In England, Verne writes in his diary . . . .
We were awarded the Air Medal yesterday. Sure looks swell. Will send it to Aileen as a token of my love to her. Spent most of today trying to find cardboard and paper to send it home. Joe1 and Goldie2 crashed 007 on landing today.3 Both of them got out of it in fine shape. Mail coming in just fine. Pass coming up in a couple of days.
Notes & Commentary
1 “Joe”, 2nd Lt. Joseph M. McAllister.
2 “Goldie”, T/Sgt. George W. Goldthrite.
3 B17-G #44-6007 was damaged due to a fire while landing.
“February 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports,” Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research. (http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Feb1945O.htm : accessed 5 February 2015).
After all I’ve been reading, the Air Medal is long overdue!!
But is it fair that Verne, in the 8th Air Force, should receive an Air Medal after so few missions when Wayne had to accumulate more missions, in the 13th Air Force, to receive his?
I don’t care how much I read – I’ll never understand the inner workings of the military or the government!!