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Jim Council Collection


Arrow Aberdeen Maryland 1941
Arrow 1941 Hamilton Field California
Arrow 1942 Dale Mabry Field Florida
Arrow 1942 Wilmington Myrtle Beach
Arrow 1943 Lowery Peterson Field Colorado
Arrow 1944-45 Hawaii
Arrow 1945 Okinawa
Arrow Black Album 1a
Arrow Black Album 1b
Arrow Brown Album 1
Arrow Brown Album 2
Arrow Council WW2 Album
Arrow Council Personal Album
Arrow Personalities and Locations
Arrow Philippine Islands
Arrow WW2 Aircraft Nose Art
Arrow WW2 Cartoons
Arrow WW2 Photos

On December 7, 1941 he was loading armaments on airplanes bound for Hawaii. While on short-term loan at Oakland Airport in January 1942 he met his future wife, Leona Heaney, went out on three dates with her, and never saw her again until December 1945, after his discharge.

He requested to go to photo school, was selected, and shipped out to Fort Lowry, Colorado, followed by time in Salt Lake City, and Kearny, Nebraska. He promoted along the way to Technical Sergeant, and was next transferred to Peterson Field outside Colorado Springs to help staff, organize and train the new 28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.

His squadron shipped out in April 1945 for Okinawa, site of the bloodiest battle of the Pacific. Though behind the lines managing a photo reconnaissance lab near Yantan Air Base, he still had some hair-raising experiences. And, most notably, he and his crew developed the first photographs of the devastation at Nagasaki.

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