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This two-volume scrapbook set of over 1400 photographs compiled by First Lieutenant Annis G. Thompson, Historical Officer at Dow Field is presented in seven parts. Each part has about 200 photographs each. Each group of 200 photographs are more or less related to each other.
These photographs should be of particular interest to anyone knowing a family member served at Dow Field around 1944. If you know a family member served around this time, there is a strong chance you would find a photograph or more of your relative. Almost all of the photographs that are dated indicate 1944. These photographs primarily cover activities on the base in Bangor, such as drills, at the base hospital, at commander's offices, and much more. However, large groups of pictures covering parties and outings with service member families are included too. Service members travel to Mt. Katahdin area, Schoodic Point, Pushaw Lake, Lake Lucerne, and more -- including a snow skiing trip.
The photographs have been compressed so that we could present all of them in a more browseable format. If you have questions about any photograph, contact Patrick Layne at Bangor Public Library.
Volume 2, Part 2 features photographs of soldiers from Dow Field serving as firefighters on Exchange Street in downtown Bangor in January 1945, music performed for patients at the base hospital, airplane nose art, the Flying Torah, an open house at Dow Field in which the public was shown a display of paratroopers in action, Maine lake leisure activities by soldiers and their families, and more. Most photographs presumed to be from 1944, some known to be 1945.
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Thompson, Annis G., "Dow Field, Bangor, Maine: Album of Photographs Relating to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine -- Volume 2, Part 2" (1944). Dow Books. 16.