came over and before we knew it we were at
briefing and off the ground by 12:20 for
a raid on Bizerte. The bombardier's say the
target was well taken care of. I
flew 23rd in the second element of our squadron
so that put me very last man in the formation.
T. C. Green was my co-pilot. This
is the first time our squadron hasn't led
the group in a long time. The
mission was fairly easy compared to some
of the others. There was a little flak but
it was inaccurate so no one was hurt. It
was short but I'm tired as usual. We
were back on the ground at 3:15.
March 26, 1943
have really been taking it easy today. Missed
out on the mission over Sardinia. Washed
my pants and shirt in 100 Octane gasoline.
That is the only method of dry cleaning we
have. The boys
didn't drop their bombs because of
overcast but they got hell by enemy
fighters. No one was lost or hurt.
March 27, 1943
my plane up for a test hop today
and went down and gave the nurses
a good buzzing. It runs like
March 28, 1943
today that our plane has
to have an engine change. Number three
has a bad cylinder in it and it's easier
to change engines completely
than it is just to put in a new cylinder.
on the biggest raid that has ever been pulled
in North Africa. The 97th, 301st, and 99th
put up 94 planes today and went to Sicily
to bomb docks and airports and they say a
good job was done. I hate
to miss those kind. Colonel
Walker came down and
led the group.
were briefed at eight
o'clock for a raid
on Sicily but it was called
off because of weather.
So Hart and I flew
my plane for an hour to
put some slow time
on #3. This afternoon Fred
went with me for
two more hours to give it
a real test after
the mechanics had checked
it over and it is
ready for missions after so
long a time.
April 2, 1943
group had a dance last night and invited
the nurses over that are stationed about
20 miles down the road. These Arabic names
get me. As usual the 419th took over and
made the party much to the disgust of the
other squadrons. It broke up early because
we have a mission scheduled for tomorrow.
Everyone had a good time and got a lot out
of our systems besides. I
got a sleeping
bag today and
it is tender
-- Oh Boy!
April 3, 1943
were briefed again at 10:10 this morning for
another trip to Sicily and again it was called
off because of weather -- so another day was
spent with nothing accomplished but more sleep