November 18, 1942

Needed for African Campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office of Price Administration (OPA) announced yesterday the number of gallons basic A gas ration coupon allows will be reduced from five gallons to three gallons per week. OPA head Leon Henderson said the cut is needed due to demands from the military in waging the campaign in Africa. The new allotment goes into effect November 22 in sixteen of the seventeen Eastern Seaboard states. B and C coupons are unaffected. The rest of the country goes under gas rationing effective December 1, and the basic A allotment of four gallons per week is unchanged; however, those coupons will be good for only three gallons in the Eastern Seaboard states. Henderson estimates cutting the ration will save twenty thousand barrels of gasoline each day.

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