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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Jeanne Finnegan

Jeanne lived in the northeastern United States when the war began. She had just graduated from Queen’s College and was able to find a job at Ranger Aircraft Engines in New York, a factory affiliated with Fairchild Aircraft Company. She recalls the nation’s sentiment as the war began, the extended depression through the war and what it was like to work for the aircraft industry. She also recalls stories of her husband’s service in the Aleutian Islands during the war and adaptation to marriage and life post war for her and her extended family. Listen to Jeanne’s interview below to learn more about the home front during the WWII.

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Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.