Marion Hankins, a member of a World War II aircraft riveting
team that helped build TBM Avengers Airplanes, 1943
Source: Aviation Museum, Naval Air station, Wildwood, NJ.
Courtesy, Marion Hankins.

                Marion Hankins, a Member of the WWII Aircraft Riveting Team, 1943

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Marion Hankins stands in front of a restored World War II plane, a TBM Avenger. During World War II, Hankins was part of a riveting team that helped build these airplanes. Women were indispensable to the war effort, including more than six million women who entered the labor force, hundreds of Army and Navy nurses who served under combat conditions worldwide and some two thousand pilots who flew various types of military aircraft in the Women’s Air Service Pilots and the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron.