Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Japan R&R, 1952-1953

From my dad Fred Pape's military scrapbook:

On Dad's first R&R (rest and relaxation) leave, Dad traveled to Tokyo via Itazuke Air Base in Japan.  He caught a ride on this plane:

Dad said he rode in the private B-17 (pictured above) of General Herbert Leonard Grills, then deputy for personnel at Headquarters, Far East Air Forces (FEAF, or more specifically, the Far East Air Logistic Force, or FEALOGFOR) at the Tachikawa Air Base near Tokyo, Japan.  Below is Dad's photo of the "HQ Building of FEAF [FEALOGFOR] at Tachikawa AB."

On the back of the photo above, Dad wrote, "Another scene of largest movie theater in Tokyo.  Looks like any big town stateside."

On the back of the photo below, Dad wrote, "Street scene looking toward Emperor's Palace grounds in background."

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