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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.
About This Item
- Title: Captain Gordon poses with the 'Flying Torah,' Bangor, 1945
- Creator: U.S. Army Signal Section, Dow Field
- Creation Date: 1945
- Subject Date: 1945
- Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 10 cm x 13 cm
- Collection: Dow Field Collection
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Jewish art and symbolism
- World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects
- Beth Israel Synagogue (Bangor, Me.)
- Torah scrolls
- United States. Air Force--Airmen
- Jews--United States
- World War, 1939-1945--Chaplains
- Military chaplains
- World War, 1939-1945--Religious aspects
- United States. Air Force--Chaplains
- World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish
- Dow Air Force Base (Me.)
- United States. Air Force. Air Transport Command
- Magen David
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