Govern­ment Gets Some­thing Right

Su­per Light Ti­ta­nium Time­piece Loses Only One Sec­ond Ev­ery 20 Mil­lion Years.

Flight Journal - - BURMA BANSHEES -

BOUL­DER, Colorado

The U.S. govern­ment has en­gi­neered the most in­ge­nious, most ac­cu­rate clock in the world: the F-1 U.S. Atomic Clock in Boul­der, Colorado. Our ex­tra­or­di­nary new Stauer Ti­ta­nium Atomic Watch uti­lizes the trans­mis­sions di­rectly from that re­mark­able ce­sium fis­sion atomic clock to re­port the most pre­cise time.This sci­en­tif­i­cally ad­vanced time­piece will gain or lose only one sec­ond over a 20 mil­lion-year pe­riod. It is that ac­cu­rate! This per­fectly tuned tech­no­log­i­cal in­ven­tion with the su­per light strength of ti­ta­nium is now avail­able for UN­DER $130.

Su­per Light Ti­ta­nium has two big ad­van­tages over steel.

One is cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance and the other is that ti­ta­nium has the high­est strength-to-weight ra­tio of any metal, which means that ti­ta­nium is ap­prox­i­mately 45% lighter than steel. But ev­ery other ti­ta­nium watch that we can find is priced at over $400, and none of those are nearly as ac­cu­rate as our atomic move­ment. Stauer has de­cided to bring these re­sources to­gether in a time­piece that has the most ac­cu­rate move­ment avail­able to­day.You'll never have to set this watch. Just push one of the but­tons and you are syn­chro­nized with the atomic clock in Colorado, and the hands of the watch move to the ex­act time po­si­tion.The sleek black tex­tured dial has lu­mi­nous hands and mark­ers plus the time­piece is wa­ter re­sis­tant to 3 ATM.

A Ti­ta­nium-clad of­fer.

This Ti­ta­nium Atomic Watch ex­ceeds the ac­cu­racy of any Swiss lux­ury au­to­matic so you can be more punc­tual and keep most of your money in your wal­let, not on your wrist. Look at your watch and we guar­an­tee that the time is in­cor­rect, un­less you are wear­ing the ad­vanced atomic tech­nol­ogy. The Stauer Ti­ta­nium Atomic Watch is not avail­able in stores and it comes with our 30 day money-back guar­an­tee. If you're not com­pletely sat­is­fied with the ac­cu­racy, sim­ply re­turn the watch for the full pur­chase price. In­cludes a 2-year war­ranty on the move­ment.

to see. A di­rect hit at one end knocked some of the pil­ings. One mor­tal ac­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing a bomb­ing mis­sion when Lt. Prin­zler crashed in the vicin­ity of Ka­maing; he failed to come through a big cloud. His body was rapidly found in the wreck of his plane by a search team.

By the end of the month, an im­por­tant fighter sweep of Kun­lon, Aung­ban, and Heho air­fields in­volved the pi­lots of the 90th FS. The pur­pose of this at­tack was to in­ter­cept a max­i­mum num­ber of Ja­pa­nese planes re­turn­ing to other fields. Six­teen P-47s of the 90th FS took part, with ad­di­tional planes of the 88th and 89th squadrons. For this op­er­a­tion, they were trans­ferred to Myitkyina.

The op­er­a­tion oc­curred on De­cem­ber 31. Eight planes of the 90th FS that hit Heho ex­pe­ri­enced the heav­i­est an­ti­air­craft fire the squadron had ever met at low or high al­ti­tude, un­til they left the area. Lt. Ham­mer’s plane was hit, knock­ing out his air­speed in­di­ca­tor and left aileron, but he suc­ceeded in com­ing back to the base. Four other planes, which at­tacked Kun­lon for 45 min­utes, saw no Ja­pa­nese planes, so they strafed the two separate strips. Two of them were hit by ma­chine- gun fire, dam­ag­ing the land­ing-gear mech­a­nism on one of them. This made it nec­es­sary for the pi­lot (Lt. Lyon) to crash-land. For­tu­nately, he was not in­jured, al­though his P-47 was to­tally de­stroyed. De­spite sev­eral straf­ing passes, hits were scored on a num­ber of Ja­pa­nese planes, but there was no way of know­ing if any en­emy planes were dam­aged.

Mas­ter Stroke

The big­gest event in De­cem­ber 1944, with­out any com­pe­ti­tion, was the aerial com­bat dur­ing which two P-47s of the 90th FS faced a for­ma­tion of Ja­pa­nese fight­ers. As Ja­pa­nese air­craft had al­most van­ished from the skies of Burma soon af­ter the ar­rival of the 90th FS, the aerial-com­bat op­por­tu­ni­ties were poor for the pi­lots, ex­cept for the day of De­cem­ber 14 dur­ing a pa­trol south of Bhamo, along the Ir­rawaddy. Here is the story of that in­ter­cep­tion:

“Two P-47s, hav­ing taken off Tingkawk Sakan at 1200 hours, were pa­trolling south of Bhamo at 1435 hours at 10,000 ft. at SO-0595, head­ing


Pi­lots of the 80th FG pose with a bomb dec­o­rated with a Christ­mas greet­ing at Tingkawk Sakan Air­field, Burma, on De­cem­ber 24, 1944. (Photo cour­tesy of Jack Cook)

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