20, 1943 Boy, what
a day! Seven hours and 30 minutes in the
air and 3 and a half of that on Oxygen. Our
target was Grosseto airdrome, 80 miles north
of Rome. It was an easy mission, no fighters
at all and very little flak. The second group
went in ahead of us and gave it a good plastering
then we came along and polished the job
off. Fire could be seen fifty miles away. I
checked out another pilot today -- Richardson
-- and he did a jam-up job.
party was a flop last night as planned. There
were just 10 girls for fifty officers and five
of them were French girls from Setif brought
over by Stelley.