National Archives at Boston (RE-BO)

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Shipbuilding Women of the Navy – “SWONs” – welding a hull plate for the future DE 279 in 1943. DE 279 was an Evarts-class destroyer escort that went to the Royal Navy through the Lend-Lease program. She was commissioned as HMS Kempthorne K.483 and returned to the U.S. Navy at the end of the War.