Verne wrote in his diary . . .
Called out on a mission this morning but it was cancelled almost immediately because of the weather conditions. 1 Loafed around barracks all day and lost my ass at blackjack. Have sworn off gambling. It takes time and keeps my mind off of death so it must help some. Doubt if I’ll ever live through this tour but hope to because of Aileen and Allen.
Notes & Commentary
1 It was a bad day for flying . . . .
On the 18th a vigorous depression west of Scotland moved east-south-east and an associated trough moved south-east. Widespread and severe gales prevailed which caused extensive damage and some loss of life. Heavy precipitation occurred in some areas and widespread thunderstorms: there was a temporary rise in temperature. In the rear of this disturbance north-westerly gales were reported at exposed places and there were snow showers and local thunderstorms.
“Monthly Weather Report of the Meteorological Office, January 1945.” Meteorological Office, Air Ministry. (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/k/h/Jan1945.pdf : accessed 15 January 2015).