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Posted 12/4/2006 Printable Fact Sheet

Daily Flight Information

The World Flight will remain in Rangoon until Lt. Smith has recovered from dysentery and the wing of "New Orleans" is repaired.

Daily Report
By Lt. L.H. Smith, Commanding

The Commanding Officer [Lt. Lowell Smith] was attacked with dysentery, a direct result of drinking water furnished by the natives during his forced landing near Hue. Expert medical attention was obtained and recovery is expected within three days.

Last night, in spite of the guard established to protect the planes, a native sampan loaded with freight crashed into the wing of the "New Orleans", seriously damaging the tip. The engineering officer [Lt. Nelson] was able to obtain material from the commercial airplane company and should have the plane repaired soon.

Daily Report
By Lt. L.P. Arnold, "Chicago" Mechanic

Saturday: Up about eight & discovered that Lowell [Smith, Commander] had a touch of dysentery & was quite ill. A doctor was sent for & he was put to bed in Kemp's house uptown where he must remain for a couple of days.

Then we learned that during the night a cargo sampan had collided with Nelson's plane badly tearing up a wing. The plane was hauled ashore & the repairs will be finished by tomorrow.

The rest spent the day working on the planes, refueling, etc. and later in the afternoon I went in to see Lowell who is getting along all right. Mr. Moffitt, the local counsel, wanted to take us around the town but everyone was either too busy or too tired. Perhaps tomorrow.

In the evening the crowd split up -- some of us going to Mr. Kemps for dinner & the rest to the Vienna Cafe later coming to Kemps. We stayed there until about 11:30 & then came back to Monkey Point.

Engineering Report
By Lt. E.H. Nelson, "New Orleans" Pilot

Rangoon: General inspection, routine work and servicing. While at anchor in the river last night, a native sampan ran into the right wing of Plane No. 4 near the outer strut, crushing the leading edge and bruising the spar. This plane was towed to a runway used by an airplane company operating seaplanes from the place.

Repairs will take at least another day. The pontoons will be repainted and varnished while the plane is up on the runway out of the water.

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