Vol. 2 No. 16 ……. Cover: The cover photograph shows a scene that is becoming increasingly common in the Marianas. Two mechanics look up from the scrap pile, where they are working to salvage usable parts from junked combat planes, as three Thunderbolts roar overhead. One of the three planes is the 7th AAF’s famous Scraps, which was built entirely from such reclaimed equipment and set some kind of a record when it dove at better than 700 m.p.h. during an attack on Jap raiders. The two mechanics are (left, with drill) S/Sgt Richard Holmes, an instrument specialist, and T/Sgt Earl K. Wisner, a mobile repair and maintenance unit chief. Lt Stewart Fern shot the picture. ……. Articles Inside: … Three Day Pass in Tokyo – Recent returnees from Japan report Wine, Women and Song still available in the shabby and war-worn capital of Nippon. The war has brought some changes to Japan’s capital. The food is poor, but the Yoshiwara, the world’s best-organized red light district, is booming. The first of two articles. By S/Sgt. Bob Speer and photo by T5 Harold Klee ….. “Damn Fine Country” – These AAFPOA men who were home for Christmas spent a lot of money and got sore at some things, but there is a glint in their eyes when they talk about their furloughs. By S/Sgt. Bob Price ….. Branch Beehive ( B-29 Service Center in the Marianas ) Photos by Pvt. John Modzelewski ….. The Bride wore a Parachute – Fashionable military wedding in the Marianas. By Cpl. Zander Hollander and photo by George L. Riggs, SF1c ….. Here Lies – In a quiet Oahu boneyard are the skeletons of some of the Pacific’s best-known planes. Photos by Sgt. Paul Friend ….. Asahi ( Asahigraph – Japan’s Life magazine ) ….. Editorial – It’s a Hell of a Feeling. By Cpl. Bud Nelson and photo by Sgt. Henry B. Krush ….. Forward Echelon Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ….. One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ….. The Battle of Maniagasas ( Saipan ) By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Down the Runway: Karasick Perfect Fine Arts of Kneeing, Eye Gouging, Suffering. By S/Sgt. Joe Whitley ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Whirl it all End?” by Milton Caniff ….. Shell Game – Find your first shell and you become one of those bored warriors taken by the shell game. Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ….. Brief pinup – In this corner, the little lady with the big brown eyes and the intense look in them is Pat Clark, who works in a moving picture factory owned by the brothers Warner. The kind gent who mailed her picture out to us in the armed forces neglected to include any background Information, such as age, marital status, where on view in the films, and what keeps the top half of that uniform she’s wearing from going Down Under. Therefore, we regret that we cannot advise you on these matters. However, our Pfc Romeo Dingle has spent many pleasant hours trying to dope out what is that object on which Miss Clark is sitting, and we hope you are the same.