August 16, 1943 Up at 5:00AM. Had breakfast. Briefed at 6:00Am. Nearly didn't get off the ground. Had to catch up to the formation. Our target was the airfields at Foggia. There were a lot of fighters and some "ack-ack" but our element was lucky and we got none of it. Though one of the other groups got "ack-ack" and were hit hard by the fighters. Saw several fighters go down then saw at least two B-24's go down. One crew got out and one didn't. Saw them burst into flame when they hit. We were too long over Italy after hitting the target. Got back around 5:00 PM. Was very dusty. The General Ent was around at the briefing. Had supper. Took a dip in the ocean and then retired to the tent. Fell asleep before I could undress. Woke some time during the night and got to bed.