This is copy of my parents marriage certificate. They were married before my father got shipped off to England during World War II. They spent five days together before his deployment.
His job was aircraft repair. Before the war he was a laborer with the Union Rail Road. Thomas’s story is that he did not want to get shot and killed, his solution was to stay on base and and study the aircraft repair manual and take the test, which he passed.
It was strange as he repaired the planes because he knew that the majority of them would not return. I guess I should look up the statistics on how many made it back to England and what was the most bombing missions that one airplane had.
My mother lived with her mother in law, Gertrude O’Rourke Dowd until he returned.