Show: World War II - A Series Hosted by Robert Kopper

Episode: 0007 Kopper WWII episode 4

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Pilot Robert Roy III was filmed Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the sun room of his Pembroke home on School Street.
There is an original note written to the pilots on "22 December 1944" marked "R-E-S-T-R-I-C-T-E-D" from M. A. MITSCHER that predicts a future military action will be "THE SADDEST DAY FOR THE JAPS." It's in all capital letters and on 69-year-old paper that has darkened to an almost brown color. Some of the lettering has faded, but we still can see the signature of J. H. Flatley.
Another original secret notice addresses the pilots of Air Group 90 which was Roy's night torpedo squadron aboard the USS Enterprise. It says "The Big 'E' welcomes Air Group NINETY. Successful operation depends on cooperation. Our job is to put you on the line so you can kill Japs and sink their Ships. From then on, it's up to you.
If we get together now and eliminate as many friction points as possible, we know that you will turn in the same high score as the groups which have preceded you.
"What's nice about internet viewing, is the option to stop and fully read the many interesting documents that were restricted and confidential during the war.
3 minutes into the show is the 75-year-old piece of silk with a Chinese flag and Chinese lettering that Roy actually carried in his pocket when flying over Chinese-speaking areas. When Kopper asks Roy, "What made you think that the French Indo Chinese would kill you?," Roy answers that "Well, we don't know who's in their country. Maybe there's some Japanese people there who'd love to kill us.
"Expertly translating the text into English, is volunteer, Mr. RedHotFlower Chan, more simply known as David Chan, owner of Imperial Garden Restaurant in Hanover. Massachusetts.
"This is a piece of legal document," Chan explains. "It does say that the air force from America come to help us the Chinese together to fight. We hope our people and our soldiers will be together as one body to help each other out, to solidify as one body so that our minds will be as one to fight." That is the American portion of the writing. Chan continues by reading the figures on the left side. "Down below here is from the government from the Republic of China and the Air Force Committee. They sealed it in January of 1938. This is the old Chinese writing of four Chinese words in one statement, so that this way will be more accurate and simplified. That's how we wrote before--from the old school. Mostly now the Republic of China is Taiwan, not the communist mainland China."Thank you Mr. Chan for that interesting translation.
Still another gem is at the 6 1/2 minute point in this video. It's the 69-year-old actual letter Roy carried when flying over the French speaking territory. The faded ink and darkened paper today remain preserved behind plastic in his binder. The writing fills an entire page and is exclusively in French. Luckily for us, Pembroke Community Media volunteer and North Pembroke resident Molly Abrahamson who speaks, writes, and currently studies the language at Champlain College in Vermont, agreed to translate."It was interesting to read because the words were a little bit different from the current French," Abrahamson explained. "It was cool to see how it translated into today's language. The tone of the letter was good since it was vouching for the morals of the American people and their mission, but when the word "yoke" described the enemy, I don't think it was a very nice word."
Here is Abrahamson's translation:"The carrier of this letter is a pilot gunman of the American naval aviation. He will be in your vicinity to attack the forces of Japanese occupation and help you liberate the odious yoke occupying you and your country for a long time. If his ignorance of language and morals and customs prevents him to tell you himself, give this letter to a translator and permit him to tell you of our patriotism and our good heart."Abrahamson isn't new to the acting scene, and was the talent in two other unrelated productions prior this on-camera translation. She also is a staff writer for The Champlain College Publishing Initiative, an intern at New England Quality Care Alliance, and a barista at Starbucks.
And speaking if restaurants, wouldn't you like to know what The Bachelor Officers' Mess served Thanksgiving Day 1944 at Barber's Point Naval Air Station in Oahu Hawaii? Commanding Officer Captain Eri C.B. Gould, U.S.N.R. authorized Mess Caterer Lieutenant S. W. Miller to start with shrimp cocktail and end with lemonade and ice cream. Go 19 minutes in the video to discover what came in between. The navy during World War II is known for providing top notch dining, and this printed menu is of the care taken.

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