25th Air Service Group

Hq and Base Services Squadron 35th Air Engineering Sq 578th Air Material Sq

On Sept 9, 1945 J. B. Fisher, 1st Lt. AC interviewed Col. Gardner regarding the India and Tinian missions.  Col. Gardner indicated that:   Important factors contributing to the success of the mission were:
 
“The high state of training and “know how” of the men which resulted from their being an old parent group in the States that was formed of older and more experienced men.  A high morale and interest of the men in their work which led them to extra effort and long hours of exertion under poor climatical conditions, lack of recreational facilities , etc.  A pride in the achievements of the B-29, in which the men could see the results of their own work.  Close cooperation between Bomb Groups and Service Groups when the two of them were on a base, and between the four Service Groups in the operation of the Service Center……”
 
These successes were accomplished despite the lack of recreational facilities, operational facilities, adequate housing, supplies, lack of spare parts, and especially the lack of construction equipment and lack of enough CO2 trucks to fight fires. The sanitary conditions were poor and canned food in India resulted in intestinal disorders.  Morale eventually suffered because the Service Groups were denied “Battle Star” and "Unit Citation" awards even though they were working along side the ground personnel of the Bomb Groups. 
 
“The lack of adequate B-29 spare parts and proper depot repair facilities was solved by the Service Group by improvising machinery, test stands and substitutions ..... ”  Lack of personnel was often critical resulting in having to bring in native workers and drawing on the Bomb Groups for adequate coverage.
 
According to the 58th Bomb Wing, “Wait till the 58th gets here”:  “The knowledge and skills of these Air Service Groups made a significant contribution to the success of the Wing’s combat operations, both from India and China and from Tinian.”