U.S. combat fliers depart from Washington Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, England, for R&R in the U.S. during World War II
England Date:1944 Duration:1 min 50 sec Sound:Yes
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.
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