January 16, 1945

Tuesday

In England, Verne wrote in his diary . . .

Weather bad today so no practice missions. Played cards all day, and lost a few dollars. Should quit playing but hate to when we have a few minutes spare time. Checked out my forty-five automatic1 and plan to carry it on every mission. Letter from Ken and he is over here somewhere close.2

Notes & Commentary

1 See “M1911 pistol,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=M1911_pistol&oldid=640477719 : accessed 15 January 2015).

2 Verne’s brother-in-law, 1st Lt. Kenneth E. Cline, was a B-24 pilot. He was stationed with the 392nd Bombardment Group (H), 577th Bombardment Squadron (H), at Wendling, Station 118. Wendling was about 50 miles north of Parham, Station 153, where Verne stationed with the 390th Bombardment Group (H).

“392nd Bombardment Group.” 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association. (http://www.b24.net/392nd/index.html : accessed 15 January 2015)

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