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I was a civilian employee at MacDill Field. I was hired Jan. 22, 1943 as a learner mechanic UN 1 and had two weeks of training. My beginning salary was $1080 and I was promoted to General Mechanic's Helper UN-5 on March 1, 1943 salary $1500 then to Jr. Aircraft Sheet Metal worker salary $1860 annual . I was very good at my job and soon had a helper. It was my job to repair planes that had a belly landing, damaged wing tips from collision with other aircraft ( usually on ground taxing) I truly was "Rosie the Riveter" but on the planes themselves, not on line. It was not unusual for me to climb into the wings and buck rivets or maybe on top of wing putting the rivets in. We had tech orders to come for putting curtains up for night flying, putting deicer boots on wings. If the ribs were damaged I formed my on metal ribs for undercarriage. I cut my own bucking steel bars with a very large cutter. I was the first civilian to drive a tug. I was the first and only civilian to go on a very large plane (other than my civilian boss) that was parked with security a long way from hanger. It might have been a C 30 here the memory fails me a little. (age 91 ) I met my husband on base and he was the Master Sargent and line chief at the base (married 55.5 yrs.) All the planes and mechanics were under him. His name was Delbert D. Todd I started with a short time at Drew Field as a switchboard operator. It was my privilege to do my little bit for our country during this time of war and I value my experiences very much. I left Dec. 6, 1944 to care for my 2 year old son. Alma Louise Edenfield Todd

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