25th Air Service Group

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

February 1945



Rumors which started last October became a reality when the advance phase of "Forward Pass" departed for Calcutta by train during the early hours of Sunday Morning, 25 February 1945.  Wild speculation indicated the destination to be any of a thousand places from Shangri-La to Borneo.

The Advance Phase of sixteen (16) officers and three hundred thirty-two (332) enlisted men are led by Colonel Rogers A. Gardner, Group Commander.  During his temporary absence the Command of the Group has been assumed by Lieutenant Colonel Norman P. Mortensen, Squadron Executive Command and Deputy for Services.  Also departing with Colonel Gardner were Captain E. J. Reynolds, Group Adjutant, Major Austin J. Shannon, Group Intelligence Officer, Major Lewis E. Schwarz, Jr., Group Deputy for Materiel, and Captain Rollin L. Gray, Group Chemical Officer.  During Major Shannon's temporary absence his duties have been assumed by Major Wilferd R. Atterbury, Group Deputy for Maintenance and Squadron Commander of the Air Engineering Squadron.  Captain Lewis C. Crego, whose promotion to Captain was announced by the Commanding General, XX Bomber Command on 25 February 1945 has assumed the dual duties of Group and Base Adjutant in addition to his duties as Group Statistical Officer.

Five (5) enlisted men of the Deputy for Services Section accompanied the advance phase. These men are: T/Sgt Hubert V. Fixmer, Administrative Inspector Assistant, S/Sgt Wayne B. Lewis, Secretary to the Group Commander, S/Sgt Paul B. Feldberg, Statistical and Classification Clerk, Corporal George I. Wynboom, Message Center Clerk, and Private First Class William F. Byron, Mimeograph Machine Operator.  T/Sgt Sylvestor H. Voll, former Administrative Inspector Assistant was promoted to the grade of 1st Sergeant due to the return to the states of M/Sgt Milton R. Broschat who is scheduled to attend OCS, AAF Administrative.  S/Sgt Hubert V. Fixmer was promoted to Technical Sergeant and Sergeant Paul B. Jeldberg to the grade of Staff Sergeant.  All of the above promotions took place on the 19th of this month.

Captain Phil C. Engelskirger, Group Surgeon, was transferred to the 28th Air Service Group.  At the same time, Captain Belford J. Weeks joined the Group and succeeded Captain Engelskirger as Group Surgeon.

Despite the shortage of personnel due to the departure of the advance phase, the functions of the Group are being carried out in the usual manners.  Extra duties have been assigned to all officers and enlisted men who are accepting and carrying them out in the true spirit of the service.

It is expected that the Headquarters and Base Services Squadron and the Quartermaster Section of the Materiel Squadron, 383rd Air Service Group, will arrive at this Base on or about the 6th of March.  This Group will take over the functions of the Base now being operated by this Headquarters.