Saturday, December 26, 1942

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.

Dec. 26, 1942

Today has been a nice day. Beautiful sunshine outside. When I was in bed it was hard to realize that a war was going on so near. It is more near to us than ever before. Last nite, or rather, this morning at 5 o’clock, we had an air raid at the field. They dropped about 9 bombs but none of them hit the field.

Today they went back to Bizerta. T’was a sad day ’cause they lost 3 ship & 2 crews. One ship exploded in mid-air. They must have had a direct hit in the bomb bay. Two of my Cadet mates were on it. Ted Hakenstad & Mort Walsh. This is rough. No one has ever seen anything like it. I believe that Bizerta is the most heavily defended place in the world. I’m afraid of that place.

Dec 26

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