DATE Sun. 12/27-Tues. 12/22
COMBAT FLYING HOURS 17:55 (Total tour 308:30)
TARGET Sousse, Tunisia HOME BASE Abu Sueir, Egypt
BRIEFING 1230 TAKE OFF 1345 LANDING 1700 (Gambut 12/27)
0800 TAKE OFF 1120 LANDING 2245 ( “ 12/28)
TAKE OFF 0925 LANDING 1205 (Abu Sueir 12/29)
CREW CAPT. T. D. Brown PLANE NO. #53 "Poison Ivy"
BOMB LOAD 9-500 lb TARGET TIME not shown BOMBING ALT. 19000'
NO. OF PLANES 9-B24's (ours) & 12 (98th Bomb Group)
BOMBING RESULTS--saw hits on oil tanker and docks ... large fires and great clouds of black smoke. We flew lead ship, 3rd element.
ENEMY ACTION--Very heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. Saw 5 fighters attack 98th planes. One B-24 actually out-ran 3 fighters.
Several 98th planes were badly shot up, but all planes returned to base. Saw 98th shoot down at least one fighter .... saw pilot bail out. Our problem was anti-aircraft. Several ships were hit. Capt. Edmonds in #48 was killed.
OTHER REMARKS--Capt. Brown got special approval for me to fly this mission (I still was officially grounded). We slept in a tent at Landing Ground 139 Sunday night. Used lots of blankets to fight off the cold. Up at 0700 Monday for stand-Up breakfast in mess tent.