4, 1943 We knew last
night that a good one was scheduled for today,
but we had no idea that it was gonna be what
it was. Briefed at 8:30,
off the ground at 10:00 and left the field
at 10:30 leading the 99th and the 97th.
The 419th led again with Colonel Quick,
I led the second element.
target was an airdrome at Naples, the other
two groups bombed docks and shipping. We didn't
have any opposition except a hell of a lot
of flak. All ships returned safely. Over the
target at 14:15 and back home at 17:30. We
were at altitude only about 1 hour and 45 minutes
the whole time. The rest of the time we were
right down on the deck of the beautiful blue
Mediterranean to keep the enemy's radar from
picking us up.