Wayne’s journal remains silent still.
In England his brother, Verne, continues to record events of his day . . .
Weather equally bad. No flights since last night. Called out for a practice mission, but after fooling around three hours it was scrubbed. Major Wild1 is pretty eager. Wants us to use rank when speaking to any officer. Two missions will change his mind. Finally received our flight pay: £20-5-2. Sure feels good to have money again.2 Sent Aileen $40.00.
Notes & Commentary
1 Major Linn E. Wilde, Jr. His date of rank was July 7, 1944; he was 27 years old. By war’s end, he had been awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Department of the Army, Adjutant General’s Office. Official Army and Air Force Register, 1948. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 1958.
2 In 1945, £20-5-2 was equivalent to $81.64.
“Pound sterling,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pound_sterling&oldid=641509521 : accessed 12 January 2015).