Brief 1944 12 19 (PDF)


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Vol. 2 No. 3 ……. Cover: This spectacular photograph shows aviation engineers ramming a bulldozer into the remains of a B-29, which burned after a low-level Japanese attack against Superforts on Saipan. The man at the left is training a foam spray on the inferno, while the bulldozer driver heaps dirt on the flames. The intense heat scorched and singed all the engineers fighting the fire, as well as Pfc. Donald Claypool, who took this picture. The feat was witnessed by Brig. Gen. Heywood S. Hansell Jr. He called it one of the bravest actions he had ever seen. ……. Articles Inside: … Mission to the Mainland – The Bolivar crew, on tour in the States, finds women, liquor and life on a big scale in Hollywood, a long way from Saipan. By S/Sgt. Bob Price ….. One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ….. Longest Fighter Missions – 7th AAF Lightnings and P-47s journey to Truk and the Bonins to mousetrap some Jap pursuits. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ….. They call them dicing runs ( Photo Reconnaissance Missions ). By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb and photos by deArteaga ….. No Midnight Mass – Churches on Guam and the Palaus. By Cpl. Louis Grayner with Photos by Grayner, Shivers and Grout ….. Editorial – Christmas at Home By S/Sgt. Robert Price ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Leg Log” by Milton Caniff ….. Forward Echelon – Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA’s war record from Oahu to Palau. By Sgt. Hugh Floyd ….. Tojo, Brownie, Yehudi ( Dogs on the Marianas ) By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Chatter’n Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ….. Meet the People – T-5 Frank S. Stewart and Capt. Daniel M. Mazzocco ….. Women ….. Brief pinup – Since this is Christmas week, we wanted to print a nice photograph of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. But when our photographer went to get the picture he found that Flight Officer Claus and his crew had completed their missions and had been sent home on rotation. Our only alternative was this picture of Paramount actress Barbara Britton. She writes that her heart and soul belong to the boys overseas and she wishes she could be with each one of us on Christmas Eve. Which would be almost as nice as a visit from St. Nick.