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Article about: Hello, All! I recently found the service diary of 2nd Lt. John J. Kane in the trash. He served as a bombardier on a B24 in the Pacific. The diary is extremely detailed and is FILLED with int

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    Hello, All!

    I recently found the service diary of 2nd Lt. John J. Kane in the trash. He served as a bombardier on a B24 in the Pacific. The diary is extremely detailed and is FILLED with interesting and important information, as well as poetry, photos, newspaper clippings, etc. As such, I am trying my best to type it all up so it'll be accessible to all!

    I have just started typing up 2nd Lt. Kane's diary, and as I go, I am able to learn his hand-writing style.

    Unfortunately, I have just come upon my first roadblock. PLEASE HELP!

    According to 2nd Lt. Kane, he left Fairfield Army Airfield (California) on March 4th, 1945.

    He then arrived at a place whose name I simply cannot read... it appears to be "Maslzab" or "Maolzab"...? Can anyone make heads or tails of this? He was at this mystery location between March 20th and April 24th, 1945.

    I would assume that the mystery location is out in the Pacific somewhere simply because of his next location...

    On April 24th he left the mystery location and arrived on Morotai on May 8th, 1945.

    Here is the best shot my crap cellphone will allow of his handwriting:
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION!!

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    If it helps, here is a complete listing of his service record in terms of transfers. This just goes to show you how detailed 2nd Lt. Kane was with his diary:

    SERVICE RECORD (Transfers and changes in rank):
    Fort Dix, N.J. Unassigned. Induction center. Jan. 28, 1943 to Feb. 4, 1943.

    Miami Beach, Fla. Air Corps Unassigned. Basic training. Feb. 6, 1943 to Feb. 25, 1943.

    Stevens Hotel, Chicago, Ill. Radio School. Operator and Mechanic. Feb. 27, 1943 to April 6, 1943. Made P.F.C. March 10th.

    Truax Field, Madison, Wis. April 6, 1943 to June 14, 1943. Accepted as prospective Aviation Cadet on May 21, 1943. Left Traux Field on June 14th.

    Arrived Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi June 16th. Took three weeks basic training again. Left Keesler Field on July 7th.

    Arrived at East Tennessee State College in Johnson City, Tenn. to begin studies as an aviation student on July 8th. Left E.T.S.C. on Sat. Nov. 6th.

    Arrived Nashville Army Air Center Sun., Nov. 7th, 3:30 A.M. Left Nashville Wed., Dec. 15th.

    Arrived Tyndall Field, Thurs. Dec. 16th as an Aviation Cadet. Left Tyndall Fri., Feb. 11th.

    Arrived Maxwell Field, Fri., Feb. 11th. Left Maxwell Wed., May 24th.

    Arrived Carlsbad Army Air Field, Sat., May 27th.
    Commissioned 2nd Lt. on Sept. 30th upon graduation from C.A.A.F.

    HOME SWEET HOME. Oct. 3rd to Oct. 6th.

    Reported to Lemoore on Oct. 10th. Left Lemoore on Oct. 24th.

    Arrived Tonopah Oct. 27th. Left Tonopah Feb. 16th, 1945.

    Arrived Hamilton Feb. 17th. Left Hamilton Feb. 23rd.

    Arrived Fairfield Feb, 23rd. Left Fairfield Mar. 4th.

    Arrived “MYSTERY LOCATION” Mar. 20th. Left “MYSTERY LOCATION” April. 24th.

    Arrived Morotai May 8th. Left Morotai August 10th.

    Arrived Clark Field August 10th. Left Clark Field Oct. 18th.

    Arrived Tacloban, Leyte Oct. 18th. Left Leyte Nov. 20th.

    Arrived Camp Anza, Long Beach, Cal. Dec. 10th. Left Camp Anza, Dec., 12th.

    Arrived Fort Dix, Dec. 18th. Left Fort Dix, Dec. 18th.

    Arrived Greensboro, Feb. 4. Left Greensboro, Feb. 13.

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    I think I may have just figured it out!

    Nadzab!

    Landing at Nadzab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I will need more help with 2nd Lt. Kane's handwriting this evening... the names of some of these South Pacific locations are tricky!

    Stand by...

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    Quote by GIZMO8Z View Post
    I will need more help with 2nd Lt. Kane's handwriting this evening... the names of some of these South Pacific locations are tricky!

    Stand by...
    No problem! Standing by.......

    Best Regards,

    Andy
    Best Regards,


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