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Risky Technique of Pilot Rids Tail of Wicked Jap By GEORGE LAIT Inituilltntl Nm War CociMfonint, Ftaeh Rtutai ***■•*» Win*k«S COL. DAVID W. HUTCHISON, wing commander in Lt Gen. Kenny’s New Guinea bomber force, now en route to hia home in Madison, Wis., on leave, told me of a tech nique devised by one of his night fighter pilots. It is not recommended for repeat performances, however. This night fighter took off to attack Jap bombers raiding Wake Island. Anti-aircraft gunners and searchlight crews could hear his engine purring in the sky. Sud denly. over the radio they heard the pilot shout: “I am coming into searchlights! For (iod’s sake shoot this so-and-so off mv tail/* The pilot roarca into the searchlight beams with ths S- - -I *WK Wf aXvkl jj Maria Montez confronts the murderer of her father, Douglass Dumbrille, in “Gypsy Wildcat’’ at the Fox. * i Jap bomber close behind. The anti-aircraft crews com plied and shot off the Jap’s tail. * 0 • THERE’S a big treasure hunt going on at Lae, British New’ Guinea. Not for Guinea gold, but for 200 cases of prewar Scotch whisky buried there by Manager Burns of Phillips Co., before the Jap invasion. Burns, now in England with the RAF, intends returning after the war to dig up his cache. The Yanks, with everything from entrenching tools to bulldozers, meanwhile, are ripping up the jungle, hoping to beat him to the swag. JACK BENNY got plenty of belly laughs from Gen. MacArthur’s Gls with his crack: “I am an oldtimer in these Pacific islands—l used to spend week-ends at Cata lina.” Lt. Comdr. George Halas, who used to coach the Chicago Bears 11. and now is recreation and welfare officer for the Seventh Fleet, is w’ith Hope’s party on its southwestern Pacific tour. He sees that the navy boys get their share of the entertainment. Another famous football star out here is Marshall Duffield, formerly of Southern California, now a two striper on a minesweeper. * • • • SOME New Guinea places have a real Broadway flavor. In one dav I bumped into Maj. Abe Schechter, former big shot at NBC; Sgt. George McLemore, once sports columnist, now combat correspondent; Lt. Jack Miley, sports writer, of approximately the same tonnage as the heavy cruiser on which he serves; Lt. Larry Jones, whose father operates Gerther’s restaurant. N. Y.. now’ in charge of the largest GI messes in the southwest Pacific; Lew Parker and Jackie Heller, flight club performers, enter taining troops; Jack Davis, New York representative of ths Australian Consolidated Press, over for a six months' gander at the war; Capt. Jack Cross, Westchester County journalist (husband of Powers model Betty Riddell) and Capt. Dick Krolick. journa list and habitue of East 45th street's famous Pen and Pencil bar; Eddie Dowling's son. Jack, war correspondent for a Chi cago newspaper; Douglas (Wrongway) Corrigan, ferrying planes for the Fifth Air Force, and Col. Merian Cooper (hFs gone home on leave to visit his wife, the former Dorothy Jor don of the movies) who pro duced “Chang." “Grass,” and “Long Voyage Home”; Alfred Vanderbilt who, with his brother, George, is giving the Japs hell as commander of a PT boat. • • • PHIL LAFOLLETTE former governor of Wisconsin, just promoted to full colonel, will be going home soon on leave. Lads' Emily Coote of Boston’s Back Bay and widow of the first Barnet of Ireland, now is in charge of one of the largest Red Cross outfits in Australia, car ing for the wants of recently arrived WAC. Everybody knows Cpl. Lew Ayres now is serving as a chaplain's assistant at Hol landia. but few know that T Sgt. Frankie Darro is a dis pensing pharmacist at one of New Guinea's big hospitals. He Is the former child star who specialized in tough k*d roles. Ilf ONE squadron of a famous attack group has all its B-25s named for characters in Damon Runyon's stories, such as “Hot Horse Herbie.'' “I\>c <s3Sdr&ivfcri‘ v ~TW cated Edmund” and “Little Isadore." This same squadron has a sign over it' headquarters door reading: "Through ThoM* Portals Pass the Hottest Pilots in the World.” Thursa Hershey. wife of Burnett Hershey, secre tary of the Overseas Press Club, is dishing out Rf-d Cross java and sinkers to Gls at one of the larger Australian airfields. • • • * FEW realize that WAC Capt. Elaine Bessemer Clark is the socially prominent daughter of Sir Norman and Lady Brooks (he is the father of Australian Davis Cup tennis) and the wife of an English steel millionaire. The last time she visited the United States. Amer ican society made a big splurge over her . . . Lt. Gen. George Kennv’s son, Bill, is a lieutenant DETROIT TOWN HALL 20 Wednesday Morn met in tk* I’ishfr Theater Frattnlt lar 1944-194$ Jhim: « DOVAI.D DICKSON Nixed Itarlton* of conp-rt. •)»«• ft It* and mortal. « mu Y GRAINGER World rtmownrd plant** oaiMMT. « GI THRIK McCIJNTII Dirtlnrilabrri prodwnor *tH d!-*e»ir *f tk« American Theater, a nr uchiso China'* First Lady n t *h* Air a MARGARET 801 RK» WHITE Not'd camera-r«*ort«r direct fr >» tka battl* front*, a MIGRID S< HI I TZ Author. Iterlln ra*nm*u'*t«r for U I'ual Rrnadra*ttiur ttrrtem. a Oft A JOHNSON Famou* eipc>r*r with mwlaa <4 th* Sol*- it no I .land* a MI K HII I, “RED” Ml EI.I.EE Hoi In* (•orr-«tx*i<l-nt for N*»iw-oa a ( OIJN MAfKENFIE llnrn nf the American Men Uau M»-’n*. a ROBERT BKI.IAIRE War i'<irreap<«idrnt. aoalrtt r uMU-atatw. a DR. GKO ROE W. « HIM. l‘«yrho4o(l«t and ph*alcl»n. hi* ''Profinm ninlc" a ftetnilt Fr— |»te*a f*a*ura a MAI RH E HINDIS Authority on Ru**U. a DAVID DIRTF. Science editor. Scrlpp*-Hrtra'd Nearpape-a. a RI.AIR MOODY Columnlat -Lotadown on Waahtnctoa a H. NAPIER MOOR*. Editor. Marinin* Maiar In* Ctntda'a leadimt perladlml a DRV I DJA A Her Rail Java Daarer* a MAJOR PETER W. R AIMER Former memher of Moot#g*nery » rad and aola mrriyor of WaeaU't ort*inal rail a CRANK GKRVASI WIUi Invaelon Trmpa—Colll*r'« Staff a JAMM H. HI TTON Former prealdent. "Glanda”, Illinois Medical Society. SEASON MEMBERSHIPS NOW 229 Motel Statlec • CM Mil in the 13th Air Force, which recently came under hia dad's command. There's a bit of drama hidden in a couple of air mail letters addressed to Mark Hellinger which I received after Mark left for home. They were ap parently aboard a plane which landed at sea, as they were AiSViaomiiiii 6 BMMRmfi MONDAY EVE. CABLY WHASTON m 4 MAROAMT WtSSTt* RmM cmcrmov‘l coMtot / QmwOtaw tIEAT TREAT RE GI IID RISMSimuS PI^Y Evr* : Orch 2 50. 2 00; Bfilc 2 Of) 1.30, 1 00 Mata. Wed., Sat.: Orch. 2 Of). 1 50. Bale. 1 30, 100 Plus 20** F*d*ml Tax 2 WEEKS °.£ T MON., SEPT. 18 r^,. "AN IRRESISTIBLE DELIGHT"—N. V. HrralJ-TrUntwe ALFRED de LIAGRE, if., )L JoHNvan pi the K. T. HUGH BITTY STEVENS * MARLOWE ' LAWFORO SEATS TOMORROW SSL. “* NOW PLAYING 7 wfflmUblSi 6m, Adm., SI.OO p ut F«d. I I Tm. MititMi S«t. 4 Sun. / f km 11 -SECOND ANNUAL * I Grand Opera Festival Philadelphia La Scala Opera Co. September 27 to October 3 I World-Famous Opera Stars Large Orchestra • CHorut • Ballet Repertoire Sept. 27 Wednesday—Puccini’s “Totca” with GRACE MOORE Sept. 2S Thursday—Biset’s “Csrssen” Sept. 29 Friday—Doaixetti's “Lecia di Laaaeneoor” Sept 30 Saturday—Verdi’s “II Trevitore” Oct. 1 Sunday (mat.) —Verdi’s “La Trsviats” Sunday (eve.) —Verdi’s “La Forsa del Destiuo” Oct. 2 Monday—Verdi’s “Aids” Oct 3 Tuesday—Mascagni's “Cavalleria Ruoticana”; Leoncavallo's “I Pagliacci.” Tickets, NOW Masonic Auditor)*- (Temple 2-2539) GrinneU s (1A 1124) Prices »•«. U.-Orck, S4.M. $3.14. $3. $2 44. B*L $3 M. $3. 42.44. SIJ4 If OrtoiK Sr MU. n«**» F.n*»MMi M«mH. AHftitH *■*•*•»• cDmchell water-soaked and much of tha writing was illegible. Oddly enough, the water had trans ferred writing from another letter which apparently was Kcked with Mark's, and when Id up to a mirror was de cipherable—it * was addressed to AP correspondent 01 e n Clements.