“D”-DAY   “H”-HOUR

 

INVASION OF EUROPE BY ALLIED FORCES.   VERY IMPORTANT DAY, IT MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR HITLER AND HIS GANG.   WE PRAY FOR THEIR SUCCESS.

 

STATIONED IN GULFPORT, MISS.

 

Today is the Birthday of ME (21)

 

Spent on the train (somewhere in Texas) coming back to camp from furlough.

We had a little spirits, Murphy, Kennerson, Greek, and myself.

Train ran off of the tracks, delayed us about four hours.

 

(What a birthday)

 

Furlough – On Train

 

Not much doing today.

We were “Restricted”, must be leaving soon.

 

 

Today we got our new ship. It was really a beauty, a new B-17H. We took her up for a three hour hop and she worked like a charm. We flew over South Carolina and out over the Atlantic Ocean. My first view of the Atlantic.

 

Today we flew for two hours. We drew our .45’s tonight, so we must be leaving tomorrow.

 

Went to the Post Theater with the rest of my crew.

 

Most of the boys are leaving tomorrow.

 

Today we left for P.O.E. about 6:45a.m. We are going somewhere in the New England states. We passed over 13 states. We passed over Phil., New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and many other large cities. We arrived at Grenier Field, New Hampshire at 1:30p.m. It was about four miles from Manchester.

 

Stayed at Grenier. Lost Rivas, our left-waist gunner. He was sick. Went to a “Red Cross” show. It was pretty good. Went with Bolton. Ratliff and Ward guarded the ship.

 

It’s pretty chilly here.

 

Stayed at Grenier.

 

Guarded ship all night with Johnson.

 

Layed around most of the day and took life easy.

 

Played a little cards and dice, but I wasn’t very lucky (as usual) so I read a book.

 

Went to the afternoon show with Ratliff and Ward.

 

Stayed at Grenier.

 

Guarded the ship again with Johnson. We’re very unlucky when it comes to flipping coins, but then it’s just as warm as sleeping in the barracks.

 

Played a little football with the officers.

 

Shot some “skeet”.   Hit 15 out of 25.

 

Took off from Grenier today at 9:30a.m. Flew over Maine, Canada and landed in Labrador at 2:35p.m., at Goose Bay.   Went to show. Cold as hell!

 

Not as bad base as I figured it would be. Lots to do, if you haven’t  much time.

 

We came through a snow storm just outside of the field.

Stayed at Goose Bay.

 

Talked to a few of the Wacs stationed here and they say they really liked it (wonder why?). Not so much to do around here. Played a little football and rested. We were notified that we were shipping out at 2:00a.m. What an unearthly hour.

 

Took off this morning at 2:00a.m. and flew to Meeks Field, Iceland. We passed over Greenland on the way. We landed in Iceland at 10:30a.m.

 

A beer ship was torpedoed just off the coast, by the Germans, so we had plenty of beer to drink. It was good beer too.

 

 

Woke us up this morning at 1:00a.m. Had breakfast and took off for England at 6:00a.m. We landed in Valley, Wales at 11:45a.m. They took our nice new ship away from us, but we thought they would… so what the hell.