Friday, July 17, 2015

a small sample of the Disney Studios contribution to the WW2 war effort

Above was the insignia for the USS Escambia (AO-80) fleet refueler.

Created by famed Disney artist Hank Porter, the man responsible for creating the lion’s share of combat designs at the studio during the war.

Escambia fueled ships during the invasion of the Marshall Islands, aircraft carriers as they launched strikes against the Philippines, task forces vessels supporting the invasion of Okinawa, and aircraft flying raids against Japan.

This mobile naval gas station was represented by a 50-gallon drum and Jose Carioca, a character made famous in Disney’s two South American films, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

The cover of the 13th Armored Division’s greeting card featured the unit’s Disney-designed insignia, a collection of bad luck symbols. Men in this unit paid no attention to the superstitious overtones of their unit number. They felt it was the enemy who would suffer misfortune when encountering them.

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