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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - July 24, 1943, Sheppard Field, TexasSheppard Fiel official publication of Sheppard Field vol. 2, no. 33sheppard Field Texas saturday july 24, 1943 free command generals at first Parley discuss a Etc maj. Gen. Jacob e. Fickel commanding general of the third District aft to Tulsa which Heads Sheppard Field was one of six major generals conferring in fort Worth yesterday with maj. Gen. Barton k. Yount commanding general of the newly activated aah training command. This i inst official conference of the ranking generals of the new command which combines the technical training command and tile flying training command closed last night. In fort Worth for the conference accompanied by their assistant chiefs of staff for plans and training were besides general Fickel major generals John l. Curry fourth District Denver Frederick Martin second District St. Louis Gerald c. Brant aah Gulf coast training Center Randolph Field Texas Ralph p. Cousins aah West coast training Center Santa Anna Calif. And Thomas j. Hanley jr., aah Southeast training Center Maxwell Field. Ala. Under general Yount these six major generals head the commands which now comprise the largest single command to be established with Headquarters outside of Washington. Record smashers two pilots of ships on the record breaking non Stop towed glider hop to Maxton Field n. were maj. Ernest a. Lasalle left. Glider Pilot director of the glider mechanics school. It. Ulysses s. Algee c-47 Pilot was one of the Tow plane pilots. They Are shown in one of the Mobile repair units the converted c g4as�?which were towed on the non Stop trip. Public relations writer hitch hikes lift on record smashing cg4a hop two gliders Are towed 1,234 Miles non Stop to North Carolina base two gliders modified and overhauled Here set a worlds record for towed cargo ships with a 1,234-mile nonstop hop from Sheppard Field to Maxton army air base a Quot. C., last sunday army officials announced in Washington yesterday. Pilot of one of the gliders was maj. Ernest a. Lasalle director of the glider mechanics school Here. The previous record of 1.177 Miles non Slop was set in the course of a 3,500-mile trip of a fully loaded glider from Montreal to Russia Early this month. C47 Tow planes pulled cg4a gliders on both the Raf trip and the record smashing non Stop simultaneous hops from this Post. The two gliders i rom Sheppard Field were fully loaded Mobile repair units for use in combat areas where repair depots Are unavailable. The flight which was performed in nine hours and 45 minutes under Adverse weather conditions May have far reaching implications in solving maintenance problems for army air forces fighter and bombardment units in Heaters of operations a army officials in Washington said. War Bond prize to am naming training area by pvt. Bill Woolsey Laurinburg Maxton army air base n. �?the runways at this army air base were wet the night of july 18. And a steady drizzle misted the Landing lights but our two heavily Laden gliders Slid Down the Concrete without mishap. It was a perfect finale to an historic glider trip. Out of the first glider stepped its Pilot major Ernest a. Lasalle director of othe glider mechanics school at Sheppard Field Texas and his co Pilot capt. George b. Ryan of Headquarters army air juices. The rain did not dim their spirits. A congratulations on a perfect Landing and a Happy birthday a said the Captain to major Lasalle. The major pushed a Jaunty flying Cap Back from his Damp forehead and grinned. He had made his own birthday present a 1243-mile non Stop towed glider flight from Sheppard Field to Laurinburg Maxton army air base and established a record for the longest such glider flight Over made in the United states and probably in the world. Only a week before an raft glider flight across the Atlantic to Russia accomplished 820 non Stop Miles one leg on a 3500-mile journey. The Texas to North Carolina endurance flight was a new chapter in the history of glider flying. 1,243 Miles the Story began 1,243 Miles away Early on the same sunday when glider ground Crews at Sheppard Field Texas mad. A last minute Check on two Ford gliders converted into Mobile repair units to make overhaul jobs on crippled gliders possible directly in the Field. The repair units Are the idea of capt. Edmond l. Brown of the army air forces training command fort Worth who directs the glider program. Captain Brown was co Pilot on the Lead c-47 Tow ship and made the flight to see his a brain children in action. Before we left Sheppard Field major la Salle explained to me How Bis glider school went about outfitting the condensed Carpenter shops in the Brand new gliders. Seats and All dispensable installations were ripped out and a tool Cabinet work Bench Power machinery and stowing space for plywood dope and paint were installed in the gliders. The new equipment had to be anchored tightly he said for no continued on Page two the a i r p i Ane mechanics school will award a $25 War Bond to the am in school about to be in school or graduate who submits the Best name for the no. I Field training area four Miles South of the main Gate col. David w. Good a Rich director announced this w Eek. Entries must be submitted not later than Midnight wednesday to the exacts office building 844, room to. The Winner and new name for the big training area j will be officially announced in next saturdays Issue of the Camp newspaper colonel Goodrich said. I opened for a in the rough simulated combat training of air plane mechanics in the inspection Branch of school last fall the area has never been named officially. It is supplemented by a second bivouac off the Southeast Corner of the Post. The Field training area to be named in the contest is the site of rigorous training under Condi a tons approximating those of a combat airbase. Aircraft maintenance Ai drome defense diversion methods camouflage tactical procedures operational methods and Allied subjects Are taught there. It. Samuel b. Caston is in charge. B e s i d is colonel Goodrich judges will be col. Jack Greer Post executive officer and capt. W. R. Young Public relations officer. Colonel Goodrich explained that in Case of a tie or similar submitted names in the contest the Winner would be selected by lot. He pointed out that other am school have named their Field training areas such names As a Little Guadalcanal or a Little pictorial of the week distinctive coiffure by Isaac four Striper Homer Isaac 306 to and his Soldier Coiffe Urs styled scores of distinctive coiffure in the modernistic Shoppe for men of their group. 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