Brief 1944 12 26 (PDF)


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Vol. 2 No. 4 ……. Cover: The photograph on this week’s BRIEF cover shows gunner Sgt. L. C. Nash of Phoenix, Ariz., at his station in the tail of his B-25. Photographer Paul Friend got this picture at a Hawaiian airfield, where Nash’s Mitchell bomber group is now stationed after a year of action Down Under. For a story about this group, read “It’s the Sergeant’s Plane,” on the next page. Sgt. Nash’s tail machinegun mount is a special adaptation devised by the crewchiefs of his squadron. It gives the gunner more mobility and a greater range of fire than the original mount, is especially useful on low-level strafing sorties. ……. Articles Inside: … It’s the Sergeant’s Plane – Veterans of a year in action, the groundcrews of this B-25 outfit know planes as no pilot does. By Sgt. Roger Angell and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ….. Pressure Points By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan ….. One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ….. Mission to the Mainland – The Bolivar’s tour ends with a hard-luck crash. The crew dates starlets; does the cokey-rokey. ( Conclusion ) By S/Sgt. Bob Price and photos by Norman Placey and Gary Gray ….. Editorial – the enchanted war ….. Fighter Strip Medic ( Capt. A. D. McKinley ) By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick and photo by Pfc Fred Shelton ….. 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 and photos by Cpl. Lyle Strain and Sgt. Henry Krush ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Kipling Didn’t Know American Soldiers” by Milton Caniff ….. Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ….. Crossroads of the Pacific. By Pfc. Jay Greulich ….. Brief pinup – This week BRIEF makes its third pass with the number seven – in this case, the much-photographed Toni Seven. Altho her press agent is billing her as the girl born to be a star,” Toni’s acting to date has been confined to posing for cheesecake shots like this one. As far as we are concerned, she ought to win the Academy Award. If she looks a little tired it is only because she has been signing some of the 1000 photographs she sends to serviceman each week. Toni is 21 years o!d and weighed in for this picture at 108 pounds – minus the weight of that heavy negligee that she is about to fall out of.