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"The Tech Rep" by James Michener; continued

"The team works in Burma for seven months, penetrating to every airfield at which the planes land. When necessary, the men live in grass huts, forge rivers, fight off jungle animals, raise hell in Rangoon when they are lucky enough to be stationed at the capital, and very shortly know more about Burma than the experts, for there is no part of Burma experience in which they do not involve themselves. Usually they even learn to speak a rough Burmese. But their principal job remains the same: Keep those airplanes flying! If they have to make needed spare part in a local machine shop, they make it. And at the same time they are teaching the Burmese to take over."

To be continued

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