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British Base Paradise Compared to Okinawa By William Stoneman Foreign Correspondent of The Star and the Chicago Daily News SCULTHORPE, Norfolk, Eng land, July 4.—King Lynn may be dull and Norwich may be rustic, but this flat green piece of Norfolk Is just plain paradise to a thousand trans-Atlantic visitors who are spending the summer here. The officers and men of the 98th Bombardment Group who fly Su per Ports out of the Sculthorpe base love dear old Norfolk mostly because their last foreign assign ment was Okinawa. A good many of them like it for another reason. The last time they were over here, they were operat ing Flying Fortresses over Ger many against heavy , flak and fighter opposition. Now they go over and bomb Heligoland in their Super Forts without ever seeing any opposi tion. Finally, they like the local popu lation and they like their mighty airdrome, one of the finest they have ever seen. Two Groups^ in England. There are now two groups of Super Forts in England, the 98th Group at Sculthorpe. and the 509th Group which is divided be tween Marham and Lakenheath. Each group has three squadrons of 10 planes each, giving Uncle Sam a total of 60 Super Forts on duty here. Each group remains here for three months and the average plane and its crew spend about 40 hours a month In the air. Since there are generally three groups here, this means that 360 planes and crews a year have a chance to get acquainted with conditions in this part of the world. Between the United States Air Force and the R.A.F., the island of Heligoland, famed outpost of the German navy, now looks like a bad case of smallpox, and is about as useful, except as a bomb ing range. When the weather is overcast, the Super Forts bomb it by radar, and they generally either hit it or come somewhere near it. Misses Up to 2,795 Feet. Records show that bombs dropped by the group from above 25.000 feet in good visibility have averaged 788 feet from the target point, apd those dropped from around 18,000 feet have averaged 510 feet off center. Bombs aimed by radar when the target has been obscured have averaged 2,795 feet from the tar get when dropped from 25,000 feet and 365 feet when dropped from lower down. Two successive days in a Super Fort, averaging seven or eight hours a day in the air, are enough to wear out a normal human being. The people who designed the Super Fort were not thinking about the crew and the plane is so jammed with instruments that there is barely room for a cat. The most elementary facilities are absent and there isn’t even an electric stove aboard. The stand ard meal on a long flight is a couple of candy bars. A can of C ration rates a feast. Bomber-Fighter Arguments. Rumor has it that the new B-36 is far more comfortable. Unless it is. somebody ought to be shot. The bomber-versus-flghter ar gument goes on over here without getting anywhere near a con clusion. Probably it never will be settled until they pass a law against improvements in aircraft design. A ham battle between Super Forts flying at 36.500 feet and Britain's flnest jet jobs seemed to confirm the contention of the bomber boys that they can always get through. The jets looked hopeless at the altitude. The answer to this argument is that the Jet fighters are going to improve. It is possible that the Meteors and the Vampires used against the Super Ports were pow ered by De Havilla'nd “Goblins” and Rolls Royce “Derwents” in stead of the much more powerful De Havilland “Ghost” and Rolls Royce “Nene” jet engines. Vulnerable to Ack-Ack. But the new American B-50 and the B-36 bombers fly a lot faster and higher than the B-29. At any rate, bombers will al ways be vulnerable to ack-ack with proximity fuses and they will be easy pickings for guided missiles with heat-seeking noses and proximity fuses, directed to their target areas by radar. How ever, the Russians, only possible opponent in a big war, are prob ably far behind in the radar and guided-missile field. Another endless argument goes on as to whether the British or the Americans make the best Jet engines. It seems to be admitted gen erally that the British had a long head-start. It is also admitted that they are ahead in the jet and-propeller field, in which the Americans have now shown as much interest. In the field of pure jet engines it is commonly understood that their engines go longer between overhauls than similar American Jet engines. This is due to bet ter heat distribution in the Brit ish turbo blades and due, it is said, to the greater experience of the British in designing jet com bustion chambers. At the same time, many Amer icans claim that Uncle Sam’s jet engines are equal to those of Britain. ___ Australia Expects Record Wool Clip With demand for wool about 25 per cent greater than supply and recent prices at an all-time high, Australian wool growers see this as«the greatest moment in the history of Australia’s biggest in dustry, Sydney reports. If the present market holds, they expect the national wool check for 1948-49 to top $580,000, 000, well above the record for last year’s clip. Indonesians Declared Not Ready to Run Their Own Government Yet By Nat A. Barrows Portign Correspondent of Tht Star and tht Chicago Daily News BATAVIA. Java. July 4.— Underlying the whole pattern of Indonesian politics is one factor that any objective reporter must emphasize again and again: The Indonesians are simply not ready—now—to run their own government. President Soekarrio’s independ ence movement has such deep roots and such a popular hold that nothing can halt it. But no matter how sincere the nationalist Republicans may be in their drive for “merdeka” (freedom), it is a matter of ele mental observation that they are not prepared to take over immedi ately—as planned—the vast com plicated tasks of governing them selves without a fairly long train ing period. No Adequate Preparation. I have talked at .length with every important Republican in Indonesia from Dr. Soekarno him self down to funtionaries at the sultan’s palace in the republic’s capital of Jogjakarta, and above all I must stress the point that disturbs and even frightens so many people out here in Java. Dr. Soekarno’s house is being built on beautiful, wonderful dreams without adequate prepara tion or available material for making it stand against the storms, internal as well as exter nal, that surely will beset it. This is no partisan criticism but a purely factual observation Rooimc Sine* IMS HERRS.:. 723 7th St. N.W. Nit. M4S that should long ago have been more clearly and fairly evaluated by diplomats in Batavia. Certainly even the newcomer here cannot penetrate under the surface without wondering why the picture given to the outside world is so often distorted and falsely emphasized. It is true, of course, that In donesian politics is absolutely rid dled with emotion, hatred, frus tration and suspicion. But it is obvious to any fair minded visitor that* somewhere along the line more than one fact relayed through diplomatic channels to the outside world has been twisted to fit preconceived ideas. United Nations military ob servers in the field, particularly in guerrilla territory, have com plained to me that their reports "often have been distorted” be fore they reach Lake Success'. Independence definitely is on the way in this fabulous Oriental country. But the Western world must face the realistic pattern of facts out here. It cannot let policy for Indonesia be clouded by distor tions. 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