“Static Line” 11th Airborne newspaper

“Static Line”

Static Line staff

On 7 January 2021, I ran a post about the L-4 Grasshopper, the plane that most think of as a Piper Cub.  This note was included…

“While some of the men were confined to fighting up in the mountains, the division’s newspaper called the Static Line, used a piper cub plane to drop bundles of the publication down to the men.  This was the only news of the outside world that the troopers could receive.  One day, a roll of the papers was dropped with a note attached addressing it: “To the girls, with the compliments of Art Mosley and Jack Keil, Phone Glider 3.”  It was discovered later that the WAC camp received the roll meant for the 11th airborne.”

I located an issue of “Static Line” on the internet and wanted to share it.  News included kept the men up to date on the war around the globe, home front news, Hollywood, Books, Sports, a cooking corner, Humor and even obituaries.

‘Static Line’ column

Here is the list of top 10 models.  (Do you remember these names?)

Static line, top 10 models

Static Line’s Books

Static Line’s Sports Corner

 

 

 

 

 

“Hard time ahead if we don’t find a post-war place for the pin-up girl.”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.

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Military Humor – 

‘Bloody air mail!’

‘Air Mail’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Richard Born – New Haven, CT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 9th Air Force, B-26 pilot

William Denlinger – Gentry, AR; US Army Air Corps, WWII, POW

William Johns – Roeland Park, KS; US Army, WWII, PTO

Christian Koch – Honeoye Falls, NY; National Guard, Middle East, Chief Warrant Officer 4, pilot

Timothy Manchester – Austin, TX; USMC / National Guard, Kuwait, SSgt., 36th Infantry Division

Louis Monaco – Brooklyn, NY; US Navy, WWII, PTO, gunner’s mate 2nd Class, USS San Francisco

Walter Pasiak – Scranton, PA; US Army, WWII, PTO, MSgt., Pearl Harbor survivor, Bronze Star, Purple Heart / Korea, Silver Star, (Ret. 22 y.)

Daniel Prial – Rochester, NY; National Guard, Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer 2, pilot

Steven Skoda – Rochester, NY; National Guard, Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer 5, pilot

Eleanor Wadsworth (103) – Bury St. Edmonds, ENG; Air Transport Auxiliary, WWII, pilot

 

About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 28, 2021, in SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 101 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Great article!

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  2. It still amazes me how you get all this info. Really good to see it. Keeping it real! ❤️‍🔥 Thank you GP! ❤️‍🔥

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  3. OMG Bloody Air Mail! hahaha Have a great week GP!

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  4. Please Support my site guys

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  5. hi G
    another post with some fun takeaways
    and the movie star too 10 reminded me that when my dad passed away we found a photo of him with who we think was hedy lamarr and another couple – my brother has it but we think they met in a night club and had the photo opp!
    also – we sure don’t see airmail on em envelopes anymore and the comics reminded me how that has changed

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    • It seemed strange to me when the air mail designation and stamps were stopped. I am so happy you enjoyed this post, it was great to put together. I just may do another one in the future.

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  6. So the drops got mixed up! That must have given everyone a good laugh. I do remember the names. 🙂

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  7. Now as we have every bit of information at our fingertips it is hard to imagine the unknown the soldiers must have experienced. These ‘drops’ must have been so appreciated to have some sense of what was happening in the world.

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  8. Men at the front must have devoured the news in such a wonderful publication. Thank you for such an entertaining blog post and also for the ten beautiful ladies on the list. I remembered them all !

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  9. Though I was a baby during the war, I remember all those model’s names from watching old movies with Matt. He loved all those reruns. Love the cartoons also!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this with us

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  11. Oh my goodness! This is wonderful. And yes, I recognize those names.

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  12. Great post.Like it a lot

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  13. This was such a fun post! The publication reminded me of those old high school newspapers in the pre-computer days.

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  14. What a great newspaper and posting! Thank you, GP! I had heard about, but never seen it. Michael

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  15. Being a man of a certain age, G, I of course recognized all of the stars. Katherine Hepburn is forever my favorite. One word there had me wondering, however, ‘orchidacious.’ I assumed it meant like a beautiful orchid. I just figured it was an early substitute for bodacious. I did look it up, however. Now it means a three panel quilt. I doubt that’s what the men had in mind. 🙂 Also, I recognized the mimeograph quality of the newsletter! When I first went to work, that was my ‘printer’ of choice. –Curt

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  16. 10 top models. I love reading those names. My dad’s favorite gal was Greer Garson. I remember my mother being jealous. All those ladies were fabulous.

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  17. I recognized every one of those gals! Is there a prize?
    I also see that moving Sports teams around is nothing new.
    Who knew?!

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  18. Yes, I recognize all those names. I’m a big fan of the 40s and 50s history.

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  19. Everything about this post was great, GP–the feel-good story, the American attitude of fixing stuff, and the humor!

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  20. I enjoyed enlarging the photos and reading the pages, GP. Lovely post my friend.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  21. I recognised all the models and none of the books – that probably tells you something 🙂

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  22. I would have loved to tell you that I don’t know any of those “top 10” models. Unfortunately, I remember them all… but I wasn’t even born when that article was printed. At least I have that going for me. >grin<
    "Hedley Lamarr… What are you worried about? It's 1974. You could sue her!" – Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles.

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  23. Interesting. I assume it had to be approved by those controlling official lines of communications (an auditor is listed), but it reads less “propagandish” than some of the newsreel reports one can still watch.

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  24. I wonder who the tenth model was? There are only nine in the list — but I do know eight of them! I laughed at the paper’s title, too. It’s only we old ones who remember static on the telephone lines. And remember the old saying, “Don’t give me any static”? Technology’s changed a lot.

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    • I went back to the PDF to check to see if I cut off the 10th model, but no. Either they didn’t notice either or it was never copied to the PDF file.
      Actually, the static line is what the paratroopers hooked-up to before jumping., but I do remember that saying!!

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  25. Fun post. I loved the cartoon, recognize most of the model names and none of the books. I volunteer for the USS Midway Library and one of our on-going projects is indexing all of the multiple iterations of the Midway crew produced newsletters. Sailors can be quite creative. One squadron intel officer included a running series on Nick Danger, a 40’s era private eye, who someone how got on the Midway during an Indian Ocean cruise at the time of the Iranian hostages. Nick was chasing his arch-enemy the Fat Man. He called Tokyo Far East LA.

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  26. I presume they just wanted to inform the soldiers and it was not about making money!

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  27. That was fun, GP. I do remember the names, snd I’ve read done of those books. It must have been a good day when those papers arrived, unless, as in the cartoon, you got smacked with a bundle 😏

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  28. GP, the manuscript for the 3rd book is progressing. I hope to post what I learned in chapter 4. It’s all about the planes and interesting details like V-mail, short-snorters, stinky DC-3s, and The Bamboo Fleet.

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  29. Hedy Lamar: Orchidacious? Yes sir! 😄❤ I’m a huge fan of 30’s and 40’s movies.

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  30. The news that “Stars and Stripes” didn’t print.

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  31. I think they wrote better English than today’s reporters or columnists.

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