This order, SO 96, was the direction from higher headquarters sending the 35th Photo Recon Squadron overseas for duty. On this day, the balance of the squadron entrained at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma, destination Camp Henry, Virginia. An “extract” of the orders “extract” follows, to highlight some of the language and details:

“HEADQUARTERS ARMY AIR BASE
WILL ROGERS FIELD, OKLAHOMA

SPECIAL ORDERS )
NUMBER . . . .96 )                  E X T R A C T                       10 April 1944

1. Off and EM listed on atchd Transfer List #18, which is made a part of this order, WP by rail to Camp Patrick Henry , Va,

This is a PERMANENT change of station.

The APO number and postmaster address to be used is as follows:
APO 9898 – C/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.

QM will furnish rations in kind. Rations will be furnished under provisions of Cir 341, WD, 1943, as amended, for 26 Off and 296EM, for three (3) days. The 3 days rations furnished includes 2 additional meals for emergency use only.”

Officers and Men of the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron pose for a unit picture at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma in the spring of 1944, shortly before the unit began movement for service overseas.  (Courtesy of Mr. H. Allen Larsen. via Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

Officers and Men of the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron pose for a unit picture at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma in the spring of 1944, shortly before the unit began movement for service overseas. (Courtesy of Mr. H. Allen Larsen. via Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

One officer and one enlisted man from the squadron were detailed to proceed from Oklahoma to Wilmington, California in order to accompany Air Corps equipment to the squadron’s overseas destination. Capt. Harvey E. Lounsbury, Jr. was designated as the train commander for the journey, which took three days across wartime America.
Reference:
35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron history for April, 1944

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