It wasn't until the winter of 1992-1993 that I read completely for the first time the diaries that I had written nearly fifty years before. The journal consisted of three separate notebooks which were sent home with the rest of my personal effects after I was reported "missing in action." For over fifty years they remained stashed away along with the other wartime mementos and I had just forgotten them. Other than my father, I doubt if anyone else had ever read them.
Although the 325th "Checkertail" group has had reunions every year beginning in 1946, it wasn't until 1993 that I attended my first one. In October 1993 the annual reunion was held at Lake Placid, New York. I decided to go as I had never been there and I also wanted to show my diaries to some of my ex-squadron mates. The three diaries created a lot of interest as it brought back memories of a few pilots that had been long forgotten. In July '94 I attended my second reunion held in Minneapolis, Minn. There I met other members of the 318th squadron who suggested that I make copies of the diaries for them.
I decided to copy the three notebooks into one diary. My handwriting was so bad that even I had a hard time deciphering it! For what it's worth, here it is....
Leominster, Mass.
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