C-47 "Ride-Along"


"Airborne Experience"

We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight.  Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".

To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org










Dora Aldene Stark

 Born:                             01 Feb 1922               

Enlistment date:            08 Mar 1944

Deployments:                USA

Units:                             Mare Island Navy Hospital, Banning Navy Hospital California, Long Beach Navy Hospital California.

Rank:                            Lieutenant USNR NNC

Specialisations:             Contagious Diseases

Qualifications:              RN1

Decorations:                  WWII Service Award

Discharge Date:            04 May 1946

 Other Information:      As a RN1 at Mare Island Navy Hospital, Dora was in charge of a ward of 50-60 patients who had been brought from the Pacific Theater. These were mainly 18-24 year old Navy and Marine casualties of Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and Bougainville and the hospital was the centre for amputee cases.  It also had a unit dealing with contagious diseases such as Tuberculosis as well as the more common ailments of Mumps, Measles, and Chickenpox. Latterly, she moved to Banning Navy Hospital, California, which was a converted desert warfare training camp in the mountains some 20 miles from Palm Springs. Conditions here were basic and both patients and nurse had to endure hot days followed by freezing nights. Her final posting was at Long Beach Navy Hospital, California where she treated returning POWs from various Japanese prison camps. These patients presented a real challenge as the suffered badly from malnutrition and the problematic after effects this causes as well as battle injuries sustained prior to their capture. Like all of the armed forces, the end of the war saw Dora had to wait for discharge from the Navy as a points system determined when each individual would be discharged. This eventually arrived in 1946. The civilian life she returned to was very much different from that before the war. Things were not plentiful, there was shortages of many household items we take for granted today, even getting a car was no simple task that could take at least a year.