James Collison mission April 10, 1943


Saturday 10


Today it actually happened. I went on my first raid - Naples - was the target. It was very thrilling and not half as frightening as I thought it would be. Coming off the target I was nervous and thought of all the things that could have happened. The entire flight was 9:30 hours-we met fighter opposition-and medium anti-aircraft fire. I'd say there were about twenty to thirty fighters (Me-109 - Macchi-202-200 - one Ju-88). The Ju-88 dropped two light bombs on the formation. Have heard no report as to the damage done. Sgt. Hickey had a bullet from an ME 109 go through his jacket. Plenty close call I'd say. ........