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1330 BU, Assam - The largest crowd of athletes and spectators ever assembled in Assam watched India sweep to first place in the mammoth International Olympic games here in which athletes of five nations participated.
Tall, lean African Negroes, massive Punjabi Sikhs, short, wiry Assamese, dark-skinned Italians, and suntanned British and Americans sent their best athletes into the battle of sportsmanship.
Capt. Gordon Stars
High point man was a midget flash, Ghulam Mohammed, who turned in a stellar performance for India. This thin, will-of-the-wisp, 5 foot 6 inch Indian sped so fast over the grass that contestants rarely saw anything but a whirling maze of legs and back. He took the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds (two stopwatches had him at 9.8).
Another outstanding star was Capt. Alexander Gordon of St. Louis, Mo., who turned in crack runs to win the half mile, the mile, and anchor the U.S. winning team in the international medley relay. His time of 2:02.2 in the half mile (880) was better than any recorded in India in recent times even though it was run on a circular fifth-mile turf track.
East African Units
Three great Punjabi Sikh runners were discovered in the 5-mile. The first mile was run around the mile-long race track, then three mile on rough, dusty roads, and finally the last mile over the race track again. At the four-mile mark the three Sikhs were running easily, side-by-side, almost in step. The blanket finish saw Naik Sadhu Singh nose out Lance Naik Jogindar Singh and Sapoy Sadhu Sing, while the time, 29:30.4 was so fast that some of the 53 entries finished one mile behind.
The scissors jump was no match for the bobbing weave, the upward lurch, or the what-have-you of Jemadar Nazar Hussain Shah, wearing the colors of India, in the high jump of 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches.
American negroes had expected to figure prominently in the sprints, but Okea, of East Africa, breezed away with the 220-yard dash in 23.7 and the 440 in 53.4. He finished 30 yards ahead of his closest contender in the 440.
A surprise to the British was Pfc. Irving Valentine throwing the cricket ball (not a baseball) for the U.S., who won with a tremendous heave of 314 feet 6 inches. This may prove an all-India record.
In Constructing Handsome Base
On Site of Old Indian Village
Starts Face Lifting Drive At Fast Expanding Airfield
1304 BU, India - In the course of one recent day, nine generals arrived here. It was an unusually busy day with respect to arrivals of "very important persons" at t his busy field, but more rare is a day on which not one VIP arrives.
Each one finds a staff car and baggage transportation waiting when he debarks - and nearly every one is personally greeted at the plane by Lt. Col. Charles A. McGarrigle, CO.
Riding out to meet celebrities and "big brass" is only one small part of the young colonel's jeep-ubiquity. His slight, vigorous, conspicuously youthful figure is a frequent sight in the mess halls, down on the line, and in any office of this sprawling ICD establishment as he makes his almost daily informal circuit of every section of the base, just jeeping up and jeeping away again.
During the six months since he assumed command, the base has changed perhaps more than any in ICD. It was once the site of a populous Indian village - the present headquarters, in fact, being a jail for political detunus. A program of building-beautification and landscaping of the grounds has given the base a thorough face-lifting, and it's as attractive as any Army post could be under the circumstances. A service club, the equal of any in the division, was opened on Christmas Day.
The mess halls have been renovated Indian kitchen and mess workers have their own shower facilities and tents for personal use.
A new post office has been established in the quarters formerly allotted to the PX, which has moved across the way to a new building. Inauguration of a camp newspaper, opening of a softball field, and foundation of a top-notch education program are other features of 1304.
Son of Officer
All eyes are on the man at the helm - who, at 26, one of the youngest airfield commanders in India, holds the responsibility of commanding an important military base and a thriving metropolitan passenger and cargo terminus.
Lt. Col. McGarrigle, son of an Army officer, attended the University of San Francisco, and in 1938 decided to follow his father's precedent and enlisted in the sixth CAC at Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, where he served until his appointment as a flying cadet in 1940. After training at Randolph Field, San Antonio and Barksdale Field, Shreveport, he was commissioned in July, 1941.
He had been executive officer at 1304 until his appointment as CO, and previously was flight operations officer at another nearby ICD base.
Co. McGarrigle is a native of Long Beach, Calif., where his wife and 2-year-old daughter are making their home.
Tire Repairing Easier Problem With New Device
Handy Portable Repair Kits For Use Throughout Division
Hq., Calcutta - ICD has developed a method of plugging tire holes, which is expected to contribute a great deal to the rubber conservation program.
In line with the AAF rubber-saving plan, and Brig. Gen. Tunner's pledge that ICD will strive to better the 25 percent increase in service goal set by Gen. Arnold (HUMP EXPRESS, Jan. 25), the new method strikes at the greatest single problem of tire conservation in the division - the frequency of gashes caused by stones on the runways of China.
The new method features a portable repair kit containing a gun which forces the repair gum tightly into the break by pressure.
As soon as a plane lands, a tire maintenance man can run out with the portable kit, remove small stones, and make needed repairs instantly. These frequent systematic and thorough inspections by maintenance personnel contribute much to flying safety, as inspectors will see that unsafe tires are immediately removed.
Hundred-R Purse Is Put Up For Conservation Limerick
Want to win a hundred chips pretty easy?
As an adjunct to the AAF rubber conservation program, and particularly to ICD's effort to beat the conservation goal of 25 percent increase in tire service, Maj. A. A. McCarthy, ICD rubber coordinator, offers a prize of Rs. 100 to the GI writing the best limerick to be used in posters and other conservation publicity throughout the division.
The contest is open to all ICD enlisted personnel exclusive of Hq., Calcutta. You may submit as many limericks as you wish. Though there is but one prize offered, all limericks submitted will become the property of the supply and service section, ICD. The contest will end at 5 p.m. on April 15.
Any phase of rubber conservation - aircraft or vehicle - may be used as a theme for the limerick. Here are three, to get you into the mood (These are provided by S & S as examples, and of course are not eligible to win the bahout rupees).
Do you get the idea? Go to work on it, and here's hoping YOU will be the one to grab the Rs. 100.
In Division's Course Of Human Events
Some Comic, Some Valued Inventions Answer Rough Needs
Good Old Yank Ingenuity Has Field Day For Self
Necessity is the mother of invention - at least so goes the saying - and judging by the gadgets, devices and inventions which have popped up throughout the division the needs are plentiful.
On the line mechanics, welders, tiremen, all work to facilitate their jobs. In ICD, weather and other conditions dictate a need for many things that QM does not stock. So the GIs get busy, and devices for saving time, affording greater comfort, or lightening a job, soon come into being.
At 1305, Cpl. Wallace Green designed a "tire-buster" which he claims will break two firmly stuck tire beads from the rim in a maximum of five minutes. S/Sgt. John J. Robinson and T/Sgt. Andrew Berg constructed the machine and now are working on a plan of Green's for an electrical tire-buster.
S/Sgt. Pearlie Tatum, of 1347, used old axles, yokes and jacks and came up with a machine that does the same thing. He calls it a "bead-breaker" and guarantees it to work every time. Pfcs. Sam Skurow and Charles Foster, of 1339, used old C-87 parts, bomb crates and armor plate for their version which fits two different sizes of aircraft wheels.
Skurow wasn't satisfied with the bead-breaker and, deciding to make a few points with the dentist, built him a light and instrument stand.
'Scrapocycle' Dreamed Up
Using a Curtiss diagram, S/Sgt. Carl G. Boettin, of 1333, built a landing gear dolly which makes it possible for one man to remove a 400-pound landing gear almost without effort. The operation formerly took three men three times as long.
"Rosie the Riveter" will get around a little more if she switches to the mobile power unit Sgt. Charles W. Camden uses for aircraft sheet metal repair work at 1330. The unit mounts a grinder, vise, racks for supporting electric cords and air hoses. An air compressor furnishes power for riveting guns, drills and screwdrivers. Blueprints of the unit have been made, and all ICD installations have been urged to build similar units.
More mobile equipment, originally destined for personal use, was built by M/Sgts. Aaron F. Baker and Walter H. Fleenor, Sgt. Anderson M. Linton, and Cpl. Robert Hunt, all instructors in the engineering school at 1333. Tired of walking between widely dispersed buildings, they put together scrap pieces of pipe, tires from an old oxygen cart and a motor from a broken down water pump - and out came their "scrapocycle." The economical little scooter will be utilized to deliver messages, so the instructors will be back on the uppers again soon.
At 1326, the engineers are stretching things a bit. M/Sgt. Edward C. O'Neal and S/Sgt. Elmer Jaeger made a gadget for stretching bungee cords to avoid the old grunt and groan accompanying the installation of the cords on airplane tail wheel assemblies.
After Cpl. Lester W. Ogdahl, 1332, broke his power saw, he looked forward to a month's layoff while he waited for another one. Then his conscience began to bother him and he went ahead and built one from fabric pulleys and a pile of old lumber. Now business goes on as usual in the carpenter shop.
To stabilize things a little, T/Sgt. Arnold H. Hansen went to work on a gyro instrument tester at 1328. Before he invented the tester there was no sure way of testing the delicate artificial horizon and gyro compass. The new tester provides an accurate check and is simple to operate. The instrument tested is exposed to the same conditions it would encounter in actual flight.
Mobile Prop Shop
Another mobile unit is a crew chief stand built at 1347 around an engineering tug. Equipped with special tools incidental to propeller troubleshooting and repair, lights for night work, and awnings, the new stand permits repairs, removals and installations in any kind of weather. The mobile prop shop is the work of T/Sgt. Frank Prabel, Sgt. Hobert Montgomery and Pvt. Frank Collins.
catching the same fever at 1327, Capt. Charles M. Cochrane, T/Sgts. John Cranford and Thomas Mahoney spent their spare time developing an engine shipping stand. They made it from the forward half of a regular engine mount.
The new stand makes it possible to ship an engine with accessories and cowling. Formerly crews would spend three to six days removing accessories from the old engine, installing them on the new one and then mounting it.
Water Heaters Devised
Still "on the line" - but this time in the mess hall - T/Sgt. Edward J. Docherty, 1340, added another innovation to the long list of inventions. To wash mess trays with drainage water was the problem. Sgt. Docherty made several heating ovens through which water is circulated and boiled. A system of intricate plumbing leads the water into the mess hall where the supply is controlled manually.
If American and Allied generals, stopping at 1333 en route to and from China, escape without a case of "GIs" after eating at the line mess, they can thank Mess Sgt. William H. Raper and the hot water heater he made for sterilizing trays and other equipment. The water heater, made of old drums and salvaged piping, burns discarded aviation oil.
At another China base, the evenings got a bit too chilly, so T/4 Troy D. Mason and T/5 Earl O. Deiber once again put the famous Yankee ingenuity to work. They emerged with a heater made from salvaged stove pipe which burns old crankcase oil. It will easily heat a six-man tent.
In the lighter vein, a couple of musicians at 1333 concocted an "electra-ccordion." T/4 Francis Cianella was tired of being outblasted by trumpeters and drummers. He and T/3 John V. Bauer, Jr., attached an amplifying system to an accordion. They guarantee it to outblast any trumpeter or drummer who wants to compete.
A Saree Situation - Narrowly Skirted
When a hospital unit near an advanced ICD section was rotated to the U.S., a group of nurses found themselves sorely distressed over grass skirts and sarees.
The girls spent a long time in the Fiji Islands before coming to India and had picked up a collection of curios, including grass skirts, as souvenirs. During their stay in India they bought sarees and other items.
Anxiously awaiting rotation and expecting to go by boat they were happily surprised upon learning that
Personnel of the detachment were called upon to act as King Solomon for the perplexed nurses, and came through in fine style. Arrangements were made to ship some less important items by QM and the grass skirts and sarees are now winging their way homeward.
Medical officers who accompanied the unit have promised a picture from Miami's shores of a few well-traveled nurses wearing the grass skirts and sarees in question.
Karachi Fuel Servicers Set Record To Shoot At
1306 BU, Karachi - A Karachi and possibly ICD-wide record for fuel servicing of planes was set when nine GIs on the eight-hour swing shift poured 57,150 gallons of gas into 22 different ships.
The record was set despite the fact that one of the servicing units was deadlined for repairs. In addition to the planes fueled, one C-46 was drained. The planes serviced included 12 B-29s, as well as five C-46s, and 3 C-47s. One B-25 and one C-54 also were included in the total.
Sgt. E. B. Baker is the crew chief in charge of the men who set the record. Others in the group are: Cpl. M. J. Talbot, Pfc. R. C. Emmert, Pfc. T. Gonsalves, Pfc. L. E. Williams, Pfc. A. Kudranetzky, Pvt. W. J. Brown, Pvt. E. G. Claunch and Pvt. G. Engel.
HUMP EXPRESS is the official newspaper of the India-China Division, Air Transport Command, APO 192, c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y., and is published by its Public Relations office. Camp Newspaper Service and Army Newspaper Service features are used, reproduction of which is prohibited without permission of CNS and ANS, 205 East 42nd St., New York, 17, N.Y. Other material is submitted by staff members, ICD-ATC base Public Relations sections and other soldier correspondents. Printed weekly by the Hindusthan Standard, 3 Burman St., Calcutta, India, and distributed each Thursday. Passed by U.S. Press Censor for mailing.
MARCH 8, 1945
Original issue of HUMP EXPRESS shared by CBI veteran Grover P. Fike
Copyright © 2008 Carl Warren Weidenburner
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