A boy with a small jet airplane in hand poses in a military barracks complex located in occupied Germany. The little boy's plane model matches the new types of planes that children's fathers were flying after the war and into the1950s. The propeller-driven airplane had quickly become a symbol of the past to the military with the proliferation of the jet engine plane. One large reason WWII ended with the defeat of the Axis was due to the superiority of Allied supplies. However, an economic struggle amongst the Allies was just beginning over the modern aircraft industry. The US and UK would be fighting that struggle for years to come, with the US ultimately winning with its much-larger civilian and defense budget.
- Source: Sakata
- Approx. Date: 1940s
- Photographer: Sakata
- Location: Germany
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured on our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.