CBI Roundup
VOL. II        NO. 1        REG NO. L5015        DELHI,  THURSDAY                                         SEPTEMBER  16,  1943.

This, we submit, sends the Roundup off to a glorious start in its second year of page 1 cheesecake offerings.  Some critics complain that Jane Russell can't act, but we say, "Who cares?"
 Theater Paper Born Sept. 17 Of Last Year

    Today the Roundup tossed aside the three-cornered pants of babyhood and toddled forth in the rompers of a healthy, growing youngster.
  Our little family journal is now one year old.
  An instrument baby, unwanted by some, the paper was born in travail on Sept. 17, 1942. It was kicked from the inky womb of a moaning Goss press at 5 p.m., whacked smartly on the behind and deposited, wailing, upon the concrete floor of The Statesman. It has been wailing about something or other ever since.
  During the year, the Roundup has multiplied its circulation many times over and increased its editorial staff from the start of one editor and a cartoonist to an officer in charge, an editor, assistant editor, cartoonist and four reporters. Photographers, however, have been cut from five to three. The original eight pages have expanded to 12.

  Getting started was far from all beer and skittles. Although Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell gave verbal authority for the founding of the Roundup early in June, 1942, little happened until September. It was necessary to overcome some obstructionism in high places and to arrange for the shipment of paper from the United States. The fact that the paper was born when it was, was due only to James K. Cowley, managing editor of The Statesman, who agreed to loan the sheet the necessary paper. Cowley had nothing but the verbal promise of the editor that it would be repaid.
  In many respects this organ of truth and general enlightenment has become a wailing wall for the resident G.I. No Chaplain in this Theater has been such a repository for alligator tears. Our production of "T.S. Slips" has at times been phenomenal.


  We have printed the howls of our readers on every subject from T/O to the lack of beer rations. We have been able to do this and to attack such institutions as faulty mail censorship and dirty messes because of Stilwell's liberal policy. The Theater Commander takes the attitude that we are all big boys over here and can read a little critical stuff without throwing down our collective arms and going off into the jungles to sulk. He has publicly stated that the paper is a safety valve and its critical policy, when warranted, will persist subject to the common sense of the editors.
  From the original distinctly amateur format, the paper has steadily progressed under three editors until today it is being produced in a thoroughly professional manner and certainly ranks well in that respect with other service papers published within the U.S. Army. News coverage has expanded from the original Office of War Information Troop News File to the present when it receives copy and pictures from the OWI, the United Press, the Army News Service and Acme Newspictures. It finally has sufficient staff so that it can send reporters into the field.
  One of the secrets of the Roundup's success is that there are not too many cooks. The paper takes no orders from anybody except Stilwell; Maj. Gen. Thomas G. Hearn, Chief of Staff; and Brig. Gen. Benjamin G. Ferris, Deputy Chief of Staff. All three have looked upon this sometimes floundering infant with a certain amount of benevolence and let the child alone. The result, we think, has been the freest, most uninhibited Army paper of all.

Oh, Happy Day

  Oh, happy day.
  That dream of a savory, golden-brown turkey is coming closer to reality. After a report received today from the United Press, you can practically start deciding now whether you're going to concentrate on dark or white meat. Ummmm.
  Said the U.P.:
  "The Office of Price Administration lifted for the Army only some restrictions on the price of turkey so the Army can buy 10,000,000 pounds this month for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's dinners for servicemen overseas."
General Stilwell Lauds Editor
For Keeping Out Of Jail

TO THE EDITOR,   C.B.I. ROUNDUP:     Congratulations on finishing up your first year and being still out of jail. It was a close shave on a few occasions. I didn't know whether to try you or decorate you - but in view of what was obviously a sincere effort to put out a paper that would interest the men in this command, I decided to let you go on struggling. Judging by what I see here and there, you have succeeded in producing a paper that holds attention.
  When it arrives, I always have to allow at least 30 minutes before I can drag the Chief of Staff away from Hedy Lamarr and get him back to the matter of rations. I notice that most of our senior officers spend more time looking a page one than they do reading what's inside.
  All in all, I think you are on the right track, although I trust that your urge to go crusading won't lead you into my office. When you pan them, do it with a smile as you have been doing, and no one can kick. Americans can take a joke, even when it's on themselves. Look at what we're all doing now!
  The Roundup has come of age, but don't let it get too adult or it will lose its appeal. Most of us are average people and we like it the way it is. If you keep it geared to your own mental processes, it will never become too academic.
  My best wishes for your continued success. I won't say "many happy returns of the day," because we are all going home long before then.
Sincerely yours, Joseph W. Stilwell, Lt. Gen. USA


    NEW YORK - (UP) - The magazine Newsweek has reported that Maj. Hartzell Spence, executive editor of the Army weekly, Yank, has been granted a two-week leave after a policy clash after which he was ordered to report to Washington for a new assignment.
  The article said the basic conflict, according to trade reports, is shall the servicemen have what editors think they want to read or what Washington officialdom thinks they should read.
  It recalled that the first editor of Yank, Lt. Col. Egbert White, was transferred overseas a year ago after a policy clash with the Special Service Division, and since has established African branches of Stars and Stripes.
  Special Service headquarters in Washington has confirmed the removal of Spence.

P-38 Lightnings Arrive At 14th Air Force

    CHINA - The P-40 now has a stable mate to battle the enemy Zero in China's blood-drenched skies after being the sole fighter plane of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault's 14th Air Force command.
  The sleek P-38 Lightning, which has given an excellent account in other Theaters of war, is the newcomer to join the tried-and-true P-40. On his recent 53rd birthday, Chennault revealed the P-38's had arrived to augment his squadrons, accompanied by airmen who piloted them in North Africa.
  The pilots were in action one day after they arrived against Jap raiders near a forward base and have participated in subsequent action.
  Official disclosure of the arrival of the Lightnings in China is bad news for the enemy. The two-engined, two-tailed, 400-mile-per-hour P-38 is one of America's most versatile planes and its presence in China is interpreted to mean the stepping up of aerial activity against the enemy.
  Chennault said the Japs are using a new type of Zero fighter which is speedier, climbs higher, dives faster and is more strongly built and heavily armed than previous types. "But they still blow up easily when hit," he added.

Wright Meets Death In African Accident During War Mission

    Word has reached the C.B.I. Theater that Col. Harold B. Wright, until recently Assistant Chief of Staff and G-2 of the 10th Air Force, has been killed in an accident at a West African base. Wright, 30 years old, was one of the youngest full colonels in the Army and one of the most popular and efficient officers of the Theater.
  Wright was a native of Calvin, Okla. He was educated at the Oklahoma Military Academy and had one year at the University of Oklahoma before entering West Point in 1933. Upon his graduation in 1937, he was assigned to the Air Corps Flying School, where he took the Advanced Pursuit course.
  The young colonel arrived in the C.B.I. Theater in March, 1942, and shortly thereafter was made Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, a position which he held until Aug. 3 of this year, when he was relieved and given a special mission of great importance. It was while on this mission that the accident ended his career.
  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary M. Wright, but had no children.

Members of his 14th Air Force Forward Echelon Command nodded heads in approval when it was announced that Col. Clinton D. (Casey) Vincent, their 28-year-old boss, temporarily away in Washington, had been awarded the Legion of Merit.

Pilot Rescued From Fighter Lost in Action

(The following story was written in the Roundup office from communiqués received from C.B.I. Forward Echelon HQ.)

    There was no rest for the harassed Jap in China, with the growing might of the 14th Air Force vividly reflected in reports of enemy planes knocked out of the skies and shipping and ground installations everywhere strafed and bombed by B-25's, P-40's and newly-arrived P-38's.
  During the banner month of August, the Jap lost 125 planes confirmed. Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault's airmen continued the process of elimination during the first 11 days of September by consigning to oblivion 34 more of the enemy's planes while losing only one - and the pilot is reported saved.

  Most recent communiqué - Sept. 11 - tells of B-25's, escorted by P-40's, hammering docks, warehouses and cotton mills at Hankow and Wuchang and erasing three Zeros and one I-97 which rose to intercept, with one probable added as a postscript. Meanwhile, P-38's strafed Teian, near Hankow. On this day, the 14th Air Force plane was lost.
  The day before, B-25's, also escorted by P-40's, scored hits on cotton mills and warehouses at Uuchang and started large fires among the Hankow docks. Fighter pilots destroyed five Zeros and bomber gunners accounted for four more, with four probables listed. Lightnings dive-bombed the Whampoa docks near Canton and added one Zero confirmed and another probable to the day's score.

  On the first day of the month, there was widespread destruction by the 14th Air Force. B-25's, accompanied by P-40's, attacked the shipping wharves at Shihhweiyo. P-40's damaged three tugs in the same area. Other P-40's were actively engaged sweeping the Yangtze River and adjacent areas in Western Hupeh Province. They sank a 250-foot oil tanker near Ichang, damaged two others. Near Wusueh, a 100-foot steamer was left sinking and, off Kichim, a 150-foot tug was sunk and another damaged. Enemy installations and equipment along the Chupingtiehlu Railway was attacked. South of Puchi, an eight-car train was damaged and a locomotive blown up. Near Teian, two locomotives made lovely explosions. Enemy troops and barracks were strafed at Yansiu. Attacking coastwise shipping off Swatow, a direct hit was made upon a 150-foot ship, which was left sinking. A transport plane was destroyed on the ground at a nearby airfield.
  Direct hits upon warehouses, gasoline storage tanks and other buildings at Lai Chi Kok were made by B-25's, escorted by P-40's, the following day. A direct hit on a 200-foot ship left it in flames. In an abortive
interception, 10 Zero pilots joined their ancestors. Two probables were also listed.
  On Sept. 3, P-40's dive-bombed and strafed Jap army installations at Pho Lu.
  Next day, B-25's and P-40's attacked the Tien Ho Airdrome near Canton and brushed three Japs confirmed out of the sky and recorded one probable.
  P-38's and P-40's combined Sept. 6 to attack targets of opportunity in the vicinity of Shihhweiyao. They dive-bombed and strafed warehouses and sank boats of 250 and 150 feet, two barges and a tug. An iron foundry was dive-bombed and four locomotives exploded by strafing. Near Yoyang, small river craft and a radio station were destroyed. Another flight of P-40's and P-38's routed eight enemy gun positions and killed approximately 100 Jap soldiers. South of Puchi, a railroad station and water tower were destroyed.
  On the same day, P-38's dive-bombed the Whampoa wharves and warehouses, strafed four rivercraft and

10,000 P-40'S

  BUFFALO - (ANS) - Curtiss-Wright Corporation has announced it has delivered 10,000 P-40 fighter planes since July, 1940.
shot down a transport plane. B-25's, escorted by P-40's, attacked the White Cloud Airdrome at Canton and, in addition to scoring telling hits, bagged five Zeros confirmed and four probable. P-38's and P-40's ranged throughout western Hupeh Province and inflicted damage upon river shipping, radio installations and railroad equipment at the cost of minor damage to one plane.

Holloway Leading C.B.I. Ace

    Modest Col. Bruce K. Holloway, 30-year-old commanding officer in charge of all fighter planes in China, doesn't do much talking about his exploits, which are considerable.


  So Maj. Wayne R. Dickerson, PRO of the 14th Air Force's Forward Echelon, took it upon himself today to sum up Holloway's combat record.
  The colonel, who does his piloting behind a desk only when someone chains him to a leg, continues to hold the 14th Air Force record of Jap planes destroyed in combat. He has 13 Nips to his credit, in addition to many more probables. Not only that, points out Dickerson, Holloway has been on a total of 110 missions and has a total of 285 hours in combat.
  Most of the planes the Knoxville-born colonel has shot down have been fighters, but there have also been several bombers.
  Cornered, he told Dickerson about one of these victories over a bomber: "I was out one day looking over the target before sending my men out on a mission when I ran into a group of bombers. I knew that I could not do much with them alone, so I started for my home base. Returning, I came upon one lone bomber from behind and gave it 25 rounds before the plane crew knew what had happened. The last I saw of the ship it was a streak of black smoke headed for the ground."
  The fact that the well-bemedalled (DFC, Silver Star and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster) Holloway was once shot down has bothered him not a whit.



(The following story was written specially for the Roundup by the 10th Air Force Public Relations Office.)

    The 10th Air Force hit the Jap in Burma hard last week. Two of his big freighters, caught in the Rangoon River, were repeatedly hit and left in flames. Single and twin-engined fighters made interception, but took a licking for their effort. Other than this banner day, the smashing of enemy-controlled railroad facilities went on at higher tempo. Gokteik Viaduct, the towering steel structure between Mandalay and Lashio, which has been protected by monsoon clouds for three months, was the target of three successful attacks in four days. This indicates that the monsoon is beginning to break but there was plenty of tough weather to fight all week. One bomber is missing and a photographic ship also is long overdue.
  It was on Sept. 6 that four squadrons of B-24's caught the two Jap freighters in the Rangoon River. They could not have had tome to unload their cargoes when the bombs started raining down with Dead-Eye-Dick marksmanship. Hits were scored amidships on a 450-foot cargo ship and a 350-foot freighter caught five high explosives near her stern. Many near hits dir the side plates of both craft no good. They were both left in flames. Small boats also were hit and warehouses on Ahlone docks caught fire. Then the crews had to give attention to Jap interceptors in strength, both single and twin-engine fighters. A running battle went on for three quarters of an hour. Preliminary reports accounted for at least two confirmed and two probables, but a recapitulation may increase this score. Strong AA and the fighters ventilated a few of our planes but all returned safely to home bases.
  Sept. 7, B-25 crews found a hole in the clouds over Gokteik for the first time since last May. Bursts were seen under the steel tower and other bombs destroyed tracks at both approaches. Where the tracks to the viaduct pass through cuts, photographs indicate that landslides over the rails were caused by several bombs. On the same day other mediums bombed an olds favorite target, Ywataung Junction. Bombs completely blanketed the yards, isolating 300 rolling stock in the sidings. This vital junction may now be considered down for the count of nine. Maingkwan in northern Burma was another target of the day, a direct hit demolishing a building.
  Sept. 8, Gokteik was hit again. High explosives were seen to burst close to abutments along the east side and underneath the towers. On the 9th, enemy barracks at Lashio were hit and fires left burning. At Shwebo, two buildings were flattened. Our P-40's in Assam found a hole in the clouds and proceeded to Taring Ga in northern Burma, where they showered a supply base of the Jap with frags. High explosives were dumped on Kamaing in the same area, demolishing three buildings.
  Gokteik caught it again on Sept. 10. Hits on the approaches and on the structure were reported by the B-25 crews who did the job. Our heavy bombers concentrated on oil installations at Chauk. Many hits on storage tanks and buildings were seen. Two large fires were left burning, the smoke from which was visible 40 miles away. The railroad junction at Naba, where a branch line links up with river traffic at Katha, received a shower of 500-pounders, damaging sidings and rolling stock. Two large river boats at Katha were attacked and at least one of them damaged. Further up the railroad, at Hopin, tracks and buildings were destroyed by other B-25 bombs.
  Sept. 11, medium bombers worked on the river ferry terminal of Sagaing, damaging tracks, destroying 12 freight cars and hitting both a river boat and ferry craft. Heavy bombers attacked Pyinmana. Four large fires were left burning after widespread hits in the town and railroad yards. A violent delayed explosion from a gasoline dump sent smoke billowing to 200 feet.
  Sept. 12, Yamethin was struck by heavies. Engine sheds were left in flames and other damage caused.
  On Sept. 13, Sagaing was again smacked hard, direct hits being observed on rolling stock and on the docks. In northern Burma, Lonkin was the target of B-25 bombs. Barracks were destroyed and a large fire left burning.

Up Chinaway, members of an air base presented the Ding How Follies, G.I. version of Broadway's Star and Garter.  Left, a risqué bedroom scene wowed the audience.  Right, Pfc. Richard Donegan made with the Gypsy Rose Lee routine, later sang to Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault.

Lowly Peefcee
'Kids' General
In G.I. Show


    CHINA AIR BASE - It isn't often that a private first class can "kid" a general and get away with it. But that's what Pfc. Richard Donegan did here the other night.
  The occasion was the second performance of the Ding How Follies, stage show produced by members of this heavy bombardment group and featuring a bevy of "feminine beauties" who suspiciously resembled various well-known mechanics, armorers, etc. Donegan, attired in a filmy, clinging blue negligee, complete with matching unmentionables, sang two songs, You're an Education in Yourself and You Made Me Love You, both addressed personally to Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault, who was in the audience.
  Donegan is from Brooklyn, which may explain everything.


    14TH AIR FORCE BOMBER BASE - Despite Kipling and the Theater policy, the twain does meet every now and then here in China. And they do fall in love. Usually, in this case, they murmur of the birds and the trees, the flowers and the moon, etc. It's the same in the Orient as it is in Brooklyn. The following letter was written by a little Chinese lassie to an American officer in the headquarters of this heavy bomb group:
  "Oh, darlyng," she wrote, "I didn't see you last nite as because one of my friend been wanting me to marry so I refuse and we got a big fight and I been getting so many hits at my face and I use to cry out.
  "The day you been back from away I been worry of you and dreaming of you even so I wish to you only in this place. If you can surely love me only I used not to love others. Please not forget to love me darlyng. The way you love me is only on the first night I met you.
  "Please look for me only darlyng please let me know anything you want from my heart. This is why I used to love you only. See me at any time and love me ever."

Maj. McCarten and Sgt. Cook
So He's Not Fit, Huh?


    SKULL AND WINGS MEDIUM BOMB SQUAD - His service record reads: "Physically unqualified for combat duty," but 21-year-old S/Sgt. Vernon S. Cook was one of the first members of this unit to qualify for the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star.
  Which should prove again that you can't keep a good man down.
  The 120-pound, blue-eyed gunner, who comes from out Oklahoma way, was photographed by Sgt. Lee Johnston receiving congratulations from his commanding officer, Maj. Robert D. McCarten, shortly after being Silver Starred.
  As for being "physically unqualified," no one, not even Cook himself, is quite certain why that notation was placed on his service record, as his coolness under fire and all-round ability have proven he is anything but. All this despite that fact that he was the youngest combat man in the squadron when he began flying and still rates as one of the outfit's youngsters.
  "They might have thought I was unqualified because I'm just a teeny-weeny bit underweight," explains modest, likeable Cook.

Courtesy Extended To Literary G.I's

    If there are any literary giants in the C.B.I. Theater who thirst for contact with others of their ilk, they will be glad to know that they g-have had a courteous invitation hurled at them by the All-India Centre of the International P.E.N., a world-wide organization of writers.
  If you will apprise Sophia Wadle, of P.E.N.'s national headquarters at 22 Naryan Dabholkar Road, Bombay, that you are (a) a writer and (b) here, you will get yourself some specimen copies of the P.E.N. monthly journal and possibly establish contacts which will lighten your stay here at the end of the line.


    There are people in the C.B.I. Theater who not only do NOT deny coming from the State of New York, but actually are proud of it.
  This misguided point of view was sickeningly manifested on Per Diem Hill last night when approximately 100 Theater G.I.'s and officers from the Empire State gathered at a New Delhi restaurant to organize what is to be known to posterity as SNYFBIC - State of New York Forces in Burma-India-China.
  The idea was born in the fertile brains of S/Sgt. Jack Blumenfield, Sgt. Sam Miller and Cpl. Norman Diamond, who recently came to the conclusion that they simply could not face a future devoid of contact with other New York patriots. So they rounded up a dozen other New Yorkers, drew up a constitution and by-laws, appointed committees and in general had a helluva time. Last night's dinner was one outcome.
  Qualifications for membership consist of being able and willing to look someone in the eye and swear that you do actually "come" from New York. A legal committee is attempting to find out, among other things, whether it is against Army Regulations to charge dues. It is hoped that local chapters will be organized throughout the Theater and a permanent organization can be formed which will continue after the ear. Sgt. James Lang, of Air Service Command, is the man with whom anyone interested should get in touch.

And What Do YOU Want Santa To Leave In Your Stocking?

    WASHINGTON - (UP) - The Office of War Information, issuing a list of Christmas gifts for the armed forces overseas, said the No. 1 choice was cheerful, newsy letters from home. Second choice was snapshots of family and friends and third was magazines and hometown newspapers.
  Windproof cigarette lighters, shock and waterproof wrist watches, Boy Scout knives, cameras, pipes \and tobacco will be welcome in any combat zone, but assorted commercial packages, "goodies," and elaborate shaving kits are definitely out.
  Canned, vacuum-packed peanuts are listed as "worth their weight in gold."
  The survey reported that C.B.I. servicemen want fine razor blades, compact shaving kits, combs, cigarettes, pen and pencil sets, sun glasses and tobacco, while the Marines in the Southwest Pacific ask for hunting knives.


    EDITOR'S NOTE - A few weeks ago, a certain major (spelled E-l-d-r-i-d-g-e) who is the policy maker for the Roundup, ventured out of plush Rear Echelon Headquarters into the tangled jungles of Assam. When he left, his heart beat warmly for all mankind; when he returned, he was a bitter cynic. This astonishing reversal was brought about by a diversion know out in the weeds as "recreational poker." With utmost cunning, the trap was laid for the major, who emerged from the game wearing a figurative barrel. HE HAD NOT WON A SINGLE HAND.
  Properly indignant at this rough treatment, the major stalked into the office with an editorial

written in white heat which Ye Ed was forced to publish "or else -."
  Today, Ye Ed exercises the spirit of fair play and publishes the answer to the major, written by Brig. Gen. Hayden L. Boatner, whose boys sheared the visitor from Per Diem Hill.

  Attached hereto is a pictorial presentation of the recent disillusionment of Delhi brasshats. It is believed that these pictures speak for themselves, and after the recent scurrilous, unwarranted and sore-headed attack upon members of this command, no title should be necessary. However, colleagues knowing full well the lack of imagination of the editorial staff of the Roundup have suggested the following: "City Slicker Goes To Northern Assam" or "Again a Boy Scout Sent To Do A Man's Job."
  Respectfully yours, H. L. BOATNER, Brig. Gen., U.S. Army.


    BURMA ARMY BASE - The fabulous Naga tribesmen, who have shifted their attention from head-hunting to aiding the U.S. Army in the establishment and maintenance of outposts in Burma, are again taxing the resourcefulness of American authorities.
  For months, the Nagas, at their own request, have been getting as part of their pay the damaged parachutes used in air-dropping food and supplies to outposts from American planes. With this parachute cloth, the Nagas have really made themselves well-dressed - but their sole objection is that all of the cloth is white, giving no color variety.
  Through one of their chiefs, the Nagas have officially filed their complaint and air-dropping planes might soon be seen discharging their loads dangling from multi-colored parachutes.


    There are only 14 more shopping days before Christmas, chums - and don't look at your calendars and try to tell us we're crazy. The Roundup in making this fearless statement to every G.I. in the C.B.I. Theater, knows whereof it speaks. In fact, it has the official word of the Theater Postal Officer that unless you guys who plan to send Christmas presents home get them in the mail by Oct. 1, it's going to be a late Christmas for your dearly beloveds.
  In addition to getting them to the postman by the date announced, your parcels will be limited to 70 pounds and must not exceed 100 inches in length and girth combined. For irregular-shaped packages, the longest way around is official.
  Beyond this, all you have to remember is to be sure your parcels do not contain perishable, poisonous or harmful articles, that they are securely wrapped or boxed and that addresses are legible and complete.
  Now, carry on, you beardless Santa Clauses.

The C.B.I. Roundup is a weekly newspaper published by and for the men of the United States Army Forces in China, Burma, and India, from news and pictures supplied by staff members, soldier correspondents, the United Press, and the War Department. The Roundup is published Thursday of each week and is printed by The Statesman in New Delhi, India. Editorial matter should be sent directly to Lt. Floyd Walter, Rear Echelon Hq., U.S.A.F., C.B.I., New Delhi, and should arrive not later than Monday in order to make that week's issue. Pictures must arrive by Sunday and must be negatives or enlargements. Stories should contain full name and organization of sender.

SEPTEMBER  16,  1943    

Original issue of C.B.I. Roundup shared by Ruth Canney, widow of CBI veteran John Canney.

Copyright © 2007 Carl Warren Weidenburner