39 Members of the French Army man an acoustic locator device on January 4, 1940. The device was one of many experimental designs, built to pick up the sound of distant aircraft engines and give their distance and location. The introduction and adoption of radar technology rendered these devices obsolete very quickly. (AP Photo) #
Smoky is the smallest of the Famous Military dogs. She was a 4 lb, 7 inch tall, Yorkshire Terrier who served in World War II. For the next 2 years Smoky lived a soldiers life. She flew 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions, secured in the soldiers backpack and urvived 150 air raids. After the war Smoky was flown back to the US hidden in a oxygen mask carrying case. For the next 10 years she made public appearances in Veterans hospitals until her death in 1957.
Mary Guthrie flew Hurricanes on transport missions during the second world war, although she never saw combat she was widely considered to be a highly capable pilot by all her knew her. After the war she became well known for throwing excellent parties with her husband in London.