James Collison mission May 9, 1943

MAY

Sunday 9

Messina

Today is Mother's Day-makes me wish I were home. We went on a raid today to Messina, Sicily. We didn't get there due to engine failure. We turned back on the coast of Italy and feathered No. four engine. We returned with all the bombs (three, two thousand pounds). Fred made a good landing despite the fact an engine was out and the bombs were still intact. Received a letter from Mother today-was very glad to hear from her. ..... Bob and I went for a swim in the Mediterranean-the surf was swell and we had a lot of fun. We are posted for the next mission. That is all for today. .....