December 23, 1944 (page 4)

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pictures hope they turn out all right sure am, sorry about the two C-47! That got shot down.  Saw a couple guys jump out theres usually 3 to 4 men in there on such runs as that.[1]

Listened to the radio news today

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to find out how we’re doing.

“British news says American troops are still holding out at Bastogne.”   Don’t know what they mean by holding out, By god, they won’t let us advance any if they would the Joe-Hops would probably jump up and run the Jerries

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back into Germany[2]

I’m still sleeping in the cellar of the mess hall right on top of a coal pile.[3]

Today was the first day we had any fighters over.[4]  The sky was clear and the sun shone brightly.  We used up about 11 squardrons[5] no.

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. Many of the C-47s were hit with German artillery flak while flying over the southwestern perimeter.  Some of the pilots were able to drop the cargo before parachuting out of the smoking aircraft.
  2. The 101 might have had the motivational rage to “run Jerries back into Germany” but logistically speaking there were too short on ammunition to launch a successful counterattack and were better off “holding out.”
  3. One end of the cellar where the CP had relocated was filled with low-grade black dusty smoke-smelling coal piled nearly to the ceiling.
  4. Fighter planes, either the B-24 Liberator or four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers were spotted high in the clear sky on the 23rd bringing more hope to the men in Bastogne.
  5. 11 squadrons refers to the number of “units” or quantity of planes per coordinated group of C-47s.

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