Sat, July 8, 1944

Was alerted today to go on a special job to secret to even enter here. I am to fly this mission in a Mosquito & it’s going to be rugged.


Tue, July 11, 1944

Had a lot of excitement here today. A P-51 & a B-24 collided at 20,000 ft. over the field today & we were just getting ready to take off for our other field and we saw a fellow coming down in a parachute & pieces of aluminum were falling all around. The crew chief picked up a piece & you could see it was a plane & the piece was all burned like by an explosion. Then we saw 3 others coming down out of the overcast. We took off and flew over the wreckage. It hit about 2 miles from the field. The fuselage had one motor on yet but the others were scattered & burned in the ground all around. All but the pilots of both machines got out alive. We are still standing by on our alert but the weather has been bad & it has been raining now for three days.


Mon, July 17, 1944

Was told at 12:00 today the mission was on. We took off at 1:20 for the other field & to be briefed there. After we arrived there we learned that our part in it was scrubbed & that higher HQ decided not to risk the Mosquito  for the job so that left me out of one of the biggest things to be pulled off by our force. Coming back my pilot went up to 32,000 ft. & we cruised around for about a half hour. It was beautiful up there & all thoughts of the world were far behind & it made you feel so small & God so big. You could almost hear the angels sing. After I landed the pilot told me we had at one time been going over 400 mph. My ear drum of my left ear bothered me a lot all evening. Mac said that I would soon leave for Thurleigh to be with the other boys & fly from there.


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