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 - By W H I T N E Y M New York, April 3 (/pj--They...
By W H I T N E Y M New York, April 3 (/pj--They didn't even have hoops, my dear, but that didn't stop the basketball minded members of the 15th Air Force Fighter Command in Italy from playing the game in big-time style, aided and abetted by Maj. Roy M. Terry. Terry, of Georgetown, Conn., youthful chief chaplain of the command who is home on leave, an insight into the difficulties en countered by our troops overseas carrying O ut sports programs, and shows how they might be exempt from everything else but there's quite a tax on their ingenuity. "We had 11 teams in our Terry explains. "We picked up the biggest building in a town, which was the auditorium, and scraped down the floor almost to the tile. We had no regulation baskets, but found the racks which come around the bombs served the purpose purpose nicely, being almost official m size. Camouflage nets were cut up for the basket nets, the floor was marked off and wo were to go. - · l^?.JPJayed our games at night, rigging up our own lighting system. system. We had our own generator Sometimes it would run out of and the lights would go out a game. Everything would stop until it was gassed up again. "There was no heat in the building, and it gets pretty cold there in winter. On top of that, there were a couple of holes in the where the snow and rain could enter, and we were in danger of having games postponed because of wet grounds, you might say. boys would keep on their heavy flying clothes until time to play and afterward would sprint through the snow 50 yards to the showers, which were makeshift but satis-1 factory affairs made out of defective defective belly tanks carried by the planes. "The class of basketball was very good. Most of the players had played college or at least school basketball. The 332nd Negro Fighter Group won the championship. Those boys were rangy and fast and sensational ball handlers." The major, whose activities included included at times the supervision coaching, officiating and even playing playing on cage teams, at regular intervals intervals would conduct Sunday services services at the base of the negro group which won the championship. "They'd see me coming and 'Up here to call some more fouls on us, chaplain?' /'I'd say; -Not call them this

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  1. The Morning Herald,
  2. 04 Apr 1945, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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