Procedures for rotating U.S. airmen from England to the United States for rest and relaxation (R&R) during World War 2. A finance officer (Captain) is seen at 127th Replacement Battalion site in Washington Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, England, He is converting currencies for U.S. airmen returning to the United States. Numbers on the helmets of some enlisted men designate their location of stay in the U.S.A. during the leave period. Fliers carry their belongings as they walk to the local train station at Balshaw Lane & Euxton railroad station close to Washington Hall. U.S. Commanding Officer, Colonel William A. Gail stands nearby to see them off. They wave and cheer as they stand on the train platform. a steam locomotive arrives pulling passenger cars. The fliers board and the train pulls away. Some of the men wave from the train windows, and several civilian women wave from the opposite platform. Colonel Gail waves goodbye to them. View of the locomotive drive wheels. View of train speeding along the tracks. Title reads: "Next Stop U.S.A." Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
Crowds at Blackpool front, a seaside town in Lancashire, England. The front of the Blackpool front. A sidewalk with soldiers pass in the foreground. Allied soldiers with girls in uniform getting off a horse carriage. American and British uniformed men and passers walk along a road showing atmosphere of any typical seaside town. American soldiers talk to English girls. The crowds walk in front. American soldiers and English girls drink at a stall.
Fliers from U.S. bomber crews take leave at 127th Replacement Battalion site Washington Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, England while awaiting final orders to return home, during World War 2. A sign reads 'Special Service Office'. An officer checks out a tennis racquet.On a comical note, the staff hand one flier a live dog, that he carries away. One flier obtains a pair of dice. A group of fliers plays volleyball. One flier works out on a heavy bag with boxing gloves, while another practices gymnastics on a pair of rings. An officer in uniform pitches a baseball from the mound. A group of American fliers, on tour of nearby towns, leaves a parish church to continue on their tour. The Rector waves to them from the church. Expert British guides accompany the group. The group is seen looking at a rebuilding project, and walking in a major city.
U.S. bomber crew members on leave in England while awaiting final orders to return home to the USA, during World War 2. A sign reads 'Officers Entrance Red Cross Aeroclub'. U.S. airmen and officers have drinks and snacks in a garden, compliments of the Red Cross, at the aeroclub of 127th Replacement Battalion site, Washington Hall, Euxton, Chorley, Lancashire. The airmen line up in formation for a retreat ceremony and salute as the American flag is lowered and folded by Military Police. An announcement over Loudspeakers prompts the fliers to rush toward Squadron "O" Bulletin Board to find their names on the list of those scheduled to return home to the USA. One flier wears a leather jacket with image of B-17 named "American Beauty" and 36 bombs (for missions) painted on it. Another wears jacket with image of a B-24 and 31 bombs, and one has room only for the name,"Piccadilly Willy," because the rest of the jacket contains bombs for 65 combat missions. Army Air Forces Methodist Chaplain, Clifford Peace, from North Carolina, conducts a brief service of blessings and good wishes for the fliers who will now be returning home.
50th Indian tank brigade and Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers carry ammunition and supplies across Kalapanzin River in Buthidaung, Burma. Tanks on raft. British-Indian soldiers stand on raft past tank. Soldiers carry bundle of barbed wire and place it on raft. Japanese held position on the other side of river. British soldiers of the 27th Field Regiment Royal Artillery and 63rd Indian field Company, ferry pontoon raft with guns and ammunition. Water flows in river. Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers carry ammunition and supply in field and place it on ground. They ferry equipment and supply on sampans, down river. Soldiers push artillery and load United States jeep on sampans and ferry it.
Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment crosses Kalapanzin River in Buthidaung, Burma. Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers push artillery on pontoon raft. Soldiers push Jeep on raft. Soldiers ferry raft and sampan on water. Soldiers sit and stand on sampan and raft. Sampans at the river bank. Soldiers on sampans play trumpet.