National Geographic : 1943 Jan
American Bombers Attacking from Australia Ready! Point! But Don't Fire! Pistol Inspection for U. S. Airmen Somewhere in Australia, a lieutenant examines .45-caliber automatics of enlisted men in a heavy-bom bardment unit. Should they parachute into a Japanese-held jungle, their side arms might prove lifesavers. Gas-mask kits hang from their shoulders (page 64). In the Antipodean Darkness, a Sentinel Stands Watch over Tojo's Jinx On the field of this north Australia air base, sentries are posted all through the night. Weapon in the American's hand is a sub-machine, or "tommy" gun, once a favorite of gangsters.