Tuesday, December 29, 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. 29, 1942

Today has been a rather busy one for me. I went out to the ship today and began to try to get things straightened up. It’s a honey for Navigators. Astro-dome, Astro-graph,and an Astro-Compass. Really is a navigators dream. I hope I can learn how to use all this stuff.

Got everything lined up and we are going to test hop our plane in the morning. It’s a beautiful ship. In a way I’m glad to get one, but in another way, I’m sorry. I don’t really know how I’m going to react to flying again. Guess I will do OK, though.

Another German came over here today. He was only about 12,000 feed high. Wasn’t sure what he was, but they sounded the alert. I didn’t run but I thought it was one of ours.

Dec 29

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