Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The POW Diary of John Teune: Final News of Fellow Pilots, a USO Show, and Letters Home

The Teune brothers in their Army Air Corps uniforms. John is second from right.

September 2, 1944

Spent several hours in library before noon. Signed payroll, met McKenna. Report had come back to Squadron that Dyer and Red were P.O.W. Most all the original 1st Pilots went home. Capt. Hyde went down with Goodal over Austria. Sagert and crew put in 49 missions and bailed out over Yugoslavia, but got back O.K. Sagert flew another mission to get his Captaincy. Almost all the 1st Pilots became Captains before going home. Those that went home were: Sagert, Manlove, Johnson, Ensign, Bouganer, Capps, Guttina, Joyce, Randall. Richards is Operations Officer, Side Brooks went down, P.F. Johnson was killed at field when he crashed with bombs and one engine on fire. In the afternoon saw a good USO show and washed some clothes. At night, a movie, wrote Ruth and the Judge.

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