The Library of Congress is constantly uploading many archived photos to their Flickr account, and I couldn’t resist searching “Corpus Christi” to see what was on file. Turns out nearly all of the images are from the Naval Air Base during the second World War. Most are in color, which is pretty amazing considering the time. The photographer for these three, Howard Hollem, was obviously talented.
"Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor."
"Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas."
"Sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, Corpus Christi, Texas. These uniforms are lighter than the old type"