By Robert A Watkins
Depending seriously upon visuals, conflict colours fills a protracted status void within the annals of the 8th Air strength in the course of global struggle II. This quantity specializes in all forty-eight Bomb teams comprising the 8th and lines colour illustrations depicting the evolution of all fuselage, wing and tail markings assigned to the person devices. information in regards to the right measurement, placement, colour and configuration of all tactical markings of U.S. Bomber Command are addressed. crew and squadron strive against insignia in addition to airfield position maps for every unit also are depicted. All bombardment devices integrated in the 8th are listed and simply cross-referenced through squadron, team, wing and department assignments. also, all significant parts comprising the 8th were equipped into quickly reference organizational move charts that exhibit the particular order-of-battle for the "Mighty Eighth." This publication is a useful software for an individual with an curiosity within the historical past of the U.S. 8th Air strength in global struggle II.
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The army, many felt, was discriminating against them. Wryly the troops began calling themselves the "One-Puka-Puka;' In Hawaiian puka means "hole"-and also the zero in a telephone number. Wisconsin, as everyone knows, is famous for its dairy farms. Immigrants from northern Europe-Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes-found there a landscape and climate like the old country. There were hardly any Asian immigrants in the state. " The police wouldn't believe him if he phoned, he thought. Even after an explanation arrived from the MP battalion at Camp McCoy, it was hard to calm the old farmer down.
Even so ninety-two of the men passed the test and were assigned to study at the Japanese-language school the army had established at the University of Minnesota. According to one of them, Donald Kuwaye, who later saw duty as an interpreter in Burma and Chungking, the group left Camp McCoy by army truck in early December 1942, about a week after taking the test. Though their chances of surviving the war were better as interpreters in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) than as infantry foot soldiers, most of them were sad at leaving their friends behind.
Even after an explanation arrived from the MP battalion at Camp McCoy, it was hard to calm the old farmer down. The town of Sparta was about five miles from the camp. Even today its population is a little under six thousand. Some lOath veterans recall that only when they went there on pass for the first time did they really feel sure they had not been confined in an internment camp. It was a Saturday. A crowd of townspeople stood at a distance, looking on curiously, but no one tried to approach the men of One-PukaPuka.