STRESS FOR BOTH AIR & GROUND CREWS

Ground crews at Mareeba worked constantly to keep plans flying

Ground crews at Mareeba worked constantly to keep plans flying

These environmental problems put unbelievable pressure on the ground crews of the 19th BG:

  • poor landing fields
  • dust, mud
  • tropical storms
  • B17s being over used for long-range missions
  • a constant shortage of spare parts
  • They had to work constantly to keep as many of the planes flying as possible.

 

USAAF mechanics working on The Fortress engine

USAAF mechanics working on The Fortress engine

 

Several studies found the stress and fatigue among ground crews worse than that experienced by air crews.

This was especially true if they were stationed in rear bases where boredom also became a negative influence on their morale.

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