The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - Canada
The Short Snorter Project
Series: 2 JAN 1937 - Serial Number: C/L6534770  -  "NORTHWEST STAGING ROUTE"
The most prominent inscription is in the top center margin and says:  FAIRBANKS – WHITEHORSE – YUKON.  These
were cities with airfields (Whitehorse Airfield in Whitehorse and 26 Mile Field - now Eielson AFB) that comprised parts of
the Northwest Staging Route.  Whitehorse is now the capital of the Yukon, but before World War II, it was a quiet village
of 500 people.  With the advent of WWII, Whitehorse boomed with the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942, and
(virtually overnight) became a city with a wartime population of 10,000. Highway construction changed Whitehorse from
a British company town to an American one. The White Pass railway, with its terminus as Whitehorse, was leased by
the United States during WWII and provided safe access to the Pacific Coast.  Whitehorse airfield was taken over by the
Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942.
Ross Vincent,  N.Y.                                                  A Chan Hwan                                                                             Ruth Littlechild
Agnes Euilion, Edmonton                                  ’43  Hu Hankanstm                                                                        Gene Chase
Gab Del. Att                                                         Fern Jun ‘44                                                          Ella Bisllon, Edmonton Alberta
                                                                                     Irene Logan  Kle 127 at 12
TOM MEFFRON - CALIF.        Ruth Littlechilds, General Del. Edmonton, Alta       A. Wooten, Kamastosin, KY
                                                                                                                                                               R. H. Newberry,  St Louis
                                                                                                                                           Andrew J. Ostraulle,  Brownsville, Minn
J. E. Murphy,  Kalsen, Mo.                                J. Vilter,  Kechun
                                                                            Luke J. Light  N. Y.                                      Joy ‘Nard  18Y312CD Edmonton
                                                                                               O. M. Havmors, Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                  T. H. Uaners,  Colorado
                                                                                                                                                                    W. Jogoreno
                                                                                                                                                                              Bill Kirby
                                                                                                                                                                  G. Behlue
Shaslien Thompson, St L. Mo.   
              J. C. Cowboy, Senwad, Texas
War meant jobs and activity for Fairbanks, Alaskan Territory. The military constructed airfields, roads and
communication systems. That meant construction and other jobs for local residents, and sales for merchants.
Fairbanks was a stopping place for warplanes traveling to Russian in the World War II Lend-Lease Plan.
26 Mile Field (now Eielson AFB), Fairbanks, Alaska, 1945