INDIA AIR TASK FORCE MAKES
NEW ATTACKS AGAINST JAPS
By PVT. ROGER L. WHEELER Roundup Staff Writer
More bombs for Burma, served up as though on a regular time-table schedule, continued to be dealt out this week upon Japanese installations by the India Air Task Force.
The Nips hadn't even set about clearing away wreckage of previous Tenth Air Force sprees before more bombers swung into their old routine against railways, docks and warehouse supply stations.
A fighter formation on Jan. 25, made a low-level attack against a concentration of small locomotives at Naba Junction. Hits were reported on eight of the engines, only one of which had steam up.
Supplementary information on the raid on Rangoon, the day before, was that a 6,000-ton vessel, previously reported as having received two direct hits, was seen burning in mid-stream.
A mission over Rangoon on Jan. 26, reported a number of hits in the wharf area. Enemy fighters were thwarted in their attempt at interception, Another bomber formation attacked concentrations of rolling stock in the railroad yards at Mandalay.
On the same day, still other bombers, some with fighter escorts, struck at several points of rail communications in northern Burma. A bridge at Shaduzup was reported to have been seriously damaged, if not
Again, Rangoon docks were the target on Feb. 1, as bombers blasted large warehouses and left fires raging in the dock area. A second formation, sent to attack objectives in the Andaman Islands, was forced to return as the result of bad weather.
The Tenth Air Force also released delayed reports of bomber missions on Jan. 26 and 27. The first mission against Myitnge bridge, which the Japs are trying desperately to repair, resulted in suspension of work and probable hits on the southern approaches. The second mission against the railroad yards at Mandalay reported direct hits on warehouses and among rolling stock.
No personnel or aircraft casualties were sustained on any of these operations.
Marvin Leaves For New Teeth
Pfc. Marvin Collins this week began traveling in a direction which he hopes will eventually lead him to a set of teeth.
Shortly after the ink had dried on last week's Roundup, which carried the story of Marvin's 14 months of toothless Army service, arrangements were made to send Marvin to an East Indian seaport base in an effort to fit him with dental replacements.
If nothing can be done at the first stop to get Collins off that soup, mashed potatoes and gravy diet, he'll probably wind up back in the States - at least long enough to get the G.I. biters.
Marvin's parting statement was: "I hope to be able to fight this war booth tooth and nail."
Tuesday, Feb, 9, 9:45 p.m. - "Your Broadway and Mine" starring Frank Cravan, Gertrude Leisen, Milton Berle, Phil Silvers and Jimmy Mewell.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10:00 p.m. - "Yank Swing Session" with Kay Kyser's orchestra.
Tuesday, Feb, 16, 9:45 p.m. - "Your Broadway and Mine" starring Elsie Janis, Kitty O'Neill, Shaw & Lee, Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Foy, Jr., and York & King.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9:45 p.m. - "Yank Swing Session" with Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou.
Tuesday, Feb, 23, 9:45 p.m. - "Downbeat" with Freddie Martin.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:45 p.m. - "Yank Swing Session" with Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou.
About a private such as I
Course there are others like me
For ratings is their cry.
I have yet to be a non-com
But every dog has his day
I still wonder just how come
No ratings get this way.
If I but knew the string to pull
Could someone inform this dope?
I'd give it a hell-of-a pull
Then sit back - wait and hope.
But waiting and hoping is all I've done
And nothing as yet has happened
So "get on the ball" please! someone
Stripes on these arms start slappin'
If we're not fit for couple of stripes
I guess this is all in vain
But I'll carry on with these few gripes
And you'll hear from me again.
I would like an answer to this plea
If you could call it as such
Explain the reason to poor little me
Oh! it would help so much!
Well fellow privates, so long for now
I hope that I am understood
This is the only way I know how
That could do us any good.
- Pvt. HAROLD F. OBZECK
That awful stuff - it's called "Spam."
They bake it - they fry it
We take it - then try it
Then we cuss and we curse
Everyday it gets worse.
Some days they take this Spam
Bake it with pineapple, call it ham,
We can't be fooled, it's Spam.
Sometime they'll run out, we build up our hopes
But they never do. Boy are we dopes.
If they'd ship us some steaks or chops or lamb
But it's always the same old thing, it's Spam.
Now that I've got this poem out of my head
I'll go to chow for chicken, or maybe Spam instead.
Would someone like to second the motion
That al Spam belongs at the bottom of the ocean?
In the company street"
"There's danger lurking
Right under your feet."
That while you are working
There're demons at play
To give you a greeting
When you hit the hay.
These scorpions seem small
When they're there to behold
But if you're not alert
Your toes they'll grab hold.
It's said they like dark spots
Such as inside your bed
So take a look-see
Before covering your head.
Their next choice is shoes
Of the type G.I.
Put your feet in with them
And you'll jump sky high.
Get out little scorpion
Get out of my shoes
There's surely not room enough
For me and for you'se.
The same applies
To my own little bed
And so I repeat
Get Out! Enough said.
Now don't get me wrong
You're all right in your place.
But when we're together
What we need is SPACE.
- Corp. G. L. DUGAN