Sunday, July 11, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 11, 1943

We came all the way to Marrakesh today. Tho’t maybe we would get to go straight out from here, but looks like we will be here for a few days. I don’t mind ’cause we’re getting $6 per day per diem. I wanna see that gal plenty bad tho’. I’m not going to write them. I wanna surprise them instead.

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Sunday, July 11, 1943-Final Journal Entry

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 11

We went from Marrakesh to Dakar Africa the across the Atlantic to Belem and up through Puerto Rico to Miami, Fla.

I got a ride to come home in a B-24 on way to San Antonio, Tex for scrapping. We took off & lost an engine. We came back to Miami and they worked on the engine. Took off again and got near Tampa and lost the same engine. We we landed, I went to bus station & caught a bus home. It was so hot & humid until I wanted to go back to Africa where it was hot but dry. Finally got to Alexandria, La. where I found my girl waiting. We came home and was married July 24, 1943. I was sent to Salt Lake City for reassignment. While there they took x-rays and sent me to Alexandria Air Base. When I reported there they put me in hospital. They found that I had TB (Tuberculosis) in my right lung. I’m sure that this was the reason I would be so tired when I came back from a mission in Africa.

I was sent to Harmon General Hospital, Longview, Texas. After a month there, I was transferred to Fitzsimmons Gen. Hospital, Denver, Colo. After 15 months there, they retired me from the Air Force as 1st Lt.

The 15 months in Colorado were a delightful experience. We would get out of hospital on pass twice a week. We traveled all over Colorado. Was a wonderful vacation.

I met Roy Ferris & Evolee while I was at Harmon Gen. Hospital. Evolee & Bena roomed together for the 15 months at Denver. This began a lasting friendship for all these years.

After I returned from service, I came to Natchitoches & made my home. Was Service Officer for a while. Then went to school for my Master’s Degree at University of Arkansas. Then taught school for 3 years. Almost starved so I went into the insurance business. We had a great life during this time. Went to conventions of my company (Pan-American Life) to many places.

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Saturday, July 10, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 10, 1943

We got our orders today and they say report to U.S. They are the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Boy, I mean I was relieved when I read those things.

We got our priority for a plane ride today. They told us we would probably get to go all the way to the U.S. by plane. We are leaving for Marakesh in the morning.

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Friday, July 9, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 9, 1943

Left Chateau Dien at 11 today. We got to Algiers, had dinner out at the field and then went in to see about our orders. Found we could get them tomorrow at 3.

Went down to the Aletti and had a few beers then we retired for the nite.

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Thursday, July 8, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 8, 1943

Finished packing today and tended to all of my business. Guess we will get out of here tomorrow. I would like to get my promotion before I go, but I have no desire to wait around for it. Something might come up & they would change their plans.

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Wednesday, July 7, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 7, 1943

Today has been nice. Gee, it’s a wonderful relief to be through for a while & think you’re gonna get to go home for a rest. I couldn’t sleep last nite for thinking about it. I begin to pack today. Went to Tidiz M Gala tonite & had some good food. I always eat too much when I go over there.

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Tuesday, July 6, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 6, 1943

We started to Gerbini A/D today. We had a bad engine & had to turn back but we got a mission out of it anyway. I came down & found that I was through & am going home Friday. Boy, what a relief. Couldn’t be anything better.

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Monday, July 5, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 5, 1943

Above is for 4th July. Today we went over target & really plastered it. We didn’t have any trouble but the 99th who was about 10 min. in front of us was jumped by 100 fighters. They lost 3 Forts, claimed 62 fighters destroyed & got credit for 45 destroyed. One plane got 14 & one gunner got 7 of them.

I could see things burning all around the field for a radius of 30 miles or more. They must have been planes burning.

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Sunday, July 4, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 4, 1943

We went to Gerbini A/D Sicily today. We had to turn back due to a bad engine. The rest of them turned back near Malta. Weather over the target was very poor.

The 2nd group was attacked by about 100 German & Italian fighters. They knocked down 17 of them & lost 1 Fort.

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Saturday, July 3, 1943

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 3

They went out today, but our squadron had a holiday & didn’t go. Was a dry run over Caglairia.

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