Frederick W. Nesbitt, Jr. Mission January 11, 1943

The following was taken from my diary.

Monday, January 11, 1943, "left the Delta for L G 159. Was co-pilot to Major Richard Sanders. Left 159 at 11:30 for Naples. Arrived Naples 6:00 P.M., and had heavy ack-ack. Back to 159 at 10:00 P.M. Bombed from 23-000 feet. Couldn’t see results and we were in an 8 plane formation. Each plane had five 1,000 pound bombs. We went to bed at 10:30."

Tuesday, January 12, 1943, "Up at 7.:00, and found that Colonel Payne and crew, including Ziesel, was shot down. One man hit the silk, all the rest believed dead . When we landed last night, took the prop off an L B 30, too close for comfort.”

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