More from the Mailbag! Martha O’Driscoll & Errol Flynn USO tour!

18 Apr

In the mailbag, also, today:

Greetings Dave,

My name is Russell Ries Jr. from Nashville, TN. I collect old photographs & WWII-related items. I recently purchased an entire collection of photos taken by one soldier during WWII. Apparently the guy was with the Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in some place cold where all they did was build roads. So most of the photos aren’t really all that interesting.

However, within the stack I did find this photo of a beautiful couple:


Martha O'Driscoll & Errol Flynn (circa 1943?) entertain in Alaska during a USO Tour

Martha O’Driscoll & Errol Flynn (circa 1943?) entertain in Alaska during a USO Tour


Thanks, Russell!

— David DeWitt


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  1. David DeWitt

    April 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Russell also sent along another photo!


    • Tina

      April 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Hi David;
      On this photo is Olivia de Havilland not Martha Driscoll and it is in March 1944.
      Errol was there December 4, 1943 with Martha, most likely more days than just the 4th, So Errol’s tour was beginning of December 1943.
      This is a website I have in my archives – have a look!…

      • David DeWitt

        April 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        Yes, Tina, I didn’t identify this photo as being Martha, did I? I recognized Olivia immediately, and was able to tell Russel this was Olivia and not Martha as he was thinking, when he sent me the photo … I can see how you thought I was making a mistake, though! I assumed we all would know the difference here without titling the picture! :)

        • Tina

          April 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

          Sorry, I just thought I let you know as there was no comment and that it was two different dates and times.
          Take care!

  2. Robzak

    April 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I’ve long had a suspicion about these two that they…..

  3. Robzak

    April 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Speaking of Errol and Martha, the USO tour to Alaska, from which this photo originates, was in December of 1943.

    • David DeWitt

      April 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Robert!