ARMED FORCES' LEAVE SKELETON STAFFS LEFT Injected into the delirously wild masses of people who made August 15, 1945, a day of days in Auckland's history were hundreds of servicemen and women who were given 48 hours' leave in accordance with prearranged plans. To them it was a day of special significance and augury—the early release from crders and discipline, the dawn of a new life of individual freedom and peaceful pursuits. In the Air Force. Army and Navy only skeleton staffs were retained, and all available transport was commissioned to bring into town personnel on leave. At Papakura the majority of the reinforcement draft were already on leave.
"It was just one big sr- unper for the wide, 'open spaces, was how an Army officer described the evacuation of uniformed men and women from his unit. J In the Air Force it was much the same story, except that control and operational staffs had to carry on as though nothing had happened. Local flying ceased, but the services to the Pacific had to be maintained as usual. An inquiry at Hobsonville elicited the information that "a good time was being had by all except those actually working."
Judging by discreet inquiries at H.M.S. Philomel, the Navy's reputation as "the silent Service" may be endangered during to-day and tomorrow. Arrangements have been made to "splice the mainbrace," and all ships are dressed with masthead flags. Normal Sunday routine will be observed fcr those on duty, but large numbers of men have been granted leave till to-morrow night.
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"BIG SCAMPER", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945
"BIG SCAMPER" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945
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