Deversoir, Egypt: self-published, 1942. First Edition. Paperback. Quarto (4to). Very good condition. Item #019148
The original manuscripts from which the first seven issues of the Squadron newsletter/newspaper (frequency: weekly) was printed. It is unknown if the publication continued beyond this initial run, or how many copies of each issue was printed or distributed. Each issue consists of an average of 10 single-sided pages, and contain original photographs, original drawings including cartoons, and news from home in a mostly humorous fashion, and sometimes included information and opinions regarding the local area. There were several contributors. At least two differing typewriter fonts were used. There are articles/features on commanding officers as well as other non-commissioned officers. Stated on each issue: Free to Men in Uniform. Numerous pages are creased, stained, or worn, and there are several paper clip marks. The 26th Group was activated on 1/20/1942 at Brookley Field, Mobile, AL. On 10/30/1942 or 11/01/1942 it arrived at Deversoir, Egypt, and in 01/1944 it set up base on the outskirts of Karachi, India. Later that year, affiliated groups were transferred elsewhere and the 26th Depot Repair Squadron was absorbed within the 80th Group, relocated in 07/1944 to Agra, India and attached to the 3rd Air Depot Group.