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Elinor Florence on the “Chute Girls” of World War II

July 23, 2016

I enjoyed this article. How often do we think of the people who have to do these kind of things? I liked the Parachute Packers Prayer. ~ Connie

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Author Elinor Florence Canadian author Elinor Florence shares wartime stories.

Editor’s note: Canadian author Elinor Florence shares stories and pictures of life in World War II in her blog Wartime Wednesdays. Here is her fascinating photo story of Canada’s female parachute packers, reblogged by permission. I wonder how changing attitudes toward women’s roles in the 70 years since the war have affected the way we remember those who served. Have you talked about working women in wartime with your family? — MAB 

Featured image (top): Parachute Riggers by Paraskeva Clark, Russian-born Canadian, 1947, via Canadian War Museum. 

Cheers to the Chute Girls!

Of all the work performed by women in uniform, packing parachutes — those complicated contraptions of silk and leather — meant the difference between life and death for a man plunging from the sky.
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Canadian airwomen check the folds in a parachute during World War II. Photo credit: Canadian War Museum.

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