Album 3 FAW4 L. E. Gehres 0170 inside front cover 13.25x10.5 landscape drawing of U.S.S. Gillis AVD-12 with citations and Aleutian engagements listed 0171 8x10.5 cartoon by Milton Caniff N.Y. May 12, 1943 Navel Orientation Manual 0172 10.25x10.5 L.E. Gehres in waist gunner/observer seat of PBY by Life Magazine photographer. Identical to 0227. (note 1.) 0173 10.25x10.5 L.E. Gehres in waist gunner/observer seat of PBY by Life Magazine photographer (closer than 0172) "and this one for you. I've sent one like this to Virgie[?] for my aunt Floru[?] as she asked." (note 1.) 0174 8x10 "Moss, Gehres, Lt Cdr Burns, Horton" "He [Burns] relieved Whitey at Banana River." Jan 14, 1944 Group of officers near PBY on slush, others in background. 0175 8x10 "Horton, Burns, Moss, Gehres" Jan 14, 1944 Four officers under PBY wing, on slush. Burns's back to camera. 0176 8x10 "Dick Moss, Gehres, Lt Cdr Horton, Lt Cdr Stevens" "Me in my favorite stuffed suit." Jan 14, 1944 Four officers posed next to PBY. 0177 8x10 Officers under PBY wing next to jeep on slush. Jan 15, 1944 "Disgusted! Slushy runways do this! (This was not my plane.)" 0178 8x10 Gehres and others standing on runway. Quonsets in back. Jan 15, 1944 0179 8x10 Gehres and others standing on runway. Quonsets in back. Jan 15, 1944 0180 8x10 "My room from davenport" Quarters furnishings & telephone. 0181 8x10 "My room from entrance door" Radio and view out window. 0182 8x10 "My room looking from desk." Radio, view out 2 windows. 0183 8x10 "My room looking from side window. See your pictures?" Stickey note: "Qtrs of L E Gehres -- wife Rhoda and daughter on wall." 0184 8x10 "Living room from dining room." 0185 8x10 "Living room from chairs by bookcase." 0186 8x10 "Living room from front entrance." 0187 8x10 "Living and dining rooms from corner radio." 0188 8x10 "Dining room from my seat." 0189 8x10 "Dining room from 'foot'." Call button hangs over Gehres's seat. 0190 8x10 "Galley" Kitchen Aid, refrigerator, canned food stock. 0191 8x10 "Mess servants" Seven mess attendants and two oil cook stoves. 0192 8x10 "Galley from scullery side" Kitchen Aide, two oil stoves, sink. 0193 8x10 "Stores pantry and scullery from galley side." Food shelves, plates, cups, saucers, bread box, Kitchen Aide, clock. 0194 8x10 "Galley" Table, chair, plywood cabinets, Kitchen Aide, can opener. 0195 8x10 "Wine mess pantry. Lucas and Mingfoot II[?] officiate." Kopke, of Portugal, is known for fine Port wines. http://www.aevp.pt/associados/english/cnkopkei.html 0196 0197 1557 1562 0196 4x5 Gehres, officers, PBY, command car. 0197 4x5 same setting as 0196 1557 4x5 FAW4 1 of ? Jan 29, 1943 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting citation to Lt.(jg) Duffy VP-41." Inside Quonset hut. 1562 4x5 FAW4-1562 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting medal to Lt.(jg) R.G. Johnston VP-43." Inside Quonset hut. 1560 1568 1561 1565 1560 4x5 FAW4-1560 "January 29, 1943 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting citation to H.H. Eggersqluss AMME/C VP-43." Inside Quonset hut. 1568 4x5 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting citation to R.P. Fitzpatrick (CAP) VP-43." Inside Quonset hut. 1561 4x5 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting citation to S.W. Cobean AOM 2/C Silver Star Medal VP-43. This boy saved us all when the - was torpedoed by - leaping overboard to extinguish a flare burning on the oil and gas covered water." Inside Quonset hut. 1565 4x5 January 29, 1943 "Commanding Officer Fleet Air Wing 4 Capt. L.E. Gehres presenting citation to H[?].C. Grizzell (CAP) VP-43." 0198 8x10 L.E. Gehres, Marjorie Reynolds, Himes, standing by nose of PBY. [looks like Life photographer style] Stickey note: "Movie actress Marjorie Reynolds ("Holiday Inn" with Crosby and Astaire)" 0199 8x10 L.E. Gehres, Marjorie Reynolds, close up, Reynolds looking toward camera smiling. 0200 8x10 Volleyballl game on rough ground near Quonset. About 70 guys. 0201 8x10 Similar to 0200. 0202 8x10 Same event as 0200, chow and beer counter next to Quonset. On food containers: Thompson's Candy House, Ritz, Manhattan Beer, Officer In Charge Navy Provisions Pier - - China Basin, Feb 1943 Crescent Mfg Co, [on jacket] BASS, Sunshine Stringless Beans. 0203 8x10 Similar to 0202. 0204 8x10 Command car & driver? On jacket "N. ALT, Fleet Air Wing Four." On car: "R21 Fleet Air Wing" 0205 8x10 Similar to 0202. On cans: "EVA BRAND EVAPORATED MILK" 0206 8x10 Seven officers standing, seven sitting (Gehres in center). Blackout curtains? Unit insignias on wall: VP-45, VP-62, VP-41, Hedron, 136, VP-42, VP-43, P51. 0207 8x10 Same as 0206 with hats on. 0208 8x10 (portrait) Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher? [see 0222] entering hangar with pomp. 0209 8x10 Officers at atttention inside hangar. 0210 8x10 Awards ceremony. Band. 0211 8x10 same as 0210 except looking away from band. 0212 8x10 more of ceremony. 0213 8x10 more of ceremony. 0214 8x10 more of ceremony. 0215 8x10 more of ceremony. Gehres front and center. 0216 8x10 more of ceremony. Gehres front and center. 0217 8x10 more of ceremony. Gehres front and center. 0218 8x10 (portrait) more of ceremony. Award being pinned on Gehres. 0219 6.25x9.5 no border (portrait) more of ceremony. Award being pinned on Gehres. 0220 (same album page as 0219) citation letter: "THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the LEGION OF MERIT to COMMODORE LESLIE E. GEHRES, UNITED STATES NAVY for service as set forth in the following CITATION:" "For exceptionally meritorius conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Governmant of the United States as Commander of a Patrol Wing and later as Commander of a Fleet Air Wing in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Aleutian Islands. Despite extremely unfavorable weather conditions and limited communication facilities, Commodore Gehres directed the operations of his planes with such excellent tactical skill and sound judgement as to enable them to locate, attack and destroy hostile ships and installations, and to provide our forces with vital weather data and detailed information of enemy activities. The expert professional ability and valiant devotion to duty of Commodore Gehres greatly contributed to the success of his command in frustrating Japanese plans for invasion of the eastern Aleutians." For the President, (signed) Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy. 0221 8x10 (portrait) Gehres in center, two officers, saluting camera. 0222 typed text: "Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher's remarks on presenting the medal of the Legion of Merit to Commodore Leslie E. Gehres January 19, 1944" "It has been my privilege and my pleasure to present decorations and awards on a number of occasions. None has given me more satisfaction than in the case of the officer who is awarded this decoration. When the history of this war is written, I am confident that the recipient of this medal will be credited more than any other officer with the defeat of the Japanese in the Aleutians. When a commanding officer is awarded a decoration, it is the reflection and reward for an entire command. No one knows better than you men of Fleet Air Wing FOUR how much cooperation and teamwork mean to the success and conduct of war. An effective combat unit depends upon the complete performance of duty of every man from the lowest rating to the highest rank. The outstanding performance of Fleet Air Wing FOUR proves that every man in the organization has carried on with the complete devotion to duty not only through fog but through ice, wind, and snow, in addition to the perils of combat. Many men in Fleet air Wing FOUR have given their lives for their country and added to the tradition of our naval service, I am proud of their record in the past and I look forward to a successful career in the future. I congratulate you all for a commanding officer who has withstood the acid test of two hard, grueling years of combat. In the name of the President of the United States, I have the honor to present the Legion of Merit to Commodore Leslie E. Gehres. (Follows reading of citation by SecNav)" 0223 8x10 (portrait) L.E. Gehres and medal, outdoors. 0224 8x10 (portrait) L.E. Gehres and officer saluting, outdoors. 0225 8x10 L.E. Gehres, 2 officers saluting, outdoors. 3480 10.5x11.75 L.E. Gehres at desk, closeup, shirtsleeves. (note 1.) 3479 10.5x11.25 (portrait) L.E. Gehres at desk, closeup, shirtsleeves. (note 1.) 0226 11x11 Gehres at desk, closeup, jacket. Search plan maps showing Attu to Kamchatka. (note 1.) 0227 10.75x11 Gehres in flying gear at waist gun/bubble seat in PBY. Identical to 0172. (note 1.) 3357 8.25x8.25 Gehres closeup in fur-lined hood squinting into sun. Stickey note: Photos by Life Magazine photographer" [probably applies to 3480, 3479, 0226, 0227, 3357, 0228] 0228 10.25x10.5 Officer standing at PBY waist gun. (note 1.) 0229 0230 0231 0232 Stickey note on this page: "USO" 0229 4x5 Entertainment gathering same setting as 0233. 0230 4x5 Entertainment gathering same setting as 0233. 0231 4x5 Entertainment gathering same setting as 0233. 0232 4x5 Entertainment gathering same setting as 0233. 0233 0234 0235 0236 0233 4x5 VP-64's breaking up party July 15, 1943. 0234 4x5 Fancy bar, same setting as 0233. 0235 4x5 Officer's mess. (Identical photo as 0023.) 0236 4x5 Officer's mess. (Identical photo as 0024.) 0237 8x10 (portrait) Four cartoons. "J B Nunn" A "RANK" B ...attempt to write... C ...clothing fit you... D "This is the army Miss Smith" 0238 8x10 (portrait) Four cartoons. "J B Nunn" A K.P. B (sneak past guard) C Tech Supply... D ...your experience... 2 blank album pages 0239 8x10 (portrait) laundry cartoon "J B Nunn" 0240 8x10 Four cartoon series. MY DAY "J B Nunn" 0241 8x10 Four cartoons. A Dog: Rugged Life! Eh what, Jackson? B 404th bomb unit insignia. C Poem (below) D Mid-night mission WHAT THE PRIVATE SAID TO THE SERGEANT Alltho We all can't be 4 Fer's And make the Money Galore, Maybe We can, even as privates - Do a better job by doing a little more. Ya'know it takes us all Especially Guys like you and me, To accomplish what the Army wants, And that is ultimate Victory. We sometimes say without a thought That We don't give a damn, But Hell, even I know that We'd all like to see the Ol' home Town. Some Guys risk their necks each day While taking a poke at Nip. Now I ask you, are we doing it right If for a day we lean on our hip? Most of us work very hard, While a few run pell mell. Now Le's all get together And give our enemy hell. Consider this a Pep Talk, But myself I'll protect - I'll tell you the honest truth Pal - We'd rather go home - sooner than We expect! my apologies to the poets (signature) "J B Nunn" 0242 8x10 (portrait) cartoon by Throck. "The 'USO girls' hit Adak." 0243 8x10 (portrait) cartoon by Throck. "Bad case of vertigo I guess." "Adak '43" 0244 8x10 cartoon 3 sequence by Throck. "Contact report!" 2 blank pages 0245 8x10 (portrait) Four cartoons. "J B Nunn" A Any mail today Sarge? B When Drippy "Comes Marching Home" C mattress, wink, girl D Be nice to the soldier... 0246 8x10 (portrait) Four cartoons. "J B Nunn" A ...Adak soldier with 15 minutes leave! B Cooperation, (The Army and Navy Forever) C ...checking up on these 4F'ers , honey! D Aw -- I don't want a lolly pop! 0247 8x10 (portrait) Four cartoons. "J B Nunn" A Payday recreation B ...blackjack game and I can't miss it! C ...darling! What a bold man... D Aw -- veal cutlets! C'mere 0248 8x10 "These are large murals on walls of Bomber Command Officers Mess - painted by a bomber pilot. All the photographed cartoons are also \ painted 1/2 life size in the same mess!" J.B. Nunn artist. Titles: "Squadron Activity - A Soldiers Utopia" 6/26/43 2 blank album pages 0249 8x10 "Hedron 4 New Years Eve 1944" Large Quonset movie theater. 0250 8x10 "New Years day 1944 Just starting. Place was crowded a little later." Gehres and 7 officers looking a little drunk. 0251 5x7 "Jan 1943 Fort Greely presentation of medals to Army airforce & Canadian airforce pilots." 0252 8x10 12 officers outside posed. Note 1: Oversize print partially scanned. end of album 3. ------------------------------------------ research: Jake B. Nunn Maysville Georgia http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/Shemya/pdf/shemya-recollections-404th.pdf Copyright "The Shemya Mailbag," Vol.8, No.2, June 1994, Dan Lange, Editor Published in Electronic Web Format with permissions by George L. Smith, 2 August 1998 http://www.alltel.net/~haven/notables/ has photo Jake Nunn (1920-still living) Illustrator Native Georgian, J.B. "Jake" Nunn was born in Athens, May 5, 1920, but spent his youth in the small north Georgia town of Maysville. It was there that "some of the finest people to inhabit this earth" encouraged him to develop his artistic abilities. They were amazed by his ability to draw almost anything--from memory. A well-known illustrator in the Atlanta advertising community since 1945, J.B. established himself in the fine arts world with remembrance paintings such as "Maysville Spring." www.alltel.net/~haven/notables/jbn/ http://www.victorianmaysville.com/arch/01/090501.htm Retired advertising illustrator JB Nunn, 81, of La Fayette GA, will be the featured artist for the cover. Nunn was born in Athens May 5, 1920, the son of Thomas F. Love Nunn and Maebelle Parks Nunn. He graduated from Maysville High School. http://www.geocities.com/tempelhof.geo/404bspatchpg.html The "Real" Story on how the unit ended up with the "Pink Elephant" as the Squadron Emblem From the Official History of the 11th Air Force... On July 8th (1942) the 404th Bombardment Squadron arrived in the Alaskan theater with B-24 aircraft originally destined for the North African theater. The Liberators, brand new, were painted with a brilliant pink camouflage, satisfactory for desert warfare and admirably unsuited for Alaska use. The squadron appropriately was nick-named "The Pink Elephants" and the unit insignia, a flying pink elephant with fifty-caliber machine guns for tusks and carrying in his raised trunk a bomb, rampant upon a blue background, became one of the most familiar in the Alaskan Theater. Sgt J. B. Nunn, one of the outstanding cartoonists was responsible for this nightmare which was approved as the squadron's official insignia. The book "Combat Squadrons of the Air Force - World War II published by the Department of the Air Force describes the emblem of the 404th BS as follows: Over and through a light green disc, bordure black, piped white, a caricatured white elephant running, wearing aviators goggles with gold rim trimmed black, black belt about the the waist, holding two machine guns pointing to rear, grasping a large yellow aerial bomb upraised in trunk, having two black machine guns for tusks and ears in shape of wings, soles of hind feet brown. (Approved 21 Nov 1942) Note: The comments in the official history report the elephant to be Pink, while the approved patch has a White elephant and the official history report says the background of the patch is Blue while the approved patch has a Green background.
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