On July 18, Ang reports that he's restless and wishing for a rough mission. It's no wonder because being stuck in the hospital with no missions since July 6 would make anyone restless. Of course he gets his wish the next day and earns Cluster #1. He mentions a big dance at the club that he helped build back in May. He also says that Betty's package took 20 days to arrive! Perhaps that's the one she mailed June 27?
Betty reports meeting her Aunt Kay and son Tom who arrived from Chicago. Mostly her diary reports her usual activities and notes receiving a $10 raise. Another nice change is a day at the beach in Long Beach. On the 24th, she gets Ang's July 13th letter saying he should be out of hospital in a few days!
July 17. Up late and to Mass. Went to park for while but no sun. Ironed and read in evening. Bed about 10:30.
Form 5. July 17. T-17, Training flight as navigator, B25-J, 1:15h
[There was a mission on the 17, but Ang is not listed on the crew sheet. He hadn't had a mission since July 6 so I'm sure this was a "refresher" flight to make sure he was ok to fly after being sick. The time in the hospital was a real setback in the effort to get the required number of missions. That number was a moving target itself!]
July 18. Warmer today. Met Kay and Tom. Herm got in for a second - just a second. Didn’t do anything all evening. Bath & bed 10:30.
[V-Mail, no envelope]
Gosh, Babe, I sure have been restless the last few days. You know how I get—can’t sit and can’t stand—want to do something and don’t know what (or do I). I guess it was all that laying around in the hospital that did it. What I need is a good drunk or a good rough mission to take the edge off. Oh well, I guess I’ll live.
Say, dear, send me a copy of the current “Esquire”, will you?
Gosh, I’m so restless I can’t even sit still long enough to finish this letter. I suppose Kay is out there by now—I hope everything turns out all right for them. Let me know how they come out on the trailer deal, will you?
I love you, hon—Love, Ang
July 19. Rather warm today. Got David’s present—after work. Wrote Ang all evening—in a mood—Tom sort of mean. 10:00
Form 5. July 19. C-19, Combat flight as navigator, B25-J, 2:25h
[See crew sheet for July 19 at "Official Documents" tab.]
[FROM ANG'S FLIGHT LOG. MISSION 17]
Sassuola R.R. Bridge
Pattern in center of bridge.
12 FW & ME 109's attacked. Shot rockets at us.
Scared us--did not know what they were
[Ang doesn't note it here, but we know from orders that came in December, that he earned his first oak leaf cluster on this mission. The ribbon bar at the top of page shows the ribbon representing the Air Medal with two of his Oak Leaf Clusters.]
July 20. The days are sure long these days. Met family after work and to movie—had a bite out. Washed hair and to bed about 10:30.
[V-Mail. No envelope.]
I got the candy and the Readers Digest yesterday—thanks a lot. It only took 20 days—and that’s pretty good time. I really go for that candy—I’d appreciate it if you would send me a lb. or two.
We had a big dance at the new club last night—four nurses. I went over for a little while—had a couple of “Gin and Juice”, and then came home and finished the Readers Digest. Ho, hum—such exciting lives we combat men lead.
I got a letter from Kay—and she and Tom were leaving—so I guess she’s out there by now.
I love you darling—Love, Ang
July 21. Worked sort of hard and steady today. Mr. S. for dinner. Wrote letters all evening.
[V-Mail. Postmark 8-2-44]
You’re a darling—do you know that. The P.X. had run out of tooth powder for about a week—and so had I. Just when my teeth were about ready to fall out foul and dirty—your package came with a beautiful can of pepsodent. Its just like being home with you supplying my needs—did I ever tell you that I loved you—If I didn’t, I do!
I’m glad you appreciate my efforts in letter writing (your love for writing “Uncle” John)—I do my best to please. I get so bored sometimes—it’s a pleasure even to write letters—but when I start I get restless and I can never seem to finish a really long letter—excuses, excuses—I love you—Love, Ang
July 22. In office alone today. Got a raise too -- $10 a month. To park in PM - couple hours. Confession in evening.
July 23. To Mass at 9:00. Then down to Long Beach. To beach all PM - and got some sun. Came home about 8:30. Dead tired.
July 24. Had a letter from Ang and he’ll be released from hospital in a few days. Sure glad it’s nothing. Wrote letters all evening. Bed about 10:00.
Form 5. July 24. C-24, Combat flight as navigator, B25-J, 2:45h
[See crew sheet for July 24 at "Official Documents" tab.]
[FROM ANG'S FLIGHT LOG]
Chivasso R.R. Bridge
Pattern in middle of bridge
July 25. Did some shopping at noon - bought some hats. Mr. S. for dinner. Herm in too - stayed here all night. To movies. 1:00AM.
Joni Adams Sesma, daughter of Angelo and Elizabeth Adams. Ang served on Corsica with the 57th Bomb Wing, 340th Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Squadron. April 1944-April 1945.