Jim Birkett working on the Merlin engine of a Supermarine Spitfire of No 241 Squadron, Royal Air Force on a chilly day in Southern Italy, 1944. (Photo: Royal Air Force official photographer via Wikipedia Commons, license)
Using their mechanical skills, and love for aviation, aircraft mechanics kept their airmen in the fight and served their country with bravery and determination. Whether in the muddy grass fields of France in 1915; tropical islands of the South Pacific in 1943; the jungles of Vietnam; deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan; or the brutal winter weather on the Korean Peninsula, they have battled bitter elements on every front. With frozen fingers and sunburnt faces, they are examples of toughness and heroism throughout aviation history. These pictures represent just a small part of their story.
Ignoring a Korean snow storm, two ground crewmembers of the 3rd Bomb Wing work on an engine of a U.S. Air Force B-26 Night Intruder. (Photo: “Ellsworth Air Force Base.” Photos. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2017.)