Captain Gordon poses with the 'Flying Torah,' Bangor, 1945


Captain Gordon poses with the Torah on the ladder of an OA-10 aircraft (the Army version of the Navy PBY). One means of entry for this aircraft is through the "blisters." Since the aircraft is an amphibian, egress at sea is common.

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 taking spiritual comfort to Jewish servicemen throughout the Wing.

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