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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 21 April 2003


The End of PLUTO ...

   A scene depicting PLUTO (PipeLine Under the Ocean) being dismantled by English workmen in 1947. PLUTO was one of the most fantastic engineering feats of the war: the running of pipelines under the English Channel to points in Normandy to support the Allied armies during the invasion of France. Begun on D-Day, June 6, 1944, 21 fuel lines (totalling 520 miles of pipe) were laid, saving thousands of tons of allied shipping capacity and delivering the gasoline and oil which powered Bradley's, Montgomery's, and Patton's armies. In this photo the flexible lead pipe has been dragged off the bottom of the English Channel and recolied. It ultimately was recycled to make building supplies.

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