4,200 ICD Men Leaving For States in November
Hq., Calcutta - Shipping quotas have been received from I-B Theater headquarters to date which will allow 4,200 ICD men to be sent to replacement depots for transportation home during November, according to the division personnel section. The first shipment will leave today, Nov. 1.
Eighteen hundred men are scheduled to leave from 1332, 1333, 1337, 1348 and 1352 base units for replacement depot No. 5, Chabua, at an average flow of 60 per day.
Twenty-four hundred men will move, under quotas as presently set up from the balance of the division bases, excluding China, to replacement depot No. 1, Malir.
Only about a third of the shipping space requested by division headquarters was granted, and there will be little surplus space after all 60-point enlisted men have been sent home. It is hoped, personnel stated, that there will be a sufficient balance toward the end of the month to send some men who have 24 months overseas but who are not eligible for separation. Division physical strength was expected to be down to approximately 19,000 by Nov. 1.
According to an Associated Press release to the India press, based on the number of ships scheduled to arrive in Calcutta and Karachi between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, about 82,000 troops will be handled in that period. This includes China Theater personnel, as well as I-B men, slated to leave from Calcutta. On the basis of ships at present assigned to deployment of U.S. troops in this theater, Army authorities expect to have less than 50,000 Americans left in the I-B Theater by Jan. 1, the release stated.
Fourteen ships are booked to arrive in Calcutta by Christmas and will handle 41,400 men, AP said. Karachi is scheduled to get 15 ships during that period to carry approximately 40,300.
Both the Calcutta and Karachi staging areas at present are jammed with men waiting to board ships. Calcutta has almost 20,000 men awaiting shipment. Kanchrapara, the main Calcutta installation for housing homebound China vets, is filled to overflowing with more than 15,000 men. There are 5,000 at smaller installations.
Theater officers handling the redeployment program told AP a reason for the heavy influx of China men is the desire to clear the China Theater as soon as possible. More than 30,000 men from China have been sent to India since the homeward movement of troops began.
Thirteen thousand soldiers are awaiting transportation at Karachi, the Associated Press release said, where facilities became so crowded in October that a temporary embargo on sending men there was put in effect for about five days. Sweating it out at Dum Dum, during the last few days in October, were about 1,200 men awaiting shipment to Karachi.
All I-B men at present are shipped home from Karachi, and as soon as the China troops are cleared from Calcutta, it is expected that both ports will be used for handling India-Burma home-going soldiers. Karachi is expected to close down as a redeployment center during the latter part of January or early February.
Theater headquarters told AP that it expects to have about 10,000 men left in the I-B Theater by next March, with about half of those stationed in Calcutta and vicinity. They will handle the closing of American operations.
Chinese Offensive Halted by End of Nippon Resistance
Washington (ANS) - Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer told a press conference that the Jap surrender came barely in time to head off a Chinese offensive aimed at driving to the coast and liberating Canton and the Hong Kong area.
The commanding general of U.S. forces in China praised Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek for his co-operation but declined to discuss the disagreement, if any, his predecessor, Gen. Joseph Stilwell, had with the Generalissimo.
Wedemeyer said he didn't blame Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault for not liking to be superseded in command when Lt. Gen. George C. Stratemeyer arrived to take over general air operations in China, and he hinted that Chennault, who has retired from the Army, may go back to China.
"I would like to have him," he stated.
4th AACS Wing Gets Meritorious Service Plaque for ICD Job
Calcutta - The Fourth Army Airways Communications system wing, which operates from Hastings airbase, recently was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit plaque, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Hanley, Jr., AAF I-B commander announced.
Since its establishment in this theater early in 1942, the Fourth AACS wing has been closely associated with the ATC in handling air supply to China. Earlier this year, the wing received a commendation from Brig. Gen. Tunner for its support of ICD activities in the I-B and C theaters.
Of the eight AACS wings throughout the world, which maintain and operate navigational aids and communications for aircraft, the Fourth is the only one said to have received this decoration.
Now You Can Add The Victory Medal To That Collection
Washington (ANS) - Joint announcement by the War and Navy departments says a new World War II Victory medal will be distributed to all U.S. servicemen and women who served honorably between Dec. 7, 1941, and the termination of hostilities.
The announcement added that members of U.S. forces who served for one year between Dec. 7, 1941, and a date to be announced later may wear the American Theater ribbon.
Distribution of victory ribbons will commence this month at separation centers, and some plan will be made for distribution to those already discharged. The ribbon has a red center with narrow vertical white borders flanked by double rainbows.
|Above, tiny ships in docks at Yokosuka, noted in the latest recon run, are reproduced to give crews up-to-date, accurate information on their targets. This represents only a small section of the miniature target constructed for the entire bomb run. Below, a B-29 bombardier lined his sights on the target - with a motion picture. Separate sequences in the B-29 briefing films showed bombardiers exact routes to targets and point of bomb release.|
|Above, an artist sketches in Camouflage patterns of a building that will be included in the target of a B-29 crew. The coliseum near the glass is a Jap replica of the L.A. Coliseum built for the Olympic games. When Superforts bombed this target, the coliseum was used as a check point. Below, before cameras start rolling to record the bomb run, artists put the finishing touches on a Tokyo bay miniature. The crane at the rear then moved across the set to simulate bombing.|
|The large crane at the left was synchronized to carry the cameras over the miniature (in background) at the same speed and altitude as a Superfort. These sets were used for the bombing of Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Yokohama and Yokosuka.|
|Crews of artists worked in shifts to complete individual buildings and features of targets. This entire section was later inserted in the miniature, then photographed as it would be seen from a Superfort flying at approximately 30,000 feet.|