Winnipeggers in Aleutians
. a IN CLASS BY ITSELF Airman Rates Hospitality As Tops "VOU can't beat that northern! 1 hnpitality'" That', the opinion of Cpl. Cliff ', y . Blow, St. Andrew s, Man., stationed in Alaska with a tighter squadron of the R.C.A.F. Cpl. Blow, an arm - ! orer, is home on leave from the far north, and about all he can think about is the fine reception Canadian boys are receiving from the resident Alaskans. "You can say all you like about the so - called western hospitality," Cliff said this morning, "but I'll take the northern kind any day. All the Canadian boys up there are talking about it." Cliff isn't exactly in love witn the northern climate, and he'd rather be stationed, ft a somewhat warmer territory, but, he says, with things the way they are right now, he hasn't any cause for complaint. Cliff is a bachelor, and the "woman, situation" In Alaska is hardly comparable to the situation in Winnipeg. "As a matter ef fact," he said this morning, "The situation up there as far as women ar concerned, is grim. Mighty grim." Alaskan He's been serving In the north tor one er - having arrived there ' l"fn moved up from - the west coast after Pparl Harbor. censorship regulations forbid any details about the weather. But Cliff has a word for it, Horrible," was his only com. - ment. As a result of the living condi tions, the airmen and soldiers are bound together in a brand of friendship nut found elsewhere. There's a feeling of informality between the men that is hard to beat. Cliff Blow says the mutual friendships that arise between the officers and men is so rare that a newcomer finds it hard to understand. "Once a new man gets to know the score, he thinks it's great, but until then, he's a bit baffled by the general attitude." Other Winnipeggers in Alaska stationed at the same base with Cpl. Blow, are W02 Ed. Merkley, Cpl. Tom Walsh, Cpl. "Middy Middlelon, and PO. Lynch. Laur enre Wodlinger, well known in Winnipeg, now operates a drug store in Alaska. Prior to enlisting. Cpl. Blow was a stock and grain broker in Winni peg.