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Base EiilgiiiLeeiPs HaMies 1000 Craft Kfonthlj' Top Hands Who Know Their Stuff Transient and Base Assigned Service Ships Get 254-Ho- ur t With an average of a thousand .transient ships stopping at Hill Field every month crying for immediate servicing and minor repairs, it is obvious, even to the uninformed, that up in the transient hangar an unbelievably efficient force of mechanics and technicians must be constantly at work. That "efficient force of mechanics and technicians" i Modification's Easy for Her r-m- Subject: Housing m 1. has become whether it be in ephone iiiiii .. t 6, Engineering department endeavors to take care of as much work on as many transient ships as can possibly be completed right in the transient hangar. In that way valu- 8, able man hours on the regular Hill Field maintenance production lines can be utilized more advantageously. Only in . cases where engineering's facilities are. inadequateand they are few and far between is maintenance division called upon to lend a helping hand. TSgt Cecil Brown is chief of the hangar's own maintenance section and to him and his crews fall the biggest headaches. Officially limited to first and second echelon repairs, the maintenance gang often does work of third echelon cate- ff infant-soundin- gory. ' saved Man-hou- rs the is thought uppermost in their minds. How do WACs; work out where the work is grimy, uncomfortable f Cleaning the GeneraVs Plane mm 1 -- l 4 H4 11, 1- - off . And ttravlnr that John Reed mi vi.viMaiii,a wia-i- U tlml.t. I i . 1 dew Air mn rnrni m n luiiiiiw. rv,ii at-fir- st - . er Ml- J!U - I non-flyi- - I'' I.J i II m in on a are left to right:wing PvU. and often strenuous? The skeptical GIs in engineering now admit that the gals ' "sure aren't afraid to get their hands dirty!" Major Baros goes further, assert ing that the WACs have pitched in with a vim and vigor that is most reassuring. Only one of them works in the office; the rest pile into fatigues and work right along with the boys. One, Pvt. Mary Cook, was a sheet metal worker for Douglas aircraft before joining the WAC. She is now an assistant crew chief en gaged in modifications in the trans formation- of dive bombers into cargo ships. Trouble Shooters Radio repair is the technical spe clalty of WAC Cpl. Gladys Leich-litwho does the repair work on all assigned ships. She is a graduate or United Radio Television Institute. 8ft. Charles. Railing la radio chief, however, and a skilled operator. More or less, a .trouble-shoote- r, Railing takes over radio jobs that "stick" other crew members and supervises radio work on all transient aircraft Even jobs fall to engineering. When the Ogden-Sa- lt Lake City vicinity required planes for war bond drive exhibits, the AAB engineering jacks-of-a- ll trades prepared ships for the display. From England have come letters back to soldiers in engineering from boys who learned much of their skill right here at Hill Field and they express satisfaction that they picked up the correct tricks of the trade while here because it has come in more than handy. But Major Baros hastens to explain that training is not the prime purpose of the engineering department, rather, it becomes quite naturally the outgrowth of the work done in the department First, last and always, engineering department is on the lob to maintain and service assigned base planes and transient aircraft. If training mechanics and technicians as well as enabling base pilots to further their flying educations comes in for Its share In me program, that'sgoodly just added ap probation for a department that m ui terminology is always' on ine Paul" - 1if Coming Roomi, information you have. a new Hill Fielder a lift! i iwiiiiii vacancy. A-26- A C-3- ';:,m:. unit, e- or unfurnished, and houses aQ to house incom ing HiU Fielders. 4. Telephone or come to He housing unit office in civiliu the personnel building with Give m n urn iiwii Hi. mw, pm.jniiim innin "ifiOrifiiin:nn'"riiin DIRTY HANDS . . . Don't frighten Pvt. Mary Cook, one of the seven WACs working In base engineeering. She Is shown working on modias It is converted into a cargo ship in the fications of an transient hangar. at Y the housing learn of a furnished apartments are needed 4s a1! Lay-to- n, relations, extension 8478, at any time that yog - 1 Ogden, mploye . 1 acute Clearfield, Roy, Bountiful, Farmington, Salt Lake City, or points between we are requesting your assistance. 3. In order to aid new employes and new military personnel to find homes in the area, will you please tel- ps ready-to-take-o- less ci- . is-th- Although the housing in the last few months, it ii still difficult to find quarters for families of Hill Field vilian and military personnel 2. Since you are familiar with housing conditions in your own neighborhood -- . 4, i To: All Employes B-2- 4s . - important base engineering personnel. Am POSED AND UNPOSED . . . Are these two shots of three of f guard and In action at his electrical specialty as he writ the camera caught SSgt. Wildy McKeel Bob Capel and Melvin Miller give a landing gear the W on wires in the wing. At right, MSgts. is chief, engineering section and Miller is in eta checkup after their crews have worked on it. Capel 01 AU IUgllv Crews woriung u uhitmbiiicu "vi B-1-7s, t ' it lit . C-7- . is the same thing as saying the engineering department of the Hill Field . Army Air Base. The engineering department is strictly a GI proposition concerned with first and second echelon repairs on the transient aircraft and responsibility for the continuous A-- l condition of the base's assigned planes. And that job keeps 148 soldiers, and seven WACs on the jump 24 hours every day, seven days a week. The officer in charge of this personnel and its efforts is a soldier who says "Things up here in en-- fgineering run like clockwprk," and ditions and the subsequent effect speaks from experience. He's Major on number of ships flying. In sum Rudy Baros, whose knowledge of mer the figure can easily . go far army airplanes and engines dates as it has back to 1919 when he was an en- -. beyond seven changes, frequently. at crew chief several Texas listed TASS army air fields and 'learned his This Is The trainsient aircraft service lessons the hard way. to TASS around Major Baros has been' what the section, shortened does everything to inofficial records call base engineer- the hangar, and outgoing planes that ing officer, transient aircraft of- acoming gas service station ficer and base weights and balance doesdowntown for cars except ask the custoofficer since August but another mer for when the job quick glance, at his service record is done. gas stamps SSgt. Earl A. Teeter headsto would show plenty of duty in the this crew and when they go Aleutians and at Anchorage and work on a ship it's as though a Fairbanks in Alaska, so his job family of ants were scurrying in, here, exacting as it is, doesn't seem out and all over the plane, so too rough when he reminisces about, servicing job. thorough the difficulties of keeping planes About half isof their the 30 negro enlisted in the air in the relentless north. men working here are on this type Exact Status Known of work and the remainder do In his office in the northeast general policing of the hangar corner of the mammoth operations proper and maintain special hangar hangar is a board, not just an equipment ordinary board, but one that every Anyone who has worked on minute of the day or night shows and as well as smaller ships, of exact status each under the ship realizes at a glance the tremendous the department's jurisdiction and task thai faces the electricians, ' the proportion of work completed what with hundreds of wires and on it. The chart was designed and connections to be inspected. The constructed here and has proved AAB engineering department digs invaluable in determining when in on this job just as capably as aircraft will be released for flight, on any other with, a competent ' always a vital problem. crew of GI electricians headed by Chief clerk in the office is Sgt. SSgt. Wildy McKeel. Theirs is an W. P. Fulginiti, who with assistant integral ' part of the department s clerks keeps the countless records work and slip-uin the electrical and files that of necessity are a setup just can t happen. part of engineering's mammoth job.- A big order in itself is the up The department is carefully brok- keep and maintenance of the planes en down into specific sections assigned specifically to the base . handling certain phases of en- here. MSgt Melvin Miller is top gineering's overall duties. Assistant EM in this division, has two sepengineering officer is Capt. Roger arate crews under him that are F. Templin, who also finds time headed by SSgts. H. Bouck and to test most of the base aircraft T. Zimmerman. A Curtis a UC-6Canadian-bui- lt following repairs, plane, UC-7and 25s, modified atMSgt Bob Capel, one of two and RA-2brothers In engineering, has the tack bombers, are among the astitle of chief, engineering section, signed ships and Miller's men must which makes him top hand as far have diversified knowledge of parts ' as EM are concerned. Essentially, and equipment to care for all types. Brigadier General Morris Berman, of foreman over his job all crews. He and most of the EM OASCs commanding general, must 9 under him have graduated from have his personal plane in condition at all aircraft mechanic and . engine mechanic army schools at fields such times, also. ' as Chanute Field, 111." What's Biggest Problem? His brother, SSgt Tom Copel, Baros laughingly answered the question of what is engineer' works as headg of supply. A room to Major with an name, the ing's biggest problem, "You can "tool crib," houses the supply sec- say that it's when half a dozen tion and on a day when several ships come in at the same time. transient ships come in at once it's all needing work and all wanting a darned busy spot In the hangar. to leave at the same time." It's An average month finds about tough enough to get the planes in seven complete engine changes ac shape and ready to take off, but complished by engineering. Winter keeping their pilots happy and out months are usually the slackest in or tne work crews' hair is an even this work because of weather con- - more perplexing problem. : s - '. ey nn.ti eniplng the paint v ng - Replacements for Combat Necessaryi of Primary personnel needs 4, army at tne present wine bat replacements," Secretary War stimson told correspoMH I at a press conference this week. At the same time, the War nntmonf released a siawn wfiLMi Htacloaed that more sick - "'V wounded, hAsides the have been sent.w . this country from oversea. th beflrinninsr of the war. rev Th WD statement also i casualties kiUed, paign totals 4,158 wounded and 6,429 missin killed and missing alone cpniuw approximately one , Americas ' : vision. Combat replacements are to take the place of me t9mZ under, the rotation as cawwun tfaa r said. Under tary Etlmson men tation policy, three reasons: to of a command, to reti J ViuJj and w formation, of new units, are turn men who such return, even thougnjwv overseas duty. Announce Engagement nt ThrM Dorm Couple 0t D . OrLnCUIIIIIlK Hillcrest nuntialS were w-..mil .- couples -r- - recreation hall brij ff Prospective Driue. 0x1" grooms-to-o- e Verda and Alex Calhoun, and Charles Toole, a"aSmith and Hiram Burrttt- Friday night dance. crest have proved wa Vv version for those terpsichorean art ori-"- u' "Keep 'Em Flyinr 9 at g " a.m. A.nln If. from good tin .u to renew 01a wmi meet new ones eVtry ...tM hail at v o'clock day night. --.