A little humor this week for the continuation of the, “From Here to There,” theme for Sepia Saturday. Pictured here is John Rachocki, my grandfather, standing behind a fake painted airplane. The back of the photo is labelled, “France, 17 Feb 1945,” so this was taken while he was serving as part of the Army Air Force or what would later become a separate Air Force branch, taking a position as a heavy truck driver under the 1411th AAF BU ATC according to his discharge paper. He and my grandmother were married in January of 1943 which was under two years after he enlisted but almost two years before he went overseas from Nov 1944 to Dec 1945. He sent home photos as well as what I’m told are some pretty sappy love letters! Even though he couldn’t quite get anywhere in that plane, it makes for a pretty neat photo that I think we can stretch to fit into the theme!
The photo of your grandfather standing beside a humorous mockup of a plane, as though he were actually the pilot ready to take off, is a hoot! Love the plane’s steering wheel. 🙂
I love the look on your grandfather’s face.