Cory Graff is a Curator at The National WWII Museum. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon. In the past, he has worked at The Museum of Flight and the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. Graff has worked in museums for more than 25 years, written 10 books, and is a regular contributor to history and science publications. His primary professional focus of interest is aviation during World War II.
More from the Contributor
Against Nature’s Odds: Fighting Weather and Natural Disasters during WWII
The US military was a nearly unstoppable force during WWII, but the challenges of weather and natural disasters meant that the power of American bombs and bullets could pale in comparison to the power of nature.
The Legacy of Courageous B-17 Pilot Colin Kelly
Collin Kelly’s story of bravery during the first bombing missions in the Pacific flourished at a time when nearly all war news was grim.
Making Automobiles Last During World War II
Civilian workers struggle to keep their cars running amid strict wartime restrictions.
The USS Arizona’s Last Salvo
In a strange case of life after death, the resurrected guns of the USS Arizona fired at the end of the war.
Kaho’olawe: The Pacific’s Battered Bullseye
Once a bombing range, one Hawaiian island is on the long road back.
The Second Pearl Harbor Attack
The famous attack on December 7 wasn’t the only time Japanese aircraft set out to bomb Pearl Harbor.
HA-19: Hawaii’s Lost Submarine
The only submarine that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor later became a crowd-drawing oddity, then a museum piece.
The Bomb Duckers: Army vs Navy in the Pacific
The USS Utah (AG-16) had a long and sometimes peculiar career before the veteran warship met its end at Pearl Harbor.
Tropically Delicious: Holidays on Oahu
Hawaii was paradise, but military cooks often supplied the old favorites for soldiers and sailors who were stationed far from home.
Curator’s Choice: Aztec Eagles Over the Pacific
A single squadron of Mexican flyers completed over nearly 800 sorties—individual aircraft combat missions—in the waning days of World War II.