October 2009

Bonus Features

Find the articles these features relate to in the October 2009 issue of America in WWII, available at Borders and Barnes & Noble stores.

Free download: WWII comic books

Download two rare comic books and read exciting tales of villains and heroes–tales that inspired the men building our wartime refineries.

• Under-cover War (.pdf)
• Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer (.pdf)
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: “Comic Books for Hardhat Heroes”

Video link: SS normandie BURNS

Watch a luxurious French ocean liner go up in smoke during its conversion into a US troop transport, in this 1942 Castle Films newsreel.
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: “America’s Mobster Ally”

Article: Nazi spies in Maine!

US fear of Nazi sabotage—fear that led to a deal with the Mafia—wasn’t unfounded. One group of Nazis landed in Maine in 1944.
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: “America’s Mobster Ally”

Video: Leyte Gulf sea war

See real footage of air and sea combat during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in a segment from the 1950s TV series Victory at Sea.
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: “Admiral Bull’s Blunder”


Photo gallery: Death of a carrier

USS Princeton was launching planes on the Battle of Leyte Gulf’s first day when a single bomb ended her career—and the lives of hundreds of men.
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Video: Ella’s yellow basket

Songbird Ella Fitzgerald jazzes up a Wild West bus tour with her hit “A-Tisket A-Tasket” in Abbot and Costello’s 1942 movie Ride ’Em Cowboy.


Link: A toy born of war

Check out the online museum of World War II’s springiest legacy, Slinky!
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: Home Front column

Link: America’s navy beach jumpers

Actor and officer Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., left the navy after the war, but his Beach Jumpers kept up their work of tricking enemies. See what Fairbanks started, on the site of the US Navy Beach Jumpers Association.
PRINT ISSUE TIE-IN: “Hollywood Hero in a Very Real War”