Upon entering the Army Air Corp in Washington State Mac was sent to Portland, Oregon to train as an aircraft mechanic (crew chief). His position as a “mech” assigned to the 54th Fighter Squadron would become a very important one in Alaska and one that was difficult to execute in the cold, remote Aleutian Islands. Working outside and scavenging materials from wrecked aircraft Mac, and other Mechs like him, kept the fleet in the air. Mac’s stories convey the sentiment of the troops in the Aleutians, what the guys spent time on, how they functioned in their assigned roles and more. Read about his experiences below.
Last updated: February 21, 2019