We were briefed
at 1:00 o'clock for a raid on the docks at
Tripoli. I wasn't scheduled to go but at
the last minute O'Carrol told me to go with
Calvert again. Took off at 10:30 assembled
at 11:00 and flew to Biskra to pick up pursuit.
They weren't in the air so we went on expecting
them to catch up with us but they never did.
We went on anyway and when we got there it
was covered over, thank God. From there we
went to Cabes to bomb a military camp and
flatten it completely. I got one flak hole
just as we dropped our bombs. We were over
enemy territory 3½ hours and in the
air 6½ and Brother I'm a tired
Indian tonight. We got back with 150
gallons of gas. I've never flown such
long hard formation as I did today.
January 21, 1943
the day off today, didn't do anything
but remodel our little home and help
the boys load up with bombs and listen
to a bull session.
Missed another mission and it
was a good one. One of my best friends,
Hoerster, got hit in the back
and punctured his right lung and broke
three ribs. He was group navigator
in the lead ship.
January 24, 1943
Hoerster has passed crisis
and is doing fine as far as we know.
January 25, 1943
Almost froze to death all
day, low overcast and drizzling rain
all day and night.
Went to Constantine
yesterday. Calcote and I went up to try and
get some supplies for our mess and to make
a delivery. All we got was 5 pounds of baking
powder and sore feet. There is nothing up
there but a bunch of white collar boys and
they don't know a darn thing about what is
going on as usual. Constantine
is the largest city in North Africa that
I've been in yet and very modern, but as
usual, the town is completely sold out of
has certainly been an
easy month for me, I've
made only three raids.
February 4, 1943
my new home today and is it cozy. It took
three tents to cover it after I got it dug
out. I managed to borrow a cot and with my
straw mattress, it is really comfortable
and I am still 14 inches below the level
of the ground. It is lined
with cardboard boxes and the bottom has about
3 inches of straw with cardboard on top of
that. I have ammunition
cans filled with dirt all around the edges
with the tents stretched over them. I
have a plank beam
going the full length
of the tent to prevent
is almost tall enough for me to stand up in.