07 Oct

Letter home written by Flight Officer Joseph Noyes on September 8th 1943

Joe's handwriting from a letter home to his parents

Joseph H. Noyes
Flight Officer
334th Bomb Squadron
95th Bomb Group
A.P.O. 634

September 8th 1943

Dear Mother and Dad,

I haven’t written you in a few days, we have been a little busy again lately.

I just heard over the radio that Italy has surrendered. It will make it a little easier for us now when they start operations out of Northern Italy.

Donna said in one of her letters that you had returned from Frisco after seeing Bob.

My navigator was wounded on a raid yesterday. He probably will never fly again. I haven’t seen him since they took him to the hospital. I won’t be able to get down there for a couple of days yet.

My old airplane Blondie is in the hangar again getting some more repairs and a new engine. They seem to hit her everyday but they can’t knock us down.

If we can just have some good weather for a few days and lots of hopes out, I will be through combat before long. I am sure I will be through by Christmas but I won’t be home just then. Not too long afterwards though I hope.

I had to go into London before a final board for my commission. All I am doing now is waiting for it to come through the mail. It should be here by the first of next week.

When we were in Africa I flew Col. Gerhart across Africa for some plane repairs. He is our new group commander. We hit it off OK. He promised me a 1st just as soon as this comes through. I have been leading a flight quite a bit lately and Captain Conley told me tonight he wanted me to practice leading the group. It means much more work, but I am hoping I will be through before them because you’re right out in front there where you really get the fine works.

I was recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross on our trip deep in Germany when we landed in Africa. It usually takes a couple of months for them to come through. I have two Oak Leaf Clusters in my air medal now.

Well I guess that’s all the news; don’t worry about me they had their chance to knock me down! It’s too late now.

Hope to see you all soon.

Lots of Love all,

Joe

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