FIFTH AIR FORCE GIVES OUT WRIST WATCHES TO GROUND CREW

From YANK Magazine

Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, who commands the Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific, has instituted a new award for GIs who work at keeping his bombers and fighters in shape. Ground crew men will receive special engraved wrist watches whenever their work has helped combat crews to win gallantry decorations in action.



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Lt. Gen. Kenney presents a watch to Sgt. James B. Blackstone.

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M/Sgt. Robert Plsek, first to receive the award, shows it off.

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George C. Kenney, pictured here a four star general, lead the 5th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific before taking command of the Far East Air Forces (FEAF)  which included the U.S. 5th, 7th and 13th Air Forces.



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