Training pigeons to earn their ‘wings’ as messengers from airborne Navy craft is the unique duty of a small number of WAVES serving at air stations throughout the U.S. during World War II. Enclosed in a wood and canvas crate, two pigeon ‘trainees’ are taken aboard a gondola of a blimp by Seaman Second Class Robert Gumz as Specialists Virginia Thomas (left) and Ethel Haberman anxiously bid their winged charges Godspeed and best of luck on their training mission.
Photo size: 2405 × 3000
Photo source: Naval History and Heritage Command
Usage: Public Domain