OF THE WAR
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|Pioneer 51st Fighter Group Over 3 Years In India-China|
|EVACUATION OF WANTING WOUNDED. C-46's of the Troop carrier Command of the 14th Air Force, cooperating with the Chinese Combat Command, assisting the liberation of Wanting, were cushioned with straw after flying in combat supplies and used as emergency ambulances in the evacuation of wounded Chinese soldiers.|
Shoulder Patch Contest
Object: Design for a China Theater shoulder patch.
Prize: $100.00 War Bond.
Contest Closes: Midnight, March 1st.
Mail Entries to: Public Relations Officer, Hq., USF, CTO, APO 879.
All entries must contain the sender's full name, rank, serial number, unit, and APO.
A contestant may submit as many designs as he pleases.
(Neither a dragon nor the color yellow will be considered, although gold is acceptable. Complete and accurate explanations of colors and symbols must be indicated on all entries).
Object: New name for China Theater newspaper.
Prize: $100.00 War Bond.
Contest Closes: Midnight, February 25th.
No limit to the number of entries each contestant may submit.
Each entry must be on a separate piece of paper with the contestant's name, serial number, unit and APO.
The new name will be on the March 2nd issue of the Command Post.
A couple words may win you a $100 War Bond - the easiest C note you've ever earned - so send your entry in today.
CHINA TO DRAFT 500,000 BY MARCH
CHUNGKING - More than 500,000 men from unoccupied Chinese provinces will be conscripted before the end of March to meet the Chinese Army's needs for an all-out counter-offensive to coincide with Allied landings on the China coast.
|Tengchung Cut-Off Follows 1,000-Year-Old Jungle Trail|
|(Left) Chinese coolies working with primitive hand tools, dig into the old Marco Polo trail in the jungled mountains between the Salween and the Irrawaddy. (Center) With Tengchung an endemic plague area from which many of the tragic epidemics which have swept China have begun, plague "shots" were administered by American medics to the road workers. This Lisu laborer takes it philosophically but without liking it much. (Right) In the picturesque mountain country of the frontier, Americans frequently encounter these strangely shaped bamboo bridges which for centuries have been the only way of crossing turbulent mountain streams.|
|(Left) Sections of the road were built in the wake of battle, as is shown by this picture of a golden Buddha looking down enigmatically, on all that remains of a temple wrecked by bomb and shell fire. (Center) Typical of the workers on the road is the elderly Lisu tribeswoman who will cheerfully, and without sign of strain, do a day's work that would exhaust most Western men. (Right) The road, twisting like a crazy serpent, swirls around the crest of a mountain overhanging the narrow ribbon of the Shweli River. In the background stand the even high mountains that form part of the notorious "Hump."|
|ARC 'Town Club' A Slice Of Times Square In The Orient|
Upper Left: Sgt. Robert Silva, Forest Hills, N.Y., explains to Peg Lea, Red Cross girl from Manhasset, N.Y., the Buddhist temple he muraled on the dining room wall of the Town Club. Upper Right: Officers and men fill the Burmese Room where over 500 meals and snacks are served daily. Lower Left: Entrance to the Town Club, meeting place for American soldiers from every corner of Free China. Lower Right: Flora Coutts, Newport, Vt., club director, gives her Chinese cooks the secret of American hamburgers.
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM
TO BOOST CHINA'S PRODUCTION
KUNMING - How to increase local production of supplies sorely needed in the war effort and to get fullest returns from Free China's admittedly limited industrial capacity - these are the knotty problems now being tackled by the Chinese War Production Board, and the Donald M. Nelson Mission, guided by experience gained by the staff of the Services of Supply, China Theater.
Following a policy of procuring items required by Unites States Forces within the theater when practicable, Col. Bruce E. Vaughan, Washington, D.C., Chief of the Central Purchasing and Procurement Authority, has supervised the buying of hundreds of articles, from eggbeaters to cement for airfield runways, throughout China. Due to the need of conserving transportation facilities these have been procured as near to the point of use as possible.
"Many of the ideas which we are proposing for action by the Mission and by Chinese leaders can contribute to the advancement of this country after the war," says Col. Vaughan, "and we believe that, by helping the Chinese to help themselves we are supplying the soundest and most lasting kind of international aid."
The arrival of the Nelson group, directed specifically by the President to advise means of increasing Chinese production, presented a new opportunity to cash in on Army experience. Services of Supply prepared for Mr. nelson a list of items which it believed should be available but which were difficult to obtain in satisfactory quantities.
Also prepared was an economic survey to China productive capacity, assembled by the Resources Section of CF and PA, said to be the most accurate analysis of its kind. This established a tangible program on which the mission and WPB can operate.
Joint American-Chinese SOS Will Fill 'Lao Ping' Needs
KUNMING, CHINA - The new Chinese Army Services of Supply headquarters was opened here last week in a ceremony at which Maj. Gen. G. X. Cheves, commanding general, SOS, USF, China Theater, and Gen. Lu Tsu, deputy commander of the Chinese SOS, received the officers of their combined and integrated staff.
The Chinese SOS is manned by both American and Chinese officers and men, an is designed to carry out the plans of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Lt. Gen. A. C. Wedemeyer, commanding general of U.S. Forces in China, for better food, clothing and equipment for the Chinese fighting forces.
Directly under Gen. Ho Yingching, chief of Chinese general staff with headquarters in Kunming, the new Chinese SOS will be headed by Gen. Cheves with Gen. Lu as deputy commander and Col. Mason H. Lucas, Lawton, Okla., as chief of staff.
There are eight departments set up in the Chinese SOS headquarters including planning, headquarters, administration, personnel, signal and transport, quartermaster, food, ordnance and medical.
At the ceremonies a guard of honor and band were inspected by Gen. Cheves and Gen. Lu.
In introducing Gen. Cheves, the cooperation and friendship between the two countries as indicated by the close working arrangement in this new headquarters was stressed by Gen. Lu.
"Gen. Cheves has had abundant experience in organizing supply functions," said Gen. Lu in his introduction. "Now our National Army is ready to take the offensive and the rear is not less important than the front. The Generalissimo has appointed Gen. Cheves to take this responsibility and under his leadership we believe we shall accomplish important results. I feel honored to serve as deputy commanding general and will do my best to fill my responsibility."
In reply Cheves made a plea to "keep faith with the Chinese soldier and give him what he needs."
"LINES ON CHINA"
BY VAN HEUKLYN
Corp. Howard B. Van Heuklyn, 22-year-old architectural draftsman from Glendale, Cal., now assigned to the mapping section of a photo technical unit of the 14th Air Force, is the cartoonist responsible for the "Lines On China" drawing in this issue of the China Command Post.
A graduate of the University of Southern California and now specializing in Chinese architecture for his master's degree. Van Heuklyn will be a regular contributor to the Command Post.
'Canvas Cover' Club Opens At China Base
HQ., 14th AF, CHINA - The only canvas Red Cross Club in the China and India-Burma Theaters was formally opened recently at a China U.S. Air Base.
Appropriately enough, the name "Canvas Cover Club" was selected from a host of suggested names and a gift of a box of canned foods was presented to S/Sgt. Pat Tuscano, Myersdale, Pa.; Corp. James Lynn, Chester, Pa. and Corp. Robert Campana, Brookline, Mass., who jointly submitted the prize winning name.
The club is composed of two hospital tents, one containing the kitchen, snack bar and tables, and the other a juke box, radio, ping-pong tables, writing desks and books.
The club was established by two Red Cross hostesses, Miss Betty Smoth of Racine, Wis., and Miss Rita Pilkey, Dallas, Texas.
Maj. Gen. Gilbert X. Cheves, SOS commander, furnished the club with a juke box, radio, records and ping-pong tables. He also provided the box of canned goods which was given as a prize for naming the club.
First Sergeant Clinton D. Shipley of McClellandtown, Penn., chairman of the club committee, opened the dedication ceremony with a speech of acceptance and Lt. park L. Myers, Austin, Tex., and his "Fatigue Hatters" orchestra supplied the music.
Maj. Thomas F. Hartnett, Evansville, Ind., the base commander, expedited the establishment of the club and smoothed out many difficulties in the matter of supplies and material.
Pons Troupe Regrets Missing Some Bases
Having completed the 25-day stay allotted them in the China Theater, the Lily Pons-Andre Kostelanetz troupe departed this week to play two more shows in the India-Burma Theater and then proceed to the ETO for a concert tour there.
Within the limits of travel conditions and the weather, the troupe performed before as many of the troops in this theater as possible, reaching an estimated 60 to 75 percent of the personnel.
It was with extreme regret that they were unable to play before the U.S. Forces at all U.S. bases but weather conditions made that impossible.
In a statement signed by the entire troupe and issued to the Command Post they said in part:
"To the U.S. personnel in China, we wish to say that we appreciate the inspiring reception extended to us, and we regret exceedingly that we could not visit all the bases and installations where you are on duty.
"The schedule which was presented to us in China appeared to be one that would take us to most of the installations but bad weather prevailed and day by day we were informed that there were cancellations and adjustments.
"We came here to do the best and most complete job possible, and within the limits of travel and weather we have accomplished our mission. To those in China whom we could not reach we want you to know that we had most sincerely desired and definitely expected to be with you."
'All Request Parade' Featured By XNEW
The "All Request Parade" featuring the music of the outstanding Stateside orchestras and the singing of the nation's top vocalist, as requested by the GIs in the China Theater, is being presented each Saturday night at 2215 hours over the facilities of Station XNEW.
Station XNEW had on hand the widest selection of recording of orchestra both sweet and swing, and the vocals of the leading singing sensations, so as to be able to comply with the requests.
All requests must be by mail and should reach Station XNEW by Friday of each week to be included in Saturday's broadcast. Letters requesting songs should be addressed to Station XNEW, Kunming, China.
"Sylvester's Circus" Makes
Records In Three Theaters
1343rd AAFBU, CHINA - "Here today and gone tomorrow" truly sums up the capabilities of the 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), one of the recently activated, self-contained air cargo units, the existence of which has only lately been released from the secret list.
Known as "Moby Dick" squadrons, code name by which they were designated while in the planning stage, they possess the essential virtues of speed, astounding capacity and flexibility. On a moment's notice they are able to fold up shop, "lock, stock and barrel," load into their 20 Curtiss Commandos, flying hundreds of miles and set up complete base housekeeping within a few hours after landing on a newly captured field or wherever they may be ordered.
The 2nd ATS, second of the new units to go overseas, carries the handle of "Sylvester's Circus," named after its commanding officer, Maj. Frank Sylvester, Santa Barbara, Cal., formerly group operations officer with the Ferrying Division stationed in Palm Springs, Cal.
Since its arrival in this theater, November 21, 1944, the "Circus" has gained a reputation for efficiency and the speed with which its distinctive yellow nose planes have carried out dangerous, behind the Jap lines, evacuations. Recently the Suichwan and Kanchow missions were accomplished without the loss of a single aircraft, although the pilots of the lumbering Commandos often looked down on active Jap fighter fields.
The outfit is extremely mobile. When the order to move comes, its elaborate engineering and communications workbenches and shops are folded up and packed. The operations section goes into five footlockers . . . the orderly room and command section into three boxes. Mess equipment and enough food to last the squadron several days is assembled. Ordnance and supply goes into 12 boxes . . . six jeeps and trailers, two engineering tugs and one fork lift are packed in place. Special Service - in two boxes - and an officers and NCO club, on paper . . . even a portable laundry, invaluable in China, are tucked away, and the outfit is ready to take off.
"Sylvester's Circus" is the only Moby Dick outfit that has seen service in three theaters: North Africa, India, and China. The last 'permanent' change of the outfit was accomplished in the short space of 10 hours, and on the same day dispatched 13 of its ships for Hump operations.
The "Circus" is in receipt of nine official commendations including those from Brig. Gen. Laverne Saunders and Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, former generals of the XX Bomber Command, Gen. Henry Arnold, commanding general of the Air Forces, and Brig. Gen. William Tunner, commanding general of ATC.
Engaged in important troop movements, rescue work, reverse Hump operation and extreme forward area missions, the squadron's records tell the story of a high state of discipline and morale.
The CHINA COMMAND POST is the weekly newspaper of the United States Forces in the China Theater and is published by Lt. Lester H. Geiss, Editor-in-Chief, for military personnel only. T/Sgt. Harry Purcell, Managing Editor; Sgt. Maurice Pernod, Production Chief. Editorial offices: Hqrs., SOS, China Theater, Kunming, China, and Hqrs., SOS, Calcutta, India. Printed by Ajit Kumar Sinha at the "Amrita Bazar Patrika" Press, Calcutta, India.
FEBRUARY 23, 1945
Original issue shared by CBI veteran Grover P. Fike
Copyright © 2008 Carl Warren Weidenburner
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