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Houlton Maine farmer helps tow american war planes into Canada!

 The Houlton Maine airport has had more than one location over the years.

In the beginning it was on the North Road, US Rt 1 in Houlton Maine. Then moved over to the Maine / Canadian US international border crossing to be next door to all the action. In World War Two especially when it was a bustling place. With a buzz of activity out at the airport on the border in the Shiretown of Aroostook County.

John Deer tractors with Houlton farmers at the controls carefully but quickly wisk hell diver planes into Canada which had been flown into Houlton Army Air Base which is on the News Brunswick border. 

Neutrality treaties Farmers haul war planes into Canada during WWIIwith Germany/Italy/Japan forbid flying the planes into Canada, a dominion of England. 

But the loop hole said nothing about "driving" or dragging them in by locals, helped America help England that was getting hammered early on. 

The German POW's that were interned in Houlton  harvested crops, were well cared for and a few even moved here years later due to the kind treatment.

Helping Local Farmers Replace Help Fighting Overseas.

German barber below trims local's hair.  Some germans from the stay at Camp Houlton returned a few years ago to visit what they termed a happy time despite what was going on in their fatherland. 

Some prisoners after the war fell on hard times back in German and received assistance from this side of the ocean from folks they had made friendships with. 

Life at Camp Houlton Maine tried to make the best of the situation and the young men kept at the camp but released to work on the farms were a big help due to the loss of our local help.

Our GI's were gone to the European and Pacific theatre fighting the Axis forces and helping the Allied command.

Everyone locally felt the presence of the local airport effort and was involved in some way in the war effort before we even gotten in whole hog and war was declared. As folks lined up and took sides.

German Barder During Stay at Camp Houlton.

 

 

 

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