Elizabeth Joiner Eichem was born in Kentucky October 18, 1921. Those days were difficult for everyone. The economy was in shambles and many families were living on farms. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, the entire country sprang into action. Evansville, Indiana became a manufacturing boomtown for aviation and ship building. One of those companies was Republic Aviation. They manufactured the P-47 Thunderbolt, known as "The Jug" by the pilots who flew her.
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