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Chaplain Gordon shows the covered Torah and the case to a group of interested WACs, at the Dow field chapel in Bangor.
A loan from the Beth Israel Synagogue in Bangor for the duration of the Second World War, the "Flying Torah" traveled with Captain Harold H. Gordon, Jewish chaplain for the North Atlantic Division, Air Transport Command, as he made his rounds in 1945.
In a circuit that covered bases as disparate as Reykjavik and Bermuda, Gordon and the Torah soon racked up more than 75,000 miles bringing spiritual comfort to Jewish servicemen throughout the Wing.
About This Item
- Title: Captain Gordon shows 'Flying Torah,' Bangor, 1945
- Creator: U.S. Army Signal Section, Dow Field
- Creation Date: 1945
- Subject Date: 1945
- Town: Bangor
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 10.5 cm x 13 cm
- Collection: Dow Field Photo Album
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
- Dow Field Hospital (Me.)
- Jewish art and symbolism
- World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects
- United States. Air Force--Airmen
- Beth Israel Synagogue (Bangor, Me.)
- United States. Air Force. Air Transport Command
- Military chaplains
- Dow Air Force Base (Me.)
- United States. Air Force--Chaplains
- World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish
- World War, 1939-1945--Chaplains
- Magen David
- World War, 1939-1945--Religious aspects
- Jews--United States
- Torah scrolls
- United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
- Women--Military service
- World War, 1939-1945--Military personnel
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