Handy Island

Handy Island
"The Air War Finds A Handy South Atlantic Island" was the caption on this Peter Hurd painting of Ascension Island, from Life Magazine, April 1945. It was the only place for pilots to refuel between Natal and West Africa.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Brazil and Ascension Island

A satirical painting of wartime Recife, Brazil through the eyes of American artist Reginald Marsh. Marsh was part of the  World War II artists program. This is from the April 30, 1945 issue of Life Magazine.

I've discovered a writer in Brazil who is working on a book about the part his country and his native state Natal played in the Allied victory in World War II.  There is a real connection between Ascension Island and Brazil. That's why he contacted me.

The ATC pilots--many of them women--who flew completed planes to the places that needed them, often transported bombers to Ascension via Natal.  And when my father went on leave from Ascension in 1943, they sent him to Recife.

My discussion with the writer in Brazil led to the story of my father's Latin haircut. 

Click the link below the pic for that tale ...

The caption on this painting (which is unattributed) in Life Magazine (April 30, 1945) reads: "The empty places that cover so much of the earth's surface lie along the ATC's air routes.  The bright poisonous green jungles of Brazil along the Amazon River are on route between British Guiana (sic) and Natal, Brazil.

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