The following pages contain the dairy of my life in the
service. This simple record of my daily experiences and thoughts has given me
pleasure in the writing of it.
following pages are an account of my life after receiving orders for overseas
Nov. 21 - 43 B-24H 41-28579 Twin
We took off
today at 0800 for Herington, Kansas which is a staging area. We came from
Alamogordo, New Mexico to Herington, Kansas in four and one half hours. We
landed at 1230. Here it was much colder than at Alamogordo. Maxine and Theo
also left Alamogordo today with Jack Ward's and Lt. Long's wives. This evening
Loomis, Long and I saw a movie, Princess O'Rouke.
Nov. 22 – 43
We were at
roll call at 7:15 this morning and boy was it cold. We took a short exam
afterwards and than were through until 1:50 which was roll call. Afterwards we
saw several short movies about war tactics and were through until 7:00 this
evening. At 7:00 P.M. we had a briefing on the route we were to fly on our way
Nov. 23 – 43
morning roll call was at 7:15 as usual and we didn't get up until 7:05. We
dressed and ran all the way. Just as we walked in they called our names.
Afterwards we were busy with clothing checks and shortages. This was really a
mess. It was noon when I finished. After dinner we were so called processed and
paid. I had a will and a "power of attorney" made. I took both and went to the
post office and mailed them along with $100 to Maxine. Tonite at 5:30 I phoned
Maxine and found out that she had gotten home the day before by driving all
nite. The first thing she wanted to do, as I hoped, was come to see me. I told
her if Norma & Jim wanted to, to come ahead. We talked which seemed like no
time at all and it cost $2.35 (but it was worth it). At 7:00 this evening we
had a briefing on escaping if captured by the enemy.
Nov. 24 – 43
morning we had roll call at 0800 and nothing else to do. Loomis and I went to
the PX and about 10:30 Long came in to tell me Maxine was here to see me. I was
really surprised and rushed right out to the car. Maxine really looked nice but
I could tell that she was tired. I felt so sorry for her but was glad that she
came. We visited until 12:50 and they went to town and we had a short physical,
then drew our .45 and a knife.
About 4:00 P.M. Maxine, Jim and Norma came back out to the
field. They brought with them a John filled with almost anything that you can
name. It was swell and we had so much fun. At 6:00 we had supper and a big
steak which wasn't any too good. Afterwards we sat in the Officers Club and
talked for our last time just we like we use to at home but about different
things which did us both a lot of good.
At 11:30 they were all so tired that we decided they should go. I went
to the gate with Maxine and I thought of lots of things on that last ride
together. The only reason that I wished Maxine hadn't come was the sad parting.
That is something I will never forget. I told her that I would see her next
Xmas and I only hope that I can keep that promise. Maxine met for the first
time today Loomis, Vernon, Fox, and Leo.
Nov. 25 – 43
morning we were up at 0600 and took off for West Palm Beach, Florida or
Morrison Field, at 0830. This was a long flight on Thanksgiving Day. We had
coffee and sandwiches at 9000 feet, for dinner. We landed in Florida at 5:00
P.M. We had supper at the Officers Club. It was nice with turkey at $2.00. Too
damn much but we were hungry. This is a pretty place, warm, palm trees and
green grass. It is too warm this evening to wear a jacket.
Nov. 26 – 43
morning we had a briefing on the route to Porto Rico or Borinquin Field.
Afterwards we checked our supplies and other accessories. This afternoon I was
made a Class B Finance Officer and given $500 to use in case we needed it. This
evening we ate at the PX which was a lot cheaper. I began calling Maxine about
7:00 and finally got her at 11:00. I only hope she enjoyed it as much as I did.
I know she did.
Nov. 27 – 43
morning we took off for Porto Rico at 8:00. This was our first flight over
water. It was a beautiful sight. One that I will never forget. However I had a
very lonesome feeling when we left the U.S. for I knew that there is no place
like them. We got here in Porto Rico at 2:00 P.M. The island and the
surroundings didn't appeal to me at first sight. But it was very warm in fact
so warm that I changed to summer clothes this evening. The palm trees are
beautiful and it rains each afternoon.
The barracks are long buildings and all were named after
some hotel in the States. We are staying in the Roosevelt Hotel. Sounds good
but I wished that you could see it. This evening Long and I ate supper at the
Officers Club. This is the most beautiful club that I have seen. It sits on the
bank overlooking the ocean. The meal was pretty good for 60 cents.
Nov. 28 – 43
We were to
take off this morning but are grounded because of our engines. Loomis ordered
28 sandwiches for our flight today. This evening we tried to eat some of them
but the bread was too hard and the ham too salty. This evening Long went to the
club and hit the jack-pot on the quarter and nickel machine. He was really
thrilled. I bought a carton of cigarettes today for 60 cents.
Nov. 29 – 43
still grounded today so we got a pass and went into a small town called
Aquadilla. Here my eyes were really opened to how nice things were in the
States. The town is crowded and dirty. The people are dirty and almost without
clothes and speak nothing but Spanish. We soon got enough of that and went back
to the field. This evening while at the club I saw Joel Mcrea. I wrote to
Maxine for the first time since I was out of the States. We now know that we
are taking off in the morning so am going to bed.
Nov. 30 – 43
We took off
this morning at 0700 for Atkinson Field in South America but our radio
developed trouble and we had to land at Waller Field in Trinidad. This is a
small island just off the coast of South America. I am not sure if they named
the field after Fat Waller the negro band leader or not. It was raining when we
landed and rained about every five minutes there after. By the way this is a
British island and all trucks drive on the left hand side of the road. Sure
looks silly. We got the radio fixed and are already to go in the morning. By the
way our orders read that we were going to Casablanca but were changed tonite to
Chateadun so that's where we are going.
Dec. 1 – 43
We were off
this morning at 0545 for Belem, Brazil. Everything went well. Saw a lot of
jungles and rivers. We got here about 1:30 this afternoon. This town is on the
south bank of the Amazon River which is very large and muddy. We had our
briefing for the route tomorrow and are ready for bed.
Dec. 2 – 43
We were off
this morning at 0600 for Natal, Brazil. Every thing went well today and we
landed here this afternoon our last stop before the big hop. It is really warm
here and we are taking tablets for the prevention of malaria. Also we sleep
under mosquito netting. There isn't much here and they all speak Portuguese.
Our meals consist mostly of fruits especially fresh pineapple and the coffee is
strong as hell. We are all set to take off tomorrow nite at eleven o' clock
after the briefing.
Dec. 3 – 43
very warm and we are planning on going swimming at the beach. We are not
allowed in town and from what I hear we're not missing anything. Loomis and I
played the dime machine at the club this evening for nothing because there was
something wrong with it and all that we got was $3.60. We did not take off
tonite because of engine trouble.
Dec. 4 – 43
get up in time for breakfast so had to wait until noon. I bought a pair of
mosquito boots today and saw Humphrey Bogart and his wife at the PX. Here they
have Brazilian money and it's a mess but I think I am going to get away without
getting any of it. I wrote Maxine a letter today. They show out door movies
here but I've seen all that they have shown. We are taking off tonite so had
better get some sleep.
Dec. 5 – 43
We were off
at two o'clock this morning. This was a long flight and nothing but water. We
sighted a couple of surface vessels but nothing else. Everything went well
except Vernon missed his ETA a little and some of the fellows got a little
worried. We landed here this afternoon and what a place. It is dusty, dirty and
the natives are really black. This is Dakar, Africa and almost everyone here
has had malaria. We had a pretty good supper, the first American food in
sometime. We saw a movie tonite and is time for bed.
Dec. 6 – 43
supposed to take off today but didn't because of bad weather. There is nothing
to do. We can't go to town. They say the town is filthy dirty. All the people
are French and natives. They say that they will pay lots of money for Parker
fountain pens and gold watches. We saw Humphrey Bogart and his show which
stunk. The natives work around the post here for 40 cents a day. The same movie
is showing tonite so there is nothing to do.
Dec. 7 – 43
grounded today again because of weather. We got paid our per diem that is $7.00
a day while coming across. We had to take it in French Francs. What a mess it
is. It amounted to $57.75. The PX carries a good supply of things. They tell us
it is the best that we will ever see over here. They opened what they call an
Officers Club today. It is nothing but an old French house with a small bar, a
few chairs and tables and an old phonograph. The drinks which are very poor
consist of wine and beer made from peanuts. This place has the worst quarters
of any that we have been at yet. No mattress no sheets and only two blankets.
Dec. 8 – 43
still here because we are grounded. Bob and I went to the beach for a swim.
Even if this is Africa the water was rather cool. Today our ship was given the
name of "Twin Tail". I haven't seen it yet but the boys tell me it is really a
good picture. It consists of two practically nude girls with blonde hair and
are about five feet tall. Jake Ward and another kid that is riding with us
bought a monkey today. About all we do around here is read books that we can
buy at the PX. I wrote Maxine a letter tonite.
Dec. 9 – 43
rather cool this morning and I am going to hunt more blankets to sleep under
tonite. I saw the picture of the girls that Fox painted on our ship. They
really show up. The monkey that the boys bought is really a corker. We have
heard a rumor that President Roosevelt is coming here today. Guards are lined
on both sides of the road. About six o'clock this evening the President flew
in. He came from the field and through the camp in a big black sedan. He looked
just as I had expected. I wrote Maxine a letter this evening.
Dec. 10 – 43
awakened at five o'clock this morning and were off at 0700 for Marrakech. This
was a long flight over many a mile of sandy desert. An airplane had been lost
in the desert a day before an we were instructed to look for it but no sign of
it. Just before we arrived we crossed some mountains covered with snow and they
were really beautiful. Everything went well today and we landed here this afternoon.
Loomis and Ward had a little accident with the monkey on the way here. The food
here is good. The barracks are poor, without stoves and it is cold. Bob and I
want to town tonite to see a movie and we saw Bogart and his same show. We are
to take off in the morning.
Dec. 11 – 43
briefed today for the route to Chateaudun but didn't go because of weather.
Nothing to do but wait. We went to the PX to buy things and what things they
have are rationed and we had to get a ration slip. Only two packs of cigarettes
Dec. 12 – 43
takeoff today because of weather. Nothing to do so Bob and I went to town and
tried to rent a bike but it couldn't be done. The people and the town are
dirty. Most of the people are Arabs and French. Orange trees grow on each side
of the street. Many automobiles have had the motors taken out an are now pulled
by horses. Bob took a few pictures in town.
Dec. 13 – 43
raining today so we won't be gong anywhere. Loomis met some fellows here that
he went thru flying school with. They
are in the A. T. C. and stationed here. They have swell rooms and quarters.
They have invited us over so we spent the day with them playing cards. We got
so tickled playing blackjack with Loomis.
Dec. 14 – 43
today but the same old thing. We decided that we were going to make a stove.
What a stove it is. Smoke is so thick in here that I can hardly breathe. We
played cards for a while tonite.
Dec. 15– 43
We were off
this morning at 0900 for Chateaudun. Everything went well except we flew
through clouds and snow for almost an hour. We landed here this afternoon and
what a place. Nothing but tents. We filled our own mattresses with straw. Ate
out of mess kits for the first time this evening. We are to wait here a day or
two for more of the ships to come in. It sure is cold in this damn place this
Dec. 16 – 43
do today. We heard of a place which has a natural hot spring. We went down and
took a bath. It was really nice. This afternoon we went to a town about forty
miles away. Had a nice supper at the Red Cross and saw a stage show given by a
group of soldiers. It was really good and funny. We are taking off tomorrow. I
hope I get only half as cold tonite as I did last nite.
Dec. 17 – 43
We were off
this morning at 0900 for Manduria, Italy but landed at Tunis because of bad
weather ahead. This is the first place where I have really seen the ruins of
war. The hangers have no roofs, large bomb craters are all around and wrecked
German planes practically cover the place. We are staying in town at a hotel.
Tomorrow if we don't get off I hope to go to the ship docks and look it over.
Dec. 18 – 43
grounded this morning because of weather. Loomis, a couple of other fellows and
myself took a walk down to the harbor and it is certainly in ruins. The
buildings nearby are all shattered and many ships are half submerged in the
harbor. We came back to the field for dinner. I came out to the plane as I am
guarding it this afternoon and tonite. I wrote Maxine a letter tonite. I know
that she will be angry with me if she ever reads this but I just started my
diary here tonite.
Dec. 19 – 43
still grounded today because of weather. It rained last nite and today. The
plane leaked where I was sleeping so I had to move. I went to town after
dinner. I don't know what for because there is absolutely nothing to do. There
are several movies but the pictures they show have been shown in the states six
months ago or more. This is about the best town that we've been in but it is
dirty as any. The Col. thinks we will be able to take off in the morning so I
had better get some sleep.
Dec. 20 – 43
We were off
at 0830 this morning for Manduria, Italy. Everything went well and we are all
OK. (To here 9000 mile trip completed) We got here shortly after lunch and
thought for awhile that we weren't going to get anything to eat but finally got
some Spam. This is some place but I guess it could be worse. We do have old
Italian barracks. As yet we have no cots but we did get two blankets this
evening and luckily I had three or I would freeze tonite as we are sleeping on
the floor. We have no stoves and no lights.
Dec. 21 – 43
I was cold
and stiff this morning but I am about to thaw out now. Bob and I went in town
today and what a town. It is the worst I've seen. I turned in my $500 today and
we were lucky enough to find some candles or we wouldn't have any light
whatsoever. We put up a clothes rack and a few shelves. We also got cots this
Dec. 22 – 43
supposed to go on a local flight today to get familiar with the country but our
radio was inoperative. They tell us it won't be long until we will be doing the
real thing. There is another group here which have been here for sometime. We
were looking at some of the planes that were on a raid yesterday. They had
several bullet holes in them. It looks as if there may be a war around here and
not far away either.
Dec. 23 – 43
do today for we can't fly as our radio is still out. We have finally gotten
enough wire from the old wrecked Italian planes to fix the lights in our
barracks. When the Germans left this place they tore all of the wiring out of
the plugs. Now if we can only find a light bulb which are very scarce.
Dec. 24 – 43
We had a
local flight today and had nothing else to do. This is Christmas Eve but it
only seems like another evening to me. What I wouldn't give to be home if only
just for this evening. I wrote Maxine a letter this evening. I hope that she
enjoys Christmas Eve and Xmas Day for both of us.
Dec. 25 – 43
Day in Italy. I had never dreamed that such a thing would ever happen to me. I
only hope it never happens again. We did nothing today except the usual things.
We had a fairly nice dinner considering this place. It consisted of turkey,
dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and butterscotch pudding. I wrote
Mom and Jannie today for the first time since I left the states. The Col.
called us together and read us Xmas greetings from President Roosevelt, General
Marshal, Gen. Arnold and Doolittle.
Dec. 26 - 43
We had a
group formation flight today. Aside from that we did nothing at all. We are to
have another flight tomorrow. I did some washing today and hung them up to dry
on a red wire and did it ever fade. I have two tone drawers now.
Dec. 27 – 43
didn't permit a flight today so we did nothing again. Loomis and I went to town
and finally managed to get a light bulb but it cost us $2.00. The postmaster
told us that it would be two or three weeks before we would get any mail. I
would like so much to get a letter from Maxine.
Dec. 28 – 43
We had a
short flight today and it is really cool. Bob and I gathered up a few things
and hope to get a stove made tomorrow. More crews came in today and they had to
put three men in each room. A fellow by the name of Jim Lombardi from Mass. is
Dec. 29 – 43
last nite and almost all day so we didn't fly. We worked on a stove practically
all day and believe or not it works. We are burning gasoline in it. That is
what they burn in all stoves over here. It's no wonder it is rationed at home
the way it is wasted here. Well finally got my diary up to date so I am going
Dec. 30 – 43
We had a
short flight this morning and did nothing the rest of the day. Believe it or
not it didn't rain today, something unusual. We are not flying tomorrow but are
supposed to have a meeting with some general. Everyone has been in looking at
our stove. They really think it is something great. Several of the boys are
making themselves stoves like ours. This one was made from scraps from old
airplanes. I wrote Maxine a letter tonite to let her know I am OK and thinking
Dec. 31 – 43
We had a
meeting with a General this morning and he gave us a little pep talk and how
easy he thought we would win. We did nothing of importance the rest of the day.
Loomis and I made a few modifications on our stove and it works a lot better.
This is New Years Eve but you would never know it for it is as quite as any
other nite. Our group is going on their first mission tomorrow. However our
crew is not going this time. Some crews will be left each time and we happened
to be one of them this time. I hope they have good luck but I hope we have the
best of luck on our first and all there after. It is raining now so I doubt if
is 1944 but we had quite an exciting New Years Eve after all. About 10:30
tonite some of the fellow's stove blew up in the other wing of our barracks
(722nd). Some one yelled fire and the fellows in our barracks almost
went crazy. Naturally we thought it was going to burn our barracks to. So about
ten minutes after the fire started this barracks had everything in it taken
out. Some of the fellows lost stuff and are still looking for them but luckily
I found all of my belongings. The fellows in the barracks that burned lost
practically everything they owned. The concrete latrine that joins the two
barracks is all that saved ours. Naturally they have made everyone take their
stoves out so I guess we will freeze now. By the way my pen was shaken up a bit
in the confusion tonite so it didn't do so well when I started on the other
side of this page. Well I was in bed once tonite, we are all moved back in, the
fire is about out so I will try it once again as it is now 12:30 – 1944.
is the first day of a new year. We finally got to bed after the excitement last
nite. There was a bunch of sad looking boys this morning when they went out to
look in the rubbish to see what they could find. But I don't think they found
much for the fire did a pretty good job.
was to go on their first mission today but didn't because of bad weather. It
rained last nite and practically all day. However, I imagine we will be going
on one in a day or so.
We had a
rather nice dinner today consisting of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes,
canned pears, coffee, oranges, hard candy and almonds. Our crew and another
cleaned up our latrine today. Otherwise we did nothing else but the regular
routine. It is rather chilly and I have written Maxine a letter so I think I
shall go to bed.
didn't go on a raid today but we are supposed to go on one tomorrow. We are not
scheduled to go but we may at the last minute. We did nothing today of
importance. Ed and I went out to the ship and worked with things in the ship
until we got them organized a bit. I washed some pinks and a shirt in gasoline
and they came out pretty good. We played a little poker tonite and I won about
$1.70. Vernon did alright with about ten bucks. I have a slight cold, it is
nine-thirty so I am going to get some sack time.
group was scheduled to go on a mission this morning but for some reason, which
I don't know, didn't go. We saw a short movie this afternoon on the ditching
procedure. This evening Ed, Jim and I went to Manduria to get a haircut but
they were too busy. We bought some candy, figs and wine ($1.60 quart). I wrote
Maxine a letter this evening. It is ten o'clock now so I think I will turn in.
brush which he bought last nite, we gave the room a good scrubbing this
morning. Doesn't look bad. If only we could keep it that way. The rest of the
day we did nothing. We all donated $1.00 to the squadron fund which is supposed
to go for fixing a few things in the latrine. Since I couldn't find any almonds
in Manduria last nite, this evening Long and I went to Oria. He was there last
nite and knew they had some. I could have gotten plenty last nite that were
already hulled out but if you could see the way these people live, you would
understand why I didn't buy any. By the way a couple of fellows got some mail
today so maybe it won't be long until I will be getting some, I hope. Well it
is ten o'clock which is my bed time so here goes.
nothing today except the usual routine. I did some washing but I don't know how
I am going to get them dry for it has rained practically all day and is still
raining and getting colder. We got our rations today which consisted of five
packs of cigarettes, one pack of smoking tobacco, a bar of soap, one bottle of
ink, two small boxes of matches, shoe polish, and a writing pad. Long, Jim,
Vernon and I went to Manduria to a movie this evening. It was an old picture
and I didn't like it. Some of the fellows got mail today and I hope I will be
lucky and get some tomorrow. Ed just came in from guarding the ship which is
what I will probably be doing tomorrow nite.
did nothing. Just sat around and played cards. It was somewhat colder today
than usual. We had a little sleet and snow. Long, Vernon, Jim, Ed and I played
Hearts tonite, and I lost about $1.50. Jim also cut Ed's hair tonite which took
about an hour. He was about half through when the lights went out so had to finish
by candle and flashlite. Jim's dad is a barber in Boston and he intends to take
up the trade after the war. I am guarding the Ship from 2:00A.M. until day lite
and it is ten thirty now so had better get a little sleep.
just another day. We did nothing but lay around. It has rained so much in the
last few days that we are unable to fly. However I think that there is to be a
mission tomorrow but we aren't going. Long, Jim, Ed and I went to a movie in
Manduria this evening. We saw Get Going and was really funny. We bought some
oranges at twenty cents per pound. We priced some of their so-called cookies at
two dollars and twenty cents per pound. They say the Americans are suckers and
they seem to know it. Well no mail today and it is ten o'clock so will try to
get some sleep.
nothing today unusual except the regular routine. Our group went on their first
mission today but we didn't go. They all came back in good condition. No one
was hurt and almost all ships had a few flak holes. The mission was considered
a failure for they missed the target. Jim cut my hair this evening. Ed, Jim and
I hooked a piece of pipe this evening which we hope to use in making a stove
tomorrow. It is really chilly at evenings and mornings. No mail today in fact
only one letter for the whole group.
Some of the
group went on a mission today but our squadron didn't go. I heard that they
didn't do so good. We are having a meeting tomorrow but I don't think we are
flying. We did nothing unusual today. Gathered up things for a stove and took
them to the welder. We are to get it tomorrow. Long, Vernon, Jim, Ed and I went
to a movie tonite in Oria. Saw Remember the Day. Wasn't too bad. Long got his
stove that he had made in town. When he started a fire in it the solder melted
and the pipes come apart. It's ten-thirty and time for bed.
just another day. Two squadrons of our group went on a mission and they think
it was a success for one. We worked on our stove and finally got it in and it
works swell. We are to on local flight tomorrow. It seems silly as hell to us
but we can't do anything about it. We borrowed a truck to get our stove fixed
today and it is the first Army truck that I had ever driven. Well no mail
today. I wrote Maxine a letter last nite, and will write her again tomorrow
nite. It is ten o'clock and will be getting up early in the morning so had
better get some sleep.
Well I did
nothing today except the usual routine I was to fly but the Capt. decided that
he wanted to go so I didn't fly. Jim got his face burned from the heater in the
latrine. I did a little washing today. We are flying a practice mission
tomorrow. We have just finished eating some "K" rations so are ready for bed as
we are getting up early in the morning. No mail today.
only another day except we flew a practice mission but we are to get a real one
tomorrow. We got our rations today which wasn't much but one can get by on
them. No mail today and I should have written Maxine tonite but will do so
tomorrow nite. Yes tomorrow we are supposed to get our fist mission and I only
hope it isn't our last. We are having breakfast at five in the morning and it
is ten now so better get some sleep.
We were up
at five this morning and briefing at six forty-five and were suppose to go on a
raid up north and east of Rome but we had trouble with our ship and didn't go.
However I guess the boys made out OK. We started to Lecce this morning and saw
a ship crack up on the runway. The nose wheel gave way on take-off. It was a
ship from the 98th I'm not sure but three or four fellows including
a Col. was killed. No mail today and we are getting up at five in the morning
so better get to bed.
We were up
at five this morning and went on our first mission. Our group bombed Mostar,
Yugo. We didn't do the best but not the worst. No one was wounded. They say
there wasn't much flak but being my first mission I thought there was plenty.
We got only two small holes in our plane. One in the windshield on my side and
one in the left wing. Jack Graham of the 721st got one engine
knocked out and they think he went down. There is a mission tomorrow but our
ship is grounded. Yes we have only forty-nine more to go which means a lot of
sweat. I wrote Maxine a letter this evening. No mail today. It is ten o'clock
and time for bed.
unusual today. The group went on a mission today and didn't do so good again.
We are to go on a mission tomorrow. Jack Graham made a forced landing at
Trestia and got out with a broken arm. That is about eighty or ninety miles
from here and they came in this evening. Ed and I built a small table between
our beds today, There was a lot of mail for us today and I think everyone got a
letter but me. Our ground crews came in today also. Jim is going on his first
mission tomorrow. I got paid yesterday $110 which wasn't all I had coming. They
took $150 which was to be Maxine's allotment but it wasn't to start until
December but I will get it next month. Well getting up early in the morning so
better get to bed.
We were up
this morning early and went on our second mission up in northern Italy a town
by the name of Zara, Yugo. We blasted the hell out of it. However we lost a
ship. First Lt. Holloman, a fellow from Fredrick, Okla. They all bailed but I
suppose they were captured by the Germans. They were shot down by fighters. We
had very little flak and no fighters. Only forty-eight more to go but I can see
where that is too damn many. We are not flying tomorrow. I got my first letter
today from Mother but it was sent to Herington, Kan. Ed got his promotion to
First Lt. today. Well it's ten o'clock and time for bed.
day and I did nothing unusual. Our group went on a mission but turned back
because of weather. So the mission was considered unsuccessful and the fellows
are really getting fed up. But they are going tomorrow however our ship is
grounded. I was supposed to stand guard tonite, but some other fellow is taking
it because our crew had it last nite, which doesn't make me mad at all. No mail
today but maybe tomorrow. It is ten o'clock and time for bed.
and we did hardly nothing. Our group
went on a mission and were fairly successful. We are to go on one tomorrow
which will be our third. I sent Maxine a hundred dollars today. I also wrote to
Maxine and Mother this evening. No mail today. We'll be up early in the morning
so better go to bed.
We were up
early thing morning and to go on a mission but our plane had a gas leak so we
didn't go. The rest of the group went but didn't do so good. We hauled a truck
load of dirt today to cover our stove as we are piping heat into Long's and
Vernon's room. I got a haircut and shave in town today for twenty cents. We are
not going on a mission tomorrow but are giving our ship a test hop to test the
gas leak. No mal today. I am going on guard tonite from ten until two which is
about thirty minutes from now.
today but flew for about an hour testing our ship. I am a very happy person
tonite as I got my first mail from my sweet wife and plenty of it to. I got a
total of twelve letters and a Xmas card from Maxine. It certainly was wonderful
to get letters from her, such nice letters and beautiful Xmas card. I wrote
Maxine a four page letter this evening. I also got a letter from Jannie, cards
from Lorine and Lonie, Mr. and Mrs. George Morris and Velda and Moe. Well we
are to fly a mission tomorrow so better get some sleep as it is eleven o'clock.
early this morning and went on a mission to Prato in northern Italy, however we
couldn't find it because of clouds. So we dumped our ten-five hundred pound
bombs in the ocean (Med) on our return. We got back about four o'clock. The Red
Cross girls had doughnuts and coffee for us. Ed, Jim and I went to Manduria to
a movie and it stunk. We got back about seven-thirty. I wrote Maxine a four
today. I went up to Grotogola and saw Marion. That place was really bombed and
is it ever beat up. Later he and I went in to Taranto where they have a nice
Officers Club. Tate came over this evening and showed me a picture of Theo that
Maxine had sent. He also told me that some other crew flew their ship and
didn't get back. We are flying a mission tomorrow in support of the ground
forces and a big push which began today. No mail today. I wrote Maxine a letter
this evening. Marion already has six missions.
We were up
early this morning to go on a mission but didn't get off because of trouble
with our ship. However it is ready and we are going tomorrow. I wrote Maxine
and Jannie letters this evening. No mail today. It is ten o'clock so better get
We were up
early this morning and went on a mission which was our fourth to Skopclj,
Bulgaria. It was a pretty good mission but a few enemy fighters were
encountered. However none attacked us but some of the boys in the other
squadrons got shot up a bit and one tail gunner was killed, the first casualty
for our group. No mission tomorrow as we been on enough to earn a days rest. I
got a letter from Maxine today. I enjoyed it so much. I wrote Maxine a letter
nothing today except I took my laundry to town (Manduria) Ed, Jim and I went to
Oria to get a radio fixed (belongs to another kid). We are to get it tomorrow.
Our ship is grounded because of a gas leak
so we are flying another fellows ship tomorrow. I just heard someone say that
briefing is at 5:45 in the morning so I had better get some sleep. No mail from
We were up
this morning at four and briefed on a mission in southern France but it was
called off because of weather. It was a long mission of about nine hours.
Turned in the necessary date to get paid which is to be the fourth of Feb. Got
the radio fixed today and it doesn't work so bad. The Germans have a lot of the
stations garbled but we get a couple out of England with American music. We had
a short flight today. Wrote Maxine a letter this evening. No mail today. We are
getting up at four again in the morning.
We were up
early this morning at four and took off at 6:45 for Istres Le Tube, France in
southern France. The mission was pretty good. This was our fifth with only
forty-five more to go. We got about five so it was a long tiresome mission. The
721st lost one ship (Wandell). We ran out of gas just a few seconds
before we landed so we were mighty lucky. There was some flak but no fighters.
We are not flying tomorrow and I'm glad for I am dead tired. I don't feel so
bad however for I got thirteen letters and Xmas card from Maxine. Also a Xmas a
card from Jannie. I wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
nothing today since we didn't fly. But we are flying a mission. I got a letter
from Maxine and one from Mom. I answered them this evening. Leo & Fox made
promotions a few days ago. Leo made tech & Fox made staff.
went on a mission and what a mission to Siena, Italy. There was clouds over the
target but we dropped our bombs anyway. This made our sixth with only
forty-four to go. We are going again tomorrow. No mail from Maxine today but I
got a letter from Mom and Rich dated Dec.2. There is supposed to be an uprising
of the Italians so we are restricted to the post.
went on a mission to Campformida, in northern Italy. The mission was a success
as we destroyed 34 planes on the ground. We had P-38 escort who shot down at
least five enemy fighters. We had a little flak. A couple of the fellows got
hurt. Only forty-three more to go. No mail today. I am O.D. tomorrow. Vernon is
O.D. tonite and he just came and said there is an air raid alert and all lights
fly today and I guess the boys that went had a rather rough time, especially
the 449th, who lost either three or four planes. Yesterday we had a
Capt. (Wicks C.O. 720th) injured by flak and died today. I was O.D.
until noon and Long went on. This P.M. we saw Joe E Brown in Oria with a show
of his. It was pretty good and he is certainly showing his age. No mail today
however I wrote Maxine, Mom and Lorene.
did nothing. I haven't felt so well today. However I got five letters from
Maxine and one from Mom and Rich which helped a lot. I think I might have a
touch of the flu. Tomorrow we have a mission, number eight.
We took off
this morning on a mission to Budapest but were called back because of weather.
No one was sorry either for it would probably have been rough. I got two
letters from Maxine this eve and so glad to hear from her for they were such
sweet letters. I wrote to her this eve. I love her so much.
We went on
a mission today up near Florence but we couldn't find the target, which was a
railroad yard, because of clouds. However we dropped our bombs on something and
no one seems to know what. This made our eighth with forty-two more to go. We
are going again tomorrow. Ed met some fellows this eve that he had gone through
school with and we had a "bull session." No mail from Maxine today however I
wrote her a letter this eve.
We went out
on a mission to southern France near Toulon but we turned back because of
engine trouble, however a short time later the complete group also turned back.
We are now waiting to see if it counts as a mission. You can bet we are all
hoping it does. No mission tomorrow but a practice flight and is everyone ever
"P"ed off. I had Fox to paint the name of our ship and my name on my jacket
today. No mail today from Maxine.
today because of weather. It rained almost all day. We did nothing but lay on
the sack. No mail from Maxine but Xmas cards from Mom and Rich. I wrote letters
today to Maxine, Mom & Rich, Velda and George Morris. I traded a shirt that
was too small to Leo for a pair of G.I. shoes.
We were all
set for a mission in Northern Italy but it was called off because of weather.
We did nothing the rest of the day. It
rained, sleet and snow all day long. No mail from Maxine. (Drill too damn it).
today was cancelled because of weather. We had rain, snow and sleet again
today. We did nothing else. We are to go on a mission tomorrow. I wrote Maxine
a letter this eve although no word from her.
We went on
a short mission today north of Rome a place called Viterro. We missed but hit
something else. No one seems to know exactly what. I got a sweet letter from
Maxine this eve and one from Mom. I started a letter to Maxine. We are not
flying tomorrow. This was our ninth mission with only forty-one to go.
fly today so had nothing to do. Ed and I got the silly idea that we wanted a
motorcycle so today we went to Taranto looking for one but no luck. I got a
letter from Maxine dated the 11. One from Irene and valentines from Mom and
I got letters
this morning from Jannie, Irene and Bertha. The boys are being pushed back on
the beachhead near Rome so we sent out planes this morning to help them out but
weather kept them from hitting the target. We were to go this afternoon but
weather didn't permit. So we are going in the morning. I wrote Jannie a letter
this eve and got three from Maxine 47, 49, 50, dated 11 & 16th. I wrote Maxine a letter this morning. The
rest of the men's promotions came through making them staff.
get off this morning because of weather but we are to try it again tomorrow.
Did nothing much all day. Got a letter from Maxine dated Jan.4. Wrote Maxine a
letter this eve.
briefed for a mission today but due to weather we didn't go. However we are
supposed to go again tomorrow. I am very happy today as I got a valentine and
two letters from Maxine. Such a nice valentine and letters. I wrote to Maxine
tonite. Leo won $500 yesterday in a poker game.
fly today because of weather. I got two packages from Maxine and a letter.
Everything was wonderful except the food was spoiled. I wrote Maxine a letter
this eve. We are flying tomorrow.
on a mission today in northern Italy but we turned back because of engine
trouble. They missed the target and as yet we have one ship missing. I
understand there is no mission tomorrow. I got the sweetest Valentine from Theo
today so we just layed on the sack. The ship that is missing is given up for
lost (Gernand operations officer) I got a card (valentine) from Maxine and a
to Maxine and $40 to Mom, got paid $305.50. I didn't fly today as Capt. Miller
flew in my place he made Major today. Gernand made first Lt. today also. I
wrote Maxine a letter this morning. I got two letters and a valentine from her
this eve. I wrote her a letter this eve. She is so sweet and I love her very
much. I got my barracks bags today.
we had a little excitement. We went on a mission up by the beachhead a town by
the name of Messina, Italy. Damn was it rough. I've never seen so much flak.
Kellman's co-pilot (Huber) was injured in the leg. We lost one ship T. A. Scott
721st. We got nineteen flak holes in our ship. Most in the Group.
today. Ed, Long, Vernon & I went to and censored the enlisted men's mail
this morning. No mail today.
today and it has been raining. I wrote to Moe, Bertha and a V-Mail to Theo. I
got four letters from Maxine. They were 52 – 53 – 70 – 71 – 72. Such nice
letters and she is worrying too much. I hope she realizes that to. I answered
her letters this eve.
today and it is still raining. I went to church this morning. No mail today and
we have a pass tomorrow.
We went on
a pass today and started for Bari. We were flying up but the weather was bad
and the plane didn't come in. So we went on our thumb. My first time there. It
is a fair town but nothing extra. We couldn't find a place to stay so we slept
in chars at the Officers Club. It wasn't so pleasant but nothing could be done.
It is a nice building. We had a nice snak with ice cream. We saw Sergeant York.
We had a
good breakfast and went to the PX and I bought a comforter, cigars, and candy.
We came back this eve and the boys had a rough mission into southern Germany.
We lost one ship (Nielson) and Reno (721st). Major Miller is really unhappy
because we lost a ship. We are flying a mission tomorrow, I got a letter from
Maxine No. 76 Feb 8.
really a day of excitement. We went on a mission to Steyr, Austria. Damn was it
rough. Our group lost seven ships. Our squadron lost three, Major Miller,
Samsa, and Scanlon. The 721 lost four but (Waste) was the only one I knew. We
really got the hell shot out of our ship, which will be grounded for about six
weeks. No one was hurt and our crew is claiming six ships. We are to get credit
for two missions so that leaves thirty-eight more. There is no mission tomorrow
as we have no ships in commission and are short of crews.
today and it rained almost all day. Kellman is our C.O. now and Ed is flight
leader. I got three letters from Maxine and they were so nice. I wrote her a
letter this eve.
morning we went on a mission into Germany. We hit an ME-109 factory at
Regensburg. We lost four ships but no one was injured. Lot of flak but only a
few fighters. Ed and I led the squadron for the first time. It was raining like
hell when we got back at five o'clock. This made my fourteenth with thirty six
to go. We got credit for two today. No mail today.
today and we did nothing all day. It rained more today. No mission tomorrow so
I am going to church. No mail today.
today and it has rained like hell all afternoon. I went to church this morning.
No mail today and I wrote Maxine a letter this afternoon.
to day so nothing doing. Gilman, Vernon and I went to a double feature movie
this eve, not bad. "This is the Army" and "They Got me Covered". No mail today. I am O.D. tonite from one
today and it rained almost all day. We did nothing at all. Some of the boys
came back from "rest camp" but I don't guess we will go as we are short on
crews. No mail today but I wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
today so we did nothing all day. It has rained a lot and is awfully wet so
there is no mission tomorrow. We had a basketball game this eve with the 47th
Wing Officers and lost by a score of 16-40. No mail today.
$149.50. No mission today. We censored mail this morning and started to level
ground for a basketball and volleyball court this afternoon. No mail today. I
wrote Mom telling her to get flowers for Maxine & Jannie for Easter.
They had a
mission today but we didn't go. It was a very easy one too. We lost a ship and
crew on take-off this morning. Isabel and Jackson. It was a terrible sight as
it blew up at the end of the runway. We got two crews today for replacements. I
saw Marion this eve and he made first Lt. today. I sent Maxine one hundred
dollars today. No mail today and I wrote Maxine a letter this eve. Mission
on a mission today but turned back because of weather. Did nothing the rest of
the day. I was so happy to get six letters from Maxine. They were
66-67-73-74-75-80-87. I wrote Maxine a letter this eve. We are going on a
mission tomorrow. I had a chance for a crew today but didn't take it.
today as it has rained almost all day. I have been feeling a little rough, sick
at my stomach. I got a letter from Maxine today dated Feb. 17.
today and no mail but I feel a lot better. Did nothing today. Had a little
excitement this eve as the AA guns broke loose and everyone including me
thought it was an air raid but they were only testing their guns. We played
basketball tonite and got beat by the Wing team 32-36. I wrote Maxine a letter
mission today but I didn't go as Ed took a new pilot to get him broken in to
the game. They had a little fire in the tail of the ship and almost bailed out
over the target. Mission went off well near Florence, Italy. No mail from
Maxine but a package containing cigarettes and candy which arrived in good
condition and very nice. Got three cartons of cigarettes from Jannie and Joan.
today and did nothing but play a little volleyball and went to a movie this
evening, saw "Topman". It was a comedy, not so bad. Marion came while I was
gone. The lights are off until 2:00 PM off at 5:00 PM. On again at 10:00 PM.
Silly as hell. I wrote Maxine a letter this morning.
today as it rained all day. The Officers Club was opened this evening and what
a riot that was. Everyone was drunk (almost). No mail today.
today because of weather. Did nothing unusual. I got three nice letters from
Maxine this eve. They were 77-(78-79)-92. Dated Feb. 10, 12, & 25.
go on the mission today with the group. They lost two ships. Ed & I flew up
to Naples and dropped Walters off. When we got back Ed checked me out as first
pilot. No mail today. I wrote Maxine a letter this morning. We are flying
today so Vernon and I went to church. Did nothing else today. I am to go play
in a basketball tournament tomorrow on the wing team. No mail today. Wrote
Maxine a letter this eve.
today so Hagenson and I went to Foggia with the "Wing Team" to play in a
basketball tournament but got beat 45-56. It rained almost all day. Got back
about eleven this eve. No mail from Maxine.
because of weather. It rained all day. Did nothing but censor some mail. No
mail today. Wrote Maxine a letter this afternoon. The boys had some more AA
practice this eve. Jack Morris made 1st Lt.
today because of weather. Did nothing today unusual. No mail from Maxine. I
wrote Maxine a letter this eve. Briefing is at six tomorrow. That's rough.
today as it rained all nite. Did nothing all day. Got a letter from Maxine this
eve, dated Feb 29, No. 95. I wrote her a letter this eve. Jim, Sam & I had
our pictures taken today.
Went on a
mission today. It was my sixteenth with only thirty-four more to go, we went up
to Austria to a place called Vienna. It wasn't bad but we didn't do any good.
Got a letter from Bertha and one from Maxine, 85 & 86.
today but we are flying tomorrow. No mail today from Maxine. Wrote Maxine and
Jannie letters this morning.
Went on a
mission today to Graz, Austria. Wasn't so bad, lot of flak. Lost one ship
(McGregor). This was my eighteen with thirty-two more to go. Not flying
tomorrow. No mail from Maxine.
today so nothing doing. I wrote Maxine and Mom a letter this morning. I got six
letters from Maxine this evening no. 81-82-83-89-90-97. Also got two from
Jannie, one from Mom & Rich and my first V-Mail today. It was from Bertha.
Ed, John, Leo & I took some pictures today. Ed told me today that Long and
I had been put in for first Lt.
today and it has rained since noon. We were on pass today and tomorrow. Ed and
Long went to Lecce however I didn't go but stayed and wrote letters to Maxine
& Jannie. No mail today.
today so nothing doing all day. We had a basketball game this eve with the 719
Sqd 449th. We won 26-30. Got two letters from Maxine dated Feb 29
& Mar 7, 76-77. Wrote Bertha a letter today.
today as it rained. I was O.D. from seven this morning until one this
afternoon. I wrote Maxine and Mom a letter this morning. Also I got a letter
(104) and an Easter card from Maxine. Got a letter from J. N. and one from
Bertha. We had a party this eve for the opening of our Officers Mess. Had eight
quarts of whiskey.
today. It snowed a little this morning. Two ships collided in mid-air (721) I
knew Hartman. We lost four ships out of the group today from fighters. None
from our squadron. Wrote Maxine a letter this morning. Got two from her this
eve dated Feb. 27 (No. 93-94). Also got Easter cards from Velda & the
today. We hauled a load of sand from the beach. Wrote Maxine a letter this
morning and another this eve. Also wrote J. N., Bertha, Velda and the Morris's.
No mail from Maxine but an Easter card from Theo and Jannie. Letters from Rich
and Mom and Irene.
today. Went to church this morning. It rained all day. Wrote to Irene, Jannie,
Mom & Rich. Got seven letters from Maxine this eve. They were No.
100-101-102-106-108-109 & 110. Cards from Mom & Rich. Two of the cutest
snapshots of Theo. Wrote Maxine a long letter this eve.
today, so had nothing to do all day as it rained. Wrote Maxine a letter, also
got letter No. 91 from Maxine this eve. We had a basketball game this eve with
Wing (47th) but got beat.
today but we didn't go. All ships returned. Censored mail this morning and
wrote Maxine a letter. It was snowing this morning. We test hopped our ship
this afternoon. Got a letter from Maxine this eve dated Mar. 15 – No. 111. Also
wrote Maxine this eve.
pictures taken today. Had a mission but we didn't fly. All ships returned. Saw
a movie this eve, "A Guy named Joe." Got a letter from Maxine this eve dated
Mar. 19 (107). Neilson and four of his crew got back from Yugo. this eve.
Went on a
mission this morning but turned back because of engine trouble. We started to
Sofia, Yugo. I am Officer of the Guard tonite. No mail from Maxine. Lost one
ship. Got the air medal or ribbon. Got credit for this one later.
today as it rained and we had to go and wash our airplane. Our Squadron paper
came out for the first time today. Got a letter from Maxine dated Mar. 20 – No.
(115 & 116). Also wrote Maxine a letter this eve. Nielson is going home
Monday. Lucky guy, wish I were.
today because of weather. It rained again today. No mail today but I got two
packages from Maxine. They contained soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, razor
blades and a very beautiful picture of Maxine and Theo. I am really proud of
it. I also got a package from Mom and Rich. It was cookies & candy. It was
really good. I wrote Maxine a letter today. Our Sqdn. put on a little skit at
the Club this eve.
mission today but we didn't fly. Group lost two ships. Went to church this
morning. Wrote Maxine and Mom letters today. No mail today. Are flying
Went on a
mission today to Budapest, Hungary. All ships returned. Did a good job, lot of
flak, and a few fighters. This counted two making me twenty, thirty more to go.
No mail today from Maxine.
Ed and I
flew up to Bari today but didn't fly a mission. Went to the hospital to see
some of the boys. Got three letters from Maxine (98 & 99)–105–114. Letter
from Lorene & Lonie & cards from Mom & Rich. Wrote letters to
Maxine, Jannie and Mom today.
today but the group went to Polesti, Rumania. Pretty rough as the group lost
four ships. We lost Lael (Hageman, Rickey, Roberts). Wrote Mom & Rich
letters. Got two letters from Maxine (112–113). We lost Edwards (720) today.
today, rained last nite. Got a new C.O. Lt. Col. Babb. Flying tomorrow. No mail
today. Wrote Maxine a letter.
Went on a
mission today to Mestre, in northern Italy. It was really an easy one. Lost one
ship but I think the crew was saved. This made me twenty-one with twenty-nine
to go. Didn't fly with Ed, flew with
Jeff Thomas. Got two letters from Maxine (120–121). Wrote Maxine a letter this
eve. Flying tomorrow.
a mission this morning but turned back because of weather. No flying tomorrow
as we are on a pass. No mail today.
4-9-44 Sunday (Easter)
today and we have a two day pass. Went to Services which were held outside. Got
two air-mail and my first V-Mail from Maxine. Also a letter from Mom &
Rich. Wrote letters to Maxine, Jannie, Mom & Lorene & Lorrie. The
latest letter is the quickest yet in nine days. These were 117–124–127.
today because of weather. Wrote Maxine a letter today. No mail from her but did
get two Tonkawa papers. Saw a movie this P.M. Miracle of Morgan Creek. I am
O.D. tonite (Officers Guard)
today because of weather. We drilled a while this morning. No mail today.
today but I didn't go. We flew a test hop, Group lost one ship. Wrote Maxine
and Mom letters. Got two letters from Maxine 125–126. Got V-Mails from Fran
& Bertha. Got a Tonkawa paper (Mar 2).
today and Ed was leading the wing but turned back because of engine trouble. I
didn't fly. No mail and I wrote Maxine, Jannie, and Mom. I did get an Easter
card from the Service Women's Club.
today because of weather. Saw a movie this afternoon "Buffalo Bill." No mail
today. Wrote Maxine, Jannie and Mom letters today. Flying tomorrow.
a mission to Bucharest but we turned back because of engine trouble. We lost no
ships. No mail today – flying tomorrow.
mission today to Brasov, Rumania. Lost one ship (Clay). This made twenty-four.
Got a small piece of a twenty-mm shell in my right leg and went to hospital. No
here in the hospital. No mail but wrote to Maxine and Fran. Guess will be here
about a week.
Dalgish and Kellman came to see me. Brought two letters from Maxine 118-119.
Wrote to Maxine & Bertha. Saw a movie this eve "Girl Crazy".
today, wrote to Maxine, Mom & Jannie. All the crew were here to see me and
brought my rations.
The Dr. put
four stitches in today and left the fragments in there. Tells me I can go home
tomorrow. No mail today. Saw "Buffalo Bill" again.
from hospital today. Two packages came from Maxine today. Cookies, cake, P.J.
and cigarettes. Everything arrived in good shape. Got two Tonkawa papers. Wrote
Maxine a letter this eve.
Vernon, Morris & I took an airplane to Foggia. Saw a movie "Phantom Lady".
Saw J. D. Montgomery. Found out Travnit is missing. No mail today.
today but the group event on a mission and didn't lose any ships. Went to see
Marion but he was flying. No mail today. Wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
fly today but Ed did. The Group lost two ships. No mail today. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission today in northern Italy but didn't get to the target because of
weather. Group lost six ships. One from our squadron (Barry). Courtright &
us got lost from the rest and came all
the way home by ourselves. This made twenty-five for me. No mail from Maxine.
Letters from Jannie & Mom. I am O. D. tonite.
4-26- 44 Wed.
today because of weather. Did nothing today. Got letter from Maxine (135) and
practice mission this P.M. (Jim & I). Got letters from Mom & Rich. Got
packages (choc. & wash clothes, hankies, candy & gum) from Jannie &
Maxine. Wrote letters to Maxine, Mom & Rich.
today but the Group went to northern Italy and lost one ship. Got two letters
from Maxine (129 & 130-131). Also letter from Jannie. Wrote to Maxine. Got
3 pictures of Theo.
Went on a
mission today to Toulon, France. This made twenty-six for me. The group lost
two ships Maj. Orris & (Maddux & Poore 722nd). No mail today.
today but the group went on a mission. No losses. Got a letter from Maxine
today (133). Wrote Jannie a letter. Went to church this morning.
today but we flew a practice mission. Got paid $150.90. Got three letters from
Maxine (122 & 123), 128, (135 & 136).
Rest Camp today at Santa Cesaria. Got there about five P.M. Wrote Maxine a
Maxine a letter. Went sail boat riding. Saw a movie this eve.
fishing this morning but no fish. Bob and I went hill climbing and took a few
riding this A.M. Got back from Rest Camp about 11:30 P.M. Had ten letters from
Maxine and some pictures also package from Irene.
mail this A.M. and wrote Maxine a letter. Got my Purple Heart today. Got
letters from Maxine (137–138). Also from J.N., Fran, Bertha. Cards from Mrs.
McDaniel, Rich, Christian Church. Wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
went on a mission but turned back because of weather. I didn't' fly, how ever I
flew a ship as first pilot for the first time today. I got a letter from Maxine
153, also from Jannie, Mom & Rich. Wrote Irene a letter. Tate 1st
today because of weather. I test hopped a ship this P.M. I got three letters
today from Maxine. They were 141–142–(154 & 155). I wrote Maxine two
letters and one to Mom & Jannie. Flying tomorrow.
was canceled today because of weather. I flew a practice bombing mission. Got
letter (156–157) from Maxine dated May 1. Eight days is the quickest yet. Also
letters from Mom, Rich and Jannie. Wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
a mission to Wiener-Newstat but turned back because of weather. Easter card
from Laughline. No mail from Maxine but got a package with two sheets. Wrote
Maxine a letter this eve.
because of weather. Did nothing today but wrote Maxine a letter. No mail from
Maxine. Got V-Mail from Rich and two from Jannie.
supposed to go on a mission this afternoon as the Group was to go on two
missions today but the afternoon one was called off because of weather. No mail
from Maxine but V-Mail from Mom & Jim Boyd. Wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
Went on a
mission this morning to Piacenza, Italy. No flak and no fighters. This made
twenty-seven. No mail from Maxine. V-Mail from Jannie. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission today to Italy. I flew as first pilot on mission today. It was easy and
this was my twenty-eighth. No mail from Maxine. V-Mail from Bertha. Mailed
purple heart home.
today, why I don't know. Did nothing today but lay in the sun and wrote letters
to Maxine, Mom & Jannie. No mail today.
today and no mail from Maxine. I wrote her a letter this eve.
Went on a
two day pass and flew to Bari. Did nothing but got some decent food and a good
bed to sleep in.
this eve and had three letters from Maxine 161–162 (163-4). Also a letter from Jannie. Wrote Maxine a
letter this eve.
mission today to LaSpesia, Italy. Very little flak and no fighters. This was my
twenty-ninth. Got three letters from Maxine no 139–140–165. Also snapshots of
Maxine & Theo. They certainly are cute.
today because of weather. No mail today but did get a package from Maxine with
candy, T-shirts & film. Wrote Maxine & Jannie letters. Censored mail
church this morning. Had a formation for presentation of awards this P.M. No
mail from Maxine. Wrote her a letter this eve.
today but the group did. No ships lost. Did nothing. No mail today. Wrote
Maxine a letter.
mission today to the Rome area. Some flak but no losses. Got a letter from
Maxine 167. This was my thirtieth mission for me. I am O.D. tonite from 7 -1
A.M. Wrote Maxine a letter.
today but the group did and lost eight ships. Florip, Wells, Baker, and Griffen
from our squadron. Jim and I flew to San Pan. Got four letters from Maxine
151–158–159–160. Flying tomorrow.
mission to Italy, making thirty-one. All went well and no losses. Had a coke
for supper. Got a letter from Maxine 169. Wrote her a letter. Got a picture of
today but didn't fly, all ships returned. Ed and I flew a practice mission. No
mail from Maxine. Got a letter from Rich.
mission to Marseille, France. All ships returned and it wasn't so bad. This
made thirty-two. No mail today.
today. Went to church this morning and to the beach this afternoon. Got my 1st
Lt. today which was dated May 17. No mail from Maxine. Wrote her two letters
today. Got a letter from Jannie. Flying tomorrow.
thirty-fourth mission today to Weiner Neustadt, Austria. Everything went well
and all ships returned. No mail from Maxine today. Had an air raid alert last
today but there was a mission and all ships returned. Went to Taranto and sail
boated. Got two letters 166 – 168 and two packages from Maxine. One package
from Mom & Rich. Wrote Maxine, Jannie and Mom & Rich letters today.
mission to Polesti, Rumania. This made thirty-six for me. Group lost three
ships, we lost Lombardi with thirty-nine missions. No mail today. Got paid this
eve $153.05. Saw a movie "Ladies Courageous".
today. Went to the beach this afternoon. No mail today. There is an alert
fly today but Ed did and Jake Ward finished with 51 missions. I sent Maxine
$120. Also got three letters from Maxine (170–171)–172–173. Also a letter from
Mom with two snap shots.
Sent Theo a
doll for birthday. No mission today because of weather did nothing else all
day. Wrote Maxine a letter. No mail today.
church. Mission today but I didn't fly. Everyone returned. Did nothing today,
no mail. Wrote Maxine & Mom letters. Tate & I developed some pictures.
Went on a
mission to Bologna, Italy. All ships returned. Some flak and two fighters. This
is thirty-seven for me. No mail today. Saw a movie "Whistling in Brooklyn."
today but there was a mission to Polesti. All returned. Wrote Maxine a letter
and sent her some pictures. Got a letter from Rich.
today, flew a practice bombing mission this afternoon. No mail from Maxine. Saw
a movie. Got my air medal.
today. Drill this morning. Got two letters from Maxine 175–(177–178) also
letter from Bertha. Wrote Maxine a letter. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission to Munich, German, but had to turn back because of engine trouble.
Smick went down. Got credit for two making me thirty-nine. Leo finished today.
No mail from Maxine. Saw a movie. Tate finished.
today but group did and everyone got back okay. Did nothing much all day. Sammy
and Buksa and some enlisted men left for home today. No mail from Maxine today.
church. There was a mission but I didn't fly. Fox & Vernon finished. Wrote
Maxine, Mom & Rich letters. No mail from Maxine. Letter from Rich.
today. Did nothing much. Got two letters from Maxine No. 174–(184–185). Wrote
Maxine a letter this eve. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission to Munich, Germany. Wasn't too bad except flak. How ever I got back
I'll never know. This is forty-one for me. Lost two ships Scott from 721 Smith
722. Long and Ringland finished. Got two letters (186 – 187) and a card from
Maxine, also a Fathers Day card from Theo. Wrote Maxine letter. Flying
tomorrow. Word, Byers & Ringland made Tech.
Went on a
mission today to Osijck, Yugo. No flak, no fighters and all returned. This made
forty-two for me. No mail from Maxine. Flew deputy lead of second attack.
today because of weather. Flew a practice gunnery mission with a new crew which
I got today. No mail from Maxine. Letters from Jannnie & Irene.
Went on a
mission today to Bratislava, Czech. Little flak but several fighters. Our sqdn
lost one ship. This is forty-four. No mail. Wrote Maxine.
called off today because of weather. Went to the beach this afternoon. No mail
from Maxine but letters from Mom & Irene. Wrote to Jannie.
cancelled because of weather. Went to church. Tate and I took a ship up for
test hop. Got two letters from Maxine 191–192. Wrote letter to Maxine, Jannie,
Irene and Bertha.
today because of weather. Ed & I flew a test hop today. Got letters
179–180–181-182 & 183 from Maxine also letters from Jannie & Lorene.
Wrote Maxine. Hollander cracked-up.
cancelled because of weather. Another ship cracked up today. Got letter 194
from Maxine. Wrote Maxine this eve. Flying tomorrow.
cancelled because of weather. Did nothing else. No mail from Maxine. Saw a
movie this eve. Shoes soled.
Went on a
mission to Udine, Italy. Very little flak, no fighters. This is forty-five for
me. Long, Gelman, Jeff, Robertson, Fox and Ringland left for home. Three
letters from Maxine 176–(198–199)– 200. Wrote Maxine letter & Jannie.
called back because of weather. Did nothing all day. Got letter 190 from
Maxine. Saw a movie this eve. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission today to Polesti, Rum. Little flak but lot of fighters. Group lost six
ships. We lost Hefner. This is forty-seven for me. Got a Father's Day card from
Maxine and letter 188. Also letter from Bertha. Wrote Maxine this eve. Flying
tomorrow. Tate left today.
Went on a
mission today to Toulon, France. Little flak. One ship missing. This is
forty-eight for me. Got letter 189 from Maxine. Also letter from Mom & Irene.
today. Group lost two ships from flak. Did nothing today. Got letters
196–197–204 from Maxine. Saw a movie "Ritz Brothers".
today so didn't fly. Group did and all ships returned. Tom Miller finished today.
No mail from Maxine. Wrote to her.
today. Ward, Byers, Leo, Vernon left today. Got letters 201–202–203–207 from
Maxine. Also letters from Mom & Jannie. Saw a movie.
today. I flew a practice gunnery mission. No mail from Maxine. Wrote her a
letter. Flying tomorrow.
Went on a
mission today to Zabreb, Yugo. All ships returned. Very little flak, no
fighters. This is forty-nine. Got letter (205-206) from Maxine. Saw a movie.
Munich cancelled. Did nothing all day. No mail from Maxine. Wrote Maxine, Mom
& Jannie. Fly tomorrow.
Hurrah! Finished with fifty-one missions today. Went
to Budapest, Hungary. Lots of flak, no fighters & all ships returned.
Brill, Benz also finished. Sent Maxine a wire. No mail today.
today but try to get my orders started. Mission today and group lost three
ships. Sqdn. Lost Cubbins, Kappelar (CP). No mail. Wrote Maxine. Saw a movie.
today but bitch at the guys to start my orders. Group lost one ship today
(722). Got letters 209–210-211 from Maxine today.
again today but try to get orders started. Group flew a mission and all ships
returned. Wrote letters to Maxine, Mom, Jannie, Lorene, and Bertha.
another day but finally my orders are started. DeeGee & Dalgish left. All
ships returned. Courtright finished. Got letter 208 from Maxine. Saw a show.
doing today. All shops returned from the mission. Tom Miller, Zink, Shoaf left
for Naples today. No mail. Saw a movie. Johnnie Walters finished. Blood test.
pictures taken for the paper. Wrote Maxine a letter. Also got letters 193–195–(215–216)
from Maxine and a letter from Jannie. My orders finally got started today.
church and wrote Maxine a letter today. Group went to Polesti and all ships
returned. Ed finished today. No mail today.
today but check on my orders. Got two letters (212-213)(218-219) from Maxine.
today. Long, Tate & Morris were down from Naples and Ed & I flew them
back. No mail today. Wrote Maxine.
& I went to Bair today. Ed found that he was a Capt., July 7. Saw a movie
"Mr. Lucky". Stayed at Red Cross. Wrote Maxine, Theo, Mom, Jannie, Rich &
Bertha. "Twin Tail" cracked up.
much this morning. I got my orders and my D.F.C. We are staying over for it is
too late to go back. Wrote Maxine.
from Bari today about ten. Had drill this eve. Got two letters from Maxine,
217-220 her last letter to me. Ed, Brill, Courtright & I are O.D. tonite.
doing today. Group lost a ship Col. Snaith, Fritz, Tautfest (Earl), Strickland.
Saw a movie "Roxy Hart".
today and did nothing but pack and get ready to leave tomorrow. No mail but
wrote Maxine a letter this eve.
Manduria today and came to Naples. It isn't such a bad place. Long left
yesterday. Got D.F.C.
Gilman, Miller and all the fellows left this morning. Nothing to do but lay on
today and nothing new. Got a physical. Wrote letters to Maxine also Ed.
Was put on
orders today changed my money and had some things censored.