11:30, off at 12:10, left the field at 12:40,
over the target, Palermo and Sicily, at 3:45.
Our target was dock and shipping yards and
the job was well done. We hit something,
most likely an ammunition dump, that caused
such an explosion that we felt it at 24,500
feet. Before we left the
target area smoke was already about 15,000
feet. The minute the explosion occurred all
the anti-aircraft guns stopped firing and
didn't start again until we were far away
from the target area. I
led the second element of the lead squadron
with Thomas as my co-pilot. All
that is good, but we also had a loss. Jimmy
Hare was shot down and exploded in mid-air.
Five chutes were seen to open. Boy,
am I tired??
March 23, 1943
pictures of yesterday's raid just
came in and there is absolutely nothing left
of the harbor. There was at least
six boats and they were all sunk or badly
damaged because there were hits on
or close to all of them.
was our day off, so I haven't done anything,
just fool around the plane a little this afternoon.