430th ORDNANCE TIRE REPAIR COMPANY IN EUROPE 1944 - 1945
ACCORDING TO DAD'S SERVICE RECORDS AND LATER LETTERS, THE 430th TIRE REPAIR COMPANY SHIPPED OUT FOR EUROPE ("EAME" IN HIS CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE) JULY 27, 1944 AND ARRIVED AUGUST 3, 1944, LANDING IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.  THE UNIT SPENT A PERIOD OF TIME IN ENGLAND BEFORE CROSSING THE CHANNEL TO THE CONTINENT.  THE PHOTO TO THE RIGHT IS OF LT. NESBITT WITH A TYPICALLY ENGLISH MODE OF TRANSPORTATION  AND WAS LIKELY TAKEN DURING THIS STAY-OVER IN ENGLAND.  HIS COMMUNICATIONS TO MOTHER TELL LITTLE OF HIS ACTIVITIES DUE TO INFORMATION SECURITY CENSORSHIP (THE CAUTION BEING "LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS"), JUST THAT HE WAS STATIONED "SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND."

ACCORDING TO WHAT DAD TOLD US OF THIS TIME, WHILE THE COMPANY WAS PREPARING TO GO TO THE CONTINENT, HE WAS GIVEN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS IN HIS FIELDS OF EXPERTISE.  ONE ASSIGNMENT INVOLVED FLUID DYNAMICS, WHERE AN OIL PIPELINE LAID TO MOVE MUCH NEEDED GASOLINE TO THE COAST FOR SHIPMENT TO FRANCE WOULD NOT FLOW WHEN PUMPED.  HE RELATED TO US THAT THE PROBLEM WAS PRETTY BASIC AS THE PIPELINE DID NOT ALLOW FOR EXPANSION.  HE ADVISED THE PROPER INSTALLATION OF EXPANSION LOOPS WHICH GOT THE PETROL FLOWING.  ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT HE TOLD US ABOUT WAS TO EXEDITE  REPLACEMENT PARTS ORDERED FROM AN ENGLISH FACTORY.  IN THIS CASE THE FACTORY WOULD NOT OR COULD NOT SPEED-UP ITS PRODUCTION OF NEEDED ORDNANCE PARTS.  HE EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS A FRUSTRATING ASSIGNMENT, FOR THE PROBLEM WAS A COMBINATION OF ANTIQUATED WORK RULES THAT WOULD NOT BE CHANGED (HE GAVE THE EXAMPLE THAT BESIDES LUNCH BREAK, THE FACTORY STOPPED TWICE IN A SHIFT TO BREAK FOR TEA.- MEANWHILE BACK IN THE U.S. THE NESBITT COMPANY WAS GOING "FLAT OUT" FOR ORDNANCE PRODUCTION WITHOUT ANY SUCH PRODUCTION STOPPAGE), AND INEFFICIENT EQUIPMENT (HE EXPLAINED THAT MACHINES  SUCH AS OUTDATED LATHES WERE STILL BEING DRIVEN BY LEATHER BELT DRIVES).  EVEN WHEN HE RELATED THIS STORY MANY YEARS AFTER THE WAR, HIS FRUSTRATION OF THAT TIME WAS STILL MOST EVIDENT.  THIS WAS BECAUSE THAT EVEN THOUGH BY SHEER PERSISTENCE HE MADE  PROGRESS IN EXPEDITING THE PRDUCTION OF THE NEEDED PARTS, THE ATTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND THE WORKERS WAS NOT TO CHANGE THE WORK RULES OR THE PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT TO IMPROVE THE THROUGH-PUT OF WORK EVEN THOUGH ENGLAND WAS AT  WAR!    
IT WASN'T TOO MANY WEEKS BEFORE THE 430th WAS ON THE MOVE TO THE CONTINENT TO PERFORM THE DUTY THEY WERE TRAINED FOR IN SUPPORT OF THE ADVANCE OF THE ALLIED ARMIES ACROSS EUROPE.  THEIR DESTINATION WAS THE TOWN OF LA LOUVIERE, BELGIUM,  NOT FAR FROM THE BELGIAN TOWN OF MONS AND THE BORDER WITH FRANCE, THAT WOULD BE THEIR BASE OF OPERATIONS AND HOME UNTIL THE WAR IN EUROPE WAS WON.  ABOVE AND ON THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE ARE PHOTOS OF THEIR MARCH INTO LA LOUVIERE.  DAD IS THE OFFICER ON THE RIGHT FRONT OF THE COMPANY.  LINK TO THE 430th TIRE REPAIR COMPANY IN LA LOUVIERE
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