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0 VERFLOW CROWD SEES WAVES DOWN WACS, 18 TO 6, IN SOFTBALL GAHE HERE Pitcher Will Stop Tyndall Field's WAC softball team, playing before an Inning, but errors and other unfortunate occurences overflow crowd at PT Area 2 lut Saturday, bowed by an from that point on cost them the game, Wac rightflelder 18 to 6 score before the WAVE sluggers from the Naval Sgt. Marcy Phipps hit a home run. The WAVES got 13 hits Al.r Stat ion at Pensacola. The !l', i ctu res above, taken by to Tynda 111 s 7, UmpIre was S/ Sgt. Roger Keough. The GI'S MAY GET JOB OF MAKING MESS HALL INSPECTIONS A plan to have enlistee personnel assigned to JailY details as mess inspectors, similar to the existent system or having officers inspect the mess halls, was suggested to Major Kenneth K len th, post mess officer, when he attended a meeting or the Special Service council Wednesday noon. The major, terming the sug gestion an excellent idea, said he would tak the rna tter up with the post commander. It was pointed out at the meeting that when the inspect ing officers arrive at mess halls now they are tmmediately recognized, and mess personnel may take pa1ns to see that conditions are improved : 4\Jring their brier presence at meal time. If enlls ted men make the in spections, they would go through the chow lines un recognized. Major Kienth told the coun cil some or the problems the mess halls here face. FOr one thing, he sa1d, the proper proportion or cooks to en listed men is 1 to 50. Here the ratio is 1 to 79 men. GI's an Tyndall Field eat 40 tons or rood a day, he said, and the transportation difficulties in bringing this rood to T ;)'!ldall are enormous due to the lack or rail racil i ties. Milk, ror instance, must come by rail from Chicago to Pensacola, and then from Pensacola to TYndall by truck. Major Kienth sa1d that a breakdown or bakeries at Dothan, Ala,, recently had affected Tyndall Field, and that orolls are being baked .t the post bakery to make up Lhe shortage. Mess hall coffee 1snt good as it should be, he said, because the corree beans must be ground. here .ana the \Jnrrs on the T/F gr1naers are worn out. The coffee being run through the grinders twice, but even then it is not properground. New burrs have been ordered. As to whY salt and pepper so Sreq uen tly are missing rrom the mess hall t ables, the said he coulcln t it. Cpl. William James of the Photo Section, show scenes Wacs' next game will be against the Eglin Field Wacs ___ f_r_o_m_t_h_e __ B_a_m_e_. __ T_h_e __ Ty_n_d_a_l_l __ t_e_a_m __ l_ed __ __ t_h_e __ f_o_u_r_th_J __ ________________________ RECORD-BREAKING 'OLD TO GET NEW ENGINES WISCONSIN CADET IS NAMED AS THIS WEEK'S GUNNER OF THE CLASS A/C Clifford c. Chase, of FOnd au Lac, Wisconsin, was named the ltadlng gunner or Class 44-29 following his scoring or 140 1n the final comprehensive examination. The twentyf1 ve year old gunner entered the service August e, 1943 at M1am1 Beach as an enlisted cadet. He was sent to south carol1nas Erskine col for C.T .D. schooling and. then to Nashville, wher e he' was class! tied as a bom1 bardler. ) steady job arter the war, one which would still permit hlm to occasionally pursue hls hobbles or golfing ana hunt ing. Incidentally, the new gunner of the class revealed that h1s last c1v111an job was with a f1 rm engaged ln the manuractur!ng or B-4 bags, the overnight suitcases issued to atr crew members. Here are h1s other gunnery school r eco rds: Cal. 50., .. 96 Skeet ... 88 TUrrets .. 98 Moving Base,,.73 Air, Rec,, .80 Tower Range 88 S 1ghting 90 Jeep Range,,,,I6 Chase names his hours on the moving base range as the most l interesting phase or the gun\ nery school here, and when questioned as to his ravor1tej rree-t1me o ccupation, he sm1l\ ed and replied: "\.D:lat else but 1 Your Best Bet. hit the sack! But turning W A R B O N D S serious ror a moment, affirmed that he wanted a INTER-SECTIONAL ORIENTATION DEBATES MAY BE INAUGURATED AT TYNDALL Debates among teams re presenting the different sec t1ons on the field may become a part or the orientation Program. captain o. o. Freeman, pcist special service and orienta t1on officer, announced this today following his return from a conference at Maxwell Field or o .rt entation orr1cers from all the flexible gunnery schools 1n the Eastern Flying Training command. It plans now 1n the making work out as ant1c1pated, a rteld championship team will be selected and sent, on detached service, to compete with teams from otner EFTC stations. The plan ror making orienta tion more 1nterest1ng by in jecting competition 1nto the program was suggested at the Maxr.ell Field conference Captain Freeman and his was acted upon favorably, The orientation officers toured Maxw Field during the conference, visiting that station<; war room ana observing orientation methods in use there. BOHD QUOTA IS MORE THAH DOUBLED civilian and military personnel at this AAF station more than doubled their quota in the Flfth war Loan ori ve. captain Reed salley, war Bond otricer, announced that total sales !n bonds at TYn dall had reached $226,601, rar over the $100, ooo goal or the campaign. Old TY-49, a proud B-17, has at last gone in to the hangar ror a major overhaul. But not before she established a rec ord or 1,134 h ours and 15 m1nutes of flying time a major overhaul on any of her four engines. Old 49, as she is affection ately called by her crew, had flown longer withOut a major overhaul than any other Dlane ever new. Mechanics on the Tyndall flight line this week dis covered one or the Fort s tour 1,200 horsepower wrtgLt cyclone engines needed major repair job, but otherwlse she was in excellent condition. Four new cyclones will be placed in her and Old 49 will be ready duty again.


Page 2 I Target PUBLISHED ON SATURDAYS BY THE SPECIAL SERVICE OFFICE FOR PERSONNEL OF THE ARMY AIR FORCES FLEXIBLE GUNNERY SCHOOL, TYNDALL FIELD, PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA. Copy Prepared under Supervision of Relations Officer. printing and Base graphic & Reproduction Sect !On: Art w ork by Department of Tra1n1ng i ng Department. PU bl i C Photo Draft-Tbe Tyndall Target receiYes aterial supplied by Cap !lewspaper Service, liar Dept., 11011 E. 42nd St., New York City. llateri al credited to CNS aay !lOT be republished with oc .prior oenision rroa C!IS. HE PREVAIL We knew h i m as Tom or Ed or Joe or Willie--a mild-mannered kid with an outlandish haircut and a friendly grin. We watched him, in the days before Pearl Harbor, tinkering with a high school jalopy down the street or driving a truck o r building a radio set. For 20 years some of us had been preaching to him against war. A few of us told him he'd be a sucker to fight for any cause. Then--the Japanese stabbed us in the back and boasted they would dictate peace terms in What would this American boy say to that? Did he believe,the poitroons, knaves and among his elders who told him life was dear and peace was sweet, even at the risk of chains and slavery? All the world knows the answer now. "Send us some 'l!lore Japs!" he said at Wake Island, digging in to fight and die. "Saw sub, sank same," he reported, watching a D-boat plunge to its "Scratch one flat-top!" he yelled into his radiophone as another Rising Sun sputtered out beneath the waves. And from his fox hole on Guadalcanal he shouted: "Come on,.Japs! Don't keep your ancestors waiting!" His young voice, his American voice has sent a war-cry clear across the world. And he who tinkered with a balky flivver now drives two thousand winged horses through the sky. His guns have the crack of doom. He hurls.thunder b olts upon f orts and battleships. His power rocks the walls of proud German cities--this boy from the street corners and the f arms of America. This b oy saw, through the fog of doubt, Honor's clean white plume. He saw the red badge of Courage. He saw Faith's eternal flame. Boldly he follows them into the bloody fight. And by their grace he m ust prevail--for the earth is at stake and all Mankind is waiting for his shout of victory. --From AAF Blue Network Broadcast 'WIM'.S TO VICTORY IN MEMORIAM At 1815 hours 10 July 1944 four aviation cadets uf section I-5 and an instructor gave their lives for the country in which they lived, loved and were willing to die. Their story is not a story of glorious victory or glowing deeds but it is the story of five youPg Americans who made the supreme sacrifice doing the job that was required of them. Their death was not surrounded by glam our or flag-waving patriotism; no, it was a routine business to do a necessary job in this great battle for Liberty. These men are heroes as surely as if they died i n combat flying against and fighting the enemy. When they left the ground on this purely routine flight THE TYNDALL TARGET KNow YouR PLANE HAWKER "HURRICANE I I" TYPE: Single-seat fighter monoplane. WING: Low-wing monoplane whose inner wing panels are straight and whose outer wing panels are dihedralled. Outer wing panels are swept back on the leading edge and tapered on the trailing edge. Round wing tips. FUSELAGE: Oval-shaped with long pointed nose. TAIL UNIT: Fully cantilever tail assembly. Vertical fin is integral with the fuselage. Tail plane is swept-back on the leading edge and tapered on the trailing edge. Round tips. POWER PLANT: A new series Rolls-Royce "Merlin" engine with a two-speed supercharger and stepped-up output. Air-scoop directly below the cockpit. SPAN: 40 feet. LENGTH: 31 feet 4 inches. ARMAMENT: Either 12 Browning cal. 303 guns (Hurricane IIb) or four British Oerlikon 20 mm. shell-firing aerial cannon with a rate of fire of 2,400 shells per minute (Hurricane IIc). Provisions for fitting racks to carry 500 pounds of bombs. MAXIMUM SPEED: 374 mph at 18;500 feet. CEILING: 35,000 feet. they knew that glory and gain would not be theirs,. they knew that even in this job of preparing for the bigger job ahead, risks would be encountered. Were they a little frightened? Of course they were; they were as human as you and I, and yet they knew that it was necessary for them to be taught and so be prepared for actual battle. Five men that we knew and associated with are martyrs to a cause stronger and greater than they, martyrs to the dream and hope of every one of uu: a free land for a free people. Although they are dead, they are not really gone because they will live again in the heart and spirit of every man whq loves liberty as he loves life. If they could tell us how they feel, I know that they would say that we should not grieve too much because they died fighting for a great cause, for a great belief, America! Who can do more than give his life for what he believes to be true? Every time a plane takes off, every time a gunner graduates frcm Tyndall Field, every time a man thinks of America, these dead shall again live! No man shall be forgotten gave his life to the ideals of life, liberty and equality as long as America stands firm and righteous behind the principles of Democracy for which those Americans lived and died. -LEONARD .A. ZUCICEIIIIAN 2nd Lt., .Air Corp July 15, 1944 '1-' COLVMN TUGBOATS AND SEX They stood on the top of Coit Tower, the young ensign and the sweet youg thing. She never won a scholarshipat Oxford but she was defini te.iy talenteo. Suddenly she pointed. "Well, for heaven sakes," she ex claimed. "Look at the big transport. It's broken." "I don't see anything wrong with it, he said, looking over San Francisco Bay. "Silly, look at all those little tugs pulling it," she said. "It must be broken. He laughed a superior little laugh. "No, dear," he said. "The tug boats push those big l:1ners out of the harbor because the captain doesn't dare start his powerful turbines until he has space to control 30,000 tons on the loose is liable to sweep the dock away. It's even liable to ruin the liner itself. There's too much power there to fool around with. SEX IS LIKE THAT. IT'S THE MOST POWERFUL THING IN THE BODY OF A MAN. THAT'S WHY YOU CAN'T TURN IT LOOSE UNTIL YOU ARE SAILING SAFELY IN MARRIAGE. "But can't they control it by runni the motors slow?" the s.y.t. asked curi ously. "Yes, they could," the young ensign said, "b1,1t suppose a tide were to hit it and throw the ship out of control. The Lord only knows what would happen. So a good .captain doesn't take a chance." SEX C-A-N BE CONTROLLED. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. A LINER C-A-N BE CONTROLLED TOO. TOO FREQUENTLY IN THIS SEX BUSINESS THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS. A REAL MAN DOESN'T TAKE THE CHANCE! "Actually," the young ensign said slowly, "the captain isn't running the ship now. When they are in dangerous harbor waters, he turns over the control of the ship to a Pilot who knows the shoals and the mine lanes. The Pilot knows the danger spots ... and he knows how to avoid them. 1900 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ... THAT'S THE CREDENTIALS CHRISTIANITY GIVES TO IT PILOTS. IN THE MATTER OF SEX, THE WIS MAN ... LIKE. THE WISE CAPTAIN ... FOLLOWS THE PILOT'S_ DIRECTIONS. "Well," pouted the s .y.t., "the captain seems very silly to me. I think he's sort of a coward if he's afraid to take the ship in himself; "Look, sugar," the young ensign patted her blonde head tenderly, the way you do to a little blonde child, "the captain of that boat has made eight trips to the Orient with troops. And because he's brave enough not to take chances, he's got through safely each time. It takes a brave man not to take chances, and a brave man to know how really weak he is ... as brave as I'd always like to be. See, honey?" "Oh, Gerald!" said the sweet you thing. "You're wonderful! 11 Eyewitness battle stories by soldiers for soldiers; AorAeous Aals; cartoons; AaAs; action photos; puz zles; Aames; maps; latest G.I. news-that's just a rough idea of what you get for a nickel when you buy Yank, the Army weekly, at the PX. Or, you can send two bucks to Yank, 205 East 42nd Street, New Vork City, andreceive 52 big, 24-pase issues by mail. Remember the address--Yank, 205 East 42nd Street, New York City.


A HATTER OF CHOICE: In the days of Queen Elizabeth, tis said, some of the ladles liked to curl up with a good book, while others preferred simply to curl up with one of the pages. ith the arrival of thl tie o I the year hen it rain at tile drop of a hat, one of the lield'a that the youthful ebera of Capt. Brunner' graaainl detail be equipped ith .o.ara, in addition to graaa aeed and fertilizer., .One o the neateat loolcinl aatabliahenta on the field i the Turret area in the rear of the in PX. The boy Jreep the 1rounda ell and have put up n .. inl the varioua atreeta. project ia the reault of tbe coe bined effort. of the Jnatructora and their atudenta and i ell oriJe a laided tour, even thou-h you Y have difficulty locatinl Radio City, S/sgt. James W1111s O f the F11e Room Informed us that Lt. and Mrs. BrL t: of 't1ndall Field recently announced the birth of a son and W1111s want ed to know 1! the child could be called a 'Little Bratt? Father norneys champ1onsh1p ii: 15 .A.M. volleyball team continued along 1ts sensational w1nn1ng streak last TUesday by &mashing through With two victories over the P. T. ag gregatton. Tb,e games were h1gh-11gbted by the enve111ng or a new secret weapon by the Dorney AllStars. '!be weapon is reputed to be tn the rorm or a 6'3' lieuten ant with a powerfUl overhead drive. Despite Lt. Lewis' stellar errorts ror the P.T. sextet, Sgt. Bowell and his mates appeared weak and powerless against the vaunted opposition. Incidentally, the Dorney .All-stars are issuing a challenge to all takers. Prospective victims may arrange for games with Father Dorney at the Chapel or Lt. Don Moore at the special Services Office. The folloinl paragraph ill quoted /rom the July 1, 1944, Buckingham Field in a column headed Section C-1: 'The future of Stone (our on Erneat 'Hardroclc' Stone, post aer1eant-major until aeveral month alo) look exceedinllY (a he the million to be made fro a cat ranch. The career .,.hould atart ith a couple of all_ey cata--at no expenae The nuaber of cat ould aultiply to feed thi ranch of cata, a ranch of rata ill be aet up adjacent to it. The cata will eat the rata, thereby eliminating the expenae of feeding the cata the cata themaelvea will be skinned on a r atio for their fur and the carcaaaea will be fed to the ratlf, cauaing a buain at 100% profJt--to come into existence. The cats ill eat the rata and the rats ,111 eat the cats and I hall nave nothintl .but fur! (Whoever waa reaponaible for Stone's transfer to the Winl Headquarters at Buckingham just lot him out of here under the wire; for who know.a, the T/F Headquarters might now be divided into three large sectiona aergeant-major'a office and two lar 1e ranchea. mlxed chorus group which meets every Thursday at 7 P.M. tn the Post Chapel seems to be orr to a successfUl start. However, Lt. zucker, ass is tan t spec! al services' Officer, announced that more voices are needed and enlisted men, officers and their w i vea are invited to Join the grouP. A quartette from the est T/ F musical organization is schedUled for a WDLP appearance on next Friday's air show from the !1eld Cpl. Harry Bard!, 1 ong the Targe t s copy boy and starr artist, checked out on one or the recent shipments. UPOD his departure the Target surrered an amputation or its right arm. In addition to tack1i11g his work with a conscientiousness rarely round, Bardi a.lways:ythe soldier. He checked his section bulletin board with the fervor and regularity or an evangelist conS'Ulting his bible. youn&, gooa-natured, naive and eager-they Just dont come any better than Bardi. The e fro111 the Penaacola NaYal Station dropped by last --SECTION I-4--Ciass Thanks To Instructors It was Just six weeks ago when we started to hear the usual "horror rumors about gunnery school at TYndall Field. so it was with apprehension that we boarded the train at Maxwell Field and m .ade the short trek here. However, the clouds were rbrrmed with gold the first few days. SWimming on a fine beacll, and the information that we were to be treated as enlisted men served to send our morale si!Y-high. What could be more desirable than an end to the vicious g1g1 system, and a life or comparative leisure on the beach? But our dreams were brought to a screechlng nalt w1tb. the be ginning or classes. Where did all that ertvisioned sack time dis ap];>eaT? What happened to tht country club atmosphere? In Just one day we realized that gunnery was not a thing to be taken lightly; that here was a course that had to be learned, and 1 earned thoroughly, for 1n the not too distant fUture our very lives would be dependent upon our training here. Amazingly enough, we next dis covered as ngadgets," we were supposed to set an example for the field. Let it be said now that most or us are former G. I. s, coming !rom virtu ally all branches or the army, and with at least a year's service on our records. Thus, perhaps we weren t quite as .responsive to the idea or our being examples as we should have been. .After two weeks or tiresome, but highly important class work, the time began to pass very raptdly. First the ranges, and then the climax or gunnery school --flying in the "Forts." NOW we have fired our last shot in the battle of TYndall and received our first wings. so its on to advanced bombardier ing, and eventually our missions. BUt bero .re leaving, we, the cadets or Class 44-29 extend Saturdar ith a eracker-jaclr aoftball t ... which had little difficulty in our c. The held at PT Area 2 and e underatand the crod or hand lor the ould have dOne juatice to a doable-header at Yankee Stadiu And hlle on the aubject of porta, the Tornado are acheduled to eet the Marianna nine up at Marianna on Auguat 9 in the firat round of the EFT'C b4taeba11 t-rnament. So far, Marianna h taJren the Tornadoea over the hurdle tice, but we hereby lo on record as predicting that the Tornadoe: ill atill be in the tournaent after the Marianna 1a-. TJt.e chief trouble in the peat to 'a.e ith the peighbor the north ha been a underestimation 011 the part of the TYndall player. We don't think hiatory iii repeat for the third tl/ffll. IN CONCLUSION: The race flushed, but being a good Plumber, there was no noise. --SECTION I-6.;. .. Sack T I me He r a I d ed As Panacea By Scribe Hello, dear people! DO you wake up screaming--Are you irritableDo friends annoy you? WhY trouble yourself with remedies or quacks. Try the I-6 panacea. the cure-all ror everything that annoys the soldier. What is this new marvel working drug? Oh yes, it 1s sack Time!" I stmply love this rainy weather. BUgs Eschert, der FUehrer or Flight 4-B, is racking his brains and pulling his hiar (?) vainly attempting to !1nd three' corporals ror his !light. Kr. .Anthony what should I do? The two great fishermen or Barracks 413 have been fishing recently--result--Kardus and Leary s Fish Kark.e t. "I r you want it we got it--Ka!ilta our specialty, Professor LOmbardo has been delivering his very procreant lectures on the sex Life or a Bumble Bee. Next week he intends to discuss in detail (and field strip) the left rear leg or a genuine Paleozoic cockroach. SCENE: Local Barber Shop. (.Any similarity to actual places or persons is purely intentional.) Good morning. "Trim please. clip, cllp-TOnic? 'NO!" Shampoo? "NO!" "NEXT! we ruin more heads or hair that way. well three more weeks to go and well leave !Yndall Field, Who knows--you may hear from me again. (Editor' Note: The above column as judged to be the beat turned in by a Section I unit. The re porter and his asaiatanta will receive weekend paases to ton.) our thanks to all the ins true tors ror the fine training received, and to our classmates, the hope that someday well be !lying on the same ship. --.A/C W,J, Bradbury By COB and RUTSTEIN QUESTION: WHICH IS '!OUR FAVORITE? PFC. ALTON H. LINDERWAN, Yr illion, Kana: 'My favorite _,_ ia 'Look.' I believe it i the beat up-to date pic ture-atory ltlany hiatoric picture are compared to preaent dey life. It has everythin---humor, fic tion and the latest ar ne SGT. GUIDO M. ITALIANO, Wor ceater, 1/aaa.: 'When it come to 'Look' i .,Y favorite, I pick it for several reasons, aiiJOftl them, lood atories, excel lent picturea. S/SGT. LESLIE H. EDGERTON, South Bend, .Ind.: 'I like 'Yank' magazine beat. It live the inside information on all the theater of operation. Also, I let a Icicle out of the 'Sd Sack.' SGT. M.D. JR., Dallas, Texas: 'Yank' head Y 1 i. t I t I i VIII the inaide dofle onArylife, aervea aa an ex /or the .. oana and groan of all the cuy in 1he aervice and haa the beat articles and rite-up fro war thea tera and the ho-front. PVT. BARRY J. FIELDS, Garnett, Kansas: 'My favorite --azine i 'Eq u ire. other features I enjoy the Yrla iirls and various pin-up photos. SHELDON COOPER, Brooklyn, "Life ia the a-azine I like beat. It give me a true pictorial tory of th a t 1 n t ere t every man in the service, San Francisco--"ln France," the Jap radio burbled in a broadcast picked up here, "the Allied armies are retreating haphazardly inland."


Page q It was cold and wet as we stalked through the East Arabian underbrush, scattering vari-colored l izards from the path with our "Fongoys," or native scratchers. The moon was full and it shone hazily through low-lying clouds which spattered fitful bursts of rain on our l ittle safari. The weather that morning was excellent for the bagging o f that elusive and ferocious animal f o r which we had come thousands of miles. Almost unknown in the B ook of Knowledge, unheard of in the Museum of Natural History, but entirely familiar to readers of "The Army Cook Book," is that rare and vicious animal, the spam. Its squarish body and pungent odor are certain identification in the field. The wary spam-hunter, once he has caught a whiff of that peculiar odor, lies flat on his back, signalling the others in his party to do the same, and proceeds to trap this creature in a very cunning way But, back to our safari, as we trek onward, eyes alert, noses raised to the night air, expectantly. Suddenly there is a yell, and the leading native boy falls writhing to the clasping his nose. The odor of a spam permeates the air, and at a signal, the entire party drops to the ground. The lead boy, now recovered from his nasal accident, drops back !or orders and holds a whispered conversation with the chief hunter. He then quickly calls a b oard meeting of the native guides, and, having pro d uced a board of the c orrect length, they g o into action. Meanwhile, it has become apparent to .-. \ \ *''. \ \ \ \ '\' .::: -.=..=-.::. THE TYNDALL TARGET BY PFC. LEONARD RUTSTEIN lllustrated 'by Sgt. Marshall Goodman every member of the party that the danger is well at hand. At any moment, the great square body of a disagreeable female spam may come charging through the underbrush at us. It is just this event, however, which is being prepared for at this moment, by the native b oys. Out of the baskets which they have been carrying on their heads for two hundred miles into the East Arabian wilderness, comes a wierd variety of equipment. Heavy metal sheets are unrolled and layed on the ground, and tanks of acetylene and oxygen are being connected to blow-torches. In another part of the clearing, a native artist gathers together his brushes and gets up a tremendous canvas. Cans of paste, strips of metai, and a small vacuum-pump complete the collection of spam-trapping paraphernalia. Under the skillful hands of native craftsmen, a large metal trap is being welded together,-

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