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Color photos from 1942 of Navy cadets preparing for WWII

Stunning color photographs from 1942 that show Navy cadets preparing for battle during World War II have re-emerged this week.

The images feature both men and women naval cadets and workers inspecting airplanes, wielding machine guns, and trying on protective clothing and gas masks in the event of chemical warfare. 

Other images show a Navy sailor loading large munitions into a plane, factory operations, a female worker painting an insignia onto an airplane wing and aviation cadets in training.  

The shots were taken at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi by photographer Howard R. Hollemm, who worked for the Office of War Information. The news agency was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt soon after entering WWII. Their purpose was to promote patriotic propaganda by providing news outlets with photos and film of the government's war efforts.

The photos were shot with Kodachrome film and taken at a time when colored photography was relatively new, meaning the subjects had to hold the pose for some time. And though the images were clearly staged, the subjects were the real deal - military personnel preparing for battle.

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Dept. of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men, Corpus Christi, Texas

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Dept. of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men, Corpus Christi, Texas

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine in the photos taken by photohrapher Howard R. Hollemm

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine in the photos taken by photohrapher Howard R. Hollemm

A sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, in Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

A sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, in Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan

Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics are shot using Kodachrome film at a time when colored photography was fairly  new

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics are shot using Kodachrome film at a time when colored photography was fairly  new

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a

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