miss you too," Jackson said, his blue eyes shining.

As he boarded the train, I gave him one last kiss and hug, and Lawrence did also. I watched as Jackson disappeared into the train and then through the window as he found his seat on the passenger car. Jackson, smiling face, put half his body out the window, and said, "I love you, and I always will...no matter what happens, Martha Wright, remember that."

"I will," I said, trying not to choke up, for his sake.

"And I love you, too, buddy," He said to Lawrence.

"Momma, can I hug daddy again?"

"He's already on the train, Lawrence," I told him, then, looking at my husband, said, "Alright, I'll lift you up." I picked up Lawrence, and lifted him as high as my arms would carry him, halfway up to the train window. Jackson took over, and grabbed his son up till all I had was Lawrence's legs, and hugged him, saying something in his ear that I couldn't understand except for parts like "I love you", "Daddy has to", and "I'll come back".

But just as I...

Now you can go read the rest of the story on my writing blog: CLICK ON THIS SENTENCE. Thank you, and please tell me what you think in the comments, if you want.
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for tuning in!

THE SHORT STORY IS COPYRIGHTED ©2016. DO NOT COPY or use at all except by permission from the author. If you would like to use or share this story on your blog or something, please contact me via the contact form on the side of this blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The '40's on Tuesday // #5 // The Magic of Ordinary Days // Movie Review

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The Magic of Ordinary Days...what's that?
It is a movie that I watched 3 times in the span of 3-4 days of renting it. Yup! 3 times! That's how good it was!

Starring: Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham, Tania Gunadi, Gwendoline Yeo, and others.

Cinematography: Good for 2005.

Actors for the parts: Very good.

Would I watch it again? Yes.

More than once? Yes.

Official Rating: I couldn't find it. I can tell you it is a Hallmark movie, though.

My Movie Rating: PG is what I rate it, except for the fact they show the girl's water breaking (being honest). Still, this movie is on my favorites list!

Story Plot: Original from what I can tell.
The year is 1944. Livy Dunn(e) is pregnant, and her preacher father sends her away to be married to a farmer, Ray Singleton, in the middle of nowhere, to prevent birth out of wedlock. Leaving her dreams, and her home, Livy travels by train to another part of the state of Colorado to meet and marry Ray Singleton—a complete stranger.
Ray Singleton is full of kindness, forgiveness, and love for both Livy and her baby, but Livy isn't as ready for that yet. Livy copes with her new life, but inside she still wishes—until she finally finds something else—happiness, love, and a new look at life.
Also, in Livy's journey, she befriends two Japanese girls, Florie and Rose, who work Ray's farm. I personally liked this addition to the story. It shows that not every single Japanese-American during World War II was living completely without freedom. But it does not ignore the simple facts of their struggles and freedoms that were taken away, but it does not pound the girls into the ground, if you know what I mean.
So with all of these new surroundings, Livy finds herself surrounded by love, and a journey of accepting things to be different—and letting herself love.

Story Speed: Good. Not too fast, but not too long, either.

Balance: It was a fine balance. I enjoyed it very much. It was like stepping into someone's real life--into a situation that is not like every other movie.
This is: An excellent movie that I think you should watch. It could be a family movie, for an older family (12-13+ in my opinion). Know that it isn't really an action movie, but more an everyday life love story. :)

Things to be Cautioned of: Though none of the scenes are inappropriate, The story is about a girl who got pregnant before she was married. They do not show the birth of the baby, but they do show her water breaking. Livy also writes a lieutenant behind Ray's back.

My Overall Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. You should definitely watch this movie.

Would you like more info?
You can see more about this movie at: Hallmark Channel and Wikipedia. Also, if you want reviews, you can visit Amazon.

Thanks for tuning in!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The '40's on Tuesday // #4 // Hats!

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Something big back then: hats!

So today we will discuss some hats. But first, I had a question about the martial law that I spoke of in my last '40's post, and I might actually do another on just that--the Hawaiian martial law of 1941-1944, so we can discuss it in more detail-- I will have to learn more about it to do so!
When I put it in my blog post I had been piecing around for things to put in the post.
(By the way, I would love some suggestions for things to post on!)

But enough said about that; let's talk hats!

Hats were a big deal...part of most nice outfits from what I can tell. But just like there are not just a couple kinds of cell phones, hats varied in styles, shapes, sizes, and colors.

So I'll share some....
The pictures are not mine except the two pictures above the last picture. Click links for sources. I got most off Pinterest.
P.S. If you notice anything inaccurate, I would love your feedback. I just found these pictures online.

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There were the Turban hats....
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The Snoods (Hair nets pretty much)....
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The slouchy hats (I think it is a bouquet turban? But I am not sure!)....
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Toque Hat....
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And men's hats, too....
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And MANY more varieties....
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Also, these are from a crochet book published in 1939 (pictures are ours):

And let us not forget one kind of hat that played a part in keeping some of our boys safe during the war... the helmet.
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Suggestions? Comments? Things for me to write about?
Please let me know in the comments below!
Have a nice day, and God bless you.

Friday, September 9, 2016

ATTENTION // Important Announcements // Please Read

Hello friends!
I know! I haven't been doing many blog posts lately, and I have not been keeping up with my new series on the '40's (The '40's on Tuesday). But I hope to do better. But I will do it a little differently now...

Announcement: The '40's on Tuesday
 I will only be posting EVERY OTHER WEEK, so please check back every other Tuesday instead of every Tuesday. The simple fact is, I can't handle every week very well, and also I can have more posts in between those posts easier.

Announcement: Living in Faith and Fun: NAME CHANGE!
 So, I got together with one of my friends who is a graphic designer, and I decided to change the name (thanks for your encouragement and help with it, friend). I have chosen the name, and I have reserved the address. So what I will be doing is changing it once I get a logo finished--my friend (graphic designer) and I are going to do it. So that may be in November, or something. I am not quite sure when yet.

What I will do is tell everyone when I am going to be changing the name, and so I will direct you to my other blog (art blog) to get the link. THE BLOG WILL BE THE SAME! It will just be under a different name.

Thanks for tuning in!

I think I got the picture from pixabay.com.


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