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Marianas Island Campaign (1944)

Marianas Island Campaign (1944)

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4
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NO
MOVIE
TONIGHT
24
5011RS
At
j,
8-29
FISLD
 
PART
ONE
.
It
is
anot.herone
of
t.hoae
hot.
un
costortlbia
a!t.ernoons
at
North
field
on
Gua=..
Gr\r
J
bie-Lad
clouds
hang
Eot,lon
less
in
the
sk;y
thrutening
t.o
looae
t.orrentsof
nino
St.retching
as
tar
as
the
,i.
can
see,
silvery
~ 2 9 ' s
sit
se
renely
on
their
hard-st.ands.
the
field
is
.a
auietas
little
Southern
t.own
on
aSUndl;y
afternoon.
In
the
sort
s!'.adow
under
wing
seal!
group
ot
~ e n
is
tl')'
ing
to
escapo
the
opprell8ive
heat
.•
The
aUence
is
brOt(en
only
by
theclank
ing
o!
a
aut-Ie
chain
behind
a
gnollne
true...
purring
down
the
t..axhay
or
the
putt-putt
of.
Jeapwith
broken
muff
ler.
In
the
hollow
or.
llOW1.d
o!
coral
tohree
ordnlnce.GrI
are
arranging
boobs
.
in
rows
beside
an
open
bo::t.b-bay
1I'bUe
! ~ t h . r
dCWl.
crew
chief
wipes
the
011
·froll
an
'ng1ni
MCGUe
with
lena
caress
ing
strOll:lIa.
It.
i8
juat.
aft.er
lunch
and
t.haground
crew
a:en
are
drUt.1ns
back
by
ones
and
t.wos
t.o
continue
work
on
t.heir
airplane".
Their
unhurriod
1 I l 0 v ~ n t . s
give
lit.tle
indicat.ion
of
t.he
at.rese
un
der
",Mch
they
have
been
wordngever
~ l . h e
firat.
millSion.Theygoquiet.l.,y
t
and
lte.hodlca.lly
about.
their
jobs;
1I'het,see.:.8
like
indltrerence
18
act.ually
8
sureneas
devalopad
by
longexperienceunder
trying
conditione.
They
know
the
fault.s
and
virtuea
and,
inner
workings
ot
t.heir
nirplanaa
as
ot
(I
dotll'ly
beloved
friend.
In
a
large
wooden-bench-filled
roar.
.!h!.
f!.i8!'t.
~ r e . : s
begin
to
gst.hor
for
thebrierina:.
Phot.ographs
o
previous
s t . r i ~ e s
and
Jap
inetellat.ions
coverthewalla.
and
on
a
a:r.all
st.ayeup
tront
...udal.
chlirta
or
fora.Lione
andt.ake-oCC
data,
corporal
in
ratigues
is
finish
ing.up
ot
today,'.
t..arget.
'!'be
Colonel
enters
and
the
brlet1n£begins.
The
intcr:r.at.ion
is
not.
new
t.o
&n,)'
ot
t.he
Mil.
The,.
have
bHn
over
all
t.his
durinG
a:&.V'
hours
at.
target.
st.udy
clas
...
es.
prel1ainar-y
and
SP8cialb:edbricfinr.:
sessions.
In
very
correct..
fact.-fi.ll.ed
sentences
t.he
intelligenceofficer
i8rniewing
t.he
genem
infoJ"llO:ltiont.hey
&Ust.
dl
have:
the
aportanceof
t.het.arget..t.he
gtography
of
theerea
and
t.he
ant.icipated
e n ~
opposit.ion.
"Your
target.
t.onight.
1.a
Un
Jiu.
the
1Irgut.
cit.)'
on
t.he
island
ot
Sh.1l<o-
ko."
he
sa'8.
"It.
used
t.o
be
the
tourth
largest
but
welve
alread,J
t.aAen
caN
ot
t.he
ot.hers."
Good
r\IIt.ured
jeering
greet.s
t.he
weather
otficer.
EvoT)'oneknowsthat.he
nearly
IIl
..
ys
says
the
saee
thing
-
wea
t.hor
w1.ll
be
bad.Thist.ice
1e
no
excep
tion.
With
wrr
huaor
he
describes
t.he
"int.eresting"
a.!..tuat1o:l
in
thearea
8fld
concludes
by
aa)'ing
that.
bcnbing
will
probably
be
byinatru::lent.:l.
The
operat.ions
officerstresses
rescue
and
ditching
procudurtls.
wat.ches
are
synchronb:ed,
endt.he
chaplain
offers
e
prayer.
The
laat.speaker
ia
theColonel.
Ho
is
tall.
youngish.
ensrgetic.
c1e;ar-8l:lOlcing
citizenof
Texa8
(and
the
USA).
with
a
brilliant.
rucord
u
a
8-26
group
cOJl1lll8nder
in
t.he
8uropean
thoat.re.
A
hard
t.ulal.ast.er
dur1ne;
the
training
period.
hu
p . a a i o n 8 t e ~
insiaLs
on
per-
tection
and
strict.
cUscip1ine
"'in
the
air.
The
ICen
respect.
and
like
hie;
tor
hie
fr1encl,y
uruMr.
and
because
of
a.....
Uut.lon
t.hat
their
t1e;ht
air
dis
...
cipline
haabeen
responsible
for
saving
ItOra
than
a
te1l'
lives.
Flourishing
a
half-=Oll:ed
cigar,
herall'1ews
their
. c c o c a p l l s ~
..
nts.·
rit.h
pride
but.without.
boastfulness.
re=.:1nda
the:
ot
t.heir
part
in
t.he
llhole
B-29
programt.oward
.inning
the
war
and
B0ing
hOlr.e,
and
concludoa
wit.ha
fe.
words
a
bout
corale.
)lorale,
he
t.eUs
t.b_.ie
a
tunnyt.hing.
He
has
it
ongood
aut.hority
tor
instAnce,
t.hat
aorale
is
closelJ."
asaoeiated
.ith
sex.
Oh,yes.
It
hasde
tinUely
been
proven
t.hat.
the
ottspringof
cell.
ot
an
outfit
whoae
c.orale
is
I1ieh
ue
invariably
boya.
and
the
lowerthe
EOrale
Lhe
g.....
ter
the
pftrcentage
of
girls!
The
t.an
1.Iough.
It
will
be
a
COlt-
parat,ively
o&s.)'
.cluion
-t.he
Colonel
is
neverflippant.
before
a.
t o c ~
one.
With
clOCK
work
precision
each
speaker
uses
hlaallot.ed
t.1I:eendpre'"a8MS
the
tacts
tully
and
clearly.
"he
operational
data
is
t.oe
auch
for
any
one
brain
to
hold,
so
the
men
break
up
into
8.%&11
groups
for
sp4l:c1.al1zad
briefing
ot
20
minutes
each
for
pilota.
navigators.
bcx'.bardiers.
rader
.en,
gunners
and
radio
operet.ors.
They
taka
not.es,
ask
quoaLions
and
list.enattent.ively.
There
10no
tonr.alit.)'
andno
,,'ut.ed
t1.lll.e.
The
aesaione
over,
t.he
Clen
dashover
to
the
Il:e5S
hall
for
a
tull,
heavyt::oalandLhen
Lo
relax
orwrite
a
lott.ar.
Inthe
un
hall
t.h.e
c.on
est
heart.
ily.
There
ore
a
~ e w
pract.ical
jokeaLars
but.
llloat.
ot
t.he
ll:f:In
just
tolk
about
experiencea
on
previous
lfl1seio:ls.
tho
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