Brief 1945 04 24 (PDF)




Vol. 2 No. 21
Cover: Tokyo Fire Raid – This week’s cover drawing by Cpl Henry S. Gillette illustrates some of the staggering flying conditions that Superfort men encountered on their low-level fire bomb raids over four Japanese cities. Smoke from the fiercely burning targets billowed up thousands of feet, thermal drafts tossed planes around like dead leaves and lightning from built-up thunderheads struck several planes. Jap defenses were erratic, but searchlights were accurate. The five violent raids burned the heart out of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya, with over 15 square miles of Tokyo alone gutted. “Hell For Honshu” on the opposite page tells what crewmen saw and felt on these missions. ……. Articles Inside: … Hell for Honshu – The Superforts’ newest and most terrifying weapon is the fire bomb. They are systematically burning Japan off the map. By Pfc. Alan Hartman and photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ….. “This is What Happened” – Everybody thought organized resistance on Iwo was ended. Then the Nips pulled a frantic and perfectly planned 400-man attack. By S/Sgt. Robert O. Frederick and photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton, Cpl. Nolan D. Patterson ….. Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton, Cpl. Nolan D. Patterson ….. Morale Lecture with footnotes – If you nurse the opinion that there are no beautiful girls in the Pacific, take a swift gander at these local lovelies. Photos by Cpl Harold Klee and Pfc. John Modzelewski ….. Editorial – The Corporal and the Commander in Chief ….. Chalk Up Another ( B-29 crew returning from mission over Kyushu ) ….. One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Fists from Everywhere ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Snappy Story” by Milton Caniff ….. Artist to Iwo By Pfc Tim O’Hara ….. Brief pinup – This Vision is from the secret album of Cpl Harold Klee, a man who makes a hobby of collecting lovelies and pinning them down on film. From the same gallery come the wahines on Pages 10-11. There should be some award for service to the troops such as Cpl Klee’s, which, God knows, is above and beyond any kind of duty we ever heard about. This beauty at the bath is Ruth Sylvester, who lists her current occupation as “none,” although she has done something for the boys in the way of singing and dancing in USO shows. It’s gals like this that make guys like us think of staying away from home on the Mainland. She plays the piano beautifully, too.