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Memorandum for General Arnold
July 28, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I had a brief period at Presque Isle, at Gander and of course in Iceland—I spent an afternoon and evening there, mostly engaged in seeing aviation improvements.1 At all of these places the passage of planes to Europe was the active business of the day.
I got the impression particularly at Presque Isle that the time has come to provide something for these aviators who wait day after day for the weather to change. Faced with a dangerous trip, dismal surroundings and very boring delays, the matter of their morale is of first importance.
I told your man at Presque Isle, who impressed me greatly, to get in here as quickly as possible a requisition for what he needed. He spoke of handball and bowling as being diversion and exercise treatments that could be managed in bad weather. He told me that what he needed was the money in order that he might let the contract. He said that something of this sort was urgently needed in Goose [Bay, Labrador] and Greenland. I told him to get his requisition in immediately and send me a carbon direct. In the meantime have this looked into and send a query.2
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 353.86, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. On his return trip from London, General Marshall stopped at Iceland for an inspection tour and at Presque Isle, Maine, for refueling and breakfast. (Marshall to Eisenhower, July 28, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Colonel Benjamin Giles (promoted to brigadier general on August 3, 1942) was commanding officer of the Air Transport Command at Presque Isle, Maine. The editors have not located reports from Giles or Arnold regarding this subject. (Marshall to Giles, July 28, 1942, GCMRL/F. McCarthy Papers [U.S. Army 1941-45].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 281.