Tuesday, December 22, 2009

War Journal - Dec. 22, 1944

Squadron had two rough missions today. My crew was scrubbed for Pathfinder in the morning & we couldn't get off the ground in time in the afternoon so I missed both of them. Fighters shot our squadron all to pieces - eight dead - several ships lost - all damaged. What was able to fly in the afternoon was shot up by flak - Incidentally we bombed our own troops in the afternoon. Nazi paratroops landed 13 miles from here last night - we were on alert 24 hours a day - guards are tripled - everyone carries sidearms & gas mask & is restricted to our area. Things are pretty serious. This was the first good day since the German offensive began.

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