Gave lecture on Plane Identification, also and examination after
lecture. Lecture was given by Lt. Arick.
Nov 12, 1942
Gave lecture on Plane Identification, also and examination on same
following lecture. Lecture was given by Lt. Arick.
Nov 13, 1942
Gave lecture on Plane Identification, also and examination on same
following lecture. Lecture was given by Lt. Arick.
Nov 14, 1942
Classes were held on Jan Grid and Communications. Jan Grid was taught
by Capt. Shaw and communications was taught by Lt. Crowder, classes were
for all combat crews. Attendance was 100%. 2nd Lt. Malcomb Clouter --
The group was officially activated as of this date although it had
been operating since Nov. 1 with four B-17s and four combat crews and a
skeleton organization for each squadron.
Capt. Karl Standish (NMI), the adjutant, had whipped an organization
together and started it going through the motions before Colonel Darr H.
Alkire arrived to take command a few days before the 15th.
The second day after the Colonel came in he gathered the entire
personnel; into the base theater and introduced himself and explained
He said he had been a B-17 man since he Army first accepted them, and
that he had been flying them since at least 1936.
He paid particular tribute to the enlisted men who kept the planes in
service. At the risk of injuring the feeling of the men in combat crews
he declared that these "prima donnas" weren't worth a damn if they
didn't have a solid crew behind them to keep them in the air.
This is rather old stuff, but he gave it in a new twist by giving the
slightest shift of emphasis. It wasn't that the ground crew was
important, or that the ground crew was equally as important as the
combat crew; the way he put it gave a slight edge to the ground crews --
a bit of psychological juggling that way he put it gave a slight edge to
the ground crews-- a bit of psychological juggling that hasn't been
tried before, so far as I know.
He appealed also to enlisted men - called then the backbone of the
group. There seems to be a tendency in the air corps to keep the barrier
low between enlisted and officer personnel. They fight together in the
Also a few words on personal conduct. There would be no rules, he
said. Soldiers in his command were men and hoped they would act like
men. He said if they got in trouble and were right he would back them to
the limit - go their bail and fight to the last ditch. However, if they
were wrong better for them to stay in jail because he'd make more
trouble for them than and jail. He asked for a spirit of friendship
among the men in the group. "If you're walking down the street and see a
buddy who is drunk, don't walk away and leave him to the mercy of some
silly civilian. Get him off the street. Bring him back to camp and put
him to bed. He's a buddy and he's on your team. " The "Old Man" is
realist and no prude. His last remarks were about the Pro Kits that
would be distributed free by the squadrons. "We've got enough for about
one apiece," he said. "Don't let me hear of any of you Don Juan's
grabbing two. "
The theater was full---maybe 400-- and the officers and men, a
flattering audience. I think the thought the CO was a tough cookie and
they were glad.
Nov 16, 1942
Classes were held on the following subjects:1. Jan Grid. 2.
Communications. Jan Grid was taught by Capt. Shaw and Communications was
taught by Lt. Crowder. Attendance was 100%.
Nov 17, 1942
Classes were held on the following subjects: 1. Jan Grid. 2.
Communications. Jan Grid was taught by Capt. Shaw and Communications was
taught by Lt. Crowder. Attendance was 100%.
Nov 20, 1942
Four crews were briefed before going on the Army Navy Joint Canadian
Mission #2. The Officers that did the briefing were as follows: Colonel
Darr H. Alkire & Capt. Shaw.
Nov 22, 1942
Crews returned from mission and was interrogated separately.
Highlights: One crew lost and authenticator -- secret. It blew out the
radio compartment window about 95 miles out over the Pacific. Reports
and affidavits had to be submitted in duplicate and triplicate.
Presumable it fell in the sea and was destroyed.
Nov 23, 1942
An examination was held and conducted by Lt. Arick for all member of
the combat crews of the 100th Bomb Group. The examination was on Plane
Nov 23, 1942
The time for the first move had come. For two days every division has
been gathering up equipment and preparing it for shipment. We have been
informed that the next phase of training will be accomplished at
Wendover Field, Utah. It cannot be said that the announcement of our
next training base was received with mixed feeling. They were unmixed
and all were unhappy. The word had come up by the grapevine. Living
conditions were bad, tar paper shacks. little water, no town within a
hundred miles, cold weather, coal stoves, nothing about it seemed to be
Two trainloads of men and equipment left at 4 this afternoon, 349th,
350th, 351st, and part of the 418th. Headquarters and the remainder of
the 418th will go tomorrow. The trains are combination passenger --
tourist sleeper -- and freight cars. Jeeps and light trucks and staff
cars on flat cars, baggage and equipment in box cars. Mess from a
kitchen car. Service on paper plates.
Of course, this isn't the first move really since we have already
moved once from the temporary headquarters at the base down to the big
base operations office where S-2 had an office of it's own. That luxury
was good only a week and couple of days. Our comfort there made moving
to Wendover doubly disagreeable.
Nov 30, 1942
The last contingent of the 100th arrived this morning. Several score
of men who had been shipped direct from parent groups and routing pools
were already on the field awaiting the arrival of the group. Other began
to come in almost before the Walla Walla Contingent was upacked. Non-com
personnel was drawn chiefly from the 29th Group at Gowen Field.
The S-2 section was set up in a low one-story tar paper barracks
building apart from the other headquarters groups. There is an office in
he center of the long building. On one end there is a combination
lecture room devoted chiefly to identification instruction. It is fitted
with ship and plane models. Each room has it's own stove.
By nine almost everything was piled in the middle of the floor of the
office. There was a typewriter missing and couple of table and a field
desk. Not a bad record for the first move.
Dec 1, 1942
Everything is upacked. the field desk, the typewriter, and a few
other odds and ends straggled in, but the tables are still missing.
However this office is well equipped with two desks, some filing cases
and a coupe of GI mess tables, so the won't be missed until we move.
This is second phase now and things are beginning to move with some
speed. The big problem for S-2 is to conduct at ground school in
cooperation with Operations. This means reports for everybody from
squadron CO's on up. The instruction will include identification,
aircraft and naval, map reading, combat intelligence, etc.
Some new flying officers came in today to round out our complement of
36 combat crews. Colonel Alkire called them together and gave the
Keynote without mincing words. He told them that some of them would be
killed -- that was part of the plenty of actions and do plenty of
He explained that he did not intend to set any rules for their
personal conduct. They were free, white and of age, he said, and should
be capable of excising independent judgment should any turn out to be
bad, they not only would suffer and that he would see to that they did.
The pilots seemed to have adequate training and appeared to be
competent for their jobs. The co-pilots were green kids just out of
school. Most had not time in multi-engined craft. They had just passed
the single engine trainer stage.
Dec 2, 1942
Classes started today. Capt. Shaw gave the first S-2 lecture on Safe
Guarding Military Information. There were more than 100 men attending
and the lecture room was filled to capacity. These combat crews are very
young - most between 20 and 24 - but they listened attentively. Capt.
Shaw gave them an outline of the proper way to handle classified matter
as explained in AR-380-5, and at the end of the period gave them a
little examination. He announced before the lecture that he would do
this and gained a real advantage in holding their attention. These tests
will be given each day and attendance will be checked from the papers
The classes begin at 0815 and the session lasts until 1015. The first
half is devoted to S-2 lectures and the second half is taken by
operations. Two squadrons attend in the morning and two come in the
afternoon from 1300 to 1500 to hear the same lecture.
Dec 3, 1942
Classes in Aircraft Identification were taught by Lt. Burr.
Dec 4, 1942
Lt. Arick taught classes in map reading today.
Dec 5, 1942
Capt. Dolan taught a class in naval identification today. Also today
he was notified that he was being transferred to a new group on the
field (379th). His assignment is Group S-2.
Dec 6, 1942
A class in naval identification was taught today by Capt. Dolan.
Another order had came through revoking his transfer and he will remain
with the 351at for a while yet.
Dec 7, 1942
No classes today. Major Graham of the Wing was in to look the
situation over and advise Capt. Shaw concerning further training plans.
Dec 8, 1942
Capt. Shaw and Capt. Dolan collaborated today in the instruction of a
class. They read a report prepared from an interview with Colonel
Armstrong of the 97th which has been in action on England for
considerable time. This is the last day of the S-2 school sessions.
Group operations is taking over from now on.
Dec 9, 1942
Got rid of the school routine today -- passing out papers, checking
reports, etc. It took a man a quarter a day to take care of this.
Tomorrow we'll begin preparing missions.
Dec 10, 1942
The business of preparing missions outlines and reports together with
the proper overlays began today. Jacklitz and Turner made the overlay, a
triangular mission to Shoshone, Idaho, Preston and Corrinne, Utah, and
back to Wendover. Dry bombing runs, gunnery practice, navigators,
bombardiers, engineers alternation at the co-pilot's controls. Capt.
Shaw briefed the crews and they were interrogated by Capt. Dolan after
the mission. T/Sgt. Donald V. Cook reported for duty today. Personnel
Dec 11, 1942
All hands busy today on overlays. Have one for Lt. Burr, one for Lt.
Arick, two for Capt. Dolan, and one for Capt. Shaw to go to the 418th.
Lt. Arick was temporarily assigned to the 350th on the 9th to get the
squadron started. So far there are only four S-2 officers. Capt. Shaw is
helping the enlisted men in the 418th.
Usually we make the overlays and the squadron men copy them. Five
copies are required for each mission since we keep one in the group
files. We have also started on practice problem - a raid on Lille for
Dec 12, 1942
Fixed up a situation map today with some Plexiglas over a
Communication Chart of the World.
Dec 13, 1942
All squadrons well launched on preparations and execution of missions
now. Briefing, interrogation, all combat functions included.
Dec 14, 1942
Started overlays on Minneapolis - St. Paul area for objective
Dec 15, 1942
Having a lot of trouble with these coal stoves. This morning we came
in and found that during the night the one in the office had exploded
and soot was all over everything. It's the third or fourth time this has
happened. Further more when it's too warm the stove seems to run away
with it's self. When it's too cold the fire doesn't burn worth a damn.
Maybe the trouble is with the firemen.
So far the weather here has been unusually good. It has rained once
and the flying has been interrupted only one day when a low overcast
caused operations to be suspended. The temperature has been above
freezing every day although the nights are cold. No snow yet although it
has snowed some in Salt Lake. Back in the Midwest the early days of
December have been exceptionally cold with temperatures reaching 17
below. Some of the fellows who went to Sioux City with the 97th Group
have written of persistent below zero weather there that compensates for
some of the inconveniences her.
Dec 16, 1942
S-3 said today that S-2 would take the school over again for a few
Dec 17, 1942
Capt. Dolan gave a lecture today on relations with our allies.
Dec 18, 1942
Lt. Arick gave a lecture today on map reading. Colonel Joesph A.
Cella called to tell Capt. Shaw that he was sending 17 enlisted men and
three officers to add to the S-2 complement. The officers are
particularly needed since the 418th squadron has no S-2 and Lt. Arick
has been sent to the 350th reducing Group officer personnel to Capt.
Everybody who wasn't busy with essential duties was mustered out
today to do a little drilling. There must have been more than 500 men
out including all the headquarters detachment -- enlisted and officer
personnel. The drilling went on for about two hours - 1330 to 1530 -
quite a stint for the pencil pushers and typewriter pounders. At the end
of the period the entire group assembled and Colonel Alkire said he
hoped it wouldn't be necessary to hold such drills often, but he wanted
to see a decided improvement in military discipline and courtesy. The
concrete of the ramp is very rough - took about two months our of a pair
of shoes according to the more extravagant estimates.
Dec 19, 1942
Lt. Burr lectured on Objective folders today.
Dec 20, 1942
No classes today.
Dec 21, 1942
A class in orientation was taught today by Capt. Dolan, who has been
assigned to a new group which has not yet arrived at this field. Until
it arrives he will fill in with the Group S-2 section.
Five new officers reported for duty today. They are Capt. Lathrop W.
Arnold, S-2 at the 418th; 1st Lt. Ronald K. Merritt, P. I. at the 418th;
2nd Lt. Paul F. Mackesey S-2 350th; Capt. Edward L. Johnson, S-2 at
351st; and 2nd Lt. John E. Schwartz, P. I. S-2 at 351st.
Dec 22, 1942
Lt. Arick conducted a class in map reading today.
Dec 23, 1942
Lt. Burr gave a lecture on Objective Folders today. Got our first
real snow. About 2 inches on the ground early this morning but it
rapidly melted away and the weather was bright and clear all day - like
May day in Illinois. Two more officers reported for duty today. They are
2nd Lt. Robert Hogg (NMI) P. I. at 349th and 2nd Lt. John E Gregg, P. I.
At 350th. Lt. Arick is to be shifted back to Gp HQ.
First casualties today : Two planes out on practice missions came
down early this morning. They encountered thick weather, snow and became
lost. One ship 4252-91, 418th, made a belly landing near Rock Springs,
Wyoming. The ship was pretty well washed up, but none of the crew was
hurt. The ship was sent to the depot at Ogden for reconditioning.
The other ship, 4253-49 ran out of gas and undershot an emergency
landing field near Mt. Pleasant, Utah. It came down in a meadow, a
successful landing; ship and crew undamaged. Filled with gas and oil the
next day and flown back.
Both crews were briefed before take-off and the weather situation was
outlined for them.
Dec 24, 1942
Capt. Dolan gave a lecture today on ship identification.
Dec 25, 1942
Capt. Arnold gave a lecture on airplane identification in ground
school to certain members of the 351st and 349th squadrons.
Christmas greeting were exchanged frequently among the officers and
men who had occasion to meet in the S-2 office. The enlisted personnel
looked forward eagerly to a Christmas dinner at the noon hour, but found
only hamburgers and two vegetables, including potatoes, upon arrival at
the mess hall. They wondered if any Christmas dinner would be at all
forthcoming, and learned later it was scheduled for 2030. It was really
2100 before they served themselves, filling their mess kit plates as on
any other day.
In the office business was carried on as usual. Work continued on
The day began with pleasant weather, and a white Christmas seemed an
impossibility, but in the afternoon the wind came out of the northwest
and drove clouds of snow before it, thus fulfilling the requirements of
a white Christmas. The cold increased with the growing intensity of the
wind as the night wore on. Windows rattled and unbarred doors slammed
back and forth under the onslaught of a strong gust. At bedtime the sky
was clear and bright with the light of the white moon which outshone
many of the nearby stars.
Dec 26, 1943
Capt. Arnold gave a lecture today on plane identification.
Dec 27, 1942
Sunday and no classes today. Capt. Shaw received word he was to head
the advance party in Sioux City. He will leave tomorrow morning with
four second lieutenants - one from each squadron.
Dec 28, 1942
Capt. Shaw gone and Lt. Arick in charge. Lt. Arick gave a lecture on
Dec 29, 1942
Capt. Johnson gave the boys some more on map reading today. We
started to pack up. Turner off. Jack and I stuffed books and papers and
airplane models into packing cases all day. The big job is now done, but
there still remains a lot of loose ends to care for. Two new - three new
crates - have been made for us. Soon we'll have all we need for this
Dec 31, 1942
Continued with the packing all day. Getting ready for departure at
1600 tomorrow. New Year's Eve on the desert. Some celebrating in the
Officer's Club and the Stateline Hotel was fully occupied, both the bar
and the restaurant with soldiers and civilians. A few radios in
scattered barracks patrolled the air waves from east to west as the New
Year rolled across the country, but there seemed to be less celebrating
than on Christmas Eve. The weather was ideal -- fairly warm and clear -
a fine night.
Jan 1, 1943
The first day of the New Year and we're on the move. All the other
squadrons left wither early this morning or last night. The 418th with
headquarters detachment pulled out at about 1715 Pacific time this
afternoon. The packing and loading went a little smoother than it did
from Walla Walla. The group is learning more a bout moving. We left our
transportation behind for the 379th, so there wasn't so much to move as
there was from Walla Walla. Wendover supplied another one of those nice
clear days for out take-off. The planes left after we did and went for a
tour of airfields before coming into Sioux City.
Jan 2, 1943
All day on the train. A troop train is liked less by soldiers than
almost anything else they experience in a peaceful country. They are
dirty, cramped, without much ventilation and sometimes without much
heat. Two in a lower and one in the upper just about takes care of the
sleeping situation so that nobody gets too much sleep. Still it could be
worse. One of the boys had ridden from Florida to Seattle in one of
those old fashioned coaches with a pot bellied stove in the center for
heat and rattan seats. That capped the hard luck stories and nobody
bitched for a while.
Jan 3, 1943
Still riding, out of the mountains now, running through the level
country east of Denver. The Chaplain gave a sermon today. Told us that
he was man with all of man's innate sinfulness and weakness, but that he
couldn't surrender to evil because of his convictions, because he was
saved. The food on this trip was much better that it was on the trip
from Walla Walla. Meals on time and three times a day.
Jan 4, 1943
The journey ended today. Pulled into Sioux City at a about 0430 this
morning and remained on the train awaiting transportation until about
1030. Everybody very impatient to get off and get going. The weather was
cold, but clear and sunny. Streets were a glare of ice. Could hardly
walk on them; some snow but only in secluded spots. Managed to get part
of our stuff off the train and unpacked. Moved in with operations, and
then moved out - not enough room. Set up now in large room - pleasant
but rather cold. Heating system is not too good. Got through about 2100
and went to the barracks. Steel beds had been taken out and trucks were
bringing in wooden beds in paper boxes. We set them up and got to bed
Jan 5, 1943
Moving in and getting started. A big job to do. Several new men
coming in. 2nd Lt. Lawrence E. Baird reported for duty as assistant S-2.
Privates Richard P. Wyatt and Joseph L. Smith joined the enlisted staff.
Jan 6, 1943
Still unpacking, trying get material for our new situation map case,
supplies etc. Lost our upright typewriter and had to take a substitute -
not so good.
Jan 7, 1943
The 99th left eleven planes here, and we inherited most of them. The
99th had tough luck with it's training schedule. When we moved in here
they moved out to the satellite fields. Consequently our squadrons are
all here on this field and we really have not yet begun third phase
training. If things go well we may get across before the 99th. It is
said the 99th lost a large proportion of it's men because of transfers
before it left here. Morale was very low.
Jan 8, 1943
The Colonel was in today to find some material on Jan Grid. Unhappily
our filing system failed and we couldn't find the material. that
provided the stimulus for the job of overhauling our files. The job has
been long over due. Worked most of the day on it with the help of one to
two men most of the time.
Jan 9, 1943
Finished the files today -- overhauled the card index, the safe file
and key and cabinet file. Things should be in place now where we can put
our hands on them. Also got the situation map put together and set up.
Our models are up now too and with cards attached to the wires to supply
information abut wind span, length, speed, range, etc. Jacklitz was not
notified today that he is to report for officer training school at Ft.
Belvior (Engineers) on the 21st. He will be leaving soon and we will
need another P. I.
Jan 10, 1943
Began working on missions today for the group. The first is a
Rendezvous mission to be run by two squadrons. Each squadron sends three
planes, each by a different route, to Kingman for the rendezvous and
then to Emporia for a dry run and back to Sioux City.
Jan 11, 1943
Mission to Kingman and Emporia is all set and probably will run
tomorrow -- 349th and 351st. Also started a reconnaissance mission --
Norfolk, Kearney and Great Bend. This will be strictly photos. So far
those that have been taken are practically useless because they were
Jan 12, 1943
Bad weather held up mission to Emporia -- postponed until tomorrow.
Have started working up a few missions to be kept on ice until we need
them. One is an interception mission with he interception southeast over
Sedalia, Mo. Two squadron missions.
Jan 13, 1943
Bad weather still holding up all but local flying, but there is
plenty of that. The weather is now warm and the fields are muddy. Its
the January thaw.
Jan 14, 1943
Mission to Emporia, Great Bend and Sedalia are all ready, but flying
weather has been lacking. Squadron missions are going through pretty
well, but conditions have been unfavorable for group missions. We also
have a mission ready now to go over the southern part of Lake Michigan
to Grand Rapids and back over Milwaukee.
Jan 15, 1943
Warm weather still continues making plenty of mud. No chances for a
group mission yet. Lt. Arick and Lt. Baird are working objective folder
for Dallas and St. Louis.
Jan 16, 1943
Cold weather has struck again. Started getting cold this morning and
got colder and colder all day. In the afternoon it began to snow and the
drifts started to pile up. Got some information from the Denver Chamber
of Commerce and Turner is in town today trying to fill up the gaps. No
flying at all today.
Jan 17, 1943
Cold continues today. Fifteen below zero - no flying - snow in the
air with low over cast
Jan 18, 1943
Colder today, 22 below zero this morning. Attempts to start engines
were unsuccessful. Hood engine heaters failed 'to produce enough heat to
take the chill out of the engines.
Jan 19, 1943
The cold weather is breaking today and there seems to be a
possibility that normal operations can be resumed tomorrow.
Jan 20, 1943
Thawing today, started mass production of missions this afternoon.
Got orders for six as soon as possible. This means preparation of
overlays, assembly of pictures and preparations of mission outlines.
Jan 21. 1943
Working on regular missions and an extended mission to Tampa. The
Tampa mission is to be flown by planes from each of the squadrons. The
first two missions were delivered tonight and are to be flown tomorrow.
The others will be completed tomorrow - Grand Island mission is to be,
Beatrice, Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines and other towns within a 350 mile
Learned today that the 100th is going to be held up for three months.
Don't know the exact reason, but rumors say it has something to do with
lack of shipping, need for replacement combat crews rather than groups,
and the possibility of sending the 100th out with B-29s.
Jan 22, 1943
First group mission competed successfully. Flying weather OK; fairly
warm, but getting colder toward evening. 349th and 351st flew the
Jan 23, 1943
The blizzard is back, but not quite so cold. Operations not entirely
suspended. Having some trouble with group missions. Field orders from
S-3 don't coincide with S-2 mission outline - planes not available, etc.
All are things that will have to smoothed out before a group can be
ready for combat.
Lt. Burr brought his men up to the group office today and gave his
weekly news summary. Colonel Alkire sat in and Lt. Gore from A-2 was
there; it was a good show.
Jan 24, 1943
Sunday, and the place is rumbling with rumors about were we are to
spend the three months and what we shall be doing. Kearns, Utah, Scott's
Bluff, Neb. , Salina, Kansas are some of the candidates. Speculation on
the function of the group is imaginative, but seems mostly centered on
some kind of training assignment.
Jan 25, 1943
THINGS ARE COMING A LITTLE CLEARER NOW. WE'RE GOING TO KEARNEY, NEB.
AND ACT AS A SORT OF PARENT GROUP FOR FOURTH PHASE TRAINING. COMBAT
CREWS WILL BE SEPARATED AND SENT OUT WITH OTHER GROUPS. WHAT THE GROUND
ECHELON IS GOING TO DO IS MORE THAN I KNOW. KEARNEY IS A BRAND NEW BASE
AND FOR A WHILE THERE WILL BE PLENTY TO DO JUST TO GET AN ORGANIZATION
Jan 26, 1943
Major Davenport, A-2, 21st Wing, called Capt. Shaw yesterday a couple
of times and today he and Lt. Arick, the group staff including Colonel
Alkire and the squadron S-2s went down to Salina to look the situation
over and learn the score.
Jan 27, 1943
Most of the Salina visitors came back today, but Colonel Alkire and
Capt. Shaw remained for another day to look at facilities at Kearney.
Lt. Arick brought back two boxes full of confidential material which we
shall be using in the work at Kearney.
Jan 28, 1943
Marking time, Capt. Shaw away on 24 hour pass - have to start packing
soon - not word has come through yet.
Jan 29, 1943
Started packing today. It looks now as though we would be going out
about the middle of next week. Normal operations are practically
Jan 30, 1943
The 351st pulled out today. There seems to be a plan to send the
group out a squadron at a time. The 351st is to pave the way for the
others that follow; clean the place up, get a kitchen to operate etc. We
are all set for departure anytime now.
Jan 31, 1943
Got the last weekly report in to the 15th Wing. Now we are officially
finished with our three phases of training. The next report will be for
the 21st Wing. 349th pulled out tonight.
Feb. 1, 1943
Loaded all our equipment on a freight car today. We're going down
with the 350th so that we can be ready to begin operations as soon as
possible. Capt. Shaw and Lt. Arick are driving down in the morning
tomorrow; we'll leave later the same day.
Capt. Arnold, Lt. Baird, Lt. Galliman, Lt. Justice and Lt. Tatala
received orders today to leave the group for about three months of
detached service. Lt. s Baird and Tatala along with Capt. Arnold went to
the 29th Group at Gowen and Callinan and Justice to some group at
Feb. 2, 1943
Killed time all day waiting for night to come so that we could get on
the train and be off. At last we got the word to fall out. This was
about 1830. After waiting an hour and half the train pulled in and we
piled aboard. There was plenty of room in the coaches. It had been
fairly warm all day and soon after we boarded the train it began to
rain. Rain continued as long as we were awake. Spent about four hours
switching around and waiting. Finally left Sioux City about 2230. The
350th takes good care of their men on a trip; we had sandwiches and
fruit, besides a lot of stuff we brought along with us.
Feb. 3, 1943
Slept on the couches - laid the backs down and we could sleep quite
comfortably. Laid over most of the night in Concil Bluffs. Left Omaha
early in the morning and pulled into Kearney about 1000 today. Backed
our train into the base and began unloading almost immediately. Had all
our equipment in an office by 1500 and had the stuff fairly well
unpacked. Have a pretty nice layout; large lecture hall, an office room,
and a storage room with a brick vault.
Feb. 4, 1943
Getting settled today. Got a scare this morning when Capt. Shaw
announced that he had been informed that we would be doing a briefing
tonight. Everybody rallied around to get maps ready; eventually it was
called off; the maps were pieced together and the routes marked in red
tape. They will be hung in the theater when the briefing comes off.
Feb. 5, 1943
Word finally came through concerning our new location. We are to
vacate t his building and move into an identical one which is now being
used by the base. It is near the control tower and will be much more
convenient for us. We have the same relative position in the building -
an office, briefing room, vault and storage space. We'll probably use
the briefing room for a library.
Feb. 6, 1943
Accomplished our first briefing today - S/A and S/P. Capt. Shaw
opened because Colonel Alkire was called away. Did a good job and the
boys ate it up. These fellows are a cocky bunch, but they listened
respectfully. The session was a long one. Major Egan followed Capt. Shaw
and he was followed by Lt. Iannaccone with Lt. Gonzales, the Group
Navigator, next and that finished S/A. S/P was given by Capt. Bowman and
a navigator sent up from the 21st Wing. He gave a swell talk drawing on
a personal experiences. Capt. Hardy, 350th medical officer, wound up the
show with a little medical briefing. The session lasted from 0830 until
Feb. 7, 1943
The moving into new quarters at Building 266 was the principal order
of the day.
Although the buildings are identical, the stoves in 266 are in much
better working condition. We are much nearer to Group Headquarters and
other important offices of the base.
Feb. 8, 1943
Capt. Shaw, Lt. Arick, each of the Squadron S-2's Lts. Burr, Harritt,
and Captains Johnson and Bowman left for Salina for the purpose of
attending a briefing.
Feb. 9, 1943
Bad weather set in and grounded the visitors at Salina. In the
evening lights and power failed without warning at 2100 hours, producing
varied effects on the personnel on duty in the offices of our building.
High winds with increasing velocity sent the temperature downwards, and
raised a great deal of dust, giving noisy testimony to the fact we are
in the great Dust Bowl.
Feb. 10, 1943
The temperature in the early AM hours reached the low level of 40
F. The lights were still out of commission. The bad weather abated
somewhat in the he afternoon enabling Capt. Shaw and his visiting party
to return late in the afternoon from Salina.
Feb. 11, 1943
Lt. Arick left in the afternoon to go to Sioux City for the purpose
of securing maps for the new war room now under construction.
Feb. 12, 1943
Lt. Arick returned from Sioux City and distributed lecture
assignments to the squadron
Rumors concerning the granting of furloughs becoming strong among
personnel, both commissioned and enlisted.
Feb. 13, 1944
M/Sgt Kirkpatrick was off on a very important mission today. He was
married to Thelma Marie DeMott of Chicago, IL. This is the first event
of it's kind in the history of the Group S-2. Developments concerning
furloughs took a more definite shape late in the afternoon when Capt.
Shaw talked of traveling distances from Kearney, NB to the home
communities of the office personnel.
Feb. 14. ,1943
M/Sgt Kirkpatrick requested of each enlisted man a memorandum
specifying dates of first and second preferences for furloughs. It is
planned to arrange them so that one enlisted man at a time will be away,
and so that each will have from sent to ten days commensurate with he
length of traveling time required to reach home.
Feb. 15, 1943
It becomes more and more evident we may have to move to new quarter,
but there is no definite indication as to the exact location to be taken
Feb. 16, 1943
Today the first of the Group S-2 personnel got under way on his
furlough, which in this case will be doubly important inasmuch as the
trip is a honeymoon as well.
Feb. 17, 1943
In the middle of the afternoon we moved all our belongings to new
quarters. With our personnel somewhat reduced due to the absence of
M/Sgt Kirkpatrick it took a little longer to get things packed, and it
was past supper time before everything was deposited safely in the new
office. From now on we occupy the end of the west wing of building 102,
along with the S-2 offices of the Squadrons. The windows in this new
location are much larger and the amount of sunlight that comes in during
the day augments the meager heating facilities (three old stoves) to the
extent of obliging us to open the windows at noon.
Feb. 18, 1943
Today we were busy accomplishing the arrangement of the desks,
chairs, packing cases, table, etc. to suit our greatest possible comfort
and efficiency. The packing cases were placed to one side, ant the desks
were so arranged that a definite line of demarcation is discernible. As
we proceed we found documents and bulletins that could be of use to the
23rd processing group. This we dispatched to them as soon as possible.
T/Sgt Cook was transferred to Group Headquarters, and at the present
time we have available only three enlisted men.
Feb. 19, 1943
A slight mix up in the furniture situation gave us a little work
today. The inventory begun in our former quarters was forgotten by most
of us, and only one of us gave it an occasional thought. There were some
visits made here by members of the S-2 section of the 23rd Processing
Group, with the motive of getting information and organization. This may
have given some of us an enhanced sense of our importance.
Feb. 20, 1943
Today Capt. Shaw suggested we take inventory of all things belonging
to our office. This is a big undertaking and it is expected that it will
take several days to complete. There will be of necessity a great deal
of detail, and there will be by-products benefit of having the men doing
the inventory get more fully acquainted with the organization and
function of our offices. Most of them have been with us only part of the
time that Group S-2 has been in existence. Consequently daily duties
have prevented them from taking time to learn what this office has
acquired before they were brought into the organization.
Feb. 21, 1943
Today we continued our work on the inventory. Capt. Shaw devised a
training schedule of lectures of vital importance for the next two
months. The subjects covered include the customs, history, political
background and geography peculiar to the countries to be visited by
combat crews. In a sense they are formalized department of a large scale
Feb. 22, 1943
The first examinations in aircraft and naval identifications were
given on Sunday night and last night. They were conducted by our
Squadron S-2 organizations because the 23rd Processing Group is not yet
ready to function. The results showed that although the boys were pretty
well instructed on aircraft identification, they were pretty weak on
Feb. 23, 1943
Moved again today for the fourth time since we hit this base. This
time we completed the circle and moved back into the rooms in which we
first settled. There is no telling how long we shall be here since we
have lost any priority we might have had for space to the 3rd Processing
Group and are functioning merely as the adjunct to it temporarily.
Feb. 24, 1943
Hard at work on the inventory again. Sgt Turner left today to go back
to New York on his furlough and Kirkpatrick returned. The weather has
been extraordinary mild the last few days, and it seems as though spring
must be just around the corner.
Feb. 25, 1943
The inventory was completed today, and we have begun a check on the
receipt's we signed to determine whether we have all the material we are
charged with. That is a big job, since it is not easy to locate all the
stuff now. Of course quite a bit if it is missing temporarily or
permanently. No shortage in confidential and secret classifications.
Feb. 26, 1943
Worked the files a little today, trying to make more room in the
Feb. 27, 1943
Colonel Alkire back on the and he requested today that the period of
waiting should be utilized for instruction of personnel remaining with
the group. S-2 was officially assigned a weekly news summary.
Feb. 28, 1943
Getting a program of instruction organized by Squadron S-2's. This
will include weekly news summaries as well as lectures on specific
topics for ground personnel.
Mar 1, 1943
Received a request from 2nd AF today to return all metal airplane
models. Sent letter to the Squadrons requesting that models issued to
them be returned.
Mar 2, 1943
All airplanes models packed in a big wooden box; weighs about 200
personnel taking turns taking off early in the afternoon - there
isn't much to do.
Mar 3, 1943
Going through our restricted material to sort out items that we can
spare to send back to the 2 AF with the models. The near zero weather of
the last couple of days has moderated and the temperature is almost back
Mar 4, 1943
Drew up schedule for the use of the lecture room here by Squadron S-2
lecturers. Thirty-eight new co-pilots came in this afternoon to join the
Group. Our first pilots are being sent out as flight commanders; our
co-pilots are being moved up to first pilots; and these boys are taking
over the co-pilot's jobs. We'll give them most of their ground school
training and they will then join our first pilots on detached service to
complete their training.