Brief 1944 12 12 (PDF)


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Vol. 2 No. 2 ……. This week’s cover picture was made by BRIEF photographer Cpl “Moose” Strain on Saipan shortly before the first B-29 strike from that island to Tokyo. The picture shows B-29 pilot Capt. Phil Greens giving his crew a final briefing and inspection before one of the Superfort shakedown missions that preceded the Tokyo bombings. These last-minute inspections of equipment before a mission are S.O.P. with B-29 crews, and serve to reveal any flaws or omissions of vital Mae Wests, parachutes or flak suits. Notice the bomb already painted on the nose of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” the remotely controlled, multiple-gun top turret. ……. Articles Inside: … Target: Tokyo – A plane was built ( B-29 ), a command was organized, men were trained and a runway was built, Target: Tokyo ( a 10 page article ) Some photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ….. Editorial ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call ” Cooked By A Hash Mark” by Milton Caniff ….. One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Chatter’n Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ….. Meet the People – Sgt. Benjamin C. Chickette ….. LST Lamour ….. Brief pinup – Give a Hollywood press agent enough rope, a starlet like Angela Greene and presto, you have what the trade calls cheesecake. This week’s mail turned up two shots of Miss Greene dreamed up by an enterprising press agent for the brothers Warner. In one photograph, Miss Greene was wearing a two piece blouse-and-skirt affair and was holding a 1945 California license plate. The press agent reported that only one plate would be given each customer and that it would be painted in the “fashionable” black-and-white. Then, obviously at the end of his rope, the press agent went out and posed pretty Angela with the rope at her end.