On This Day…October 31st.
Members/children of the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL) (Italian Youth of the Lictor), the youth movement of the National Fascist Party of Italy, during a practice drill. October 31st, 1939.
31st October, 1940 is the ‘official’ date of the end of the Battle of Britain (as first cited by the British Air Ministry in 1941). Although the Luftwaffe continued sorties over the UK, the theat of invasion hadlifted. Here, on the last day of October, a Spitfire is seen (possibly in trouble) tailing an He-111.
There may have been a World War on, but some would say these were simpler and happier days, especially in Pittsburgh. Children wearing Halloween costumes at Bedford Dwellings, October 31, 1941.
Hiroshima October 31st, 1945.
British flying cadets with the crew of the ‘Wild Hare’ on October 31, 1943. The Fortress was shot down at 31,000ft over Holland two weeks later with the loss of seven of the crew. Rest easy.