Wednesday, December 23, 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. 23

Got 10 letters today. First ones I’ve had in almost 2 months. Boy, they really did come in handy.

Heard today that 5 of Lt. Nichols crew was alive. 4 were burned. Lt. Monda & Lt. Mays have been identified as being dead & I’m afraid the other two are Lt. Nichols & Blaida. It’s tough, but things like that can’t be helped.

Heard that all of Swartzenbach’s crew was prisoners of war in France. Sure was glad to hear that the were OK.

I can’t seem to get in a Xmas spirit here of late. Wish I could be home with my folks for this Xmas.

We had a raid last nite. Lost one ship by bombs. It had to be one from our squadron.

Dec 23

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