Vol. 2 No. 19
Cover: The fighter planes streaking across this week’s cover photograph are P-51’s, the latest addition to the roster of aerial weapons in operation against the Japs. From Iwo’s airstrips the 51’s are within easy range of Japan and can fly either as escorts to bombers or as attack planes. The rugged Mustangs have seen long service in the European theater, where they were employed as jacks-of-all-missions, flying at all altitudes, lugging bombs, strafing and intercepting. The new models now with AAF-POA are tougher and have a vastly increased range. “Newest Jap Killer” on page 10 tells more about these planes. Sgt Fred Shelton took the photo. ……. Articles Inside: … Japan’s Invisible Ally – You can’t see the weather over Japan, but our pilots know it’s the toughest in the world, and it’s fighting for the enemy. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and S/Sgt Bob Speer ….. Under New Management – Even before the Jap defenders were mopped up, the Air Force took over Iwo’s airfields and began operating them as American bases. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan, photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain, Pfc. John Modzelewski and Sgt. Fred Shelton ….. Long Before ’48 – The new rotation and furlough policies make that Golden Gate look a lot closer than ever before. How and when you go home. ….. Newest Jap Killer – The Pacific’s first complement of sleek and deadly P-51’s goes into action from Iwo airbase. By S/Sgt. George Selleck , photos by Cpl. Paul Friend, Sgt. Fred Shelton and Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ….. Editorial – Dear Ernie Pyle: ….. Forward Echelon. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ….. One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ….. ‘The Tokoyoma Operation’ – Every night the Japs had been watching movies from a cliff until this last campaign cleaned out their Saipan hideout. by Cpl. Zander Hollander ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “She Looks Different Without Bangs” by Milton Caniff ….. Hot Landing ( P-51 hazardous landings on Iwo ) Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain, Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith and Sgt. Fred Shelton ….. Brief pinup – The leopard, it says here, never changes its spots, and now you know why. If you were in the same spot as this leopard, namely draped around the interesting frame of Miss Ramsay Ames, you would not care to change, either. This picture was borne into the Office by a native runner from the heart of darkest Hollywood. Unfortunately, he dropped dead at our feet before he could explain why Miss Ames chose to deck herself out in a leopard skin; in our opinion it is no improvement on the skin she is wearing underneath it. The thoughtful look in her eye comes from considering her chances of grabbing another brass ring to match the one she is wearing in her left ear.