China Bomber Squadron Baffled
|This dressing room rigged up for La Goddard "somewhere in CBI-land" is a far cry from the ones she knew in Hollywood, but the comely actress was appreciative of the thoughtfulness.|
When the history of the war in the CBI Theater is written, a glowing chapter will describe the deeds of the Air Transport Command's epic Hump-jumping operation. These photographs by Bill Vandivert, of Time, Life & Fortune, portray in part one of the typical flights over the rocky spine of the Himalayas from India to China. By spanning one of the most treacherous sectors in the history of flight with vital sinews of war the Hump fliers have done much to help China stoutly maintain its resistance to the Japanese, who seized the nation's seaports and blockaded the interior. Now the Ledo Road is also reaching out insistently toward a China recently isolated except for the ATC operation.
|Pilots and crews check in at operations for a dawn take-off. Weather report is ice to 23,000 feet.|
|Cargo planes, carry everything from heavy machine lathes to artillery pieces to lead pencils.|
|G.I. trucks carry cargo vital to China's remaining in the war to and from airfields along monsoon-swept roads, often bogged down by mud.|
|Indian laborers bend their backs to construct hard standing on a dispersal area near a runway as a Hump-hopping transport plane taxis preparatory to taking off.|
|China-bound passengers board a transport plane somewhere in India for their ride over The Hump.|
|An industrious little P-40 fighter plane protects the lumbering transports hurdling the Himalayas.|
|A natural bridge, forming a hole large enough to hold a four-story house, is a landmark often photographed by Hump passengers.|
|Another landmark which helps pilots during flight is this Buddhist monastery perched on a Chinese mountain top.|
|Approaching a landing field in China a plane wings over a village, whose inhabitants now are so accustomed to the sight they seldom look up.|
|Coolies at a field in China unload another vital cargo in short order so that the plane may make the return trip in the quickest possible time.|
|Interior of a plane during flight. From 10,000 feet up, oxygen is needed. A cross-section of passengers might include Army personnel from privates to generals, civilian technical experts and diplomatic officials.|
|Plane crews report to the operations shack on the China side of The Hump, ready to make the return flight.|
Resort to cutting paper dolls again.
Bold scissors rob the picture magazines
And thumb-tacks paper walls with movie queens.
Alike, enlisted lads and officers,
Collect from Hollywood photographers.
They look for Petty girls and plan to seize
The Varga-idealized anatomies.
Men claim in black-and-white or warmer tones
Chili Williams, Choo Choo Johnson, Candy Jones,
Rita Hayworth and those happy shining names,
Of bathing suit, sarong or sweater fames.
Jane Russell, Lan Turner, Betty Grable
And Dorothy Lamour - so gladly able
To capture fleeting beauty in a pose
For pin-ups, like rare butterflies, in rows
BY SGT. G. ELWOOD JONES, JR.
BY FOUR ACES
LEDO ROAD - The Four Aces, Negro quartet which has been knocking the cats out with solid jive along the Ledo Road, introduced a new song the other night at a performance for officers and men at an evacuation hospital entitled Jumping at the Hindu Hall.
Several months ago, the quartet introduced the song everybody is whistling on either side of the Burma-India border, Who's Taking My Place With Her Now?
The Four Aces, who have entertained more than 10,000 men in the past five months with a wide variety of tunes ranging from Ink Spots arrangements to their own sentimental style are available for performances. Write to Pvt. Raymond Robinson, APO 689.
|"THERE I STOOD - MY BACK TO THE COW PADDIES - SURROUNDED !"|
|Notes: The photograph of Candy Jones has been added to this Internet recreation and was not published in the original issue of Roundup. A similar, alternate image of the B-17 was used to replace poor quality scan. APO address locations have been added following the APO number.|