This post doesn't not include letters, but I wanted to include these documents somewhere. As I was going through my Dad's files when I first began working on this project, these documents took my breath away. I'm sure they were more or less like "form letters" but they seem to describe my father's condition in March 1945. I'm pretty sure "moderately severe operational fatigue" described all the air crews, and anyone who had been overseas fighting in the air or on the ground for 10+ months.
[Transcription of above document.]
486th BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON
340th BOMBARDMENT GROUP (M)
ARMY AIR FORCES
APO 650, US Army
20 March 1945
SUBJECT: Rotation of Combat Crew Personnel.
TO: Commanding Officer, 486 the Sqdn, 340th Bomb Gp (M).
1. In accordance with memorandum, Headquarters AAF/MTO, I hereby certify that 1st Lt. Adams, Angelo (NMI) 0-741436 has completed 66 combat missions totaling 197 hours and 40 minutes as Navigator, and has been on foreign duty since 11 April 1944.
2. Lt. Adams is in a state of moderately severe operational fatigue as a result of his many infrequent leads as navigator and together with his numerous hazardous experiences. He was first in a plane with a nose wheel collapse, then a tire blew out on take-off. Then a single engine over the mountains and finally with a hydraulic failure. He has been over the Brenner Pass at least twenty (20) times and his judgement has been seriously hampered to the point where it is no longer advisable to fly him.
3. I recommend that Lt. Adams be returned to the States for rehabilitation and reassignment.
CHARLES B. WATHEN
Captain, Med Corps
486 BOMB SQ. 340 BOMB GP (M), APO 650 US Army, 20 March 1945
TO: Commanding Officer, 340th Bombardment Group (M)1
1. The statements of the Squadron Surgeon concerning 1st Lt Adams, Angelo 0-741436, present a true and accuate analysis of Lt. Adams’ condition.
I concur with the recommendations of the Squadron Surgeon in that Lt. [...Angelo Adams...paper is torn.......] returned to the United States for rehabilitation and reassignment. [ ……paper torn………] does not desire to fly a tour with MATS. All earned awards have been [………paper torn……..] general orders. Lt. Adams MOS is 1036.
ROBERT M HACKNEY
Major, Air Corps
[Transcription of above "Certificate."
486th Bombardment Squadron
340th Bombardment Group
20 March 1945
I certify that 1st Lt, Adams, Angelo, 0-741438 was removed from combat flying status on 20 March 1945 by reason of an aviation accident (exhaustion as a result of prolonged combat duty) and, except for the incapacitating accident, the enlisted man concerned would have been continued in a combat flying status for the period from 20 March 1945 to 20 June 1945, inclusive, and therefore is entitled to receive flying pay for that period in accordance with provisions of paragraph 2 (10), AR 35-1480 and Letter, subject: “Certificate for Enlisted Men, Aviation Accident”, WD, Hqs, AAF, dated 23 August 1944.
Robert M. Hackney, Major
Charles B. Watham
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.