By Carlton Jackson
This is often the dramatic tale of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, which ended in one of many maximum variety of casualties suffered in WWII. the truth that the large demise and the next cover-up of the main points surrounding it make for interesting and traumatic analyzing. constrained guides exist at the topic, so this can be a worthwhile source for historians.
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The climate was miserable; according to Car1 Schoenacker, it was usually 100 degrees each day at noon and around 30 or 40 degrees at night. Daily temperature fluctuations of 60 to 70 degrees were not unusual. " Some GIs bought straw from local farmers to try to stay warm, while others put newspapers underneath their sleeping bags. "32Smith, corroborating much of Schoenacker's observations, was trucked to a "field of weeds" upon which tents were erected. After the second night dysentery set in, making the GIs' lives even more miserable.
Once through the simulation, these pilots then practiced by actually firing various bombs from an aircraft and trying to guide them to selected targets8 (There was at least one major American experiment with the type of guided bomb that sank the Rohna. Project MX 108 at Eglin Field in Florida was conducted during late 1942 and early 1943, with scientists developing five-hundred-pound "azon" and " r a ~ o n " ~ guided bombs, complete with an empennage (a stabilizing tail) and autopilot. Its "mother plane" was a B-24, whose bombardier followed it down, guided by the flare in its tail, to its target.
Their first major assignment as a military unit was in the spring of 1943 when the Mississippi River flooded the Tennessee town of Lenox. The 853rd worked twelve hours a day shoring up levees and repairing those that had already broken. When one levee broke, the 853rd stopped work to rescue stranded citizens and even some livestock. After Dyersburg, the 853rd shipped out to Brookley Field in Alabama, where they received training in camouflage and heavy construction techniques. 28 Landing in North Africa on 23 October 1943, many of the 853rd suffered culture shock.