this was a tough one and long. Our target was
the docks at Messina -- located on the East
coast of Sicily right off the toe of Italy.
Our group led the other today and Thomas and
I led our squadron. We didn't have much trouble
except for a hell of a lot of flak, only one
fighter was seen. We got five holes but none
of them were vital. The 97th lost two ships,
99th two, and the 2nd one. It is reported that
ten of our "P" shooters were shot
down. You can bet that the target was torn
to bits, though.