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Many people forget how mobilized the entire country was during WWII.  At war plants across the country, 'Home guard forces were created for protection against enemy forces.  There was genuine concern that fighting could occur inside the US, and these factory-sponsored civilian-soldiers  trained  to protect the plant, and the country.
Nat Hull - Center Front
Captain Nat Hull -- a very young-looking 30 -- on the right.
All training and guard activites were done with no pay, and outside of normal work schedule.

Men took this VERY seriously...and while defense industry employees were draft-exempt, MANY ultimately enlisted.
At the beginning of the war, Cessna was building the T-50 trainer for US and Canadian Armies.  T-50 was used for bombadier and navigator training at the time of US entry into the war.
In the final year of the war, Cessna was building the tail assembly for the Boeing B-29.