Pat Connelly

Pat Connelly became a Link Trainer Instructor during World War II, training Navy pilots how to fly.

This is part of our month of video, a countdown to the release of Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II for home video.


The Crash


Aviation in World War II was a dangerous business – both in combat and (perhaps even more so) in training. These photographs from the National Archives show just how dangerous aviation training could be.

The wreckage is of a fatal crash of an SNV-1 (of Squadron 2B based at Saufley Field) 100′ north of north end of Lyons Field, FL. Pilot: D.H. Kaufman. Passenger: AVCR. Sample. Both died in the crash, which happened 70 years ago today, December 13, 1944.