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THE KELLET NEWS     Page Three
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Fighter and Bomber expected to "prove superior to any aircraft of its type now flying in Europe, and to out-perform many of the latest pursuit types in actual combat."

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Company from the Ministry Aircraft production in England.

"It is an insult to send up stuff like that to get us." was the comment of a Martin-built Maryland bomber pilot after his formation had been attacked by two Italian CR. 42 fighters which were shot down. "We can outfly them and outshoot them." added the pilot.

Reports come through regularly that Marylands have shot down enemy fighters. Even the crack German fighter ME.109 has fallen victim to the heavy firepower f the Maryland while other fighters and bombers of the enemy have learned to treat this American bomber with respect.

"The old Maryland is a cracking good aircraft," one pilot told a Royal Air Force press officer. "She can take an unbelievable hiding and still get home on one engine if need be.

"When I have been flying over the sea and once I took part in a search which kept me in the air for nine hours and ten minutes I always had the feeling that nothing could go wrong if one engine would cut out. Even with a full bomb load one is quite certain that the performance will be reasonably good."

Another major point which impressed this particular Maryland pilot, a veteran of many raids on enemy bases, supply centers and tank columns, was the climbing capacity of the ship. The pilot, now a captain in the South African Air Force, also paid tribute to the blind-flying instruments found in the "office" of the Maryland. "Whatever you need is there," he declared, "and the cockpit in my judgment is the neatest thing you can imagine. You put out your hand and you have everything."

The Maryland crews in the Western Desert are proud of the capacity of their machines to deal with the fighters. But they are also proud of their corporate existence as Maryland Squadrons. An instance of this occurred recently when some "Glenn Martins" came back from a raiding party during which they had shot down two enemy fighters. "Who shot them down," they were asked. A pilot replied, "Just say the Squadron. We are bombers, not fighters."

It must be kept in mind that the "Maryland" is designed to serve primarily as a bomber or long-range reconnaissance plane. It is capable of carrything almost a ton of bombs and has struck vicious blows at Axis concentrations on numerous occasions.

Extremely maneuverable considering its size and general construction, the "Maryland," acording [[according]] to a recent statement by Quentin Reynolds, veteran war correspondent, is the "only British bomber allowed to go out alone without a fighter escort."

In the future, it is expected that equally glowing reports will be made concerning the "Baltimore." The British are confident this particular ship will prove even better in many respects than the "Maryland."

The Baltimore In Flight
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Waistlines Vs. Lifelines

Longer lifelines go with shorter waistlines. People of average weight live longer than those who are overweight. They live longer and suffer less from chronic diseases. They feel better and look better. Before thirty is it safer to be a little over than under the average weight: after forty the spare figure is preferred.

Overweight shortens life because fat accumulates about the heart and digestive organs, seriously interfering with their work. Fatty tissue adds extra and needless miles of tiny blood vessels. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and apoplexy, among other conditions, are brought on by overweight.

Table of Average Weights
(Ages 30-40 years)
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Weight | For Men | For Women
5 ft. | 128 | 122
5 ft. 1 in. | 130 | 124
5 ft. 2 in. | 132 | 127
5 ft. 3 in. | 135 | 130
5 ft. 4 in. | 138 | 134
5 ft. 5 in. | 142 | 138
5 ft. 6 in. | 146 | 142
5 ft. 7 in. | 150 | 146
5 ft. 8 in. | 155 | 150
5 ft. 9 in. | 160 | 154
5 ft. 10 in. | 165 | 157
5 ft. 11 in. | 170 | 160
6 ft. | 176 | 163
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Overweight is due chiefly to eating too much and exercising too little. If you are over forty and overweight, your problem is to cut down the fat-producing foods. Cereals, starchy foods, sweets, and fats must be eaten sparingly. Lean meat, colored and leafy vegetables, fruit, and milk are the foods on which the bulk of your meas must be made.

If you would reduce, first have an examination by your physician. Then let him outline the details of your diet.
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Boy (Worker) Meets Girl!
A number of our boys were considerably upset over the recent article in the Evening Bulletin concerning female employment in our shop, and with some justification.

The statement of the Sub-Assembly Supervisor that 95 per cent of his light bench operations could well be done by girls somewhat became distorted in the finished article to indicate that the Plant Superintendent had made the statement that 95 per cent of ALL operations could be as well done by women workers. No hard feelings, fellas! Anyway it made a good story!
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Group Insurance
Group Insurance Claims paid during January 1942.
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Maternity Benefits, 3 | $120.00
Dependent Benefits, 1 | 64.00
Employees —
Accident & Sickness, 6 | 170.00
Hospital & surgical benefits, 3 | 277.14
Total Paid | $631.14
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Dating from my early association with Kelletts and before he became well acquainted, I listen to at least hourly calls over the speaker system, of "Don Masser calling Don Masser” etc. and I wonder who in h- - - that important individual could be. 

Of course it wasn’t long before I found out, for if there was anything to be done, it was “Don Masser - calling Don Masser”.

Well, last week I learned a lot about Don Masser. We faced what looked like a stupendous task in getting Plant No. 2 ready for the housewarming party. Again it was “Don Masser - calling Don Masser”. The main point is that Don always answered the call and the things were done. In one respect I should feel some resentment over this Don Masser, for his better judgement was superior to mine is exactly forty-three out of forty-seven matters that called for well thought-out decisions. That’s all right, Don, the rule of the game always is “Let the best man win”. 

Anyway, thanks, Don to you and your men—you did a fine job. 

All thanks don’t go to Don Masser, however, for the finest kind of support came from every direction— office and factory alike. 

Ed Lang. Sr. and his crew worked tirelessly to get tons of metal stock cleared away to make necessary room. 

Haig Kurtjian donated, installed and operated his own amplifier system with thoroughly professional results. You did a good job, Haig. 

When such unselfish cooperation is given by all who were called upon for help, success was bound to follow. 

Again, thanks. 
H.A. Beach. 
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When Pat’s friends came to pay their respects at his funeral, every one tried to be polite by telling his widow what a wonderful man Pat was before he died. His widow listened attentively then remarked— “Yes, my Pat was a wonderful man, there are a few men as wonderful as my husband Pat was; do you know that every Friday when he got paid he came home and placed his pay envelope on the kitchen table as regular as a clock— sometimes there wasn’t any money in it, but it was the principle of the thing.”
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The foreman on a construction job fired one of his men one fay and the next morning the man was back in the job again. Jane the foreman saw him he said — “Say didn’t I fire you last night?; and the young man remarked, “Yes, you did, but when I got home my wife raised hell, so don’t ever do that again.”
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Bill Colcord Hears from Africa 
J.P. JONES, better known to most of us as “RED HOT JOHNIE”, was employed in the Engineering Department for approximately one year prior to his resignation. He came to us from Glenn L. Martin Company, and was depended upon by both the Engineering Department and Tool Department to uphold their questionable averages in the first year of bowling. After leaving Kellett’s, he secured a position as a Field Manager for the Pan-American Air Lines. After a short period of training in the United States, he was sent to Africa to assist i. the establishment of various air bases for Pan-America. Following is a letter sent by him to one of the members of the Engineering Department and is being printed for its interest to all Kellett employees. 

Anglo Egyptian Sudan
Jan. 2, 1942
Dear Bill (and you other Red Hots)
I’ve been meaning to write you all for sometime now, but what with the moving around we’ve been doing since we left the States, there hasn’t been much chance to sit down and do it. 
It’s been roughly 9,000 miles of sea and air traveling that’s gotten me out here, it taking about five weeks in all. I spent a few days on the West Coast (Africa), but an damned glad it wasn’t any longer. They grow a delightful young mosquito there that delights in giving people malaria, and the present percentage of victims over there is plenty high. 
That part of Africa, thought I really didn’t get much of a change to see a lot, is pretty humid and hot most of the time. The vegetation is anaemic and dead looking there, and the only thing of any note is the quantity of pitch black natives who wear mostly discarded night shorts, which don’t seem to be in style unless they have hundreds of tears and holes in them. Another thing that takes a while to get used to, is to walk down the street and come upon a big black mammy busily engaged in giving her offspring (male or female - it isn’t hard to tell) a bath right on the door stoop. Any hills over in that part of the country are not considered ant hills unless they are at least six feet high. They’re literally filled with millions of large red ants that bite hard enough to bring blood. One thing nice about Accra, where I stayed for a couple days, is a regular tropical beach and surf, complete with cocoanut and palm trees. I can easily picture Wagner as a full-time beachcomber there, as the native girls don’t seem to have heard of a bathing suit. Interesting to see, purely from a scientific angle of course. Khartoum is a good 2,600 miles east of Accra and a lot of changes both in people and country take place in the trip over here. For one thing, the natives are entirely different, though they’re dark, they are definitely Arabic and much better in my opinion. Pardon me while I straighten out the typewriter, it refuses to keep paper lined up. The country around here is without question the detest I’ve ever seen. Out here rain is about as frequent as snow in Bermuda, we’ve had none since I’ve been here, and there will be none until June. It’s really desert land, filled with camels and donkeys, mud hits and dust, and natives wearing skirts and towel wrapped around their heads. 
We’ve spent most of our time so far in getting styles and soon expect to be under regular operation. Due to censorship, I can’t tell you anything in that line. 
Well, all of you take it easy and if you dine time let me hear from you.   Sincerely, J. P. Jones
Pan American Airways, Africa
Accra, Gold Coast, West Africa. 
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