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Title Clark Gable in Air Force Uniform
Date undated
Description In 1942, after his third wife died in a plane crash, a devasted Clark Gable joined the Army Air Force by enlisting as a private in Los Angeles. He attended Officers Candidate School in Miami Beach and graduated as a second lieutenant on October 26, 1942. He then attended aerial gunnery school. In February, 1943, on orders, he went to England to make a film about aerial gunners.There he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook and flew operational missions over Europe in B-17's to obtain combat film footage for the film "Combat America". He returned to the United States in October,1943 .On June 12, 1944, he was relieved from active duty at his own request since he was over age for combat. He resigned his commission on September 26, 1947 as his motion pictures duties made it impossible for him to fulfill his Air Force Reserve officer duties.
Collection Santa Monica History Museum Collection
Catalog Number 36.2.4547
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Gable,Clark
Search Terms Celebrity
Military
Movie star
Uniform
War