Today in WW II: 20 Feb 1942 Navy Lt. Cdr. Edward 'Butch' O'Hare of Chicago becomes America's first World War II flying ace. Chicago expanded old Orchard field in 1946, renaming it for O'Hare.  More 
20 Feb 1944 Operation Argument aka 'Big Week' begins; American bombers concentrate on German aircraft manufacturing to lure the Luftwaffe into a decisive battle.
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Early Ford Military Trucks

Prior to World War II, the vehicles procured by the War Department for military use were based on commercial designs. Military modifications were few, such as de-plating chrome parts and painting the entire vehicle in olive drab. Custom designed military vehicles, the normal practice in WW II and later, were few.

Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Ford
1942 photo of Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Ford.

Motor Pool WAC Auxiliaries Farrelly Glenn (left) and Frances Lanz service a Ford Pickup, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 23 April 1943. [Thanks to Shane for correct ID.]
Motor Pool WAC Auxiliaries Farrelly Glenn (left) and Frances Lanz service a Ford Pickup, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 23 April 1943. [Thanks to Shane for correct ID.]