Millville had long been known for its glassmaking, but the outbreak of World War II brought a distinct change to the community's identity. A private airfield gave way to the creation of America's first defense airport, the training ground for the U.S. Army's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. Bright and brave young men from across the country converged on Millville to learn to fly and fight for freedom. Some flew into history as heroes. While in Millville, they mirrored the lives of all the country's military men, playing baseball, flirting with local girls at the USO dances, and attending Sunday night dinners with local families. Many created lifelong friendships in a time when their life expectancy was uncertain until their job was done.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.