Hall - #6232
Standing L-R: Mitchell F. Hall, Jr. (P); Vitautas V. Zelinskas (B); Richard V. Ursem (CP); Glen E. Troth (E);
Kneeling L-R: Clyde L. Henry (BG); Theodore P. Brooks (NG); Dominick S. Ziparo (RO/WG); Warren G. Whaley (TG); Edward J. Morris (TTG)
Not shown in photo is Albert R. Colangelo (N)
The following is from Dave Whaley, son of Warren Whaley.
The crew assembled and trained in Boise, Idaho and was assigned to the 766th Squadron on 18 October 1944. We flew 30 missions about half of which were flown in ship #50, "Rough Rider", whose Ground Crew Chief was Sgt. Mason.
This is the personal diary of Warren G. Whaley
It is about the daily happenings of his life overseas (transcriber's comments are in parenthesis)
(My father wrote in cursive and used an ink pen with a medium tip and some of the words he wrote are hard to decipher. I wish he was still around to help me decipher them.
I am sitting here transcribing my father's diary while watching "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel. I can only imagine the hell that 101st Airborne went through that 1st night and the slaughter of the troops landing on Normandy beach the following morning.
My father's diary is a 5 year diary. Each page shows 1 day of the year and each page is divided into 5 sections, 1 for each year. It is leather covered and has a leather tongue connected to the back and a leather clasp on the front that the tongue goes through so it can remain closed. See picture.)
|Nov. 10, 1942||Entered Army at age of 16 (lied about age)|
|Jan. 1, 1943||Arrived at Truax Field (Madison, WI)|
|June 10, 1943||Arrived at Buckley Field (Buckley AFB )|
|July 10, 1943||Arrived at Loury Field (Loury AFB)|
|Sept. 30, 1943||Arrived at L.A.A.F. (Laguna Army Airfield)|
|Nov. 8 1943||Made Sergeant upon graduation|
|Nov. 17, 1943||Arrived home|
|Dec. 1, 1943||Arrived Salt Lake City A.A.B.|
|Dec. 10, 1943||Made Gunnery Instructor|
|Mar. 5, 1944||Arrived Boise ID|
|June 1, 1944||Home on convalescent furlough|
|Aug. 25, 1944||Home on furlough|
|Aug. 31, 1944||Arrived Topeka|
|Sept. 5, 1944||Arrived Camp Patrick Henry|
|Sept. 11, 1944||Left Camp Patrick Henry for Europe|
|Oct. 5, 1944||Arrived Naples Italy|
|Oct. 13, 1944||Arrived 461st / 766th Bomber Squadron, Torretta Air Field, Italy|
|Dec. 25, 1944||Celebrated Christmas some place(sic)|
|Jan. 1, 1945||New Years|
Start of Diary entries - Note: Diary only covers his service abroad after arriving in Europe on troop ship.
|Oct. 6, 1944||Arrived in Italy after 28 days on the ocean. Arrived in Naples. Docked at noon and went to the 19th Replacement Center. Very muddy and cold.|
|Oct. 7-16, 1944||No entries in diary.|
|Oct. 17, 1944||Arrived in Bari. Now a member of the 461st Bombardment Group, 766th Bomb Squadron. Was fortunate to get a new tent.|
|Oct. 18-31, 1944||No entries|
|Nov. 1, 1944||First Mission
Note:1st encounter with flak. Scared as hell, lot of praying.
|Nov. 2,3||No entries|
|Nov. 4, 19||Mission #2
Note: Near airlock in engines. Given warning to bail out over Swiss Alps. Foot as caught in turret and if I had to bail out as had been ordered it would have been disastrous for me. More praying.
|Nov. 5-10,1944||No entries|
|Nov. 11, 1944||Mission #3
Note: Came back over northern Italy. Hit by flak. One piece went through the (achliating?) system. Cut through hydraulic lines and imbedded in mounting ring. Missing me by an inch.
|Nov. 12-16,1944||No entries|
|Nov. 17, 19||Mission #4
Note: Flak very inaccurate. Closest to ship, 500 ft. Morris grounded for this mission.
|Nov. 18-19,1944||No entries|
|Nov. 20, 1944||Mission #5
Note: Flak all over sky. 2 runs on target. Hit by flak in 4 different locations.
|Nov. 21-Dec. 8, 1944||No entries|
|Dec. 9, 1944||Bad weather for past 3 weeks. Constant stand down.
Note: Emergency call at 1000 ft. Received letter from Helen & Emily. 1 Package. Briefed for Lenz.
|Dec. 10, 1944||
|Dec. 11, 1944||Mission #6
Note: Back very sore from leaning forward in turret. My penis was frostbitten(!). I urinated in pants. Was extremely nervous.
|Dec. 12, 1944||Arrived at
34th Field Hospital. Diagnosis: Polyuria. Urinated in
pants over Vienna, Austria yesterday. Capt. Sproul M.D. said it was emotional. 3rd time it has happened.
Clean sheets, seems a long time I've used them.
T-4 Bailey is ward bay. A good Joe. Awfully sleepy and nervous.
|Dec. 13, 1944||Had interview with Doc. Not allowed to drink water after 6 PM Urinate about every hour. Read a couple of books. Have good chow here. My back hurts.|
|Dec. 14, 1944||Read a couple of books. Having back rubbed. Same urinary frequency.|
|Dec. 15, 1944||Nothing new.|
|Dec. 16, 1944||Ditto|
|Dec. 17, 1944||Wrote a couple of letters to Dad and Ginna. Read a couple of books. Lost 1 pound. Same urinary frequency. Went to church.|
|Dec. 18, 1944||Christmas in air. Red Cross lady has been decorating ward. Gave me a bottle of Drene shampoo. Read about 10 comic books. Back still being rubbed but feels better. Lost a couple more pounds.|
|Dec. 19, 1944||Doctor recommended me for 126th Gen. Hosp at Bari. Am leaving tomorrow. Played a few games of Ping Pong. I had some fresh Popcorn with butter. Good.|
|Dec. 20, 1944||Arrived here at Bari at noon Am in ward C-3 which is General Medicine. Doc looked over case history. Do not have same urinary frequency. Nice looking nurses. Very comfortable beds. Very modern hospital. Was an Italian hospital. Lost $10 playing poker.|
|Dec. 21, 1944||Woke up with a helluva sore throat, cough and cold in nose. Placed in isolation ward. Cute nurse gives me rub downs. Some fun. Just finished "Jacque Casanova".|
|Dec. 22, 1944||Cold improved. Sending me down to Psychopathic Ward. Said urinary frequency result of "Combat Fatigue" or Psychoneurosis.|
|Dec 23, 1944||Interview with psychiatrist. Said I'm very emotional, will stay under observation.|
|Dec. 24, 1944||Nurses were around singing Christmas carols. I read some and went to bed early. Went to church.|
|Dec. 25, 1944||Today Christmas. Red Cross gave each a small present. Had swell Christmas dinner. U.S.O. show and movie.|
|Dec. 26, 1944||Gave Christmas party to German, Yugoslavian, and Polish refugee's. They are Jewish orphans and are on their way to Palestine. One little Yugoslavian gal was with Pertezons(?) for 1 1/2 years.|
|Dec. 27, 1944||Read some today and saw movie. Fellows came to see me. Had ice cream for supper. Played ping pong. Received 16 letters.|
|Dec. 28, 1944||Doc said today I would be leaving tomorrow for duty. Saw a movie "5 Graves To Cairo". Read a couple of books.|
|Dec. 29, 1944||Returned from Bari today. Stopped at the 34th Field Hosp. and said hello. Red Cross lady brought me to Squadron. Saw fellows and officers. Received 3 Christmas packages. I received a letter from Ginna (sister-in-law), 1 from Emily (sister), and 1 from Aunt Abec. No mission tomorrow.|
|Dec. 30, 1944||Went down to clean guns on 55. Came back and received packages. 2 from Franz and 1 from Grace.|
|Dec. 31, 1944||Went to church this morning. Chaplain Rasmussen. Snowed all day. Very cold. Received 2 packages from Dad and letter from Ginna. Also, one letter from Eddie Saylor. Had a couple of drinks to celebrate the New Year.|
|Jan. 1, 1945||Had a very good chow. Turkey and all the trimmings. Played pinochle this afternoon. Bingo tonight. Received Christmas card from Emily (sister). Wrote six letters today. Rations issued today. Shall read Bible and go to bed.|
|Jan. 2, 1945||Was on detail today. Digging a ditch around the mess hall. Received 10 letters, 1 package today. Played pinochle tonight. Got a new summer flying suit.|
|Jan. 3, 1945||Slept until 1000. Cleaned up my bed. Went to tours this afternoon and buzz bombed. Played a couple of games of pinochle. Also had a caricature made. Had a portrait made of Helen's (other sister) picture. Will be ready the 8th. Turned in my cleaning.|
|Jan. 4, 1945||Had to go to gunnery class this afternoon. Received 2 letters from Emily. We had midnight snack of salami on toast and crackers. Tea. Cleaned stove pipe. Got 2 cans of water.|
|Jan. 5, 1945||Slept until 1000. Had chow at 1100. Received laundry. No school today. No letters. Played pinochle. That T.P. looks like he hasn't showered for a month. Read a couple of stories.|
|Jan. 6, 1945||Wrote four letters tonight. Played pinochle. Today received rations. No mail. Cleaned up tent. That Troth has been going to bed with hat on. Zip got a double run in pinochle. Shall read bible and retire.|
|Jan. 7, 1945||Went to morning chow. Read and played pinochle. No mail today. Wrote two letters. I had some excitement. A tent burned up. Had fried spam sandwiches and apricots before retiring. Also, went to church this morning.|
|Jan. 8, 1945||Signed up for "first caucae"(not sure of spelling) at Armed Forces dist. Cleaned guns on ship 55. Henry's first anniversary tonight. Celebrated with snack. Played pinochle. Received letter from Leroy Wilcox. Answered it.|
|Jan. 9, 1945||Was runner today. Lt. Hall, Ursem and Troth went to Gioia. Rained all afternoon. No mail. Played Hearts. Played bingo in Service Club. Won $8.|
|Jan. 10, 1945||Snowed all day. It is now 11 O'clock and 1 1/2 ft of snow. No mail. Lt. Coangelo came back from Bari Pilot, Co - Pilot, & Engineer still at Gioia. Saw Pat O'Brian & Carol Landis in "Secret Command". Very good. Wrote four letters.|
|Jan. 11, 1945||Slept until 1030. Went to town at 1300. Had Ice Cream & cookies at Red Cross. Bought a basket. Had some champagne. Very good. No mail today. P, CP & Eng. still at Goia. Retiring at 1940.|
|Jan. 12, 1945||Went to town today. Got a souvenir and my battle jacket. Saw a show, "Follow The Boys". Good. Bought a kerosene lamp and ash tray. No mail today.|
|Jan. 13, 1945||Received rations today. Cleaned guns on 55. New rumor: We are supposed to have only 25 sorties. Ship 54 is now our ship. No mail today. My throat feels like I have been swallowing razor blades. I feel lousy.|
|Jan. 14, 1945||Went to church this morning. Very good sermon. No mail today. Saw Coleman and Marlena Dietrich in "Kismet".|
|Jan. 15, 1945||Mission #7
Notes: Briefed for Vienna but Mickey apparatus would not work. So bombed this target which was 3rd alternate. Temp -45 deg. No mail today.
|Jan. 16, 1945||Hurray. Hurrah. Yippee. Hot Dog. 2 letters today. One from Virginia, 1 from Mrs. Kelly. Received Air Medal today. Formation in rain. Electricity on again. Saw Andrew Sisters in, "Always A Bridesmaid". Wrote a letter to Ginna and Dad.|
|Jan. 17, 1945||T.P. received a letter & a picture of Hazel today. He's still drooling. Received 5 letters. Wrote four letters. Had some popcorn.|
|Jan. 18, 1945||Received one Christmas card from Helen & wrote one letter. Also a letter from Helen. Wrote a letter to Stan. Cleaned guns on 55. Had coffee & donuts at Red Cross on line. Saw Abbot & Costello in, "Lost in a Harem". Very funny.|
|Jan. 19, 1945||Went to town & took my cleaning. Saw one of the fellows on my first crew. Saw G.I. Training film. Received 2 letters from Ginna. Played pinochle. Wrote a couple of letters.|
|Jan. 20, 1945||Cleaned guns on 55. Read the "Punch & Judy Murders". Very good. Fixed air mail for sending home. No mail today. Wrote Pop a letter. Mission tomorrow.|
|Jan. 21, 1945||Awoke 0425. Briefed 0555. Was just taking off & red flares gave us stand down. Returned & went to church. Slept this afternoon. Had chicken & ice cream for chow. Received one letter from Emily.|
|Jan. 22, 1945||Awoke 0415. Briefed at 0545. Stand-down at 0615. Snowed all last night & this morning. Some rain. No mail today. Played pinochle. Am going to see, "Stage Coach".|
|Jan. 23, 1945||Awoke 0445. Briefed on Vienna at 0555. Mission stand-down at 0630. Slept until 1100. Went to town in afternoon. Saw "Hollywood Canteen".|
|Jan. 24, 1945||Cleaned guns on 48. Received 4 letters, 1 from Emily & 1 from Aunt Kate. Saw "in the Meantime Darling" Jeanne Crain. No good. Played some pinochle.|
|Jan. 25, 1945||Went to town this morning. Played some ping pong at Red Cross. Had 2 pictures taken. Got my cleaning. Received 3 letters. 1 from Christine, 1 from Helen, 1 from Mrs. Wilcox. Saw Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan in "The Merry Monahans". Wrote Christine 1 letter.|
|Jan. 26, 1945||Read this morning. Played pinochle & ping pong in the afternoon. Received three letters.|
|Jan. 27, 1945||Received a letter from Kay. 1 from Mary B. Received another letter from Kay. Answered one. Read a book. Played pinochle|
|Jan. 28, 1945||Received a letter from Emily. Went to church. Went to town to get paid. Had a squad lecture on censorship. Picked for journey to Capri tomorrow.|
|Jan. 29, 1945||Weather did not permit us to leave for Capri. Stayed in tent and read. Went to bed early. Received 2 letters.|
|Jan. 30, 1945||Weather did not permit us to go to Capri. Actually we are on leave. Wrote letters and read. Unpacked. Received 1 letter from Dad.|
|Jan. 31, 1945||Called off & cancelled till Monday. Lost all my dough in a crap game. Scheduled for mission tomorrow. Received 1 letter.|
|Feb. 1, 1945||Mission #8
Notes: Briefed for Moosbierbaum, Austria but because of numerous aircraft accidents on ground slowed us up to 1½ hours late. 1 heated suit worked good - was not cold. Lower back hurt and & went on sick call. It is now 2000 and am retiring. No mail today. Mission was all screwed up.
|Feb. 2, 1945||Was paid this morning. Cleaned guns on 6. Received a V-mail from Aunt Alice and Mayoue(?). Played 2 games pinochle. The fellows made Sergeant today. No promotion for me.|
|Feb. 3, 1945||Went to a show. Read a book. Received no mail. Played some pinochle.|
|Feb. 4, 1945||Was on detail today. Shoveled sand and rock. My back is hurting me. Supposed to go to Capri tomorrow. Received one letter from Emily.|
|Feb. 5, 1945||Left group at 1000. Arrived Naples 1050. Had lunch at a nice hotel in Naples Left Naples at 1300. Arrived Capri 1530. Registered at El Capano Hotel. Spring mattress, sheets, desks and running water. Sure is swell. I ate at La Palma. Tonight the Ritz. Orchestra while we eat. Waiters & waitresses. There is a lot of WAC's here. Went to Luigi's and had champagne. Then to seaside Club for dance. More champagne. Then sat in front of hotel and drank three bottles of champagne. I got drunk and later got sick. Oh my head!|
|Feb. 6, 1945||Awoke with a hangover at 0800. Had breakfast at La Palma. Bought presents for the girls, Kay & Ginna. Spent about $50 so far. Went to Anacapri in a hack, had quite a lot of fun. Fellows went to Blue Grotto. Guess I'll go tomorrow. It is now 1800. Went to Valentins Club. Returned at 2230 and went to bed.|
|Feb. 7, 1945||Awoke at 0730. Got dressed and went around town before breakfast. Went shopping this morning. Went around Capri. Saw bell of St. Michael. Had dinner with a WAC. Alice was name. Cute girl. Going to bed at 0015.|
|Feb. 8, 1945||Slept late. Did some more shopping. Saw a movie. Had dinner with Lt. Ursem. Movie was "Winged Victory". Came home early, played pinochle & went to bed.|
|Feb. 9, 1945||Awoke 1000. Went to see the Blue Grotto. Beautiful. Took boat trip around Capri. Went to see Marina Picolla. Went to a dance then to a show.|
|Feb. 10, 1945||Got up for breakfast. Went shopping. Saw U.S.O. show. Very good. MC Cy Reeves. Had birthday dinner for Glenn. Very nice, swell cake. (Can't make out sentence). Dinner was prepared by Jeanne Newkirk. Had it at a Princess of Italy's home.|
|Feb. 11, 1945||Awoke at 0800. Had breakfast. Looked at war news room. Played T.P. checkers. Went to church. Protestant service in a little German church. Went to show in afternoon. Old Oklahoma. Went to a Mardi Gras. Had a lot of fun. Leaving for Bari tomorrow.|
|Feb. 12, 1945||Awoke 0630. Had last breakfast at La Palma. Franslaw is waiter. Caught boat at 0830. Arrived at Naples at 1100. Left Naples at 1530. Arrived back 1615. Received 13 letters. Went to chow. Sure is different compared to Capri. Going to bed early as I'm tired.|
|Feb. 13, 1945||Awoke at 0600. Had breakfast. Shoveled sand & gravel all day. Received letter from Helen. Also 1 package from folks. Saw a bomber explode after 3 & 4 bombed out. Went to a V.D. lecture by Chaplain Rasmussen. Mission tomorrow.|
|Feb. 14, 1945||Mission #9
Note: Flew an "L". Really nice. Was surprised at the inaccuracy of the flak today. Usually very rough. Received one letter from Gloria Nurmi.
|Feb. 15, 1945||Awoke at 0900. Went to A/C recon at 1030. Wrote 5 letters. Cleaned guns on 53. Received 2 letters from Ginna. Mission tomorrow. Played some ping pong.|
|Feb. 16, 1945||Mission #10
Note: Briefed for Neuberg Airdrome but because of overcast we hit 1st alternate. Escort did not arrive. However picked up some P-38s. A nice mission. No mail today.
|Feb. 17, 1945||Awoke 0730. Had a combat picture taken today. Took some snap shots. Went to town and mailed Helen & Emily's, Ginna's & Kap presents. Receive one letter from Emily. Said they received Air Medal.|
|Feb. 18, 1945||Awoke at 0700. Went to Group Armament until 1100. Cleaned guns at 1300-1500. Wrote 2 letters. No mail.|
|Feb. 19, 1945||Awoke at 0730 & ate. Washed clothes all day. Rest of fellows went to town. Was going to USO show but Colonel took away transportation. I was tired so went to bed at 2000. 1 letter from Ginna.|
|Feb. 20, 1945||Mission #11
Note: Very accurate flak. Ship 49 missing. Wolf on ship. No mail today.
|Feb. 22, 1945||Awoke at 0700. Went to Group Armament at 0800 and shot skeet. I hit 18. We won 82-74. Went to town this afternoon and took film in. Saw a movie. Received 3 letters tonight.|
|Feb. 23, 1945||No entry|
|Feb. 24, 1945||Awoke: 0400. Briefed: 0545. Took off: 0915. Landed: 1500. Bad weather prohibited us from bombing target or its primaries. Returned with bombs. No credit for mission. My ear is very painful.|
|Feb. 26, 1945||Went to see Group Surgeon. Says ear is ruptured. Cleaned guns on 48. Took some snapshots. Received 4 letters & 1 package. Wrote a couple of letters.|
|Feb. 27, 1945||Saw Group Surgeon this morning. Says membrane is ruptured. Muscles beat up. Have to wait and see. Went on guard duty.|
|Feb. 28, 1945||Had the entire day off. Read a book and played some cards. Was paid $12 for pay. I owed $12 so I am broke. Saw a show. "Mark of Whistler". R. Dix. Received 3 letters from Ginna. Mission tomorrow. Still grounded.|
|Feb. 29, 1945||Leap Year|
|Mar. 1, 1945||Fellows went to Moosbierbaum. I saw Flight Surgeon. Says ear is better. Doesn't feel any different though. Cleaned up tent today and aired clothes. Played some football this afternoon. Received 1 letter from Emily.|
|Mar. 2,1945||Awoke 0630. Ate breakfast and went on sick call. Ear getting better according to Doc. I had gas mask cleaned. Was on gravel detail all day. Received one letter from Helen & V-Mail from Ginna.|
|Mar. 3, 1945||Ate breakfast and saw Flight Surgeon. Ear better. Read in afternoon and did washing. Had a tail gunners meeting last night. 1 letterfrom Emily.|
|Mar. 4, 1945||Awoke at 0730. Ate breakfast and saw Flight Surgeon. Will fly soon. Went to church. Cleaned up tent. Read a book. Fellows went to Graz today. No mail.|
|Mar. 5, 1944||No entry.|
|Mar. 6, 1945||Awoke at 0500, still grounded but will be on flying status tomorrow. Cleaned up tent for inspection. Crews stood down. Saw a movie tonight, "Gildersleeve's Ghost". Very funny. 1 letter from Bubba (brother), Ginna, Emily.|
|Mar. 7, 1945||Awoke 0430. Briefed 0600. Stand down 0800. Went to movie in town, "Iron Major". No mail.|
|Mar. 8, 1945||Mission #12
Note: Target was loaded with cars filled with supplies. Direct hits. 1 letter from Ginna today.
|Mar. 9, 1945||Awoke 0730. Cleaned up tent. Played football in afternoon. Cleaned guns at 1800. No mail. Mission tomorrow. Saw movie.|
|Mar. 10-11,1945||No entries|
|Mar. 12, 1945||Mission #13
Note: Surprised at inaccuracy of flak. No mail.
|Mar. 13, 1945||Reported on detail for cleaning of barn. Finished at 1100. Played a little football. Received a letter from Grandma Han and 1 from Helen. Hall & Ursen & Glenn & Zip left for a week to fly cargo to Yugoslavia. Snack bar tonight.|
|Mar. 14, 1945||Went to Group Armament. Came back and ate. Went to town. Had ice cream & cookies. Saw movie & got laundry. Returned and had one letter from (?). Saw movie tonight.|
|Mar 15, 1945||Stayed in the sack and read. Played some ping pong. Received 2 letters from Ginna.|
|Mar. 16, 1945||Went to town in afternoon had ice cream. Saw some G.I. shorts. Played some craps last night. Lost $10. Received 3 letters.|
|Mar. 17, 1945||Played ping pong this morning. Got rations this afternoon. Also some G.I. movies. Rcvd 3 letters. Played some craps. Won $25.|
|Mar. 18, 1945||Cleaned guns on 46 at 0930 so was unable to go to church. Played ping pong & read in afternoon. Played some craps at night. Won $75. No mail.|
|Mar. 19, 1945||Read in the morning. Played ping pong in afternoon & went to town to get money order. Also got stamps & envelopes. Received 1 letter from Ginna. Answered it & sent $75 money order to her.|
|Mar. 20, 1945||Awoke at 0730. Ate breakfast and cleaned tent. Played ping pong in morning. Was on detail pitching hay in afternoon. Hall, Ursen, Troth & Zip returned from Foggia. Mission tomorrow.|
|Mar. 21, 1945||Mission #14
Note: Briefed for Munich, Germany. Target changed to Bruach before take off. Overcast at Bruach so bombed Graz P.F.F.
|Mar. 22, 1945||No entry.|
|Mar. 23, 1945||Mission #15
Dropped bombs on a place 40mi from Vienna. We aborted because of #1 super charger went out. Right foot frost bitten. 7-500#. 2 P-38 escorted us to Zora. No 3 pos. Plane 49.
|Mar 24, 1945||Mission #16
Note: No escort. Plane #46
|Mar. 25, 1945||Went to Palm Sunday Services then went to town this afternoon. No movie. No played pingpong. 2 letters.|
|Mar. 26,1945||Stayed in yesterday. Got rations. Read all day. Wrote some letters. Received 3 letters.|
|Mar. 27, 1945||Got my laundry. Was suppose to have flown but stand down. Read a book. Received letters from Aunt Hallie, 1 from Dad.|
|Mar. 28, 1945||Awoke 0700 and had breakfast. Read 2 books today. No mail today. Saw a movie, "Animal Kingdom" w/Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, Alexis Smith. (Editors note: Filmed in the autumn of 1943, but wasn't released until 1946, allegedly because of Warner Bros.' lack of confidence in its box office potential.)|
|Mar 29, 1945||Had inspection today. Played some ping pong with Rouch. Went to town this afternoon. Picked up Henry's laundry. Saw a G.I. movie (?) lecture. Very intensely short subject. "Nostradomus IV. Prophesied that Hitler would have his throat cut either by Goering or Himmler. War news is hitting climax. War seems nearly over. I hope so. God grant that we may return to our homes & loved ones. It's a great country that our land of liberty, Amen.|
|Mar. 30, 1945||Stayed in and read today. Played a little catch in the afternoon. Saw a movie, "Gent of Barnary Coast". Wallace Berry. Good.|
|Mar. 31, 1945||Read some in morning. Went to town in afternoon. Saw a movie, "Strike Up The Band". Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney. Had some cookies and ice cream at Red Cross. Got paid. Won $60 in crap game.|
|Apr. 1, 1945||Awoke at 0700, ate breakfast, sent $60 home. Went to church. Played Black Jack in afternoon. Lost $31. Played Black Jack at night. Lost $41. Had a cheese sandwich at snack bar.|
|Apr. 2, 1945||Slept until 0900. Played Craps. Won $8. Went to town & had cookies and ice cream. Saw "Winged Victory". Saw "Mr Sheffington” tonight. Mission tomorrow.|
|Apr. 3, 1945||Played some poker yesterday. Won $10. Dom went to see Grandma in S. Italy. Had (?) at snack bar. fly. Stand down.|
|Apr. 4, 1945||Awoke 0700. Ate breakfast. Stand down. Cleaned tent for inspection by Colonel. Troth, Morris & Brooksflying. Played pinochle with Clyde. Played some poker with (?). Lost $6. Saw V.D. film then movie, "My Pal Wolf". Mission tomorrow.|
|Apr. 5, 1945||Mission #17
Note: 1 letter from Emily.
|Apr. 6, 1945||Awoke at 0630. Went on detail at 0800. Played some ping pong in afternoon & read. Went to see a show tonight, "Broadway To Bowery". Very good cast & play.|
|Apr. 7, 1945||Received rations today. Rather skimpy. Went to town. Saw "Laura". Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews. Very good mystery. Took in my clothes and picked up Morris. Received 4 letters.|
|Apr. 8, 1945||Awoke at 0730. Ate breakfast. Cleaned up tent. Roosh & crew went to Rome. We flew gunnery mission so didn't get to church. Received 5 letters.|
|Apr. 9, 1945||Mission #18 - Italian D Day
Note: 48 had some problems. Reached target in 1 hour but too late for group. Went out twice, and returned twice with bombs. No mail today.
|Apr. 10, 1945||Mission #19
Note: 1 letter from Aunt Aggie.
|Apr. 11, 1945||Around all day. Zip returned from (?). Saw "Atlantic City".|
|Apr. 12, 1945||Cleaned guns on 50. Got gas.|
|Apr. 13, 1945||Was stunned to hear that Roosevelt died yesterday. Went to town and saw movie. Picked up cleaning.|
|Apr. 14, 1945||Played footbal this morning. Got rations today. Received four letters. Dad, Helen, Ginna, dada. Answered 3.|
|Apr. 15, 1945||Mission #20
Note: Henry, Hall, Troth made 25 (missions) today. Received 2 letters, Bob Laird & Aunt Agnes. Lost $10.
|Apr. 16, 1945||Mission #21
Note: Did not drop bombs due to weather. Received 2 letters, 1 from Stan, 1 from Emily
|Apr. 17, 1945||Mission #22
|Apr. 18, 1945||Went to show. Saw G.I. shorts. Saw movie at base, "Bride By Mistake". One letter from Ginna. On guard duty last night. Received package from home. Salami, fish, and crackers.|
|Apr. 19, 1945||Got haueut(?). Washed hat. Read reports in Intelligence. Slept until 1100. No mail today.|
|Apr. 20, 1945||Mission #23
Note: New movie, "Hollywood Canteen". 62 stars.
|Apr. 21, 1945||Had inspection by the wheels. Played ping pong & read. No mail.|
|Apr. 22,1945||Stand down. Went to church. Saw Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, "To Have And Have Not". No mail.|
|Apr. 23, 1945||Mission #24
Note: Saw "The Conspirators" Hedy Lamarr & Paul Henreid. Very good. No mail. Morris is at dispensary - bad tooth.
|Apr. 24, 1945||Mission #25
Note: Flew replacement with Curtis crew. E.M. off the ball(?). R.O. pulled off oxygen and 6 (?). Received 1 letter from Christine, 1 from Aunt Hallie, 2 from Emily. Saw a USO show tonight, "Corn's A Poppin". Had salami sandwich & lemonade.
|Apr. 25 1945||No Entry.|
|Apr. 26, 1945||Mission #26
Note: Made 2 runs. Bombed at 14,000 ft. due to weather. Mts. were 18,000. Good results. No mail.
|Apr. 27-28, 1945||No entries.|
|Apr. 29, 1945||Went to church in morning. Went to town in afternoon. Received 3 letters.|
|Apr. 30, 1945||Went to briefing but had stand down. Saw movie, "Home In Indiana". Was paid $83.40. Won $10 shooting craps.|
|May 1, 1945||No passes today. Played ping pong and read today. Was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Good deal. Won 17 bucks shooting craps. Paid Burke $20, Dominick $10, Glenn $9. Received one letter from Dad.|
|May 2, 1945||Awake at 0700. Went on detail. Cleaned theater and service club. Was screened by the wheels. Wrote four letters. Received two from Emily. Paper said Hitler is dead. Northern Italy surrendered all Italian and German troops tonight. Sent $50 home.|
|May 3-4,1945||No entries.|
|May 5, 1945||Went to (?) lecture. Got rations, saw ball game. Received letters from Peg & Kay.|
This was last entry in diary.