Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sunday, January 31, 1943

Jan. 31 1943 Heard today that my crew was shot down the other day. Fred was seriously hurt, but the others were just bunged up. Yep, they were over Bizerta. I’m sorry it had to happen to them, but I’m … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 30, 1943

Jan 30, 1943 Saw “Babes On Broadway” for the third time last night. Enjoyed it quite a bit. I didn’t do a thing this morning. Went to town this afternoon. Saw some beautiful bracelets. They wouldn’t sell me one ’cause … Continue reading

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Friday, January 29, 1943

Jan. 29, 1943 Went down town today. First time I had been to Oran. It’s a pretty town, but kinda dirty. We went down to the docks & watched them unload stuff from the boats. They are really getting lots … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 28, 1943

Jan. 28 Did nothing today. Went to the show tonite. Saw “Mrs. Minerva [sic].” It was quite a good picture, but it depressed me because it was about the war. Gee, I feel terrible ever since I saw my buddies … Continue reading

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Missions of the 97th from dad’s Journal

  97th Mission List from dad’s journal Date Dad’s Mission # Mission Enemy Aircraft Destroyed 8-17-1942 Rouen, France 1 8-19-1942 1 Abbeville, France 8-20-1942 Amiens, France 8-21-1942 Rotterdam, Holland 4 8-24-1942 LeTrait, France 8-28-1942 Meoulte, France 8-29-1942 Coultrai, Belgium 9-5-1942 … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 27, 1943

Jan. 27 We found out today that there isn’t any engines here & we’re gonna have to go back to La Senia to get ours. Guess we will pull out today. Note: La Senia is now called Es Senia. It … Continue reading

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Tuesday, January 26, 1943

Jan. 26, 1943 Went into town today. This is quite a modern town. The people here are quite stylish. Looked the place over, saw quite a few things, but only bought a pocketbook. Met a little Jew girl who could … Continue reading

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Monday, January 25, 1943

Jan. 25, 1943 This is a nice town. Nearest thing to America I’ve seen. I do wish that I could go back home. This makes me so homesick. The beach nearby reminds me of Sarasoto. It’s lovely here. Makes one … Continue reading

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Sunday, January 24, 1943

Jan 24, 1943 I navigated a ship up here for Lt. Smith for an engine change. Kay went on the mission in my place. It’s nice to be at Oran. Anywhere away from the front. We’re gonna have to go … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Joy of Flight

First, a classic poem that captures the joy of flight. “High Flight” John Gillespie Magee, Jr. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth … Continue reading

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