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QUESTION: n WHICH IS YOUR, FA-
VORITE COMIC STRIP?
Interviews and Photos
By PULLIAM and IDLEM C
Opl. Yilbur Geibe, Ounnetakers,
"Blondie--goode A W
everyday humor -
about one of the t- '
nation's best" i
There are few of us who at some
time or other haven' t fund our-
selves in Dagwood' s or Hlondie's
0C1. Dana Malone, Gunnermakers,
iew Tork, N.Y.:
ations that nev-
they are happen-
Sing every day in
American homes. Back home it was
my first Jump on Sunday morning
when everybody was scrambling for
Sgt. Dick Hanselman, Redbirds,
my opinion Al
Capp has the i
best sense of 1
humor of any
cartoonist. You .-
can't beat his 'peecooliar'
looking characters and .their
*amoosin' conversations. And his
humor is *lean even when it
deals with 'skonks'.
Sgt. John Schumacher. Bluebirds,
---- East Bernard,
ability to track
S dow lawbreakers
p roves that
not when Dick Tracy is on the
scent. I'm laying odds that
he'll catch up with Flattop one
of these days, and nail him just
as be nailed Prune Face and the
other public enemies. a
CPl. Garth thomas, finance,
Charleston, V. Va: RP~
that he gets
himself into are
typical of those
that anyone may
find himself in. The Bumsteads
are an average American family
and their problems are represen-
tative of the American way of
1 ife. 9
Pot. Edwin J. Brown, Ordnance,
Chtcago, Il .:
"Terry and the
displays an in-
timate know edge
of the Orient
and the workings
of the oriental mind. There's
high adventure interest in the
story and the gpod art makes the
characters sean real. *
FPML THIS (DLUMN A YEAR AGO: "Back once more
by popular request, and up to now no one has
guessed who in the world writes this drivel.
I'm a pilot, type: chair, swivel...The legal
eagle a fledgling has added. If he stays for
long he'll need a cell that is padded. Working
in Courts and Boards is a hard enough task, but
with a name like Fhgin, it's too much to ask...
And, the CQ who brings his KP's late will find
that stripeless sleeves will be his fate.. *
It was like old times again when we walk-
ed Into the D.T. drafting department last
week and saw T/Sgt. Oral T. Ledbetter back
in his old spot near the corner window.
'Led, who pioneered the art work and lay-
out of the Target during the first year of
its existence, was transferred from here
more than six months ago, and after serving
at several stations was marked "Return to
Senders much to the pleasure of friends he
left at Tyndall...But I.edbetter had some
sobering news to tell. Carl Lengerich, for-
mer member of the drafting staff who did
quite a bit of cartooning for this paper,
lost his life in an aerial accident near
Hawaii, where he was stationed as a member
of an Ordnance unit. Carl had a great sense
of humor to go with his native talent, and
while war must necessarily bring death to
many, we who knew him deeply mourn Carl's
passing. His contribution to thewar effort
may not have been directly associated with
destroying the enemy, but he did the job to
which he had been assigned and he did it
In distributing credit for last week's ex-
cellent color job on our front cover, mention
of Cpls. Joe Dillis and Jim Ravenscroft was
Saturday, 'IT HAPPENED TOMORROW,'
Dick Powell, Linda Darnell.
Sunday, 'PASSAGE TO MARSEILLES,'
Humphrey Bogart. Michele Morgan.
Monday, 'CAMEL CARAVAN,'
Tuesday, 'HATCHECK HONEY,' Grace
McDonald, Leon Errol. 'TWO MAN
SUBMARINE,' Tom Neal, Ann Savage.
Wed., Thura., 'COVER GIRL,' Rita
Hayworth, Gene Kelly.
Friday, 'THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN.&'
Franchot Tone, Veronica Lake.
Sun., Mon., 'HAY ROOKIE,' Ann
Miller, Larry Parka.
Tuesday, 'THE LODGER,' Laird
Cregar, Merle Oberon.
Wednesday, 'MY BEST GAL, Jane
Withers. Also Vaudeville Show.
Thura., Pri.. 'DESERT SONG,'
Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning.
Saturday, 'RAIDERS OF SUNSET
PASS,' Smiley Burnette.
Late Show Sat., 'CABIN IN THE
SKY,' All-Star Colored Cast.
Sun., Mon., 'ANDY HARDY'S DOUBLE
LIFE,' Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
Tuesday, 'BATTLE OF RUSSIA,
Wed., Thurs., 'WAKE ISLAND,' Brian
Donlevy, Rbbert Preston.
Fri.. Sat., 'LAND OF HUNTED MEN,'
Sunday, 'SIE KNEW ALL THE ANS-
WERS,' Joan Bennett.
Mon., Tues., 'THE TALK OF THE
TOWN,' Jean Arthur, Cary Grant.
Wed., Thurs., 'IN THIS OUR LIFE,'
Bette Davis, George Brent.
Fri., Sat., 'CALLING WILD BILL
ELLIOTT,' Bill Elliott.
accidentally omitted. The pair are plate-makers
in the Reproduction Department and should
rightfully share the honors... Captain singleton
of Plans and Training completed the gunnery
course this week and was met by a cheering
section at post headquarters consisting of Major
Fox and Captain Powers. Both reputedly offered
to shine the newly won wings at the first sign
of tarnishing...One of the Ordnance boys re-
ported. that a notice appeared on the bulletin
board notifying him of a day off. The day des-
Ignated was Monday. The notice appeared on
From the Cadet squadron we hear that one
eager beaver agreed to go over the obstacle
course for the sum of $6. The amount was
posted ana the gadget went out to win the
dough. However, it was right after one of
Florida's heavy dews and the beaver found
the rungs too slippery and defaulted. (He
should wait for clear weather, andO.K. from
the control tower--and have his head exam-
Lt. Col. F.M. Hyndman, former executive of-
ficer here, now retired, aid Mrs. Hyntnan gave
the budding library at Skunk Hollow quite a
boost with a gift of 30 books...Major Emory
Shofner, post finance officer here for more
than two years, has received traveling orders
and is believed headed overseas. We join his
friends in wishing him happy landings.. THIS
IS THE ABMY: Wac Pfc. Margaret Jacobs was a
clerk in the turret maintenance department on
the line. She has a son fighting overseas and
requested a transfer to some theater of war.
Last week the transfer was received and Pfe.
Jacobs was happily on her way. Assigned to
take her place at the department is a 240 lb.
March 25, 1944 THE TYND ALL TARGET Page a
This is Col. John W. Persons, Tyndall Field's new commanding
officer, shown dictating to his Wac secretary, Cpl. Vicki Fox.
Colonel Persons, who came here to replace Col. Leland S. Stranathan,
formerly was commanding officer at the Marianna Army Air Base and
is a native of Montgomery, Ala.
MEN IN COMBAT THANKFUL
THEY HAD PHYSICAL
TRAINING, SAYS SGT.
Physical training for men in
the Air Forces is in many ways
more important than for men in
other branches of the service,
according to S/Sgt. James W. God-
win, an aerial gunner back from
combat in the Mediterranean the-
ater of operations.
Sgt. Godwin was formerly a sup-
ply sergeant at Tyndall Field.
He later took mechanical training
and after arriving overseas vol-
unteered as a gunner and saw duty
as tail gunner on 26's.
Physical training, or the dread-
ed "PT" given permanent personnel
at Air Fbrces stations, is impor-
tant because such men do not re-
ceive the intensive training
given gunners, infantrymen, tank
outfit personnel, artillery men
and those in other branches, ao-
cording to Sgt. Godwin.
"When you are in a theater of
operations you are forced to do
much more work with much less
rest and many circumstances call
for stamina. Every man in such a
theater is thankful for what
physical training he got and most
of them regret they did not get
more out of what was offered.
The physical training program
cannot be stressed too highly. "
Sgt. Godwin also pointed out
that in this global war a soldier
may be sent to an Arctic or a
tropical climate and in either he
will need to be in excellent
physical condition to withstand
the rigors of extreme cold or
OUR FRONT COVER
Sunday afternoon at Tyndall 's
beautiful mile-long beach. Offi-
cers and wacs, gunners and per-
manent party men--soldiers all--
basking in the Florida sun on
the brilliant white sands that
edge gently toward the warm
waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The scene is typical of any
afternoon at the beach which is
daily becoming increasingly popu-
lar with Tyndall personnel seek-
ing relaxation in their off-duty
The picture was taken by Cpl.
Will James of the Post Photo
Into Effect For
Panama City Buses
A new schedule for buses run-
ning between Tyndall Field and
Panama City went into effect
Henceforth, only two buses a
day will make the trip by the
hospital. All other buses will
make the circle in front of Post
Headquarters and will stop to
load passengers only at the north
side of the circle.
Additional buses will be added
at shift changes to take care of
peak hour rushes, and Saturday
and Sunday schedules will be ar-
ranged to care for peak hour
traffic as necessary.
For the convenience of Target
readers who may wish to have a
copy of the new schedule, it is
reprinted below so that it may
be clipped and carri
PANAMA CITY TY
5:30 a.m. white
5:30 a.m. colored
6:10 a.m. white
6:45 a.m. white
6:45 a.m. colored
7:10 a.m. via Cove
11:00 a.m. white
11:00 a.m. colored
1:15 p.m. via Hosp.
3:30 p.m. via Hosp.
4:00 p.m. via Cove
4:30 p. .
6: 15 p. m.
10: 15 p.m.
11: 15 p.m.
12:00 a.m. via Hangar
*Bus leaves Hospital
and Main Gate at 2:40
**Bus leaves Hospital
and Main Gate at 4:30
ied in the
6:00 a. .
6:00 a. .
6: 45 a.m.
8: 20 a.m.
10:00 a. .
3: 10 p.M.
5: 15 p.m.
5:35 p. m.
6: 20 p a..
8:20 p. .
8:35 p. .
9:05 p. .
10: 20 p.".
11:05 p. .
11: 20 p. .
11: 50 p.'.
12:40 a. m.
PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR AWARDING EXPENSES-PAID
WEEKEND IN TOWN TO 'GUNNERS OF THE CLASS';
FIRST WINNER TO BE SELECTED THIS WEEK
Gunnery students henceforth will have something to shoot at be-
sides tow targets.
Announcement was made today of the forthcoming inauguration of a
plan to reward each "Gunner of the Class"-the outstanding man in
each graduating group-with an all-expenses paid weekend in town.
The top gunner in each class will be allowed to choose one of his
classmates to accompany him on the holiday.
Prizes have been posted by various Panama City business fins and
organizations which will insure that the weekend will be a memorable
Here' s what the winning gamner will get:
A free room, plus meals, for him and his friend, donated by
the Dixie Sherman Hotel.
A long distance phone call to his home and a recorded disc
message which can be mailed, donated by the USO.
$5 in cash, donated by Stedman Hobbs, president of the Panama
City Transit Company.
For him and his buddy, a free round of golf, clubs furnished,
and lunch, donated by the Panama Country Club.
Free theater passes donated by Ritz, Panama and Bay Theaters.
"The works"-shave, haircut, shampoo, massage and so forth-
donated by the Post Barber Shop.
Free cleaning and pressing service to put his uniforms in top
shape for the weekend, donated by the Post Cleaners.
in addition, he will carry with him an identifying letter
which will enable him to visit any of five Panama City drug
stores and get free malteds, sodas or any other soda fountain
concoction, donated by walgreen's, Childs', Johnson's, Adams'
and Daffin's drug stores.
The gunnery award plan was conceived and made possible by Sgt.
Sail Samiof of the Tyndall Target, working in conjunction with the
Special Service Office, the De-
partuent of Training, and the Pan-
PASSOVER SEDER FOR ama City Chamber of Conmierce.
The prize will be awarded so that
JEWISH SERVICEMEN the winning gunner will be able to
spend the weekend prior to his
Jewish servicemen stationed at graduation in tow.
Tyndall Field and in the vicinity "Onners of the Class" are chosen
are invited to attend the Pass- by Department of Training officers,
over Seder to be held at the who base their selections on the
Cadet Mess Hall on April 8. gunners' technical skill, soldierly
Religious services preceding the bearing and appearance, marksman-
dinner will begin at 8 P.M. ship and academic rating.
The holiday dinner will be con- First "Gunner of the Class" to
plete with traditional dishes, win the awards will be the man who
Arrangements fbr the affair are is chosen this week from class 44-
being made by Sgt. Sam Ackerman 13. His photograph and gunnery
and Cpl. Jerome IBttenberg, with school grades will be printed in
the cooperation of Major Kenneth next Saturday's Target. He will be
Keith, post mess officer; Capt. notified of his selection early
0.0. Freeman, special service next week.
officer; and Chaplain W Fulmer.
WHAT'S DOING NEXT WEEK I 'FLEXIGUN' PRINTS PHOTO
OF COLONELS IN GERMAN
S12:30 P.M.--Record Concert, Poat PRISON CAMP
MONDAY A photograph of Colonels Delmar
12:30 P.M.--A&R Representative Spivey and D. Jenkins in a Ger-
Meeting, Athletic Office. man prison camp appeared in a re-
7 .M. --Movies,Station Hospital. cent issueof the Buckingham Field
8:30 P.M.--Movies, Receiving Sq. "Flexigmn.
7 P.M..-Special Entertainment Colonels Spivey and Jenkins are
at Station Hospital. former C.0.s of Buckingan Field,
8 P.M.-.Weekly Dance, USO, WDLP. and also were at one time associ-
8 P.M. -.Movies, ColoredRec Hall. ated with Tyndall. Col. Jenkins
WEDNESDAY served as Director of Training
12:30 p.M.--Special Service Non- here fbr many months before being
Con Meeting, Post Library. assigned to the Frt Myers canp.
7 P.M..-Protestant Choir Rehear- The men were shot down in the
7 .-Variety Show, Rec. Sq European war theater last year
8 P.M ..G.I. Dance, Rec Hall. while observing gunnery methods
permanent Party Only. on a bombing mission. Col. L.S.
THURSDAY Stranathan, who left here this
7 P.M.--Movies, Hospital. week fbr a staff position at Max-
8 P.M.--GI Dance. Rec Hall, Stu- well Field, was with the group at
dents Only. the time, but was not along on
8 p.M.--Dance, Colored Rec Hall. that particular mission
8:30 P.M. -Movies, Receiving Sq. According to the Red Cross,
S FRPSIDAY Cu s Wv) which obtained the photograph of
7:30 P.M.-SIOA Club (Ew's rives)
Special Service Office. the colonels, they are all in
7:30 P.. --Boxing. Receiving Sq. good health and living fairly
S..o A mviea. ColoredRec Hall. coilfbrtable.
March 25, 1944
THE TYNDALL TARGET
PaLe 4T TN TRE
Tyndall -3l 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 Public Relations Officer.
Printing & Photography by Base Photographic & Reproduction Section.
Art Work by Dept. of Training Drafting, Department.
The Tyndall Target receives material supplied by Camp Newspaper Ser-
vice, War Dept., 205 E. 42nd St., New York City. Credited material
may not be republished without prior permission from CNS.
A LETTER FROM A SERVICE MAN
VESUVIUS SPEAKS AGAIN
In rivaling gesture on Sun-
day, Mount Vesuvius, the only
active volcano in continental
Europe, threw its own curtain
oT havoc over Italy's war torn
Not since April 7, 1906,
when the big cone-shaped hill
of dread elected to release
its accumulated fury in a
spectacular three-day reign of
terror, have natives in the
vicinity witnessed an eruption
of similar intensity.
Rising four thousand feet
above Naples, it was Vesuvius
that destroyed ancient Pompeii
in 79 A.D. during one of its
eruptive outbursts, thus as-
suring the diggers who re-dis-
covered it nearly seventeen
hundred years later of the
greatest archeological find in
Geologists will assign other
causes to the present phenom-
enon, but among the natives
who live in its shadow there
are many who will still cling
to their belief that the erup-
tion is intended as a warning
to all invaders to clear from
LITTLE SATELLITE--WHAT NOW?
Trapped in a war they have
no heart for, the Runanians
face the future with increas-
ing dread. The fine cloak of
German protection no longer
hugs their shoulders and a
Russian wind has scattered the
In awesome array the Red
army stands on the west bank
of the Dniester River in full
view of Rumanian surveillance.
Plainly now, the satellite
A YEAR AGO TODAY
(From THE TARGET files)
Major General Ralph Royce,
commanding general of the AAFSTC
made his first visit to Tyndall
Field since Colonel L S. Strana-
than assumed command. After a
thorough inspection the general
praised the gunnery school for
its efficiency and expressed
satisfaction at the recent in-
novations of the Department of
Major Cleo M. Miller was naned
to succeed Lt. Col. Brua as post
surgeon... Climaxing twenty years
in the service, M/Sgt. Harvey
Liddon was sworn in Monday as a
first lieutenant in the AAF...
Promotions to the rank of
captain were announced last week
of first lieutenants C. P. Shearn
and San Canzoneri... The Redbirds,
Guardians, Ordnance and (inner-
maker quintets reached the semi-
finals of the field's first suc-e
cessfil inter-srquaron basketball
IC'GGED 69th: Most amazing dis-
play of ingenuity during the week
occurred when Pfc. Grombacher
filled a wheelbarrow with water
to swab the floor of his room
when he was unable to find a
bucket fbr the sane purpose.
sees the encroaching influence
that has obtruded so violently
on the bright sun of its mas-
Only days separate the Ru-
manians from their destiny.
Between them and the Soviets
lies the last 50 miles before
the war crosses onto Rumoanian
earth. Russian cannon roar the
question. Little satellite--
"When I left home to get into
this Iess, I had never, in all my
life, given a serious thought to
God and religion. But when I came
away from home and left my wife
with two small boys to take care
of, when I watched the way she
faced this thing, when I saw the
look in her eyes at the railroad
station (not a tear), and then, in
Africa, began to get her letters
in which she told me that, while
she didn't weep at the station,
she went home and cried all night,
I began to appreciate her as I
never had before. Then, when she
told me how she got out of bed and
knelt beside my two boys and
prayed something like this: 'Dear
God, we've never depended much on
You up to this time, but now, dear
Father, we have to. We've nothing
else. John has gone. He was the
father of these boys. They have
no father now, they need one, and
You've got to be that father to
them-and to John, too. Will You--
please?' I knew for the first time
what religion can mean.
"It made me think. I kept on
thinking all through the African
campaign, and then when we went
into Sicily, and I got a shrapnel
wound in the chest, I did a lot of
additional thinking. When Mary was
informed that I was wounded, I got
another letter from her. It was
the bravest, finest, most poised
and loving letter that any man
ever got from any woman on earth.
Suddenly I knew what a treasure
my wife is-and suddenly I knew
what the love of God meant in hu-
man life, and I started to pray.
"Now I know that if I ever get
out of this thing alive I'm a
Christian-and I make no bones
about it. God didn't save me from
any danger-and what is more, I
didn't ask Him to. I found God
through my wife and her courage
and love and sacrifice and faith-
-f (hapel Strtircs (--
Sunday School, Post Chapel.9 A.M.
Worship, Colored Rec Hall..9 A.M.
Worship, Post Chapel......10 A.M.
Worship, Skunk Hollow.....10 A.M.
Worship, Post Chapel....7:30 P.M.
Fellowship Meeting......7:30 P.M.
Choir Rehearsal..........7:30 P.M.
Mass, Post Chapel..... ..8 A.M.
Mass, Post Theater........10 A.M.
Mass, Post Chapel......11:15 A.M.
Mass, Post Chapel........6:30 P.M.
(and any time chaplain is in his
J EW I SH
Worship Service.........7:30 P.M.
-THE TYNDALL TARGET
J favorite PAoto I 19 fA
S ADVANCE AND BE RECOGNIZED
S LIBRARY NOTES
New books added to the Techni-
cal Library this past week are:
"All the World's Aircraft," "Jane's
Fighting Ships" and the "Aircraft
Year Book for 1943. In these
books can be found any inform-
ation concerning any airplane or
seagoing craft carrying the col-
ors of any nation. Also added to
the list of new library books is
"Aerosphere, 1942, which is a
progress report on aviation in
World War IL
Perhaps you'd like to add some
.facts to your sports knowledge?
If so, we feel that we can also
help along those lines. Fbr your
better enjoyment of sports let us
suggest you read one or all of
A.S. Barnes' publications on
"boxing, baseball, bowling, ten-
nis, golf, swimming, softball,
handball and table tennis.
Perhaps you would like "Sport
For The Fun Of It, or would pre-
fer reading "Varsity Jim." At
any rate, the Post Library,
located in building 208 has than
all, so come in, take a look,
and enjoy a book.
TO LECTURE ON MEAT
A series of lecture-demon-
strations covering various phases
of the subject of meat, and de-
Ssigned for presentation to mess
personnel at Army Air Bases, will
be conducted at Tyndall Field on
March 27 to 29. This program has
been arranged by the Air Quarter-
master, Headquarters Army Air
Forces and the Food Service Sec-
tion of the Office of the Quar-
The demonstrations will be pre-
sentedby A. Ring, meat soecial-
ist of the National Live Stock
and Meat Board, an organization
which represents all branches of
the live-stock growers and feed-
ers, live-stock marketing agen-
cies, meat packers and retail
Q. I'm a sea-loving sea dog,
stranded in the Army. What I
want to know is, can I get trans-
ferred to the Coast Guard?
A. There is no way of trans-
fering from the Army to the
Coast Guard as an enlisted man.
However, on May 10 and 11, the
annual competitive examination
for appointments to the Coast
Guard Academy at New London,
Conn., will be conducted through-
out the country. If you are over
17 and under 22, a high school
graduate, unmarried and can meet
the educational and physical re-
quirements, you are eligible to
compete for appointment as a
cadet. Applications must reach
Coast Guard Headquarters by
April 10. For full details write to
United States Coast Guard Public
Relations Section, 42 Broadway,
Q. I have been married to my
wife since 1942. She has a six-
year-old child by a previous mar-
riage. Is this child eligible for a
A. Yes, you may apply for a
family allowance for your wife
and her child providing the child
is living with her and she is re-
sponsible for its support. Illegit-
imate children are also entitled to
family allowances, just in case
Now that the columns of the
Tyndall Target have been thrown
open for the expression of public
opinion, I would like to relieve
myself of a gripe which has been
gnawing within me for a long
What makes the directors of
physical training think that men
over thirty possess the agility
of an eighteen year old kid?
Most of us oldsters dread the
thought of P.T. solely because of
that accursed obstacle course,
which to a youngster may be
nothing but a waltz, but to us is
a devilish contrivance designed
to torture aching muscles and to
break aging bones.
All of us like to get some warm
sun and fresh air and build up
our bodies with some reasonable
form of exercise, but to require
us to attempt the physically im-
possible is ridiculous. Men
thirty-eight years of age and
older are excused, but those of
us that lack that magical figure
by a couple of years are forced
to indulge in the same form of
training as a kid fifteen years
younger. Can' t something be done
to alleviate this situation?
This is directed against the
jerk in the fburteenth row, right
hand side, who, at the Post The-
ater Wednesday night, spoiled an
otherwise delightful evening by
his noisy and irritating conduct
at the showing of Ginger Rogers
in that swell picture, "Lady in
the Dark." If he was bored by
something that was obviously over
his head, why the devil didn' t he
take a powder and get the hell
out of the theater, instead of
hanging on and disturbing every-
one around him with his stupid
and stereotyped remarks.
It is suggested to these morons
who cannot sit quietly for a
couple of minutes without audibly
expressing their emotions that
there may be other people who
wish to enjoy the picture, and
that constant would-be wisecracks
are a source of annoyance and
So, you in the fourteenth row
and your pals, if you don't think
you can "take" the picture at the
Post Theater, go back to your
barracks and whistle at the pin-
up girls in your. foot-locker. The
pin-up girls may not appreciate
it but the theater audience cer-
tainly will. Upl. A.V.S.
March 25, 1944
THE TYNDALL TARGET
Prepared for any situation which may arise during his tour of
guard duty is Cpl. Max Ackerman. Unfortunately, the Army prohibits
the exercising of individual initiative and preparedness to the
extent pictured on
the left, but Cpl.
Ackerman, has no fear
of disciplinary re-
p risals, for the
equipment he has en-
T. trenched himselfwith
helped to bring out
many of the laughs
which marked the open-
ing of "Let's Take
Off" recently pre-
sented at Kelly Field.
Ackerman was a mem-
ber of the Special
Service staff at Kelly
and had a leading
role in the show,
which was written and
producedby Pvt. James
Is the Armyl" Max
is a brother of Tyn-
dall's Q.M. Special
ative, Sgt. Sam Ack-
erman, and Sam sub-
mitted the photo to
us as his entry in
the favorite photo
With a Red Army storming along
the approaches to Its Rumanian
keep, the Germans are losing no
time in coordinating their de-
fenses againstthe Russian threat.
Having sensed the wavering atti-
tude of the Hungars, German forc-
es earlier this week completed
their occupation of the little
Balkan country. Neither Regent
Nicholas Horthy or General Ghezy,
were on hand when the coup was
executed as both these gentlemen
were detained in the Reich after
a conference at Hitler's head-
quarters. The fate of the Bal-
kans is now in the balance and
time will reveal Germany's abil-
ity to tip it in her favor.
Hailing as we do from a long,
unwavering line of arm-chair
generals, we are enjoined by
mutual ties of birth and prophecy
to timidly venture a prediction
at this time. Therefore do we
risk the certain criticism of the
'Union of Delphian Oracles' and
offer April 27, 1944, as the"
probable date for the invasion of
the continent. Clairvoyantly
speaking, there's an extra polish
and a sheen these days to the
secret prepping in progress be.
hind General Eiserhowers' blitz.
cloth which indicates 'D-Day' is
at hand. The Nazis have been
clamoring for 'Der Tag' -- now it
looks as though they are finally
going to get it -- and not later
than the 27th of April, says this
latter day oracle.
Flying in weather that would
discourage a duck, a great fight-
er-escorted armada of U.S. Flying
Forts and Liberators paid Frank-
fort another visit last Monday.
With the aid of souperfine in-
struments Yankee bombardiers
ladled their bombs unerringly
through the pea-soup clouds that
came up to meet them in place of
the wary, earthbound Luftwaffe.
To judge by the raging fires that
were started, Frankfort was hav-
ing its biggest weinie roast in
Although grimly reluctant to
leave, the Nazis were forcibly
evicted this week from their
blasted rooms in Cassino's Hotel
Continental. Room service died
in the serving pantry with the
first Allied attack months ago,
and the famous 'hundred pfenning
dinner' vanished from the menu
soon after; but still the Nazis
stayed on, preferring inconven-
ience to eviction. Previous at-
tempts to force their removal
from the Continental were re-
pulsed in the lobby by the guest
Nazis and for a while it seemed
as if the 'American Plan' would
never be put into operation. But
apparently that 1,400 ton souven-
ir bombing was too much for the
badly shaken up lodgers, as on
Monday they checked out, taking
the hotel's towels with them for
the 'unconditional' days of their
One old maid, answering the
question of which she desired
most in a husband--brains, wealth
or appearance -- snapped back,
'Appearance, and the sooner the
brother was recently
transferred fran Kel-
i..i ly Field to Patter-
71 son Field along with
_' .- several other members
of the "Let's Take Off" cast, where they are putting on the show
before large war bond-buying audiences.
Sam is an old timer on Tyndall and his QM duties as receiving
clerk keep him fairly busy. We asked him if he could possibly get
himself rigged up in a regalia similar to the one his brother is
shown in, so that we might get a comparative picture. Looking over
the objects his brother is wearing, he replied, "The rifle I could
probably draw, the mess kit and gas mask I have, the magazine I
could buy, and the stool I could possibly swipe but who in the
QM office is going to write to Donald Nelson and get me a priority
on a hot water bottle?"
ONE MAN'S OPINION
THE TYNDALL TARGET
SHOWING APPROXIMATE BATTLE LINE as of March 22.
Note that Soviet forces have crossed the Dnester
River, pre-war border of Rumania, and also have
enlarged their drive into Poland.
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Last week one of the great-
est battles of the war was be-
Sng fought on those fertile
plains of southern Russia known
as the Ukraine. Four mighty
Soviet armies were plunging
forward in a violent attack
designed to hurl "the Hitler-
ites" out of southern Russia
and back into the restless
Balkans. From Tarnopol in
southeastern Poland to Nikol-
aev at the mouth of the Bug,
the battle-line twisted and
turned like some gigantic
snake. (See map facing this
At the northwestern end of
he long front, the First
'Ukrainian Army held a death-
grip on the Lwow-Odessa rail-
road and was pushing relent-
lessly toward Tarnopol and
Proskurov, near the Russo-
Polish border. At the other
end of the battle-line, 500
miles to the southwest, the
Third and Fourth Ukrainian
Armies were besieging Nikol-
aev, the Russian Black Sea
port at the mouth of the Bug
But it was in the center
of line that the fiercest
fighting raged. Here the
Second Ukrainian Army of Gen-
eral Ivan S. Konev was smash-
ng through the German lines
like a huge locomotive. Two
weeks ago, when Konev opened
his drive, his forces had not
even reached the middle Bug
River. In the past fourteen
days, they have reached and
crossed the Bug on a 70-mile
front, pushed on for fifty
miles to the Dniester River
(pre-war border of Rumania),
crossed the Dniester on a 40
mile front, and pushed into
Rumania to within 30 miles of
the Prut River. This tremen-
dous drive is all the more
,azing for the apparent lack
of organized resistance. The
Red Army has now imperiled all
those German divisions holding
out north and east of Odessa.
And there is still no sign of
a let-up in the Soviet attack.
Hitler is therefore facing an-
other first class military
disaster in southern Russia.
At best, we can hope for the
total destruction of this
sizable force; at the least,
the liberation of the Ukraine
is a certainty.
The arrival of Soviet forces
on the banks of the Dniester
immediately increased politi-
cal tension throughout the
Balkans. Rumania, standing
directly in the path of the
onrushing Soviet Armies, was
torn between the advocates of
peace and bitter-end supporters
of the Nazis. Bulgaria and
Hungary were in similar tur-
moil, and it was clear that
unless Hitler acted the entire
Balkans would soon be torn
with violent internal dissen-
Hitler acted swiftly. In
the space of 4 days German
forces had completed the oc-
cutpation of Hungary, Rumania
and Bulgaria, and pro-German
rulers had been put in power.
The first reaction to this
in the Allied countries was
one of disappointment. But
disappointment seems hardly
justified. It could never
have been seriously expected
that Hitler would stand idly
by while his Balkan allies sub-
mitted meekly to the will of
Soviet Russia. Much more sig-
nificant, from a military
standpoint, is the fact that
Hitler has now been forced to
commit mny thousands of badly-
needed German soldiers to gar-
rison duty in the territory of
his shaky allies. For example,
the occupation of Hungary
alone is reported to have in-
volved 100,000 German troops.
This is a force which Hitler
can ill afford to spare, and
when the invasion of western
Europe begins he will have
ample reason to regret the
political instability of the
In the Pacific last week
forces of General MacArthur's
command completed the en-
circlement of the Japanese
bases of Rabaul and Kavieng.
On Tuesday the United States
Marines occupied the St. Mat-
thias Islands, 84 miles north-
west of Kavieng, New Ireland.
Resistance is reported to have
Rabaul and Kavieng, which
were once the focal point of
Japanese power in the south-
western Pacific, are now all
but useless to the enemy. The
day cannot be far distant when
they too will fall into Ameri-
can hands, and the stage will
be set for new campaigns on
the long, hard road to Tokyo.
There was action in another
part of the Pacific too. Far
to the north the great Japan-
ese sea and air base of Para-
mushiro was pounded by Ameri-
can bombers. Our high command
has not forgotten Paramushiro,
and it may well be that before
this war is over there will be
heavy fighting around this far
northern outpost of the 1Epire
of the Rising Sun.
In Italy last week, some of
the heaviest fighting of the
Italian campaign was going on
around the battered town of
Cassino. The violent aerial
attack on the town a week ago
has enabled us to drive the
Germans out of all but a small
portion of Cassino. But the
Nazi forces, although com-
pletely encircled, are re-
sisting bitterly. Their only
means of supply and reinforce-
ment is from the air, but thus
far they have refused to admit
the hopelessness of their
position. Allied commanders,
while unwilling to set a time
on the battle, are confident
that the outcome will be favor-
There is little news tc re-
port from the Rome beachhead.
But it is interesting to note
that there has not been any
large German attack on our
lines in the last two weeks.
When our forces can be strength-
ened sufficiently, an attack
will be opened which will have
a decisive effect on the tac-
tical situation in central
Italy. Meanwhile, it is far
too early to write off the
Italian campaign as a "stale-
mate." It has achieved every
objective set for it, with the
single exception of the cap-
ture of Rome; and in time Rone
too will fall into our hands.
Impatience has never yet won
The aerial battle for Europe
continues at an ever-increas-
ing tempo. In an interview
last week, General Montognery
the famous ex-Comnander of
the British Eighth Army de-
clared that the invasion of
Europe is already under way.
He meant by this that the
battle for air supremacy now
taking place is an indispens-
able preliminary to land at-
tack. He cited the case of
Sicily, where violent aerial
assaults preceded actual in-
vasion, and indicated that a
similar pattern was being fol-
lowed in the west.
On Wednesday strong forces
of American heavy bombers re-
turned to batter Berlin. Over
1500 tons of TNT were dropped
on the city, and travelers
arriving in Stockholm reported
that it was the heaviest at-
tack on the capital since the
U.S. 8th Air Force began its
campaign against Berlin two
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT when
scouting close to the enemy at night
your best protection from observation
is silent movement.
WHEN ATTACK ED from the air, dive
for the nearest slit trench or air raid
shelter or just hit the ground Stay put
until it's over and don't attempt to
escape by running. If the pilot didn't see
you aL first he may if you start running.
DENSE WOODS offer complete con-
cealment from planes. Good protection
is also given by sparse woods provided
you don't disclose yourself by moving
March 25. 1944
THE TYNDALL TARGET
a 8o T
* GUNNER OF THE CLASS *
PFC. WAYNE WEBSTER
Know Your Plane
B-17 (FLYING FORTRESS)
DESCRIPTION: four-engine heavy
bomber constructed as an all-met-
al, midwing monoplane with con-
ventional retractable landing
gear. Originally designed and
built .by Boeing Aircraft Corp.,
but now also being produced by
Douglas and Vega. Late models
provided with external bomb racks
and wing tip tanks. The crew
varies from 9 to 11 men.
DIMENSIONS Span, 103 feet, 10
inches. Length, 74 feet, 9 inch-
es. Height, 19 feet, 1 inch.
Tread width, 21 feet, 2 inches.
Wing area, 1,420 square feet. Ap-
proximate maximum weight, 60,-
POWER PLANT: Fbur Wright R-1820
1,200 hp. engines with turbo su-
perchargers. Hamilton 3-bladed
automatic control full-feathering
PERIFDRMANCE: Rated at a speed of
about 300 mph. Approximate ser-
vice ceiling over 30,000 feet.
Tactical radius of action, 700
BOMB LOAD: 6,000 pounds.
ARMAMENT: Latest model has thir-
teen .ED caliber guns as follows:
2 in Sperry mid-upper turret, 2
in Sperry ball-type lower tur-
ret, 2 in tail turret, I in radio
compartment, 2 in nose, 2 in chin
turret, 2 on each side at waist
PROTECTION: Annor for pilot, co-
pilot, radio operator, top-ball,
waist and tail gunners. Naviga-
tor and bombardier are partially
protected. De-icer boots, wing
and tail, anti-icing for pro-
pellers. Equipped for desert
o pe ra tion.
If You Suspect SABOTAGE
Call or visit
The Intelligence Office
Top gunner of Class 44-12 was
Pfc. Wayne Webster (left) of Mor-
ris, Ill. Webster was a two-let-
ter man in high school, partici-
pating in varsity basketball and
baseball. Following his gradu-
ation he went out to San Diego,
California, and obtained a posi-
tion with Consolidated Aircraft
as an inspector. He was employed
by Consolidated for three years,
until drafted a year ago.
Webster received his basic
training at Keesler Field and
also graduated from the A.M.
School there. Named the air-to-
air firing phase of the gunnery
training as the part he liked
Here are his gunnery records:
Final academic examination 133
Cal. 50 89% Moving Base 58%
Turiets 86% Skeet 58%
Ajrchaft Rec 95% Tower Range 83%
Sighting 96% Air-to-air 9.5%
Jam Handy 89% Jeep Range35.8%
KELONE GETS MUMPS
WHILE ON FURLOUGH
Our grade of ninety-eight was
the highest ever made by this
squadron in any inspection yet.
The prevelant question was, "What
did the Wacs make in their in-
spection?" They usually nose us
out by half a point or so.
Cpl. J. Kelone was expected
from furlough several days ago
but he sent in a wire stating
that he was delayed unexpectedly
.due to a bad case of mumps and
was quarantined for ten days,
and in Texas, of all places. In-
cidentally, he got his extension
The Squadron correspondent has
been accused of walking with his
head in the clouds after some
person remarked that he was a
very "erudite" individual, which
is all blarney, of course.
We lost our last basketball
game even though our squadron
rooters were there en masse. In
fact, at least forty percent of
our squadron was there cheering
for our team, but in vain.
Cpl. John "Tampa" Mashburn is
getting to be "Roster Happy. "
Last week he made rosters on so
many subjects that he was ready
to make a roster by blood type to
be followed by a roster on shoe
sizes of every man in the outfit
Take it easy, John.
Pfc. L. Marsh went to Personnel
the other day and came back with
a look of complete bewilderment.
He claimed that they did not have
an "experience level. He thought
they were giving him the well
known rib like the one about get-
ting a "sky hook." By the way
Marsh is giving a Lt. stiff com-
petition for a certain fair dan-
sel who thinks that the "Chubby"
Lexy is cutel
The Guardians have completed
the familiarization firing of the
carbine and are now pretty well
familiar with this excellent
weapon. In this instance, ftnil-
iarity breeds respect.
PERCOLATING PRATTLE A note of
praise is hereby given to Cpl.
Hyde fbr the excellent work that
he is doingin the gun shop...Pvt.
Tuten is expecting the stork in
seven more days...Our congratu-
lations to Pvt. F. Sasso on his
matrimonial venture--he looks
happy now...Pvt. L Ample was in
the fruit and vegetable hxsiness
back home and wishes that he had
some now...Pvt. J. Clark is lone-
ly these days with his wife being
away...S/Sgt. Dodd is none too
happy either...Pvt. G. Wright is
Digs Well In Search
For Head Space Oil
We welcomed a new officer in
charge of our department since
last going to press. He is Capt.
Chanpeaux. We hope his stay with
us will be both long and pleas-
They tell me that a certain
PFC from this department could-
n't find any head-space oil
around his supply room so they
let him spend a week on the range
where he had the opportunity to
dig a well and drill for the
stuff. Ask him about it.
Cpl. Drake thinks the Weapons
instructors have the darndest
sense of humor. Seems he wasn't
feeling well the other night and
went to bed directly after din-
ner. The boys awoke him at 9: 30
and then chewed him because he
had overslept and was late for
breakfast. After running to the
mess hall he foumd out that he
was the center of many a good
belly laugh. Drake is waiting.
He says that even a dog. has his
Sgt. Auge, the envelope colleco-
tor, now has a private box of his
own at the squadron mail room. He
collects pretty envelopes and
gets about as much mail as the
rest of the squadron combined.
Members of the Weapons Depart-
ment extend their sympathy to
Sgt. Dawson, whose father passed
away last week.
Sgt. Solomon is sweating out
the last week before going home
on furlough. He has a new baby at
home whom he has never met. He is
kinda wondering if the baby will
Sgt. Weatherby has the only car
in this part of the country that
has two flats a day regularly. He
had the best one the other night
in a blinding rainstorm.
Sgt. Steffan, our 6 foot 4 inch
instructor, slept in a shelter
half on bivouac last week. During
the night it rained. He woke uT
with water on the knees and ev-
erything else he had exposed,
Sgt. Boyce is the only man
without a car that uses Klutch
regularly. Says it has something
to do with his new choppers. Nuf
said for this week.
--SGT. HARVEY WINE
Arellanes Too Good
his week M/Sgt. "pl. Burnett
was assigned to temporary duty
with the Ordnance at Apalach.
Considering Apalach is noted for
its double helpings of appetizing
chow, the "Cpl. should enjoy his
With Ear To Keyhole: Basic
training proved embarrassing to
Pvt. Arellanes. After completing
guard duty while on bivouac, he
naturally decided to get some
shut eye. Through his skill in
tent camouflaging, Arellanes
couldn't locate his shelter,
therefore he spent the night by
the fire--toasted on one side--
frozen on the other.
Coming from work late at night,
18 men climbed out of a none-to-
] arge weapons carrier. We're
trying to locate one of those men
riding in this car that made the
classic remark: "A notice on the
bulletin board stated I was en-
titled to a day off on Monday,
March 13th. The notice was out
on the board Tuesday, the 14th. "
Cpl. Fitzgerald is still noted
for sleepwalking. But at least
he now confines his walking to
the barrack's area and not way
over to the mess hall. Gee, even
the sub-conscious mind under-
rushing "Rosie"... Incidentally
the various men who are expecting
the stork now want this prognos-
tigator to name the sex!L1
-Cpl. Sam Marotta
WAS IN RESERVE
AT DIEPPE RAID
A former Ohio tree surgeon who
served two and a half years with
the Canadian army, during which
he narrowly missed being among
the handful of Americans who were
included in the invasion "dress
rehearsal" at Dieppe on the French
coast, is now at Tyndall Field
studying aerial gunnery as part
of his bombardier training.
He is A/C Donald H. Derby, 27,
whose home is in Norwalk, Ohio.
He is in Squadron A, a member of
Derby enlisted in September,
1940, in the Essex Scottish High-
landers. He trained in Canada
with that regiment until the
spring of 1941, when he was trans-
ferred to the Calgary Regiment,
Tank, a few weeks prior to ship-
ping to England in June, 1941.
Derby got intensive tank train-
ing in England and was assigned
to a heavy support squadron. He
was in that outfit when the raid
on Dieppe was made, and was wait-
ing in reserve at a British port
during the raid.
Many of Derby' s friends were
casualties in that operation.
Two of his closest buddies, one
an American and the other a Rus-
sian, were taken prisoner.
Derby was transferred to the
American army in February, 1943.
"I put in for the armored corps, 1
he said, "but they sent me to the
Army Service Fbrces, Headquarters,
ETO, as a permanent latrine order-
ly. I spent most of my time for
quite awhile sweeping out offices
and one thing and another. "
Finally the Army relented and
made Derby an armorer, which was
better, but not what he wanted.
"I then put in for aerial gun-
nery, but they turned me down,"
Derby said. "Later, my CO per-
suaded me to put in for cadets,
and here I am. I didn' t think
I'd have much chance, because of
my age, but I was a few days
under the age limit and I landed
backing this country last October."
The Canadians, Derby said, "are
a wonderful bunch of fellows,
well-trained and with high morale.
I don't think any troops are as
well-trained as Canadian combat
forces except for personnel of
specialized forces such as the
American Rangers. They all take
the war much nore seriously as
individuals than most Americans
stands our food situation.. An-
other GI having trouble is Pfc.
Urich, who reputedly talks in his
sleep. He has been "accused" of
mumbling the song "As Time Goes
Py" while in deen slumber. Say,
it is getting deep.
Sgt. Manderson is expected to
wed a WAC Sgt. from Tyndall Field.
In deciding family matters, which
Sgt. will out-rank the other??...
Like a king in his own home, Bil]
Canary can be seen mornings ii
his bed, shaving with the help o:
an electric shaver...Sporting a
big smile nowadays is Pfc. Yan-
none. The reason could be based
upon his getting a brand new
front tooth... Last week, Pvt.
Charlie Blankenship won a boxing
match at the shipyards. One of
his pals thinks highly of Charlie
representing the Ordnance in box-
ing, He suggested to Capt. Mears
that this company get him a robe
with the Ordnance emblem em-
broidered on it.
Sgt.: 'What kind of oil do you
use in your car?'
Pvt.: 'I usually begin by tell-
ing them I'm lonely.'
THE TYNDAL;L TARGET
Ma4THE TYNDALL TARGET Pae 9
NEW POSTAL RATES GO
INTO EFFECT SUNDAY
Effective Sunday, March 20,
1944, an increase in postage
rates and fees for money orders,
parcel post, registered, insured,
and C.O.D. mail will be charged
the users of the U. S. mails. Urn-
affected is the free mailing
privilege granted members of the
The average serviceman will
Feel the effects of this new
postal law mostly in the use of
air mail letters, parcel post, and
money order fees.
Air mail has jumped from 8
cents an ounce to 8 cents per
ounce or fraction thereof from
one post office to another on the
mainland of the United States,
including Alaska. However, again
Uncle Sien looks out for his sol-
diers overseas, by maintaining the
6 cent per j ounce rate for air
mail sent to or by the armed
forces of the United States over-
seas service through Army or Navy
Money order fees have increased
four cents fbr the smallest order
which now carries a 10 cent
charge, to a 15 cent increase on
the $100 money order which will
|eost the sender 37 cents. Simi-
1 early increases on insured mail
have jumped with the fees being
exactly double what they were
previous to the new law. The
fees are also up on registered
Remember, V-mail is still the
best means of writing to that
soldier overseas. It is the one
sure delivery system that never
fails, regardlessof enany action.
Those men on the ground don't
get rruch glory,
And we think that's hardly
For without those men down
on the ground
We could' t keep our men
in the air.
The mechanic works until
Humming along just right.
He' s determined that when
Nothing'll stop her in her
The pilot says, "How is she? "
The mechanic says "Just
And as he watches her take
His fists are clenched so
Oh, what makes a pilot sure
of his ship
When the enemy is circling
It's the faith he has in his
The man down on the ground.
So when this war is over
And medals make the round-
Let's remember those men in
Our air force on the ground!
By Miss Flo Hillier
(Submitted by f-Sgt.
PROTECT YOUR BUDDIES
If you suspect sabotage, call
the Intelligence Office 310.4
Obstacle Course Taken
In Stride By Cadets
The bombardier and navigator
trainees of scaadron A are only in
their second week of training at
Tyndall Field but already they
have taken Tyndall's famed obs-
tacle course more than once and
passed it off as just another
phase of their physical training.
Naturally there are those who
are nursing sore arms and hands
but that's to be expected when
something new is tried. To say the
course is far different from any-
thing they experienced at Maxwell
Field where they took their pre-
flight training would be putting
However, at least one fellow in
the squadron apparently has not
had enough of the course, al-
though it appears the men run it
almost daily. He is Tom Farrell,
who crawled out of bed the other
night to run the course on the
promise' his roommates would pay
$5 for doing it. Bit the pipes
were too wet at that hour of the
night and Farrell failed to finish
the course-much to the delight of
his friends who had jumped out of
bed to see their money wasn' t lost
Squadron A made a good showing
for itself in its first Saturday
morning inspection here, missing
first place by only two percentage
The air crew trainees have been
hanging up some remarkable records
on the skeet range. J.H. Anderson,
who never before had fired a shot-
gun, scored a 45x50 and 42x50 the
first two days he was on the
range. While no perfect scores
have been made, several of the
men have fired in the neighborhood
of 45xa9 and have hopes of a per-
fect day before they finish. All
are anticipating the day when they
will fire machine guns from the
B-17s and B-24s they see flying
Tears Shed As Many
Leave For Apalach
This week found half of our
squadron in Apalachicola for a
seven-day stay. There was a lot
of griping and moanirg from some
of the men not wanting to make"
the trip. It could' t have been
the women they left behind could
it? But how we do envy those
privileged characters. Judging
from rumors floating back, meals
are served "as you like it." Not
bad, eh what?
It seems that we have some
permanent party men, young in
age but old in action. Don' t
tell us that the obstacle course
is giving you guys trouble.
Well, Squadron D did it aain.
Not only was morale boosted one
hundred percent by payday: and
passes, but the "E" flag fbr in-
spection was planted rightin our
front yard for a week. Some-
thing tells us that it will be
an easy matter to retain the
coveted flag with the cooper-
ation all the fellows have given
and the pride we all have taken.
What do you say fellows, can' t
we keep it?
This week has seen the begin-
ning of basic training fbr per-
manent partymen (as if we haven' t
had our share of it). S/Sgt.
Battaglia was the first victim
of the circumstances and from.
what we can see he certainly
isn't hurting himself in the
Little "Snuffy" Gerber, it is
said, will be the next victim.
We all wonder if it will make
him grow in height? We hope so.
Incidentally, if anyone wants to
see "genius at work," watch
"Snuffy" at a typewriter. Yep,
all day at one letter, with orly
one finger. Not bad, huh?
G. I. Cross-word Puzzle
By Pvt. Irving Kanengiser, Squadron A, Class 44-10
? 1 ~~s I 6 17 1 Is 1i o n1
What desk pilots usually push. 34.
That which is golden.
. A good thing to do with VD. 35.
. Give assistance. 36.
* Another chance.
. Short poem to something.
SYou can do it with a spade. .
. Economy (abbr.)
. The kind of gal's waistline 40.
guys go for.
b Frm of to be. 42.
. Indian tribe 43.
. Cinema star' s trophy. 45.
. In reference to.
. Im states. 47.
. Cad or dog.
.Snallest fbru of matter. 48.
The British body which corres- 18.
ponds to our Congress.
Adan knew her well. 20.
Usually has three rings (not
Section Eight material. 22.
What SHE says in Spain. 27.
Objects of extreme adoration.
Cleansing agent. 28.
What SHE says, but does' t
mean, in U.S. 30.
SA cape, fish or oil. 33.
. The first part of Meenie, 35.
Mini and Mo. 37.
. The guy who once built a 40.
a railroad and now wants to 41.
borrow a dime. 44.
, Short, humorous story. 46.
What you do with rum and
Olive drab (abbr.)
Department of Training or
deleriun tremens (abbr.).
The showers which bring May
Man' s nickname.
Excessive water does this to.
Girl' s name.
One of the things which wait
for no man.
We've got a Waller and a Link
Looks well on horses.
You need two before you can
fade, crap or pass.
The little guys who get the
blame when something goes
Recently acquired atoll in
Type of troll.
What you count after a hike.
Salutation of respect.
Doctor of Medicine.
(Answers to X-uord Puzzle on Page 10)
Major Miller Returns From Randolph Field;
Officers Prove Their Efficiency As Kaypees
We welcome the return of Major
Cleo M. Miller from Randolph
Field, Texas, where he attended
the School of Aviation Medicine
and is now a qualified Flight
Surgeon. Nice to see you back,
The K.P. rosters of Ward 6 is a
true cross section on the digni-
taries called upon to do the
daily chores here at the hospital.
Miss Lanier will attest to the
fact that Capt. John T. Wells of
the 69th and Lt. Kelly, a casual
from San Diego, Cal., are every
bit as efficient a set of K.P. 's
as have ever dotted a K.P. Push-
er's list. She highly recommends
Lts. Shauipert and Wilson, for-
mer members of the local Nurse
Corps, have both graduated from
their Flight Nurse courses and
are now wearing their gold wings,
emblematic of the Air Evacuation
Group. Miss Wilson looked nice
and "trim" as a result of her
runged training and admitted that
she feels like a Junior Conmmando.
(They're making our women so
tough today--we're expecting them
to start "chawing" tobacco one
of these days.)
One of the Skunk Hollow detail
men pulled a good one the other
day. When inquiring of their
NCOIC whether Capt. Dee was a
Doctor--they were surprised to
learn that he was a Veterinarian
"Good God, man, said one of them,
does he think we're HORSES?"
The boys are ever grateful to
the motherly instincts of our
local Angels of Mercy for the
tailoring jobs being done of late
here at the hospital.
We hear that Cpl. Nicas of X-
ray gets "paralyzed" when one of
our local civilians is anywhere
within his sight. He does' t say
much about it-but his sighs have
a language all their own--and
universal y imderstood. Why not
break down and confess, Nick?
Should you note Joe Sveun walk-
ing around in a daze--it's prob-
ably a result of that trip he
made to Savannah a few days ago.
What started out as a casual trip
to visit a fellow soldier de-
veloped into a nerve-wrecking ex-
perience and if we can just get
i"utch" to give us the story as
was confided to him by Sveumi-
what a time could be had by all.
-Sgt. A.S. Jackrel
March 25, 1944
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Page 10 THE TYNDALL TARGET
REPULSE COMMANDO RAID
THREE TEAMS HAVE CHANCE FOR FIRST PLACE AS
G.I. COURT PLAY REACHES CRUCIAL STAGE;
ALTITUDE UNIT LEADS BY ONE GAME
The 25th Altitude courtmen kept their one game lead intact dur-
ing the week's play in the inter-squadron league, in fact, by
downing the IQ quintet they assured themselves of at least third
place and in order to drop that low they must lose their two re-
I gaining games, which while a possibility, is far from probable.
A look at the schedule reveals that the low pressure men must face
the 69th and Medics and neither of
as pushovers. The Medics will be
out for their skins as part of
the rivalry which exists at the
hospital area between the pill-
rollers and the cellar-fliers.
On the other hand, the 69th needs
the win over the Altitude men fbr
. chance of resting on top when
the fight is over.
The 69th, in order to cop the
crown, must do it the hard way --
with wins over two remaining,
tough opponents, the high-riding
25th and the Gunnermakers, who
certainly will be gunning for
them. At present, the "rugged"
men are tied for second with the
Ordnance quintet who will tangle
with the Bluebirds and the Finan-
ciers before the final whistle.
Both the Bluebirds and the Finance
men are capable of making things
easy for the 69th by dumping the
Ordmen, but the latter, ignored
during early season speculation,
can do no worse than end up third.
They may take runner-up honors,
or, possibly take the crown free
and clear, should the 25th lose
two and the 69th one, of their re-
During the week, the 69th eked
out close wins over the Instruc-
tors and the White Flashes to stay
in the running. The only other
teau to play twice during the week
were the Commandoes, who rang up a
high 60 points against the Guard-
ians' 49 on Wednesday, only to bow
to the Redbirds Thursday by a
47-29 count. Ordnance had little
difficulty in downing the mess
squadron, 49-25, while the Altitude
quintet sank the QM courtmen by
the same count. The Medics and
the (Hs both gained a gnle through
forfeits by the Instructors and
the White Flashes, respectively.
In the week's only other contest,
the Financiers handed the Blue-
birds a 40-22 setback.
This week's schedule will see
the Bluebirds tackle the Ordmen
on Monday, with the Finance-Guard-
ian and Gunnermaker-QM contests
taking the floor later in the
evening. On Wednesday, the 25th
Altitude and 69th quintets will be
playing for keeps, with the Medic-
446th and Ordnance-Finance games
following than on the card. Thurs-
day's schedule includes contests
between the Commandoes and QM,
Redbirds vs. Guardians and Blue-
birds vs. Instructors.
FINAL PLANS MADE FOR
COAST GOLF TOURNEY
Final arrangements for the
Gulf Coast Golf Tournament at
the Panama Country Club next
Sunday, April 2, have been com-
pleted and all T/F enlisted men
and officers are invited to par-
ticipate, regardless of the
quality of their game. Players
will be paired in flights ac-
cording to their ability.
Golf clubs and balls will be
available at the Club. The en-
trance fee is $2.50 and includes
luncheon. G.I. transportation
will leave the Personnel build-
ing at 8 A.M.
these two aggregations are rated
RESULTS and STANDINGS
25th................... 10 1
69th ................... 9 2
Ordnance .............. 9 2
350th.................. 8 4
348th.................. 7 4
Finance............... 7 4
40th................... 6 4
349th.................. 5 6
932nd.................. 5 6
Medics................. 5 6
Instructors............. 2 9
Quartermaster.......... 2 9
446th.................. 0 11
Black... .... 14
Brenner .... 10
Brown ........ 0
Sprowls ...... 7
L ines. ........ 2
Schneller. ... 4
Oustafson .... 5
Douglas ..... 4
Jeske.... ... 0
Lake .......... .5
Snowden ...... 9
Marks ........ 0
Hines ........ 6
P.T. ................... 7 1
Group I................ 5 3
Dept. of Trng. Sqdns. 5 3
Dept. of Trng. Techs... 5 3
Group II ............... 1 7
Administration......... 1 7
5 LEADING SCORERS
McDaniels, PT ............... 98
Johnson,.Techs....... .... ... 98
Sayre, PT..................... 85
Glasser, Sqdns ...............76
Gibbons, Sqdns ............... 64
Squadron B.............. n 4
Squadron E.............. 3
Squadron A.............. 2
Squadron C.............. 2
Squadron D .............. 0
Pictured above are the members of the Redbird quintet which last
Thursday night blasted the 350th commandoes'; hopes for a possible
first place berth in the inter-squadron basketball tourney. The
win put the Redbirds in a tie for fifth place. They still have two
games to play and by sweeping the pair they have a chance to climb
into at least a tie for the No. 2 slot.
Left to right, back row: Coach Johnny Heidema, Bob Hunt, Joe
Paul, Martin Ruane, Loren Neill and Wally Lawton. Kneeling, left
to right, are George Schultz, Art Compa, Jimmy Biesinger and John
GROUP I KEGLERS CLINCH
OFFICERS' LOOP CROWN
Group I's bowling team sewed
up the Officers League crown
Thursday night by winning the
final game in their series with
the Retreads, and at the same
time assured themselves of top
money on the prize list. The
second place Bell Ringers, the
only team with a chance to catch
the flyers, blew their opportun-
ity by going down to defeat in
all three of their games with the
Group I's victory attracted
little attention, however, as
all eyes were focused on the
Gremlins, MOQ, and the Sluggers,
who created a big upheaval in the
also-rans by soundly trouncing
the Bell Ringers, Group II, and
the Snafus, respectively, in
three straight matches, to send
the rest of the teams into a wild
scramble for final positions. At
the conclusion of the night's
firing only three games separated
the second and seventh place
teams, with any one of them cap-
able of coming through in the
nine games yet to be rolled.
Lt. Lugo, anchor man for MOQ,
racked up a 581 series to lead
the individual scoring,
The standings: W L
Group I 40 14
Bell Ringers 28 26
Gremlins 27 27
Group II 26 28
Snafus 26 28
MOQ 26 28
Sluggers 25 29
Retreads 18 36
G.I. BOWLING PLAYOFF
SET FOR TOMORROW
Tomorrow afternoon at 2 P.M.,
the QM and White Flashes kegling
quintets will meet at the Post
Bowling Alleys in a best-out-of-
seven match to determine the
winner of the first half of the
inter-squadron pin competition.
The week's pin-busting saw the
25th Altitude and QM teams make
a clean sweep of their three
game matches with the 350th and
Redbird squads, respectively.
In the two other matches, the
Medics took a pair from the Blue-
.birds while the Ordnance pinmen
managed to snare one from the
TEN LEADING KEGLERS
(at least 6 games) AV.
Kocur, Medics ................189
DeCarlo, 446th ................183
Hnylka, QM.................. ....82
Bubp, 446th ...................182
Neilson, 25th .................181
Wellman, 350th ................178
Frazier, 69th .................178
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TOP: Ken Fowler partially Dlocks
a left from Del Munro in the
feature bout of last Tuesday's
boxing card at the post gym.
BOTTOM: Cameraman Bill James
crawled out on the catwalk of the
post gym to get this shot of Bill
Richardson catching Ray Jeske
with a left to the chin in the
fourth bout of the evening.
Cagers Win; Geraci
Has New Luck Charm
Our basketball team continues
its scintillating play and al-
though we are not emerging vic-
torious in all of the contests,
Coach Heidena' s protege' s always
manage to give the spectators a
thrill with their fighting,
spirited style of play; so why
not turn out and see them per-
S/Sgt. Smith, our clerk, is
back again and is having a diffi-
cult time getting in tune with
the army routine once again...We
hear that Pfc. Geraci is going
around toting a 50 cent piece and
prizing it beyond its intrinsic
value. If you can manage to get
his confidence, perhaps he will
tell you all about it...Our spqad-
ron orientation lectures are
proving highly interesting, now
that something new has been added.
SIGHTING DEPAB ~IENT This week
we are giving the rest of our
space to the men who are in the
S/Sgt. Wannarka, who is Lt.
Bailey's head man, is basicing
it this week but will be back on
the job on Monday; in the mean-
time, S/Sgt. Franklin has taken
over his duties.
We regret the loss of Lt. Wal-
ler, from our Department, and in
his place we welcome Lt. McLean.
We think that our department is
the most important on the field
and justly so because if you knew
everything else you would not be
able to bring down a plane unless
you knew sighting. Last week,
the instructors who were highly
praised by the students in the
weekly seminar report, were Sgts.
Martin, Biessinger, Carroll and
Myers; also Cpl. Van Fleet and
MUNRO TOPS FOWLER IN BOXING CARD; FANS ENJOY
5-BOUT SHOW; ANOTHER CARD SCHEDULED FOR
GYM ON TUESDAY; COCIO TO BOX MORAN
Cheered on by a throng of more than 600 fight fans, eight
Tyndall pugilists traded heavy blows in a five-match card at
the post gym last Tuesday night. The feature bout of the
evening was a gruelling affair between Del Munro of the 40th
and Ken Fowler, student gunner. Munro is one of Tyndall's
better boxers and fights regularly with the post ring team,
while Fowler, who hails from
Baton Rouge, La., showed plenty
of ring ability in his first
match here several weeks ago.
However, Munro proved the
superior of the two with tell-
ing left jabs and hard rights.
In the first round Munro kept
his man on the defensive with
sharp left jabs and had Fowler
against the ropes for a possible
knock-out punch when the bell
rang. In the second canto Del
caught his man with several hard
rights and sent Fowler down for
the count of 7, for the only
knockdown of the evening. Both
men traded hard and fast blows in
the third, much to the pleasure
of the fans, who appreciated
Fowler's gameness and Munro's
ability, but the decision was
clearly Munro' s.
The first bout of the evening
saw the 344th's Pvt. Joe Ip-
politto step into the ring against
Stan Duch, student gunner. Tyn-
dall fight fans saw Duch box De-
Simone several weeks ago in a
match during which he showed
comparatively little. However,
the student gunner was faster on
his feet last Tuesday and put up
a creditable fight against Ippo-
Ippolito Wins Decision
In the first round Ippolitto
caught his man several times with
hard punches which Duch took
without giving too much ground,
but the student gunner was off
his aiming and many of his blows
were clean misses. The second
and third rounds followed the
pattern of the first and Ippolit'-
to took the match.by decision.
Emory Leeson, whose waltz-step
in the ring would do credit to
any dance floor, managed to land
several hard blows to the body of
Harry Pickleslmer, student gun-
ner, and win a close decision In
the second fight of the evening.
Leeson, 344th pugilist, missed
almost as many times as he con-
nected, but his taller opponent
was off form and did not take ad-
vantage of the openings Leeson
left from time to time.
Ordnance' s Charlie Blankenship
and Don Foggletti, student gun-
ner, pounded each other into the
ropes in the third match, with
the draw decision registering.un-
favorably with the crowd. Fog-
gletti left no doubt as to his
familiarity with the square ring
from the opening bell. Blanken-
ship, too, is no ring novice and
the match was one of the best on
the card. The men moved about the
ring smoothly, occasionally trad-
ing hard lefts and rights. Fbg-
gletti's speciality was telling
lefts to the body while Blanken-
ship let himself be driven to the
ropes in the hope of bouncing off
with a haymaker. Only once did
Blankenship succeed in coming off
the ropes with a punch, but it
was hard to tell how it affected
"Roggie" fbr he gave no ground.
In the evening's fourth bout,
Ray Jeske of the 350th and Bill
Richardson, student gunner, bat-
tled to a draw in a match which
saw both men reluctant to take
the offensive. Richardson pecked
away with left and right jabs
while Jeske retaliated with oc-
casional lefts and rights.
Team to Maxwell
Tyndall Field's six-man boxing
team returned from a five-day
trip to Maxwell Field last Satur-
day, where they were pitted
against the cream of the South-
east's ringnen. Most of the box-
ers from other fields arrived at
Maxwell a week earlier for train-
ing purposes, but when the time
came for pairing opponents, four
of the six T/F pugilists were se-
lected as being "fit fbr battle"
in comparison to the comparative-
ly low number of fighters picked
from the squads who had the ad-
vantage of the week of training.
Sgt. Manuel Cocio, who carried
Tyndall's colors into the quart-
er finals of the Chicago Golden
Gloves last month, was picked to
fight in the heavyweight class
against Joe Buday of Gunter
Field. Cocio was the only T/F
winner, and he readily disposed
of his man in the first round via
the T.K.O. route. Tony Lopez of
Tyndall lost to Gunter Field's
Joe Billick by a T.K.O. Billick
is a former All-Pacific Coast
football center from Santa Clara.
Tyndall's fight fans will get
their first glimpse of Cocio in
action Tuesday night at the Post
Gym when another eight-bout card
is scheduled to take place. The
first bout will begin at 7:30
P.M.. Cocio' s opponent will be Vic
Moran of the Medics.
Moran has had more than 40
fights and should provide plenty
of opposition for Cocio.
Poor Direction Leads
Sez dear Yoiguns.... sorr we
didn't have any scribhlins' in
the Weekly Thin Sheet of our be-
loved Tyndall Tech last week bnt
seems as though yours truly jAt
ain' t gWt the time these days fr
much tom-fbolery er Hoss-Play.
SJist got a letter from Pa
couple days aSg and he allowed as
how Old Bess by favorite Jersey
cow) would be fresh this coming'
month and that some of the trees
were a buddin leaves 'bout the
size of squirrel's ears and how
he was a-gin' ter do some plain
and fancy squirrel shooting' come
Mull Berry season.
Gettin down to human (??) be-
ings now and speaking' of a red-
headed S/Sgt. in Morning Report
Section who directed a fair maid-
en to the wrong door at the Per-
sonnel Building. The story goes
that a new eMployee asked the Red
Head where the office of the Per-
sonnel Officer was andwas prompt-
ly assured that "it's the first
door to yer right, man. Some-
body better take care and learn
how to count; I use my toes when
I don't have fingers nuff ter
count on....mind you no NAMES
Why does the Mighty Boileau
have to put a couple of Exclam-
ation Marks (11) after his nane
on the Bulletin Board when he
initials beside his name for a
detail. Come on Dwighty, tell
us. You know we'uns loves yuh.
Jumpin' Sassefrass if T/Sgt.
Mitchell didn' t come in from FRr-
lough all in one piece (as far as
I can see). I heard some one on
the hone say one day not long
ago that "I love you to pieces,
'ou little o'e Wed-Headed Wascle."
If any of you men need a rest
just try a game of Sunday volley
all oat in back of the squadron
supply room like the wonderful
Hearn (T/Sgt.) did. Seems like
he gets tired and takes a rest
(hospital style) every so often
now. How do you do it Slick? He
wanted to know also where his
weapons fbr attacking the Area
for Squadron Police would be
picked up at yesterday....where
the Sam Hill did you put MY
whistle Soldier????, Johnnie
charged that to me on a form #33
Youmr 'til the cows come home,
Guy John Bruce is an American worker who really goes "all out"
for victory in war time.
Bruce is a 62 year-old machinist employed in the machine shop of
the Air Service Command Depot. In two years and three months of
employment he has never been late to work and hasn't missed a day,
not even an hour, from his job.
And "Pop," as his fellow workers affectionately call him, works
the night shift, coming to work at 4:30 P.M. each day. And getting
to work is no small job for the 62 year-old veteran machinist. He
has to come from the West End in St. Andrews, a matter of about 17
"Pop" Bruce has set a Tyndall Field record with his steady work
and has set an example for others. He says he likes the night
shift because it gives him some time around home in the daytime.
He likes to putter around his place, but he doesn't feel that any-
one should take time off to putter when there is a war to be won.
March 25, 1944
THE TYNDALL TARGET
"Forwarrrd -- Harch! "
"Takinq advantage of cover"
"Slacken tne ropes a oDu-
"A slit trench may save your life"