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Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 12:02 AM
Everyone,

I have come into the possesion of and actual wartime diary of a WWII airman who served in the Pacific theatre. His name was Albert F. Wright. A girl that I have been dating the past few weeks (her name is Pam) found out I was a History buff and thought I might enjoy her father's mission diary. I about died when I saw it.

Albert passed away several years ago, but he left behind a large family. He was married twice and fathered Pam at the young age of 50 in 1971! According to Pam, her father was proud of his service in the Pacific and gave this diary to her to teach her about the war. Pam kept this diary safe for many years and reads it often when she wants to remember her dad. She was nice enough to loan it to me so I could scan it and post them on the internet for others to read and transcribe.

So, friends let us transcribe this wartime diary and try to figure out what unit and type of aircraft Albert Wright flew with. I haven't read all of the entries yet, but from what I have read so far, my guess is that he flew in a B-24 or possibly a B-25. Luckily he had good penmanship and we can actually understand it.

Here is the first installment and lets go back in time to 1944. I will try to post a new one everyday. I am looking for you guys to transcribe it here in this thread and I will build a little website as a tribute to Albert.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary0.jpg

http://jg777.com/diary/diary1.jpg

P.S. the pics are big on purpose so we can easily read the writing.

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 12:02 AM
Everyone,

I have come into the possesion of and actual wartime diary of a WWII airman who served in the Pacific theatre. His name was Albert F. Wright. A girl that I have been dating the past few weeks (her name is Pam) found out I was a History buff and thought I might enjoy her father's mission diary. I about died when I saw it.

Albert passed away several years ago, but he left behind a large family. He was married twice and fathered Pam at the young age of 50 in 1971! According to Pam, her father was proud of his service in the Pacific and gave this diary to her to teach her about the war. Pam kept this diary safe for many years and reads it often when she wants to remember her dad. She was nice enough to loan it to me so I could scan it and post them on the internet for others to read and transcribe.

So, friends let us transcribe this wartime diary and try to figure out what unit and type of aircraft Albert Wright flew with. I haven't read all of the entries yet, but from what I have read so far, my guess is that he flew in a B-24 or possibly a B-25. Luckily he had good penmanship and we can actually understand it.

Here is the first installment and lets go back in time to 1944. I will try to post a new one everyday. I am looking for you guys to transcribe it here in this thread and I will build a little website as a tribute to Albert.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary0.jpg

http://jg777.com/diary/diary1.jpg

P.S. the pics are big on purpose so we can easily read the writing.

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 12:29 AM
Here's Mission #2. Yep, looks like a B-24. Note comment about #4 engine.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary2.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 12:41 AM
Mission #3:

Confirmed B-24's in this entry.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary3.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 01:09 AM
Mission #4:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary4.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 01:12 AM
Mission #5:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary5.jpg

Droopsnoot
05-24-2004, 02:14 AM
A Liberator was a B-24

LEXX_Luthor
05-24-2004, 03:49 AM
Hey that's a sweet find.

But if she can read it, well that gurantees nothing about our ability to read. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 09:56 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Droopsnoot:
A Liberator was a B-24<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey Droop,

Yes, I know what a B-24 Liberator is, but when I first skimmed the diary I didn't see what kind of aircraft it was. Now we know. I for certain know that Pam has no idea what a B-24 looks like. So, now I can educate her. It will make her happy. BTW Droop, did you keep a similar diary?

BV

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 10:30 AM
well, it is totally easy to read, what help is it you need?

If you give it a go, the first half page will be a bit difficult, but then you'll get into his penmanship and by two pages you'll read it as your own writing.

(I've done 17th cent. manuscrpts, so trust me, this is a nice, easy handwriting!)

It would be very good if you'd copy it out and post it for people or historians.

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 10:37 AM
OK, I'll be nice and do the first page:

"DIARY OF STRIKES

JUNE 24 1944

Today started us on our
first step as to what actual
missions are going to be
like. The target an airfield
on Rubaul is one that has
been knocked out for some
time now, but even at that
we were all rather nervous.
Results wonderful weather
and very little A.A. I didn't
see the bomb hits; but the
mission was rated as ex-
cellent. Three planes were
in the raid."

(When you transcribe, it is a important to respect the line changes. If you meet a difficult word, just transcribe it as ______ and go on, you'll crack it later on. Your first page will have a few underscores and then it will be less and less, and later you'll easily be able to go back and fill in the blanks.)

[This message was edited by Freycinet on Mon May 24 2004 at 02:10 PM.]

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 10:42 AM
Ya it appears to be easier to read then I originally thought. Once you scan and blow up the pages a bit it is easy to read. Regardless, I'll keep posting them for those that are interested.

BV

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 01:04 PM
Mission #6:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary6.jpg

Mission #7:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary7.jpg

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 02:47 PM
ouch, that last page really brings it home, doesn't it?...

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 02:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Here's Mission #2. Yep, looks like a B-24. Note comment about #4 engine.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary2.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"JULY 16 1944

Well I asked for this, and
I guess I shouldn't complain.
Today on our second mission
we really caught hell. The
second zero to make a pass
at us shot #4 engine out,
and then we really caught
hell. Jim kept us in formation
though, and we flew to Wakde
on 3 engines. No wonder
the 5th has named us the
suicide group: 24 airplanes in
this raid, and about 14 zeroes
attackted us."

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Mission #3:

Confirmed B-24's in this entry.

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary3.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"JULY 21 1944

Today completed our third
mission, and our second
one over Yapp. The zeroes
jumped us again today, but
I think for the last time.
All together seven were shot
down, and I got my first
one. An interesting fact I
can enter here is we are fly-
ing the longest missions ever
flew by Army Liberators.
24 planes over the target all
returned safely. Thank God."

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 03:08 PM
Frey,

It's getting more interesting as we go. Lots more to scan. Thanks for transcribing them.

BV

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Mission #4:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary4.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"JULY 28 1944

Well today we hit a new
target the air fields on
Woleia Island. No zeroes
intercepted us, but the A.A.
was the heaviest yet. Boy
an eight hour mission
sure seems short after those
long ones to Yapp. 24 planes
in raid and all returned
safly."

Thanks to runner on the SimHQ forums: the place names are much easier to decipher with the info he has posted there...

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Mission #5:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary5.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"AUGUST 3 1944

We hit Yapp again today,
and what a mission. No
zeroes met us but it may
have been because of the
weather. Just before we hit
the target we ran into a
strong front. So far as we
know no one collided. God
isn't it bad enough to fight
the Japs without fighting the
weather also."

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Mission #6:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary6.jpg

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"AUGUST 7 1944

Well I believe today was
our last strike on Yapp, and
the rumours we are going to
move are almost fact. To-
days mission was of the
type I could stand a lot
of. No zeroes and very little
A.A. 24 plaines took part
and all returned. Probably
the best bombing ever seen
in the South Pacific was
done by our Group today."

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Mission #7:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary7.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

"AUGUST 25 1944

Our first raid from our new
base at Wakde took place to-
day, and it was on Palau.
They told us at briefing last
night we would probably sur-
prize the Japs. May be my
nerves are shot but today I
saw one of our own plains
shot down. All I can say is
please God never let me see
another one. 25 zekes jumped
us and A.A. was heavy and
accurate. This is a tough
target."

Freycinet
05-24-2004, 03:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
Frey,

It's getting more interesting as we go. Lots more to scan. Thanks for transcribing them.

BV<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

you're welcome, thanks for scanning and putting the stuff on a website...

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 03:30 PM
Mission #8:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary8.jpg

Mission #9:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary9.jpg

Latico
05-24-2004, 05:26 PM
I hope your handling this booklet with latex gloves. The oils in your hands could be damaging to the pages later down the road. It does have historical value and should be stored in an Archival manner.

Tis a great find, for sure.

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 08:02 PM
Mission #10:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary10.jpg

Mission #11:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary11.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 08:31 PM
Mission #12:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary12.jpg

Mission #13:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary13.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 08:52 PM
Mission #14:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary14.jpg

Mission #15:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary15.jpg

mllaneza
05-24-2004, 09:41 PM
Thanks for posting these Burnin, take good care of that notebook !

Veteran - Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1993-1951.

aminx
05-24-2004, 09:54 PM
ATT BURNIN:
-----------
what planes are you developing right now?
aminx

http://img25.photobucket.com/albums/v76/aminx/113.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-24-2004, 09:56 PM
Aminx,

Ones I can't talk about yet. Geez. Relax.

BV

Freycinet
05-25-2004, 05:11 AM
hey guys, somebody else wanna step in, I have exams coming up!

Burnin_777_AVG
05-25-2004, 04:59 PM
Mission #16:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary16.jpg

Mission #17:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary17.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-25-2004, 05:14 PM
Mission #18:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary18.jpg

Mission #19:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary19.jpg

Burnin_777_AVG
05-25-2004, 05:25 PM
Mission #20:

http://jg777.com/diary/diary20.jpg

Mission #21:

BV

http://jg777.com/diary/diary21.jpg

huggy87
05-25-2004, 07:16 PM
Wow. I can't believe the girl gave you this and you have only been dating a matter of weeks. Either she does not care about its significance or expects quite a bit in return (ahem... ring). Watch out my friend.

Burnin_777_AVG
05-25-2004, 08:28 PM
LOL...as long as I have them scanned I am happy. I will return the diary once I have them scanned. I will persuade her to keep this thing in a safer place or donate it to a museum or something.

BV

Burnin_777_AVG
05-25-2004, 11:47 PM
Eureka! Pam found Albert's service record. He served with the 23rd BS, 5th BG (not 307th), 13th AF. I will get to scan the service record this weekend. Probably Sunday. This now makes it so much more interesting.

BV

T_O_A_D
05-26-2004, 02:39 AM
Thanks Burnin

Thoughly enjoying it!

Have you checked your Private Topics recently? (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=ugtpc&s=400102)
My TrackIR fix, Read the whole thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=49310655&m=15310285&p=1)
131st_Toad's Squad link (http://www.geocities.com/vfw_131st/)
http://home.mchsi.com/~131st_vfw/T_O_A_D.jpg

PF_RoryOMoore
05-26-2004, 07:14 PM
Hey Burnin

Here are the insignia for Alberts unit: http://premium.uploadit.org/RoryOMoore/AlbertWrightpatches.jpg


Alao I found a couple of pics of crews in his squad:

http://5thbomberbarons.com/assets/images/LilJoToddyCrew.jpg

http://5thbomberbarons.com/assets/images/AdamsCrew23rdBSLil_jo_toddy.jpg

http://5thbomberbarons.com/assets/images/AdamsCrew23rdBS.jpg

Here's where I found the info:

http://5thbomberbarons.com/

&gt;&gt;!S!&lt;&lt; Rory O'Moore, CO Phantom Fighters

http://www.uploadit.org/RoryOMoore/911.jpg http://www.uploadit.org/RoryOMoore/bandera.jpg
http://www.artjunky.com/phantomfighters/images/419x100phantomfighters01.gif (http://phantomfighters.sqhq.net/)

Diablo310th
05-27-2004, 11:32 AM
BV......~S~ great find and great reading.

http://img54.photobucket.com/albums/v166/310thDiablo/Diablos20Sig.jpg

mllaneza
05-29-2004, 08:16 AM
Treat that girl well Burnin, people with a respect for history are getting thin on the ground.

Veteran - Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1993-1951.

Burnin_777_AVG
05-29-2004, 08:46 AM
I bought a new scanner that should speed things up, but I will be in Vegas for the weekend. I'll scan more when I get back.

BV

Copperhead310th
05-29-2004, 02:45 PM
lol Vagas Baby! yeah!
tell Wayne i said Duu Huu...He'll know what you mean.

http://imageshack.us/files/copper%20sig%20with%20rank.jpg
310th FS & 380th BG website (http://www.310thVFS.com)

Droopsnoot
05-31-2004, 06:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Droopsnoot:
A Liberator was a B-24<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey Droop,

Yes, I know what a B-24 Liberator is, but when I first skimmed the diary I didn't see what kind of aircraft it was. Now we know. I for certain know that Pam has no idea what a B-24 looks like. So, now I can educate her. It will make her happy. BTW Droop, did you keep a similar diary?

BV<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry , I didn't see this until now.

No, I didn't keep a diary, because we started out in India where there was too much possibility of it being read by unauthorized people.

Our base had many civilian workers on it and was not consdered"secure".

bobkenney
03-27-2011, 08:57 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Burnin_777_AVG:
I bought a new scanner that should speed things up, but I will be in Vegas for the weekend. I'll scan more when I get back.

BV </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Did you ever finish transcribing and posting these diary entries? If so, where can I access the finished product? I am working on a family book about my father-in'law's Pacific service, and he flew on some of the missions covered by this diary.

Thanks in advance.

Bob