BRIEF, official publication of the Army Air Forces in the Pacific Ocean Areas, produced under the supervision of the Information and Education Division of AAFPOA, is published every Tuesday by and for the personnel of AAFPOA. BRIEF, in addition to serving as a news and information publication, strives to acquaint the men with the accomplishments of the personnel of AAFPOA. Opinions so expressed are those of the individual writer and are not to be construed as representing the policy of either the Army Air Forces or the War Department. Stories, features, pictures and other material may be reproduced providing credit line reads: AAFPOA BRIEF.
|Brief 1944 11 28|
Vol. 1 No. 52 ....... Cover: This week's cover picture was made right after D-Day on a recently won Pacific Island. The grimy, ragged, battle-weary "ground air force" soldiers are members of a 7th AAF Aviation Engineer battalion which went ashore behind the assault forces and rebuilt a Japanese airstrip while subject to artillery fire and sniper infiltration. It is only lately that the Aviation Engineers have come in for their share of the credit in the forward march of American forces from Hawaii to the Marianas. A recent issue of Air Force magazine told the story of the Aviation Engineers in the Marianas. ....... Articles Inside: ... Snipers' Hallowe'en - Hallowe'en on this Forward Island was dark and rainy. Then the moon rose and Jap snipers tried to infiltrate. By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb and photos by Pvt. Diego D'Arteaga ..... Bolivar - One year and 81 missions after its first combat flight over Tarawa, the Bolivar went back to the Mainland for a flying tour of defense plants. It was to have been the first 7th AAF bomber exhibited in the tradition of the famed Memphis Belle. But the Bolivar crashed in California and may never fly again. ..... Manhattan in the Marianas - Fighter pilots Down Under make themselves a Stateside fraternity row out of captured Jap equipment. By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick ..... AAFPOA War Record by Hugh R. Floyd - Pacific is Tougher - Military Cargo Plane - Risky Job - Saipan Raided - Phosphorus Bombs ..... Aviation Engineers in Palau - Forty-eight hours after the beachheads were won they landed with bulldozers and graders. ..... Bomber Names - An AAF tradition, they show the airman's humor and his love for his plane. ..... Editorial - Winning the War in Headlines ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Truth and Consequences" by Milton Caniff ..... Sunday Down Under ..... Chatter 'n' Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Meet the People - Capt. Elizabeth J. Woodin - Sgt. Stanley Olszewski ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Helmet, G.I. - Bathtub, sink, bucket, shovel - the G.I. helmet Down Under is employed by ingenious soldiers as an all-round utensil. ..... Brief pinup - This week's cut-it-out, pin-it-up-and-sigh girl is Paramount Pictures' tempestuous red-head, Susan Hayward. She specializes in playing hot-tempered, unscrupulous women who like nothing better than to make a man lose his head and forget his principles, wife and three children. As you can see, she certainly can act. Her most recent picture to arrive in the Central Pacific was the film version of Eugene O'Neills "The Hairy Ape," in which she played opposite William Bendix and lured him away from his Job as a stoker on an ocean liner. What furnace could compete with Susan Hayward?
|Brief 1944 12 05|
Vol. 2 No. 1 ....... The life raft being attached to the bomb release of the seven-ton P-47 on the cover is a safety measure for pilots downed at sea. Thunderbolts in the Marianas stand ready for emergency flights to locate downed airmen and drop the rafts to them. The crewmen attaching the raft to the P-47's bomb release on a 7th AAF fighter strip are, left, Sgt Frank Williams and Sgt Raymond Murphy. Pfc Fred Shelton made the cover picture. Last year, his photograph of a bomber standing in the rain at night on a Texas airfield, won first award in an Air Forces contest. ....... Articles Inside: ... Flight to Leyte - A correspondent flies to Leyte aboard the first transport plane from the Central Pacific to land in the Philippines. From leyte's airstrip, a C-47 loaded with rations takes off for the front to drop food to isolated fighting units. By PFC Bud Nelson. Photos by Cpl Lyle Strain ..... Hoibert's Girl - Once a flop in Hollywood, Miss Fixit gets proposals of marriage and 100 letters a day. By Cpl. Steve Chiani. Photos by Sgt. Jim Mooney ..... Mud, Jungle and Japs - Air Force troops on Palau built their runways and set up an airbase despite heat and marauding Japs. By S.Sgt. Frank Merrigan ..... Air War - The Heat is on for the Japs ..... Editorial ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Miscue At Staging Area" by Milton Caniff ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Chatter'n Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Meet the People - WOJG Arthur A. Burns ..... Brief pinup - Pfc. Romeo Dingle, chairman of Brief's cheesecake Committee narrowed this week's collection of pin-ups down to Miss Virginia Routh. Dingle's final selection, he admits, was influenced by Miss Routh's chummy "To the Boys" inscription. "Anything for the boys" is Dingle's motto. Virginia is neither a Hollywood starlet or Broadway chorine. She is a radio actress currently appearing on National Broadcasting Company programs and may be found almost any evening around Radio City in New York, in case you happen to be in that neighborhood.
|Brief 1944 12 12|
Vol. 2 No. 2 ....... This week's cover picture was made by BRIEF photographer Cpl "Moose" Strain on Saipan shortly before the first B-29 strike from that island to Tokyo. The picture shows B-29 pilot Capt. Phil Greens giving his crew a final briefing and inspection before one of the Superfort shakedown missions that preceded the Tokyo bombings. These last-minute inspections of equipment before a mission are S.O.P. with B-29 crews, and serve to reveal any flaws or omissions of vital Mae Wests, parachutes or flak suits. Notice the bomb already painted on the nose of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the remotely controlled, multiple-gun top turret. ....... Articles Inside: ... Target: Tokyo - A plane was built ( B-29 ), a command was organized, men were trained and a runway was built, Target: Tokyo ( a 10 page article ) Some photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Editorial ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call " Cooked By A Hash Mark" by Milton Caniff ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Chatter'n Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Meet the People - Sgt. Benjamin C. Chickette ..... LST Lamour ..... Brief pinup - Give a Hollywood press agent enough rope, a starlet like Angela Greene and presto, you have what the trade calls cheesecake. This week's mail turned up two shots of Miss Greene dreamed up by an enterprising press agent for the brothers Warner. In one photograph, Miss Greene was wearing a two piece blouse-and-skirt affair and was holding a 1945 California license plate. The press agent reported that only one plate would be given each customer and that it would be painted in the "fashionable" black-and-white. Then, obviously at the end of his rope, the press agent went out and posed pretty Angela with the rope at her end.
|Brief 1944 12 19|
Vol. 2 No. 3 ....... Cover: This spectacular photograph shows aviation engineers ramming a bulldozer into the remains of a B-29, which burned after a low-level Japanese attack against Superforts on Saipan. The man at the left is training a foam spray on the inferno, while the bulldozer driver heaps dirt on the flames. The intense heat scorched and singed all the engineers fighting the fire, as well as Pfc. Donald Claypool, who took this picture. The feat was witnessed by Brig. Gen. Heywood S. Hansell Jr. He called it one of the bravest actions he had ever seen. ....... Articles Inside: ... Mission to the Mainland - The Bolivar crew, on tour in the States, finds women, liquor and life on a big scale in Hollywood, a long way from Saipan. By S/Sgt. Bob Price ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Longest Fighter Missions - 7th AAF Lightnings and P-47s journey to Truk and the Bonins to mousetrap some Jap pursuits. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... They call them dicing runs ( Photo Reconnaissance Missions ). By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb and photos by deArteaga ..... No Midnight Mass - Churches on Guam and the Palaus. By Cpl. Louis Grayner with Photos by Grayner, Shivers and Grout ..... Editorial - Christmas at Home By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Leg Log" by Milton Caniff ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. By Sgt. Hugh Floyd ..... Tojo, Brownie, Yehudi ( Dogs on the Marianas ) By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Chatter'n Patter By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Meet the People - T-5 Frank S. Stewart and Capt. Daniel M. Mazzocco ..... Women ..... Brief pinup - Since this is Christmas week, we wanted to print a nice photograph of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. But when our photographer went to get the picture he found that Flight Officer Claus and his crew had completed their missions and had been sent home on rotation. Our only alternative was this picture of Paramount actress Barbara Britton. She writes that her heart and soul belong to the boys overseas and she wishes she could be with each one of us on Christmas Eve. Which would be almost as nice as a visit from St. Nick.
|Brief 1944 12 26|
Vol. 2 No. 4 ....... Cover: The photograph on this week's BRIEF cover shows gunner Sgt. L. C. Nash of Phoenix, Ariz., at his station in the tail of his B-25. Photographer Paul Friend got this picture at a Hawaiian airfield, where Nash's Mitchell bomber group is now stationed after a year of action Down Under. For a story about this group, read "It's the Sergeant's Plane," on the next page. Sgt. Nash's tail machinegun mount is a special adaptation devised by the crewchiefs of his squadron. It gives the gunner more mobility and a greater range of fire than the original mount, is especially useful on low-level strafing sorties. ....... Articles Inside: ... It's the Sergeant's Plane - Veterans of a year in action, the groundcrews of this B-25 outfit know planes as no pilot does. By Sgt. Roger Angell and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Pressure Points By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Mission to the Mainland - The Bolivar's tour ends with a hard-luck crash. The crew dates starlets; does the cokey-rokey. ( Conclusion ) By S/Sgt. Bob Price and photos by Norman Placey and Gary Gray ..... Editorial - the enchanted war ..... Fighter Strip Medic ( Capt. A. D. McKinley ) By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick and photo by Pfc Fred Shelton ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. By Sgt. Hugh Floyd and photos by Cpl. Lyle Strain and Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Kipling Didn't Know American Soldiers" by Milton Caniff ..... Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Crossroads of the Pacific. By Pfc. Jay Greulich ..... Brief pinup - This week BRIEF makes its third pass with the number seven - in this case, the much-photographed Toni Seven. Altho her press agent is billing her as the girl born to be a star," Toni's acting to date has been confined to posing for cheesecake shots like this one. As far as we are concerned, she ought to win the Academy Award. If she looks a little tired it is only because she has been signing some of the 1000 photographs she sends to serviceman each week. Toni is 21 years o!d and weighed in for this picture at 108 pounds - minus the weight of that heavy negligee that she is about to fall out of.
|Brief 1945 01 02|
Vol. 2 No. 5 ....... Cover: This week's cover picture was taken by Staff Photographer Pvt. Diego deArteaga on Angaur. The Japanese refugee with the cup of water is the former post office clerk on Angaur. He is a survivor of 20 years of the Japanese "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere." He and his wife were the first Japanese civilians to come out of the caves where they had been hiding after the island was secured by American troops. Starved and emaciated, he received good medical care at the Army hospital on Angaur. The story on the opposite page tells how the natives of Palau, formerly Jap-ruled, were treated by American Military Government on Angaur. ....... Articles Inside: ... For the People of Angaur - The natives of this Southern Palau island escaped from the caves to begin new lives under U.S. Military Govt. By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb and photos by Pvt. Diego deArteaga ..... Rubberneck Run By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick ..... Afternoon with Olivia ( Olivia DeHavilland ) By S/Sgt. Joe Whitley ..... Reassignment Center - The country's 16 airforces send veterans here, with the booby-prize going to the Seventh AAF. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... 5000 Mile Move ( Photo story of Bomber Group move from Hawaii to Palaus ) Photos by M/Sgt. Clyde A. Henderson and Sgt. Louis J. Zacharias ..... Landon ( Brig. Gen. Truman H. Landon ) By PFC Bud Nelson and Photo by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. Photo by Pfc. Fred Shelton ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Tetched-nition Fifth Grade" by Milton Caniff ..... Brief pinup - Our pinup this week is cute Martha Tilton, who can sing, too. We can remember when Martha was starting her career as a soloist with Benny Goodman. Now she is having a fling at Hollywood. Martha is no stranger to the men of the POA; a couple of months ago she completed a tour of Pacific bases (including Down Under) with Jack Benny. Now she knows just what all soldiers are fighting to get back to, as any fool can plainly see. Her press agent promises that if you write Martha, care of Russell Birdwell at 200 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif., she will send you an autographed copy of this photograph. Lucky you.
|Brief 1945 01 09|
Vol. 2 No. 6 ....... Cover: Capt John H. Allen, 25-year-old chief of the Flight Test section at Hawaiian Air Depot, is an Army test pilot. His story, and the story of the men who fly the kinks out of combat planes, is told on the opposite page. Allen, like most AAF test pilots, is the product of cadet training and his job has all the danger but none of the glamour of prewar test piloting featured in the cigarette ads. Cpl Paul Friend, BRIEF photographer, made the cover shot of Capt Allen just before a test flight. ....... Articles Inside: ... Army Test Pilot - The men who check the combat-destined planes leave the decorations and reassignments to the bomber and fighter boys. By Cpl. Zander Hollander and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Trial by Fire. By S/Sgt Frank Merrigan and photos by Sgt. Henry Krush..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Up from the Boneyard. ( Crash landing of B-25 ) By Cpl. Louis Brechemin ..... Strategic Air Forces - Pacific Wide ..... Opinion: Women in Foxholes? Photos by Pvt. John A. Modzelewski ..... Cigarette Shortage Shortage By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... King Moe ( Pvt. John Ambrosia ) By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan and photo by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain and Sgt. Louis J. Zacharias ..... Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Dry Run - But All Under-water Shots" by Milton Caniff ..... Winter Sports. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain and Pfc Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - Beauteous Marguerite Chapman, who, her press agent says, has talent to spare, obviously has a good foundation for picture work. If she appears to look coy, it's because she was told to look coy. If she tries she can also look seductive, alluring, enticing or just plain fascinating, depending on the clothes she doesn't wear or the poses she does strike, with the help of experts from the public relations staff. This time they settle for coy, altho any of the other adjectives would seem to fit just as well.
|Brief 1945 01 16|
Vol. 2 No. 7 ....... Cover: Crewchiefs atop port wings help guide blunt-nosed Thunderbolts to new positions at this fighter-base in Marianas. Cockpit position and fat bellies of these ships necessitate extra help for pilots in steering fighters while on ground. Empty bomb racks and covered guns indicate that these P-47s, now the most common fighters in the forward areas of the Pacific, are heading for parking areas. Mechanics ride mid-way out on wings to avoid wash of spinning props. Pfc Fred Shelton caught this striking picture as the line of deadly Thunderbolts trundled along in single file over coral taxiway of their Marianas base. ....... Articles Inside: ... DS to an Assault Wave - Eight AAF orphans spent seven of their first twelve months overseas on the water, fought with the Infantry and Marines on the beaches at Makin, Eniwetok, Guam. By Cpl. Roger Angell and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... New Job for the Box Cars - Newest assignment for the Liberators finds them taking Navy officers to act as spotters for task force bombardment of Japanese Iwo Jima. By PFC Bud Nelson and photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... What Makes Sammy Run? By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan and photo Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. Photo by Pfc Fred Shelton ..... Duke's Dopes - A squad of airforce MPs devises its own method of ferreting out Jap snipers on Palau. Jap-wise, they can smell the enemy. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Editorial - Headline Victories - Again ..... Luckiest Man in the World ( S2c Jacob L. Schunk ) By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Daddy, Would They Bust A Marine For This?" by Milton Caniff ..... Hey, Fellas - Snow ..... Brief pinup - One Hollywood columnist looked at this, smacked his lips, and, with hardly any effort at all, came up with the entirely new label - Blouse Girl. Girl in the blouse ( it isn't really a blouse but everyone will get the idea ) is blonde Lorraine Miller, who, her agent says, is as smart as she is beautiful. To prove it, he Claims she was salutatorian of her class at Michigan State. A salutatorian, as you didn't know, is one who delivers a salutatory, which is something pertaining to a salutation, which has nothing at all to do with blouses. Anyway, she has pretty shoulders, which is the reason for her being on the back cover in the first place.
|Brief 1945 01 23|
Vol. 2 No. 8 ....... Cover: This week's cover picture shows Sgt R. L. Copeland, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 7th AAF, just after he received his pay on shipboard while the squadron was traveling to its new base Down Under. That expectant grin shows what hell Copeland intends to raise at a forthcoming poker game. This photograph was taken by 7th AAF Combat Camera Photog Sgt G. W. Holmes, who accompanied the outfit and recorded all phases of the move. For more pictures by Sgt Holmes about the Headquarters men's journey and the fate of Sgt Copeland's long green, see pages 10 and 11 of this issue. ....... Articles Inside: ... "Allergic to Combat" - Air Transport Command fliers have spent years living down a phrase which was dreamed up in the early months of the war. By Pfc. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Prisoner in Thailand By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb and photo by Pvt. Diego deArteaga ..... Heroes Don't Win Wars By PFC Bud Nelson and photo by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Escort in Reverse By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick ..... Scraps - Built from junked parts of a dozen Thunderbolts; but in action she beat the beat of them. By PFC Bud Nelson and photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Headquarters Moves Up Photos by Sgt. G. W. Holmes ..... Editorial - Campaign Stars - Fanatic Jap ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Personals By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Air-Ground Co-operation" by Milton Caniff ..... Rest Leave ..... Brief pinup - The bait in this fishnet is Miss Yvonne DeCarlo. When not engaged in sending her very best wishes to us guys in the Army Air Forces (who can use all the good wishes we get) Miss De C. occupies herself with being decorative in motion pictures produced in Hollywood, Calif., a suburb of the Philippines. The net in this picture, as any fool can plainly see, has been somewhat beaten and battered by land-based sharks stationed at the corner of Hollywood and Vine who were trying to get in for a sample bite of the bait. Here you see about as much of Yvonne in the flesh as you are likely to see.
|Brief 1945 01 30|
Vol. 2 No. 9 ....... Cover: When the moon is standing straight up over the Marianas, it's almost a sure bet that the Japs will stage a raid. They come in over the islands aided by a moon that is bright enough to read by and their prime targets are the Superforts. Knowing that there may be little sleep ahead for them on bright nights, B-29 crewmembers stand guard over their own planes. Staff Photographer Lyle D. Strain made this cover shot of crewmember S.Sgt Chester R. Nicholson of Danville, Ind., on guard duty. The moon is high and the Sergeant actually is reading his book. ....... Articles Inside: ... Head First Over Japan - A B-29 gunner tells the story of his own invention which saved his life when he was catapulted into space and hung unconcious, five miles over Nagoya. By Sgt. James R. Krantz ..... Eighty-Five and Up ( 7th AAF Liberators with 85 missions or more ) By S/Sgt. Frank Merrigan and photos by Sgt. Henry B. Krush ..... Bringing in the Bombers - Handling traffic on this combat airstrip, now one of the world's busiest airports, takes the full-time attention of an expert crew of nine control tower men. ( Saipan ) By Cpl. Zander Hollander ..... Premature Patriot - An AAF officer did some cool slugging in preliminary bout to the Big Fight, World War II. By Pvt. Alan K. Hartman and photo by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Bonins Rocket-Run By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Combat Crews Only. Photos by Cpl. Pierre Kobylinski ..... Topsy-Turvy ..... Jobs in Aviation? ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Souvenir Season Closed ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Well, Slip My Cable" by Milton Caniff ..... Down-Under Diner By S/Sgt. Frank T. Merrigan ..... Brief pinup - The last time we saw a picture of the little lovely on the back cover, she was wearing a sweater which garment brought out many of the same fine points you see in this portrait. Her name is Daun Kennedy. She used to work in a Boeing aircraft plant, standing over a hot assembly line all day. One day a friend in the plant, probably a designer with a nice eye for streamlining and a drag in Hollywood, told a movie magnate about her. Now she has gone where all good little girls go in their dreams, into the films. Where she and you go in your dreams is nobody's business but your own, Mac.
|Brief 1945 02 06|
Vol. 2 No. 10 ....... Cover: Ever since July 7, 1944, when Jap shells lobbed onto Saipan from Tinian, foxholes have been in fashion in the Marianas. Since the Superforts moved in, Jap desperation raids have been frequent, although they mean almost certain suicide for enemy fighter pilots. This week's cover, photographed by Pfc Fred Shelton, shows Cpl J. L. Taylor, Nokomis, Ill., a 7th AAF fighter squadron truck driver, caught by the momentary flash of a searchlight as he watches a night raid from the shelter of his sandbagged foxhole. His helmet protects him against bits of falling flak as well as against enemy strafing. For more pictures by Pfc Shelton on the latest in foxholes, see pages 10 and 11 of this issue. ....... Articles Inside: ... On the Deck to Chichi - Two B-24s collide, one catches a 1000-lb. bomb, both return. By PFC Bud Nelson and photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Mariannas Smoke Eaters - The eleven men of this Marianas crash crew have been first to arrive at the scene of dozens of spectacular runway crackups. Their specialty - fire fighting - is a dangerous occupation. By Cpl. Zander Hollander and Photos by Cpl. Carl Calabrese and Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... A Medal for Manuel ( Manuel Cruztantano ) By Pvt. Jay Greulich ..... Action Over Europe - They hold desk jobs with the 7th AAF now, but they fought the Luftwaffe over Germany. By Cpl. Steve Chiani and photos by Pvt. Diego deArteaga ..... Dion, Jose, Jerry, Luis and Jesus ( Marianas boys working for the 7th AAF ) Photos by Cpl. Sydney Sussman ..... Old Soldiers Never Die - These six war weary aerial veterans have been retired after 394 engagements with the enemy. ( B-24s Incendiary Sue, Little General, Bugs Bomby, Little Joe, Bat Out of Hell and Battling Hornet ) By Sgt. Marion Leach ..... "A Better 'Ole" Photos by Pfc. Fred Shelton ..... Editorial - Are You Government Issue? - Imported Stripes ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Typewriter Commandos By Cpl. Zander Hollander ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... New Top Kick By Pvt. Alan K. Hartman ..... Old Top Kick By Cpl. Steve Chiani ..... Male Call "Cold Dressing" by Milton Caniff ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Pilot vs Torpedo ..... Let 'em eat bread. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... File 13 By Cpl. Roger Angell ..... The Emperor's Palace By Pvt William Groppenbacher ..... Brief pinup - Reading from top to bottom on this week's back cover, we find ( unless the composing room has reversed the picture on us ); Miss Virginia De Luce ( head and shoulders ), half a bathing suit, Miss Virginia De Luce ( thorax and abdomen ), the other half of the bathing suit and Miss Virginia De Luce ( rear echelon ). The rest of the photograph is taken up by a couple of wharf pilings and an inscription. In case any of you men can't read, go right back to the rest of the picture. Miss De Luce chose to be photographed on the dock scenery because she had just won a contest among the stevedores of Local 573, who chose her "The Girl We'd Most Prefer to Sink Our Baling Hooks Into."
|Brief 1945 02 13|
Vol. 2 No. 11 ....... Cover: The 90 mm gun reaching out into the night sky in this week's cover picture is one part of the elaborate defense system on a Marianas island. Since marauding B-29's began their devastating strikes against the Japanese homeland, the Marianas have become prime targets for desperate enemy raids. Sharpshooting defenders of the islands have made these raids very costly for the Japs. Deadly fire from big guns like this one (which has two Jap Bettys to its credit) rakes the entire sky during a raid. The complete story of the island's defense begins on the next page. The picture is the work of BRIEF Photographer Cpl Lyle D. Strain. ....... Articles Inside: Flash Red Alert - Island defense in the Marianas is a highly organized and split-second affair. Its guns and searchlights have made Jap raids a costly maneuver. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Criminal Investigation - Hawaii's Criminal Investigation Section is manned by detectives in khaki. protect the soldier against Army and civilian offenders. By S/Sgt. Joe Whitley ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Neckties will be worn - Once there was little rank and no formality in the Marianas, but the Army today is slowly falling into all the old garrison customs. Photos by Sgt. Henry B. Crush and Sgt. Ray Turnbull ..... Editorial ..... Forward Echelon - Gen Harmon's Fighting Facts - Jap Fighters Turn Heat on B-29's - Singed Heroes - Aching-Back Division - Timber! - Booby Trap ..... The Road Back From Iwo - Bombers and fighters coming back from the Pacific's most bombed target have found this over-water flight a long and tragic one. By Sgt. Robert O. Frederick and Cpl. Zander Hollander ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "As He Was" by Milton Caniff ..... Better than Spam - Marianas Fruits Photos by Lt. Stewart Fern and Pfc Fred Shelton ..... Making like a Mata Hari with the black cape and lace in the middle of all the architectural scrollery is Metro - Goldwyn -Mayer actress Kay Williams. To the obvious question that many easterners will ask about a dish of Miss Williams' type - "Why don't we have girls like that back home?" - the only answer is: "Because it's too cold in the East." When Kay was younger she used to live in the East. In the winter she had to wear long woolen underwear to keep warm. Then one day somebody found how she looked in a couple of yards of thin chiffon, and she had to go West, where the weather fits her clothes. Now, like everyone in Hollywood, she is fair and warmer.
|Brief 1945 02 20|
Vol. 2 No. 12 ....... Cover: Here is one more step on the long road to Tokyo. This one, however, is more than just a symbol, it is literally helping to build a road. The picture shows a conveyor belt in an asphalt plant somewhere in the Marianas. Product of the plant is used to surface the long runways from which our big Superforts take off to go hurtling on a straight air road to the heart of Japan. The belching smoke from the chimneys of this plant is a necessary prelude to the pall of smoke that hangs over Honshu after the B-29's have made a strike. At the throttle is T.5 Arthur Cook, Glenwood, N. Y. The picture was taken by Cpl Fred Shelton. ....... Articles Inside: ... Iwo Alarm Clocks - Sleepless Japs on Iwo Jima, pounded daily for months, have come to regard regularly scheduled, night-long snooper bombings as the crowning indignity. By Pfc Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Combat Camera. By Zander Hollander and photos by Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... Honshu Express - It's a fourteen-and-a-half-hour round trip, and you never know what you'll run into at the end of the line. But the Honshu Express always delivers a payload where it counts. By PFC Bud Nelson and photos by Sgt. Henry B. Krush and Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... patent NOT pending ..... Editorial - One War - Best Damed Bomber ..... Forward Echelon - Notes from the foxholes, bomb statistics and mission reports which detail, in part, AAFPOA's war record from Oahu to Palau. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain and Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... Good Humor squad ( Ice Cream ) ..... Birthday ( 11th Bombardment Group is five years old ) ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Is He Trapped Or Is She A Mouse?" by Milton Caniff ..... Close - but no cigar ( Close calls by shrapnel ) ..... Brief pinup - This is the second time around for Yvonne DeCarlo, the lush young lovely who decorates this week's back cover. Her last appearance, tastefully draped in a fish-net, hooked so many soldiers that they demanded an encore. Miss DeCarlo, who almost always goes in for nautical backgrounds when posing for her picture, has probably done more for the bathing suit industry than that guy Jantzen. The particular number she is wearing here, what there is of it, is known as a "diaper" suit. You might think she is a little old to go in for that sort of thing, but you will have to admit it is not often you come across a more beautiful baby.
|Brief 1945 02 27|
Vol. 2 No. 13 ....... Cover: You might think this week's cover is an advertisement for another Hollywood epic about the brave airman who bails out and paddles his way to a South Seas paradise. What it really advertises is the desirability of being a B-24 pilot with 40 combat missions behind you, half of them snooper missions. When you've turned that little trick, you can go back to the Oahu rest camp, as Capt Thomas O. Wear has done. The wahine is 19-year-old Jane Lundquist, who hails from Wisconsin and has been on the rock four months. In spite of the idyllic set-up the Captain has paddled into, he's going home to marry someone else. Photo by Lt Loomis Dean. ....... Articles Inside: ... Pappy's Boys Report: The Jap is GOOD - He's tougher than his Nazi Ally. War over Tokyo is rougher than the roughest missions over Berlin. Jap weather is the worst in the world. That is the sober verdict of qualified experts, B-29 veterans who know both ends of the Axis. By S/Sgt Bob Speer and photos by Sgt. Henry B. Krush, Cpl. Paul Friend and Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... Air Medals and Hula Girls. By Pfc Richard L. Dugan and photos by Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... Postwar Pilots, Inc. By Cpl. Zander Hollander and Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... Sergeants Anonymous - The work they do is so secret it is not permitted to publish names or faces By Pvt. William Groppenbacher and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Reassignment to Brooklyn - The pre-Pearl Harbor soldiers now heading home made possible many a Pacific D-Day. By Pvt. Alan K. Hartman and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Down Under Yacht Club. Photos by Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... But you gotta have a jeep. Sketches by Cpl. Henry Gillette ..... Editorial - Compulsory Military Training - The Silly Season ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain and S/Sgt. W. B. Seefoldt ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson ..... Down the Runway: The Strange Case of Phog Allen, the bookies and Gen. MacArthur ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Message Center For The Main Body" by Milton Caniff ..... How Long is a Mission? Photos by Sgt. Henry B. Krush ..... Brief pinup - In case anyone in the audience has not been going to the movies in recent years, this will inform him that the blonde dish on the back cover is Miss Lana Turner, who makes a pretty good living out of being photographed looking approximately as she does here ( acting it is called ). Lana was discovered while sipping a cherry coke in a Hollywood drug store back when she was a high school student. In the years that followed she has participated in a number of films and still found time to get married three times ( twice to the same guy ) and end the same marriages, twice by divorce and once by annulment. All of which goes to show what a cherry coke can lead to in Hollywood.
|Brief 1945 03 06|
Vol. 2 No. 14 ....... Cover: The pilot brought this B-29 into an emergency landing with one engine a blazing mass of flames. The engine extinguisher had failed to check the fire in flight, and the big ship was in a desperate condition when fire crews reached it on the ground. Directed by Sgt John O. Phillips and Sgt Crosby Akree, the fire fighters attacked the blaze with foam and chemicals. But quick thinking on the part of the smoke eaters really saved the aircraft. They threw a cable around the flaming engine, and dragged it off with a tractor. Once clear of the plane, the flames yielded to treatment. Pilot of the B-29 was 1st Lt Alfred Stendahl. ....... Articles Inside: ... Sunday Punch - Little Iwo Jima took the biggest aerial pounding in history; its capture makes possible even bigger ones at Japan itself. By S/Sgt Bob Speer and photo by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... The Widow's Bite - Black as the night they fly in, the P-61's search out Jap raiders and sting them with a bite as deadly as that of the Black Widow they're named after. They have a spectacular record. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... ..... Lil' Audrey's Old Man - A veteran crew chief heads for home with veteran bomber, the Pacific's No. 1 Liberator. During 100 rugged combat missions he never stopped sweating. Now he wants a new job. By Sgt. Roger Angell and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend and Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... D-Day...in installments ..... Editorial - The Forgotten War ..... Marianas Sadie Hawkins By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... Forward Echelon photos by Cpl. Fred Shelton ..... Bush League ..... Down the Runway: Forward Base Sports Boom at Last Gets Apathetic EM Out of Sacks. By Pfc. James Givier ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Wait of Metal" by Milton Caniff ..... Rinso White? ..... Brief pinup - Those round things you observe in the picture on this week's back cover, men, are polka dots. While studying them you may also observe that the scene includes one female, Model T-7. The last named item is Miss Toni Seven, who possesses one of the most enterprising agents in Hollywood. He is Russell Birdwell, of 200 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California. Upon request he will send you an autographed photo of Miss 7, suitable for ogling. Facts concerning other things possessed by Toni: she is five feet four and a half, weighs in at 108. Not that it has any connection, but her father once directed a film called "Over the Hill."
|Brief 1945 03 13|
Vol. 2 No. 15 ....... Cover: This week's cover shows an off-duty moment in the Marianas. S/Sgt John Abraham, 25, of Pontiac, Ill., is taking time out to GI his GI's. His wash water is in his helmet and he has hung out his wet wash to dry on the cane stalks behind him. Laundry is still a problem in the forward areas, but most men have been able to do their work in bigger containers than a helmet. And if that barracks bag beside Sgt Abraham is full of dirty laundry, he has his work cut out for him. When he isn't doing his laundry, Sgt. Abraham works as a secretary to Brig. Gen. Ernest M. ("Mickey") Moore, CG of the 7th AAF Fighter Command. The photograph was taken by Sgt Fred Shelton. ....... Articles Inside: ... And No Soap Operas - The Pacific Ocean Network of GI radio Stations will go right into Tokyo. WXLD, Radio Saipan, is typical of how they work. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl. Paul Friend and Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... Friend Dumbo - Those ugly ducklings of Navy's sea-air rescue teams are the most beautiful aircraft in the whole wide world if you're an AAF bomber crewman hanging to liferaft, adrift on lonely sea. By Zander Hollander ..... a very Lucky Guy - When it comes to bombing Japs you can't beat a guy who was a wing-walking artist in the days when Lindbergh was a kid. By S/Sgt. Robert O. Frederick and photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... The Leftover Japs By T/Sgt Richard White and Cpl. Jay Greulich ..... M/Sgt. Sack and Company - The ground crews kept these four winners flying in the 100-mission derby. Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... The Soldiers Who Sit. By Sloan Wilson ..... Forward Echelon Photos by Lt. Stewart Fern and Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... One damned island after another. By PFC Bud Nelson and photo by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Down the Runway: Thousands of Teams Make Basketball Number One National Sport ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander and photo by Cpl. Pierre Kobylinski ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Snap-in by Harley-Davidson" by Milton Caniff ..... Ninety Percent Waiting ..... Brief pinup - This week's pin-up gets along with only one name - Belita - but for a very good reason. Her real handle is Belita Gladys Lyne Jepson-Turner. And to make things worse, she was born in a modest stash in Garlogs, Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England. This trouble with names seems to run in the family: she has two brothers, one named Bertram William Jepson-Turner, the other Richard Lyne Jepson-Turner; (Haw, what!) Belita is an ice-skater, ballet, classical, tap, acrobatic and folk dancer, and also knows how to box, wrestle, fence, paint, do needlework, and play the piano and violin. She speaks four languages and is now employed as an actress by Monogram Pictures, Ltd., Nether Hollywood, Calif., U.S.A. Whew.
|Brief 1945 03 20|
Vol. 2 No. 16 ....... Cover: The cover photograph shows a scene that is becoming increasingly common in the Marianas. Two mechanics look up from the scrap pile, where they are working to salvage usable parts from junked combat planes, as three Thunderbolts roar overhead. One of the three planes is the 7th AAF's famous Scraps, which was built entirely from such reclaimed equipment and set some kind of a record when it dove at better than 700 m.p.h. during an attack on Jap raiders. The two mechanics are (left, with drill) S/Sgt Richard Holmes, an instrument specialist, and T/Sgt Earl K. Wisner, a mobile repair and maintenance unit chief. Lt Stewart Fern shot the picture. ....... Articles Inside: ... Three Day Pass in Tokyo - Recent returnees from Japan report Wine, Women and Song still available in the shabby and war-worn capital of Nippon. The war has brought some changes to Japan's capital. The food is poor, but the Yoshiwara, the world's best-organized red light district, is booming. The first of two articles. By S/Sgt. Bob Speer and photo by T5 Harold Klee ..... "Damn Fine Country" - These AAFPOA men who were home for Christmas spent a lot of money and got sore at some things, but there is a glint in their eyes when they talk about their furloughs. By S/Sgt. Bob Price ..... Branch Beehive ( B-29 Service Center in the Marianas ) Photos by Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... The Bride wore a Parachute - Fashionable military wedding in the Marianas. By Cpl. Zander Hollander and photo by George L. Riggs, SF1c ..... Here Lies - In a quiet Oahu boneyard are the skeletons of some of the Pacific's best-known planes. Photos by Sgt. Paul Friend ..... Asahi ( Asahigraph - Japan's Life magazine ) ..... Editorial - It's a Hell of a Feeling. By Cpl. Bud Nelson and photo by Sgt. Henry B. Krush ..... Forward Echelon Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... The Battle of Maniagasas ( Saipan ) By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Down the Runway: Karasick Perfect Fine Arts of Kneeing, Eye Gouging, Suffering. By S/Sgt. Joe Whitley ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Whirl it all End?" by Milton Caniff ..... Shell Game - Find your first shell and you become one of those bored warriors taken by the shell game. Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - In this corner, the little lady with the big brown eyes and the intense look in them is Pat Clark, who works in a moving picture factory owned by the brothers Warner. The kind gent who mailed her picture out to us in the armed forces neglected to include any background Information, such as age, marital status, where on view in the films, and what keeps the top half of that uniform she's wearing from going Down Under. Therefore, we regret that we cannot advise you on these matters. However, our Pfc Romeo Dingle has spent many pleasant hours trying to dope out what is that object on which Miss Clark is sitting, and we hope you are the same.
|Brief 1945 03 27|
Vol. 2 No. 17 ....... Cover: A tentative period was placed at the end of an Army officer's distinguished career this month when AAFPOA Headquarters announced that Lt Gen Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General, was missing. The General and nine other men were on a routine flight and were returning to Hawaii. Pilot and crew were among the most expert and seasoned in the Pacific. The last heard of the plane was a garbled radio message which could not be deciphered. The most intensive sea-air search ever conducted was thrown into action. Days crawled into weeks and the searchers brought back the same report: not a trace. (Photo by Lt Stewart E. Fern.) ....... Articles Inside: ... General Harmon - Lt Gen Millard F. Harmon., Commanding General of AAFPOA., was reported missing early in March. The most intensive search has failed to find his plane. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher and photo by Lt Stewart E. Fern and Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Iwo Echelon - Iwo Jima becomes our most forward echelon; with the battle still raging, AAF men move in to push construction of new air bases aimed at Japan's heart. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Three Day Pass in Tokyo ( Conclusion ) - Geisha girl is an old Japanese Institution, but date bureaus, taxi dance halls and American movies are frowned on as "Western" and unpatriotic. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... Island Insecure Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Editorial - How to be a Civilian ..... Forward Echelon Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Jungle Pittsburgh Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton and Cpl. Sydney Sussman ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... Women and Children First ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Briefs for Observation Mission" by Milton Caniff ..... New Wrinkles ( Test Planes ) ..... Brief pinup - Last year the Indiana Chamber of got its big boost in years the young lady appears on our cover this week. This happened when played in a picture called "Home in Indiana." Immediately after the film was distributed overseas, several thousand EM decided that if she came with the home, it was for them, too. In "Home in Indiana" Jeanne Crain (that's her name) played a sweet young girl named Char, who loved horses and ran around in an old sweater and pair of pants. Here she proves that she can look sultry with two sweaterless oval vases just as well as the next girl. Versatile is the word for Jeanne.
|Brief 1945 04 03|
Vol. 2 No. 18 ....... Cover: The face of the combat soldier on this weeks cover photograph tells a story that no reporter could write. Bearded, staring and exhausted, it is the face of a man who has just been taken out of the front lines during the height of the bloody battle for Iwo Jima. This man and thousands like him made a landing, clawed their way through black volcanic sand to capture Mount Suribachi. Then they turned north and fought a 26-day campaign that will rank among the bloodiest ever fought. Complete destruction of the Jap force came only at the price of 45 percent casualties in dead and wounded among the attackers. These men won a key airbase which will bring the destruction of Japan months closer. Cpl Lyle D. Strain took the photo. ....... Articles Inside: ... Iwo Airbase Marines and Japs alike knocked off to watch the first squadron of long-range fighters landing on battered Motoyama strip. And both sides knew what it meant. Bloody Iwo Jima was captured for one reason, to give us an air base closer to Tokyo. With its first complement of fighters, the base comes into its own. By Cpl. Bud Nelson and photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... The Lost Superfort - A patrol landed on this remote island, fought through thick jungle to reach a crashed B-29. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Pvt. John Modzelewski ..... The Big Yellow Raft - The injured blister gunner was babbling and sharks circled the eight survivors of a B-29 ditching. Caught in a current, they were drifting hell-bent for Formosa at 100 knots a day. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... Guam Today - Named as an important American forward base, Guam is booming in a military way. Despite this her natives have reverted to an older way of life, look to the ways of peace. Photos by Pfc. Diego deArteaga ..... Editorial - San Francisco Conference ..... Forward Echelon Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain and S/Sgt. W. B. Seefoldt ..... Troop Carrier College Photos by S/Sgt. W. B. Seefoldt ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... Hawaii Sports Front ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Personnel Officer, Female, Civilian, Hep" by Milton Caniff ..... Offshore Crash ( B-29 at Saipan ) Photos by S/Sgt. Ed Kamper ..... Brief pinup - We don't know why 20th Century-Fox should send us a picture of Lynn Bari on a tiger, unless they are making a picture from the famous short story, "The Lady or the Tiger." That was about a gal whose best boyfriend was tossed into an arena in front of two doors. She had the choice of opening one door and letting out a beautiful dish who would marry the B.F., or a fierce tiger who would make hamburger out of him. If this illustrates the Hollywood Version, it is a cinch to see who wins. The lady, Lynn Bari, is in good condition, and the tiger ( played in the film by Lionel Barrymore ) is deader than $700. As we see it this will be a spectacle film, with 1000, count 'em, 1000 dancing girls in technicolor - a smasheroo. We can hardly wait.
|Brief 1945 04 10|
Vol. 2 No. 19 ....... Cover: The fighter planes streaking across this week's cover photograph are P-51's, the latest addition to the roster of aerial weapons in operation against the Japs. From Iwo's airstrips the 51's are within easy range of Japan and can fly either as escorts to bombers or as attack planes. The rugged Mustangs have seen long service in the European theater, where they were employed as jacks-of-all-missions, flying at all altitudes, lugging bombs, strafing and intercepting. The new models now with AAF-POA are tougher and have a vastly increased range. "Newest Jap Killer'' on page 10 tells more about these planes. Sgt Fred Shelton took the photo. ....... Articles Inside: ... Japan's Invisible Ally - You can't see the weather over Japan, but our pilots know it's the toughest in the world, and it's fighting for the enemy. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... Under New Management - Even before the Jap defenders were mopped up, the Air Force took over Iwo's airfields and began operating them as American bases. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan, photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain, Pfc. John Modzelewski and Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... Long Before '48 - The new rotation and furlough policies make that Golden Gate look a lot closer than ever before. How and when you go home. ..... Newest Jap Killer - The Pacific's first complement of sleek and deadly P-51's goes into action from Iwo airbase. By S/Sgt. George Selleck , photos by Cpl. Paul Friend, Sgt. Fred Shelton and Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... Editorial - Dear Ernie Pyle: ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... 'The Tokoyoma Operation' - Every night the Japs had been watching movies from a cliff until this last campaign cleaned out their Saipan hideout. by Cpl. Zander Hollander ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "She Looks Different Without Bangs" by Milton Caniff ..... Hot Landing ( P-51 hazardous landings on Iwo ) Photos by Cpl. Lyle D. Strain, Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith and Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - The leopard, it says here, never changes its spots, and now you know why. If you were in the same spot as this leopard, namely draped around the interesting frame of Miss Ramsay Ames, you would not care to change, either. This picture was borne into the Office by a native runner from the heart of darkest Hollywood. Unfortunately, he dropped dead at our feet before he could explain why Miss Ames chose to deck herself out in a leopard skin; in our opinion it is no improvement on the skin she is wearing underneath it. The thoughtful look in her eye comes from considering her chances of grabbing another brass ring to match the one she is wearing in her left ear.
|Brief 1945 04 17|
Vol. 2 No. 20 ....... Cover: The photograph on this week's cover was taken on Iwo Jima on March 6 D-plus-13. The plane flying away from the camera is a Transport Air Group C-46, which has just dropped a cluster of parapacks onto the runway at Iwo. These parachute runs by TAG planes were a regular feature during the second half of the Iwo battle. The big transports brought in such battle necessities as howitzer barrels, mortar shells, radio equipment, and small arms; plasma and whole blood for the aid stations; and mail for the troops. At first these supplies were parachuted in on the beaches and runways, often during Jap barrages. "Aerial R.F.D." in this issue tells the story of these runs. This photo was taken by a 7th AAF Combat Cameraman. ....... Articles Inside: ... Station to Tokyo - Air Force men can expect a lot of new experiences on Okinawa, our first big Japanese homeland conquest. Here's what it will be like. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher ..... While You Wait ( Quartermaster Laundry Company in the Marianas ) By Cpl. Zander Hollander ..... Aerial RFD - These flying postmen deliver everything from mail to battle casualties. They go into the thick of the fighting in the course of routine flights. By Sgt. William H. Cunningham and photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... Forward Echelon. by Pfc. John Modzelewski, Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith and Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... "In Lieu of Quarters" ( Shelters on Iwo ) Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton and Cpl. Nolan D. Patterson ..... Editorial - To Have and to Hold - Fast Shuffle? ..... Hop-Scotch through Hell - Control tower operators on Iwo had to learn the rules for a quick, dangerous game. Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton and Cpl. Lyle D. Strain ..... "You bring - I cut" ( Uniform tailoring and the "Engineer Cap" by T.5 Richard Haouturian ) By S/Sgt. Robert Price and photos by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Bud Nelson ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Over Slightly" by Milton Caniff ..... Level bomber ( AAFPOA Combat Camera Unit's underground home on Iwo ) Photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - The Information which came with this portrait simply said, "Sheila Ryan, 20th Century-Fox Player." It did not specify what particular kind of playing Miss Ryan engages in, but if the play suit she is wearing here is any index, it should make a very interesting game, indeed. A usually reliable source came through with the additional dope that Sheila is some 22 or 23 years old, unmarried, and lives with her parents. This source further states that "she is a highly gorgeous little doll, both on the screen and off," which should not come as news to anyone who is not totally blind. Not that it matters, but our source did not know whether she is fond of any sports or hobbies.
|Brief 1945 04 24|
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.
|Brief 1945 05 01|
Vol. 2 No. 22 ....... Cover: The B-29 on this week's cover is in trouble. Its number four engine feathered, the big bomber is making an emergency landing on an Iwo Jima airstrip after a mission over the Japanese mainland. AAF ground men at the sides of the runway are watching a scene that has become almost commonplace on the northern most AAF base in the Western Pacific. Superfort crews are becoming increasingly thankful for the capture of Iwo, at which they have made dozens of emergency landings after running into opposition or engine trouble over Japan, The number of ditchings has decreased sharply since Iwo was taken. Cpl. Nolan Patterson took the photo. ....... Articles Inside: ... "Another Morning Alive" This Aircraft Warning outfit on Iwo got so they thought they were lucky to be alive. By Pfc. Alan Hartman ..... Ditch - or jump? - Some answers to the age-old AAF debate about the best way to escape from a stricken plane. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Pvt. Ray Turnbull ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Pfc. John Modzelewski and Pfc. Diego deArteaga ..... Superfort Sidearms - Nobody knew how the Mustangs would fare over Japan. The results surprised even the optimists. Photos by Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith ..... Editorial - A Little Too Soon ..... Seeing Eye - The B-29 photo lab is a 24-hour-a-day scoreboard that keeps track of the systematic destruction of Japan's cities. Photos by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... One damned island after another. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ( Filling in for Nelson ) ..... No White Gloves - MP's on black and dusty Iwo had to give up formality, they had a dirty job to do. By S/Sgt. Robert Price and photo by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Spring Offensive ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Just Keep the Suit, Bub" by Milton Caniff ..... Once Upon a Beachhead ( Invasion beach now a place for relaxation ) Photo by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ..... Brief pinup - Today's class in weapons instruction is devoted to the bow and arrow. You will note, in the accompanying illustration that the weapon characterized by its gracefully curved shape. The weapon is flexible, but requires considerable force to bend. However, an expert who knows how to handle it will find it produces highly satisfactory results. The attachment shown here is known as an archer, female, and is not standard equipment except in Hollywood where this model was found. The archer female, is known as Miss Poni Adams and is one of several thousand gals who will, it is alleged, appear in Universal's production of "Salome, Where She Danced."
|Brief 1945 05 08|
Vol. 2 No. 23 ....... Cover: The Air Force's battles don't all take place in the air and neither do its losses. Here fire fighters of a service group on Iwo are battling a fire that followed the crack-up of one of their own Mustangs. The airplane was almost completely destroyed in a takeoff, but the pilot escaped serious injury. Even while the wrecked plane blazed furiously on the ground, other P-51's were taking off to make history over Japan. This was the first fighter sweep against the Jap mainland the beginning of a new and deadly pattern of destruction. The photograph was taken by combat photographer Sgt Julius Kupersmith. ....... Articles Inside: ... Convoy to Tokyo - For the first time the B-29's have a fighter escort over Honshu. From now on out there will be dogfights over Tokyo. By S/Sgt Tom Hall and Sgt. Roger Angell with photos by Cpl. Nolan D. Patterson and Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith ..... Rescue Deluxe - B-17's are back in the Pacific, with a new kind of rescue craft that does everything but turn ditching into yachting. By S/Sgt Bob Speer and photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Pfc. John Modzelewski, Sgt. Roger Angell and Lt. Loomis Dean ..... Jamie, Peg, Liz and Bettilou - There actually are some Stateside girls on Oahu who are neither brass-happy nor husband-hunters. Photos by Cpl. Paul Friend and S/Sgt. Kent C. Redmond ..... Editorial - Medal of Honor By Pfc. James Givier ..... Bronze Star Mess ( Mess Sergeant M/Sgt. Waldon G. French ) By Pfc. Alan Hartman and photo by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher ..... Bill Day Iwo Jima ( Sketches by Disney artist Sgt. Bill Day ) ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Speed Merchant ( Bobby Schau ) ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Physi-oh-thera-beaut-ics" by Milton Caniff ..... Crew Haircut - The Jap fighter almost took a B-29 crew down with him but all he did was give them a crew haircut. ( Shaves top of tail off ) Photos by Capt. Carlos Elmer. ..... Brief pinup - This is not the first appearance of Miss DeCarlo on 's back cover - by a long shot. the moment she is neck and (or should we say - Nope, we'd betnot say that) Toni Seven for own pinup honors. At this point it be explained that neither Yvonne Toni (we know them both so well that call them by their first names. Ah there, !) are related to anybody on the staff. of Cheesecake Pfc Romeo Dingle sternly that he is not, like most fickle. Right now he is going steady with Yvonne, so this week you get Yvonne, on dyvonne. Very nice, too.
|Brief 1945 05 15|
Vol. 2 No. 24 ....... Cover: "There sits unquestionably the world's unhappiest KP," said a long-standing buddy of Pfc Philip Sompolsky when he saw this cover shot taken by Staff Photographer Diego deArteaga, somewhere in the Marianas. At 36, and with a full life as a Bronx linotype operator behind him, Sompolsky feels no burning yen to complete his education by learning the ins and outs of cleaning garbage cans. He was an AAFPOA headquarters guard for a long stretch on Oahu, where he amazed his friends as a smooth dancer despite his 200-plus pounds. He's also a handball and gin rummy expert and is regarded by his cronies as stronger than an ox. None of these accomplishments is much help, however, in the matter of KP. ....... Articles Inside: ... Underground to Palau - The crew of I'll Get By parachuted from their flaming Liberator right over the biggest Jap prison hellhole on Mindanao. The incredible Filipino guerrillas saw that they got back alive. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... A Guy Named Kuroki - A Japanese-American has a rough time trying to talk the Powers-That-Be into letting him fight over Japan, but Ben Kuroki turned the trick. By Cpl. Tony Adrean and photo by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... Quick, Henry, the DDT - Saipan dogs have no fleas, and soldiers there don't have dengue either. The Army's new miracle insecticide is responsible. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan with photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton and Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith and Pfc. Diego deArteaga ..... "Last Sweat" - Here is what to expect when that day rolls around and you check in at this depot for your furlough. Photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Editorial - Half Over - Valor in the Streets ..... Social Notes from Mt. Sonovabitchi ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Foggy Morning on Iwo ( A flight of P-61s trying to land on fog shrouded Iwo ) By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb ..... Commissioner Hap ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Permanent Party with Temporary Advantage" by Milton Caniff ..... Iwo Jima Spa ..... Brief pinup - There are some outstanding reasons why May Moniz, who is only 17 years old, has already become one of the most photographed lovelies on Oahu - as any fool can plainly see. Her talents include dancing in various USO shows which have toured the island, as well as sitting around swimming pools occupying black silk bathing suits like this. BRIEF hereby endorses any world planner who will include May - or a reasonable facsimile - as one plank in a Postwar Plan for the Returning Soldier. The photo is by our incredible Cpl Harold Klee, who spent two long years out here photographing Oahu beauties as a hobby. He is now Down Under, where his opportunities are slightly more curtailed.
|Brief 1945 05 22|
Vol. 2 No. 25 ....... Cover: The forward base soldier on this week's cover, Pfc Lee Roy Bowman, typifies the reaction of GI's in the Pacific to V-E Day news. The anticipated excitement over Germany's unconditional surrender never came off. For most Pacific soldiers, the news was tempered by their close proximity with the still undefeated, still powerful Asiatic enemy. Even while President Truman's victory proclamation was being relayed to the forward bases by shortwave, Mustangs and Superfortresses were taking to the air. But the news predicted the arrival of new armies and new Air Forces from Europe and anticipated the destruction of Japan. The photograph was taken by Sgt Julius Kupersmith. ....... Articles Inside: ... Big League War - AAFPOA's new three-star commander has a breath-taking plan of disaster for the Japanese. It moved into high gear on V-E Day. Photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Pigs, Poetry and Snake-Eyes - In a screwy place like Okinawa, airmen can expect anything to happen. Latrine casualties, fleas, pigs in puptents are routine. By S/Sgt. Robert Price with photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ..... Underground to Palau ( Conclusion ) - The crew of I'll Get By is rescued from Philippine jungles, returned to Palau by guerrillas. And the fliers returned the favor. By S/Sgt Bob Speer and photo by Cpl. Fred Tambling ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by S/Sgt. James J. Brown, Pfc. John Modzelewski, Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher, Pfc. Cleve Slauson and Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith ..... Editorial - Joe and Willy - Brother, are You Welcome! ..... Everybody leaves us alone.... By Pfc. Alan Hartman and photo by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Subject: Hospital Highway - It just meant another Job and another record broken when these Army aviation engineers were ordered to build a full highway. Deadline: Two weeks. Photos by Cpl. Charles W. Fittipaldi ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "You Never Know Where the Front Is" by Milton Caniff ..... School for Survival Photos by Lt. Stewart Fern ..... Brief pinup - The young lady in this week's pinup position is Miss Jean Trent. Now of Hollywood and Universal Pictures, Miss Trent came from Denver, Colo. Vital statistics about Miss Trent - her age, waist, bust and leg measurements, are not available. But Denver we can tell you about. It is famous for snow-capped mountains and rarefied air - where things can be seen at great distances. Miss Trent, for instance, was discovered while standing atop Pike's Peak by a talent scout who happened to look up from his racing form on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Our own Pfc Romeo Dingle, after carefully studying the fine points of the photograph, says that this is no lie.
|Brief 1945 05 29|
Vol. 2 No. 26 ....... Cover: The radio operator has one of the most vital jobs on a B-29. Loaded with responsibilities, and often called upon to make decisions usually faced only by the gentlemen with brass on their collars, still the brass pounders are frozen at a Staff Sergeant's rating. Typical of the old-timers in Superfort crews is S/Sgt Homer C. Braziel, who once flew in B-17's and Liberators. Men like Sgt Braziel are largely credited with working out the radio operating procedure that has helped make the big bomber strikes against Japan so successful. See story on Page 7. Photo by Brief Staff Photographer Cpl Harold Klee. ....... Articles Inside: ... The Rover Boys on Kerama Retto - Nine AAF weathermen, primed for a tough landing, went into a little island off Okinawa and found instead a beautiful idyl, complete with rum, beer and chicken dinners. The grim battle 25 miles away seemed remote as the moon. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... Okinawa Tel & Tel Photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ..... First Ace - Maj. J. B. Tapp had to sweat out three years in POA before he found good hunting grounds. By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb with photos by Pfc Diego deArteaga ..... Voices From the Target - Radio operators on the B-29's are the big planes' only link with the outside world. The lives of many men may depend on a steady hand at the key. By Pfc. Alan Hartman and photo by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Cpl Bernard Gallagher, Cpl Harold Klee, S/Sgt Walter Seefeldt, Cpl Nolan Patterson and Capt Richard Reed ..... Don't Point-It Ain't Polite - The demobilization point System is driving people daffy. If you can count up to 85, you're out-maybe. It's a long, hard war for the rest of us. ..... Editorial - General Breene Photo by Lt Stewart Fern ..... the damn thing is here to stay - Helicopters are in the Pacific, serving as 'Delivery Wagons' in B-29 maintenance program. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan with photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Birth of a Mission Photos by Pfc Diego deArteaga and Sgt Fred Shelton ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Big League Corporal ( Mike McCormick ) Photo by Pfc John Modzelewski ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Permanent Party with Temporary Advantage" by Milton Caniff ..... U of Iwo ( Iwo Jima University ) Photos by Cpl Nolan Patterson ..... Brief pinup - In the old days, wives of whaling captains used to have balconies on the roofs of their houses from which they could look out to sea and watch for the arrival of their men. Safely dressed in crinolines, parasols and dozens of Petticoats, they spent weeks on their "widow's walks." The average length of a whaling trip used to be two years. Nowadays our women wait on wharves, pointing their toes prettily and wearing neat two-piece bathing suits, like Ava Gardner. But rotation takes more than two years and discharges are damned near impossible. Fashions have improved but the men are still out of luck. Progress: None.
|Brief 1945 06 05|
Vol. 2 No. 27 ....... Cover: This week's cover photograph was taken on the small Ryukyu island of le Shima by Sgt Fred Shelton. Pfc Paul Kerwern of an aviation engineer outfit looks up from an impromptu bath in his helmet as a small caravan of native women goes by. The women are carrying their bundles traditionally, on their heads, seemingly unbothered by the thick mud that nearly drove the engineers crazy. AA1 troops on and around Okinawa found that the natives, a branch of the Japanese people were small, hardworking and friendly. Many women did laundry for the GI s and the men worked hard on roads and ground clearing, just as they once had for the Japs. ....... Articles Inside: ... Life Begins At 85 - Despite the discouraging demobilization picture painted for AAFPOA men, some of them actually are being discharged. They still can't believe it. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher with photos by Sgt Paul Friend ..... Second Sight for the Tenth - Veteran photo recon pilots serve as probing eyes of the Tenth Army behind Jap lines on Okinawa. They find the Ryukyus hotter than Iwo. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt Aldin Brown, Sgt Henry Krush and Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Life on a doorstep Photos by Sgt Henry Krush, Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Editorial - Ostriches at Home - Credit for Gunners ..... Super-Aces - The Pacific's four top B-29 gunners don't make the headlines, but their total kills put them in a class with fighter pilot aces. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Clear Track ( Horse Racing ) ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "And He Used to Welcome Cover" by Milton Caniff ..... Come and get it ( The Chuck Wagon ) Photo by Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - Miss Betty Ardeil, on view on this week's back cover, worked up that sultry look while capering as an Icecapades skater. Finding that fascinating field just a shade frosty for her talents, she gave it up to become a model, and you can figure out for yourself what the ice rinks of the nation lost on the deal. According to the briefing which accompanied this pre-invasion study of Miss Ardell, if you write Walter Thornton at 420 Lexington Avenue, N Y. 17, N. Y., he will be glad -and this is a direct quote-"to send you an autographed picture of Betty without cost." Betty without cost we cannot imagine, but we, too, still like to dream.
|Brief 1945 06 12|
Vol. 2 No. 28 ....... Cover: Ie Shima Orderly Room - Perhaps the most harried guy in the average Army outfit is the First Sergeant. Business goes on as usual for him even though his men are moving into enemy country. Here First Sgt. John Pavesick of a Service Group sets up his orderly room in a grove of pine trees on Ie Shima and starts banging out his morning report. Fortunately, one of the only comfortable things troops found in the Ryukyus was the climate. Lending support is the group's mascot, Rum and Coke. Photo by Sgt. Fred Shelton. ....... Articles Inside: ... Home by Pigboat - Within sight of Jap coast a sub and two Superdumbos battle Nips to rescue a sole survivor of a B-29 crash. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... Back in Action ( P-47s ) Photos by Sgt Louis J. Zacharias ..... Every damned island - Maj. Wilber Dehne has flown over every island in the Pacific, and chances are he will fly last mission over Japan. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher with photo by Pfc Soon Oak Lee ..... PX Geishas ( Making and the selling of Geisha dolls ) Photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Pfc Diego deArteaga, Cpl Harold Klee and Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Invasion Side Show ( Talent Show on troop transport ) Photos by Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Editorial - No Japs Wanted? ..... Shipwreck Special - Night-flying Superforts are planting tricky aerial mines, number two weapon against Japan's industry, in her own backyard. By Pfc. Alan Hartman ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher ..... Hottest Target ( Marcus Island ) ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Joy on Coogan's Bluff ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Bitter Glitter" by Milton Caniff ..... Grasshopper Plague ( L-5 Observation Planes on Okinawa ) Photos by Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - On this week's back cover is another study in what the well undressed young lady will wear for swimming, or just generally beaching around. The model displaying the uniform - or being displayed by the uniform - is Miss Barbara Bates. In Universal's Salome Where She Danced, Miss Bates appeared for 30 seconds. In her second picture, Night in Paradise, Miss Bates does a little better. For one minute and a half, Barbara is on detail at a king's fishpond, washing goldfish - honest! Barbara loves goldfish. Goldfish love Barbara.
|Brief 1945 06 19|
Vol. 2 No. 29 ....... Cover: Battlefield Promotions - This week's cover shows a mass promotion on one of the American-occupied Ryukyu islands. The squad of six native Okinawa boys has just received an on-the-spot jump to Staff by Pfc James Leighton. The boost was handed out for the youngsters' good work in moving the empty gasoline-drums that you see in the back-ground. Next problem will be to find the newly appointed executives some helper that they can order around. Sgt. Fred Shelton's is proof of the good relations existing between American soldiers and Okinawa natives. "The Okies" on page 6 tells more about these natives. ....... Articles Inside: ... Dead City - The heart of Tokyo is a desolated waste of gutted buildings, empty streets and heaped ashes. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... The Long Way Home ( First AAF men on Okinawa to be discharged ) Photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ..... Moonlight and Suicide - The Jap High Command said it was a good night for suicide, so five planes of Nips spent the night that way on Yontan strip. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... The Okies - Okinawa natives have crossed up the Japs; they are friendly, have worked hard for us. Photos by Sgt Krush and Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush, Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher and Capt Richard E. Reed ..... Dead City Mosaic Photo Map Photos by T/Sgt. J. L. Allen and T/Sgt. A. W. Cassada ..... Editorial - So Sorry, Please - Hitler Isn't Dead ..... "Lucky Irish" and "Crew 17" ( First planes to reach 30 mission mark ) By Pfc. Alan Hartman ..... One damned island after another. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... AWOL to Combat ( Pvt Bill Allen ) Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Two-Front Racing By Sgt. Lee Bastajian ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Bum Check at a Blood Bank" by Milton Caniff ..... The No-Good Earth - Aviation engineers on Okinawa have been waging a lively war of their own against that tough old campaigner, General Mud. Don't ever try to tell them about the Ryukyus' beautiful climate.. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Brief pinup - The familiar old body in this picture is that fine old body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Also included, for the amusement of those who do not care for the sea, is Miss Gloria DeHaven, foreground. Miss DeHaven, who makes movies, actually is not a Miss at all, having but lately married John Payne, recently of the Armed Forces. How Mr. Payne accomplished the double coup of getting out of the Army and into matrimony with Miss DeHaven is not a. matter of record, but it does show you what can be done, even in times like these. Inspirational, isn't it?
|Brief 1945 06 26|
Vol. 2 No. 30 ....... Cover: Liberator Vets - This week's cover is a montage made of the insignia on some of the Liberators of the famous 11th Bombardment Group, which has been up to its ears in the Pacific war, from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima. All these Liberators have seen heavy combat. Some have been shot down, some have been retired. Many, like Bugs Bomby Jr., are the successors to famous planes that were finally retired to the boneyard. Most of the names come from the comic strips or from the over-active minds of overseas soldiers. The Japs are sick and tired of these insignia but will probably see a lot more of them. ....... Articles Inside: ... The Cobras' Campaign ( Kelley's Cobras ) By Capt. Dick Reed ..... Okinawa Rapid Transit - The motormen on this aerial jeep line are GI's. The Japs fear them more than Corsairs. By S/Sgt. Robert Price with photos by Sgt Louis J. Zacharias ..... Cruise of the Dry Run - Life was so dull they named the ship Dry Run and sailed smack into one of Oki's hottest battles. By S/Sgt Bob Speer with photos by Sgt. Aldin H. Brown ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt Louis Zacharias, Sgt Henry Krush and Cpl Bernard J. Gallagher ..... Suribachi Tomato Patch - Iwo Jima is getting a truck farm; the crops don't grow in topsoil, but in plain black volcanic ashes. Photos by Lt. Stewart Fern ..... Editorial - To the Japanese People ..... Singing in the Mud - The men in this outfit sing at their work, they are at home on islands - and they all want to stay in the Army until the war plus six is over. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan with photos by Cpl. Harold Klee ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Big-Time is Overseas. Photos by Pfc John Modzelewski ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Protective Coloration" by Milton Caniff ..... Baka Bomb ( Four captured intact at Kadena airstrip ) Photos by Cpl. Harold Klee ..... Brief pinup - Our pinup queen this week is not, as you might assume at first glance, in the process of climbing up the ramp of a C-54 heading out to visit you. If that were the case, she might start some fascinating new style trends for future Pacific air travel. Unfortunately, Barbara Hale is only posing for the photographer on the edge of a swimming pool in Hollywood - three years and thousands of miles away. But Hollywood is suffering, too. In fact the clothing shortage is so acute there that Barbara is wearing the identical bathing suit that appeared on our pinup of two weeks ago.
|Brief 1945 07 03|
Vol. 2 No. 31 ....... Cover: No Casualties - This week's dramatic cover shot shows one aspect of a recent accident and narrow escape on one of Iwo Jima's airstrips. A Superfort, damaged on a mission over Japan, crashed and exploded during an emergency landing on Iwo, Miraculously, all the crew members escaped with their lives. The photo shows a tug hauling a P-51 to safety as the B-29 burns in the background. Iwo, whose airstrips have saved some 300 B-29's, is proving its worth daily. Recently one Superfort was given the 4th Marine Division insigne as a tribute to the men who took the island. Photo by Cpl Nolan Patterson. ....... Articles Inside: ... "Divine Tempest" By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... Five-Gallon Tour ( Air tour of Okinawa ) Photos by Sgt Louis Zacharias ..... 90 minutes to Japan - After a year of Marianas patrol, this fighter group tackled Kyushu, put the pressure on and came up with a handful of Yank aces. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan with photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt Fred Shelton, Cpl. William Johnson and Sgt. Louis Zacharias ..... Report to the Stockholders - Gen. Mickey Moore reports on life on a pork chop; his P-51's and notes some dividends that should please the stockholders. Photos by Cpl William Johnson ..... Editorial - GI Kamikaze ..... "Just Like in the Movies" - Submarines like the Starfish are thumbing their noses at the whole Jap navy and air force to snatch record number of ditched AAF fliers from the very shores of Japan. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Leg Log" by Milton Caniff ..... Okinawa Alert - In case the Japs decide to try a surprise landing on Okinawa, they'll find a full committee of security guards waiting to receive them. AAF service men have a complete system of defense set up against reprisal. Photos by Sgt Fred Shelton ..... Brief pinup - Pfc Romeo Dingle, who is in addition, to his other duties, "Vogue" magazine's consultant editor for Central and Western Pacific fashions, has gone to some trouble to look up the history of the white bathing suit which appears on this week's back cover over the graceful form of Miss Myrna Dell of the moom pictchahs. It is a white Jersey, two-piece suit which is the latest thing for pinup girls to wear home from work or at the beach. The simplified halter top,' Dingle's report says, "leaves ample room for swimming and sunning," while the drawstring pants are "a new and attractive feature." Thank you, Romeo.
|Brief 1945 07 10|
Vol. 2 No. 32 ....... Cover: The Boss - This week's cover shows the AAF's five-star boss, General of the Army Henry H. Arnold. The photograph was taken at Hickam Field by Lt A. 0. Bombard. Gen Arnold, who recently completed a Pacific tour which included inspections of AAFPOA and 20th AAF installations, told reporters that there was no limit to the B-29 program short of the total destruction of Japan's cities and industries, He said that he was going to use as many of America's 12,000 front-line planes against Japan as he could find fields for. Read the story starting on page 3 for the full details of his trip. ....... Articles Inside: ... Five Star Report - Gen. Arnold, on Pacific tour, promised the Japanese two million tons of bombs next year. By S/Sgt Bob Speer with photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Younger Generation ( The new B-24 named "Bolivar Jr." ) Photos by Cpl. Sydney Sussman ..... "No Bed of Roses" - Seven Stateside veterans, newly arrived in the POA, sound off about civilians, returnees, furloughs and the tough life at home. By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher, Cpl Harold Klee and Kenneth Purdy ..... Potato plaza - The four-hour Okinawa amateur show featured comedians and dancers, celebrated ihe end of a sixty-day sweet potato diet. By S/Sgt. Robert Price and photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ..... Editorial - Prophets Without Honor ..... Junior and the Japs ( Major Robert W. Moore ) By Pfc. Alan Hartman and photo by Pfc. John Modzelewski ..... One damned island after another. By Pfc. Alan Hartman ..... Feeling No Pain - Right this way, ladies and gents see the aerial gunner who gets stuck and gets burned, and absolutely loves it! ( Sgt. Bill Peak ) By T/Sgt. Adolph Rosenberg and photos by S/Sgt. Paul Lueders ..... Crisis ( Massive SeaBee Box Kite causes Island wide air raid alert ) ..... No Women But No Turkey ( "Winged Pigeons" Show ) with photos by Pfc Soon Oak Lee ..... Greenberg Goes Home to Baseball By Cpl. Whitt N. Schultz ..... Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ..... Servicemen in Sports ..... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Critical Point" by Milton Caniff ..... Machete Squad ( B-29 airstrip construction ) photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ..... Brief pinup - On this week's back cover you have convincing proof, in the shape of Miss Dorothy Morris, that the world is still made up of people of two sexes. Miss Morris,' shape may be observed in more detail in movies produced by M-G-M. This particular portrait also proves that there is still a lot of come-on in a well-turned ankle, and it is by no means necessary for a young movie queen to go around dressed like a six-weeks old baby in order to attract attention. Dunno what happened to her right arm in this picture, but what d'ya expect-two of everything?
|Brief 1945 07 17|
Vol. 2 No. 33 ....... Cover: Wireman Mounted - This is not a cavalryman patrolling the Mexican Border, but a fighter group wireman at work on Okinawa. Sgt. Clifford Kleinhans, like many another soldier on Oki, added something new to the Pacific war - horses. Some soldiers were interested only in the sporting aspects of the horse, but others found them ideal transportation over the island's tough terrain. Sgt. Kleinhans, with a tommy gun in the crook of his arm and a field telephone slung over his shoulder, rides communication lines looking for breaks. Oki horses, like their owners, cooperated docily with the invading American troops. Photo by Sgt. Fred Shelton ....... Articles Inside: ... The Capture of Colonel Matsuta By S/Sgt Bob Speer and artwork by Charles Overman ..... from Tarawa to Okinawa ( End of the line for a B-25 outfit ) Photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ..... Seven More Damned Islands - On an exploring job for the B-29's, infantry patrols landed on six northern Marianas isles, gave once-over to fortified Pagan. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ..... Forward Echelon. Photos by Pfc. John Modzelewski and Cpl Harold Klee ..... Ryukyus Homes and Gardens Photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Editorial - 90 Days or 90 Years? ..... India Wing - The oldest B-29s in the business are bombing from Tinian after an Epic 3600-mile trek. Photos by Sgt. Paul Friend ..... Guam Reunion ( Pvt. Dingo Materne ) ..... One damned island after another. By By S/Sgt. Robert Price ..... Sports - Pitcher's Year - Red and Sugar Ray By Cpl. Whitt N. Schultz ...... File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ..... Male Call "Target of Opportunity" by Milton Caniff ..... yen for Dough Photos by Cpl Harold Klee ..... Brief pinup - This charming chanteuse, as everyone must know by now, is Lena Horne. Unlike a lot of singers you can think of offhand. Lena does not need to be heard to be appreciated, although it helps. She has one of those voices that is warm like a torch, but most observers find that merely looking at her has a definite torch-like affect. The gal has displayed her inflammable talents around various top-tier night spots, the movies and the wireless. She is reported to have one of the most highly developed wolf-discouraging techniques in show business, an accomplishment which no doubt comes in handy.
|Brief 1945 07 24|
Vol. 2 No. 34 ....... The bearded airman on this week's cover is not a veteran AAF Colonel Group Commander. It is an enlisted pilot, S.Sgt Ed Zellar. He is standing in front of his L-5 Flying Jeep on Okinawa. Zellar is a charter member of the "Okinawa Rapid Transit Company" the L-5 squadron that flew over enemy lines on recon, evacuation and
messenger hops all through the tough Okinawa campaign. Zellar is considered something of a character by his outfit, and not just because of the beard. He is the squadron's chief writer and bard. Photo by Sgt Louis Zacharias.
|Brief 1945 07 31|
Vol. 2 No. 35 ....... No precise navigator would set his compass headings by these signposts being run up on a busy corner of an Ie Shima Air Service Group area. But roughly speaking if you follow one of them long enough in the indicated direction, you are almost sure to wind up within a few thousand miles of your objective whether it's Japan or that Hobe something-or-other in Florida. Low man on this totem pole is Sgt James N. Farry, who serves in lieu of a stepladder for his pal with the hammer, S.Sgt Robert B. Shields. Sgt Shields found the ball peen drives a mighty crooked nail. Photo by Sgt Fred Shelton.
|Brief 1945 08 07|
Vol. 2 No. 36 ....... Bad weather sometimes descends on tiny Ie Shima while her skies are full of planes returning from Japan; and communications officers have a man-sized job on their hands, directing the sky traffic in to safe landings. This week's cover shows Lt Harold Talbot of Melrose. Mass.. communications officer of a P-61 group, perched on the hood of a radio jeep, "talking in" one of his night fighters during a Ryukyus rain squall. Beside him is the biscuit gun sometimes used for signaling when radio communications go haywire. Photo by BRIEF staff photographer Cpl Harold Klee.
|Brief 1945 08 14|
Vol. 2 No. 37 ....... This week's cover photo was shot from the deck of the S. S. Herbert S. Dargue, one of a fleet of sea-going Aircraft Repair Units now on duty in the Pacific. (See story of Dargue's skipper, Page 13). ARU's, completely equipped for third and fourth echelon repairs, drop anchor in combat areas almost immediately after first U. S. planes land there. Shuttling between ship and shore is a busy small boat, which transports damaged plane parts from airstrips to the ARU's repair shops before service groups ashore are set up. Photo by Capt Loomis Dean.
|Brief 1945 08 21|
Vol. 2 No. 38 ....... The aviation engineers' biggest project - construction of a labyrinth of paved runways to handle history's greatest concentration of military aircraft has just begun in the Ryukyus. (Story Page 3). BRIEF'S cover this week shows engineers blasting coral on Ie Shima. On Okinawa alone, the smallest of the airstrips will handle twice as much traffic as LaGuardia Airport. Before their job is done, the engineers will have moved enough coral and earth to build a mountain one mile high, 2000 feet at the base. Photo by Sgt Fred Shelton.
|Brief 1945 08 28|
Vol. 2 No. 39 ....... With the Superforts there was never an easy mission. When the Jap fighters shied off, there was always flak (see pictures pages 14-15), and when they found their way through the flak bursts, they still had landings to sweat out on crowded airstrips. Some of them, like the B-29 in this week's cover, didn't make it. This one cracked up during an emergency landing on the Combat Staging Center strip. Its big prop (in foreground) was sheared off yards down the runway from where the plane came to its last rest. Photo by 20th BomCom Combat Staging Center photographer.
|Brief 1945 09 04|
Vol. 2 No. 40 ....... VJ Issue ....... This week's cover shows the Japanese reaction to the surrender news that sent GI's all over the world into transports of joy. This Jap prisoner of war has just heard the Emperor's announcement of the end of the war. The Nip soldier, the samp type of soldier that swaggered through ruined Nanking, that laughed at Corregidor, that swore to die ten million times before surrendering, is weeping like a Chinese peasant before his burned-out home. Japan has lost face forever. The cover is a montage made from an official U. S. Navy photo of a Guam prisoner of war.
|Brief 1945 09 11|
Vol. 2 No. 41 ....... AIRBORNE VICTORY ....... On Wednesday, August 8, 1945, before assembled newsmen at headquarters of the United States Army Strategic Air Forces on Guam, the crew of the B-29 Enola Gay told the story of the most important few minutes of the war, the few awesome minutes that followed the release of the first atomic bomb on Japan. The time was 9:30 A.M., August 6, and the city against which the harnessed power of the universe was turned was Hiroshima, with its population of 343,000. Quietly, the men of the Enola Gay described what they observed when the bomb was dropped. Brief artist Charles Overman on this week's cover interprets the moments when "a great bubble of flame, miles across, formed above the city and catapulted itself into the stratosphere at terrific speed."
|Brief 1945 09 18|
Vol. 2 No. 42 ....... This week's cover shows AAF men at work in their last advanced base of the war, Tokyo's Atsugi Airdrome. These AACS men and other specialists were among the first Americans to land in Japan, where they established communications and made preparations for the arrival of American planes and troops. Gen MacArthur landed at this field for his first entry to conquered Nippon. With this initial group landed BRIEF'S S.Sgt Bob Price: his "End of the Line - Atsugi" in this issue tells the story of the AAF's first days in Japan. Photo by Cpl Harold Klee.
|Brief 1945 09 25|
Vol. 2 No. 43 ....... FINAL ISSUE ....... The cover to this, the final issue of BRIEF, was photographed on Isezaki Street, once the Broadway or the Fifth Avenue of the Japanese city of Yokohama. Today it is shabby and rubble strewn and the big shops, badly damaged by bombs, are either closed or operating part time. Marching down the middle of the road are two Americans and four Japanese. In his story on the next page, "Quaint Little People," T.Sgt Bob Speer reports that the Japanese are just incomprehensible to their conquerors. They are friendly, curious and humble and they'd go to war again at the drop of the Emperor's brocade handkerchief. Quaint, perhaps, but not cute. Photo by Cpl Harold Klee.