WWII effort in Gorham remembered

They scanned the skies overhead, searching for enemy aircraft, perhaps with excitement and wonder but almost certainly with purpose and a wee bit of apprehension.

After all, Japanese warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, firing up U.S. involvement in World War II and stoking fear and patriotism, from Hawaii all the way to Gorham.

Chances are, volunteer plane spotters like Bob Mumby, who was 14 when he started in 1942 — the same year a nationwide network of observers was created — saw nothing out of sorts. If they had, the history books describing the war era likely would tell a different tale.

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