The Birth Pangs of Portland Air Base – Part IV: First Air Defense Exercise in 1941

When the “enemy” gas alarm sounded at Portland Air Base on October 27, 1941, soldiers grabbed their gas masks and went on with their regular duties. It was the first base defense exercise held at PAB. Above are Privates J. J. Frisby, left, and E. Saathhoff make repairs on a Republic P-43 Lancer fighter plane on the flightline during the simulated attack. (Courtesy of the Oregonian, 142nd Wing History Archive)

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