Saturday, February 6, 2010

War Journal - Feb. 7, 1945

White mud on me from working on runway.
Pappas doing his "share" of the work.

Officers and enlisted men working on the runway.

Five days ago an inspecting General condemned our landing strip. The recent thaw completely undermined our field. The choice of either moving or fixing this one was given us so we are fixing this one. Every man (officer & EM) has been slinging a pick & shovel on a 24 hour basis ever since. Ships should be able to land & takeoff tomorrow again.

(From photo album - February 5, 1945 - Beauvais, France - Our runway contained more than ninety bomb craters. In three months 93 planes crashed on this runway. Here we are rebuilding it.)

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