Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).

<- PREVIOUS LETTER October 1, 1945 (note about photos)
Atsugi Airfield, Honshu, Japan

Oct. 1, 1945


Hello Ma:

      More pictures for the collection:

      Picture #1 - Two girls I knew on Luzon.

      Picture #2 - Same girls and me.

      Picture #3 - A B-29 which I took while on Iwo Jima.

      Picture #4 - A sign at the entrance of the Jap cave of the commanding officer (Jap) on Iwo Jima.

      Pictures #5 & #6 show our hangar at Atsugi Airfield.

      Picture #7 - Taken at Atsugi shows one of the boys standing beside a Jap suicide or "Baka" bomb.

      Picture #8 - Our operations building at Atsugi.

      Picture #9 - Discharged Jap soldiers on their way home. Taken in Tokyo.

            All for now -


Two girls that Earl knew in Luzon, Philippines, 1945. They appear to be sisters in their Sunday dresses.

The entrance to the cave belong to General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the Jap commanding officer on Iwo Jima, as it appeared after the war in 1945.

The 3rd Airdrome Squadron's "First In Tokyo" sign at the engineering tech supply hangar in 1945. In smaller print, the sign lists the previous
places where the squadron had been based during its overseas service, including Brisbane, Amberley (misspelled as "Anberly"),
Charleville, Oro Bay, Lae, Saidor, San Pablo, Tanauan (misspelled as "Tanuan"), Floridablanca and Ie Shima.

The Base Operations building at Atsugi Airfield, about 30 miles southwest of Toyko, with 3rd Airdrome Squadron sign.

Discharged Jap soldiers on the way home - Tokyo, 1945.


The Kindle book includes the letters; all 23 issues of the unit’s wartime newsletter “The Squadron Pulse,” which was originally edited by Leonard Stringfield; all 12 issues of the “Pennant Parade” newsletter that Stringfield published while sailing home after the war; complete text of the U.S. government booklet “Pocket Guide to Australia,” which soldiers heading Down Under were given to read; more than 200 photos; pre-war and postwar family history; and over 700 explanatory endnotes.


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