# HISTORY /// WWII Camouflaged City

# HISTORY /// WWII Camouflaged CityApril 27, 2011

Architecture & Design / History - By: Léopold Lambert

In 1942, after the United States entered the second world war and fearing the Japanese threat on the Pacific coast, an entire aircraft plant and airport -the Lockheed Burbank- has been camouflaged to escape from sight to potential Japanese airplanes. It is interesting to observe that, in order to do so, the US army had to ask for the help of Hollywood studios -WWII is probably the beginning of a long history of exchanges between Hollywood and the US Army- to make this industrial landscape appearing as a piece of suburbia. The very vast aircraft plant was therefore obliged to function under a porous canopy from which was emerging here and there, some chimneys disguised in trees or fountains.

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Larry Kane

I remember it well, the camouflage going up over Gate 8 at Lockheed Burbank. I was only 4-5 years old, but my father was a career US Army soldier and was busy trying to keep the world at peace, so we needed money to survive and I was up during the night selling newspapers at Gate 8. Yes, I was only 4-5 and what child labor laws apply when you want to eat? My mother was at another gate selling newspapers and one of my cousins was at another gate. We would meet during the working hours at the coffee shop sitting across from Gate 8 and have a coffee and donuts, yes, I drank coffee at 4-5 years old. When the breaks came for the workers at Lockheed, I would stand behind the newspapers and an empty cigar box. The papers were stacked higher than my head. Hey, I was only 4-5. I watched as these “news of the world and war” were grabbed by eager workers trying to know the latest happenings in both the Pacific and European Wars. They would buy an edition as they walked into the plant, one as they broke for a break or lunch and one on the way home after work. I was there with a stick in my hand. Put the nickel in my cigar box and I said “Thank You.” Take a paper without dropping that precious nickel in the box and I would slap their hand on the paper. I think that is where I learned to swing a bat in baseball. I had a lot of practice at a younger age. As to the camouflage, it was huge to a 4-5 year old. I had the unfortunate opportunity of watching the netting go up to protect the airport and Lockheed Aircraft from a potential attack by the Japanese from above. Afterall, the P-38 “Lightning” was built here and was the most successful fighter aircraft in the Pacific Campaign. God Bless America!

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