Journal Entry Rules

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  Below you will see text and a picture for each journal entry. Right below this you will see the rules of which I will ensure this blog will follow and other information:

  • Every journal entry post will be numbered
  • Every journal entry post will have text, anything that is in quotes and is bold is what is written in the actual journal, just a transcribed version in case you can not read his handwriting. Along with the transcribed text, some entries may also include my thoughts and opinions which will not be in quotes.
  • Every journal entry post will also have a picture of the entry as written in the journal to go along with the transcribed text.
  • The entries will be released in accordance to the frequency at which Mike wrote them. So for example if he wrote one, then didn’t write another for three more days, I would follow that same frequency as for releasing them. But If there is a long gap between when he writes them I will just release the entry a day after another one.
  • All other posts besides journal entries will be clear they aren’t journal entries.

 * If you are interested in commenting or sharing anything on this website you can click on the speech bubble in the top right of each post and go from there. *

Entry #41

“July 30 – Had a real air raid. Japs dropped bombs in 35th Fighter Group camp, killing 9 men, wounding about 10. Bomb made direct hit on slit trench. Three more were killed at Air – Freight. Helped wounded. A night ‘ll never forget. Their bodies were all mangled.”

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Alright so what he means by “Had a real air raid”, well at least what I think he means, is that this is the first one he’s experienced where it had casualties.

The “35th Fighter Group” was an Air Force unit who did ground and air combat missions in WWII in Japan, the Philippines, and New Guinea. Here is a website giving a brief history of what they did during WWII if you are interested:

http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/35th_Fighter_Group.html

I can’t imagine what Mike was thinking later on this day / night after all this happened. After reading these lines “A night I’ll never forget. Their bodies were all mangled” I paused for a second and tried to visualize what that must of been like for him and everyone else there. These were very powerful lines to me at least.

Entry #40

“July 29 – B-24 cracked up on take off and started burning, crew got out. Went up strip with Chaplain. Were near plane when it blew up, sure was a big explosion.” 

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Alright so first and foremost I should explain what a “B-24” is encase you do not know. It is more formally known as the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. It is a heavy bomber that was used from 1940 – 1945 (during WWII).  It was used in all American branches and in branches of other allied forces during WWII. It was very long range which made it the main bomber in the Pacific (which is where Mike was) along with it’s partner, the B-17. Below are two pictures of one and a website link for more information if you are interested.

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This is an actual picture of one dropping bombs.

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This is diagram of one so you can get an idea of what it was actually like to be in it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_B-24_Liberator

This is a link you can click if you would like more information on the aircraft.

Alright so now to the rest of the entry, he says he “Went up the strip with Chaplain.” I was not sure at first what a “Chaplain” was, but luckily another website owner commented and helped me out with this. A chaplain is a person of god, typically a priest or someone of similar position. The person who commented told me that every unit has at least one of them. So big thanks to GP Cox for commenting, you can check out has website down below. His website is about the Pacific War, the part of WWII Mike fought in. It is very well done and interesting so I highly recommend you go check it out.

https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/

Now we are getting to the last line of the entry, Were near plane when it blew up, sure was a big explosion.”  I just kept staring at this after I read it, I can not imagine what was going through Mike’s mind at this moment.

*I do not own the two images used in this entry of the B-24, below are the two sources for them:
Image 1 – https://www.britannica.com/technology/B-24
Image 2 – https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/ZAMP-and-HIS-SUPER-MAN-B-24-Unbroken-Louis-Zamperini-Story 

Entry #39

“July 20 – Charles Lindbergh at our camp giving pilots tips on flying. Flew combat missions also.” 

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Alright so this entry is very interesting because Mike wrote that “Charles Lindbergh” came to his camp and gave pilots tips. Meaning that Mike most likely met the man. I’m guessing most of you have heard of Charles Lindbergh, maybe the name sounds slightly familiar to you.

He is the world / historically famous pilot that made the first solo non – stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, on May 20 – 21 1927. So the person Mike met (I say met loosely, I am guessing that Mike did as it was a very small island they were on so he most likely did, but I have no way to be sure) is the Charles Lindbergh, which in today’s world would be the equivalent of meeting a movie star or sports star. It is very interesting that he even gave “pilots tips on flying” and that he also “Flew combat missions”.  So the rest of this entry is going to be about Charles Lindbergh, so if you aren’t too interested in him then I would advise to stop reading here.

His full name was Charles Augustus Lindbergh, he was born February 4th, 1902 in Detroit Michigan and passed away on August 26th, 1974 making him 72 years old. When he made his world famous flight he was 25 and when he assisted in WW2 he was about 43 years old.

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This is what he looked like when he was younger.

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This is what he looked like when he was in the Pacific during WW2 (he’s the guy on the right).

So I am not going to talk too much about his early life and stuff he did outside of WW2, but if you are interested below is a link for a really great website with a full biography on him. He is a very interesting person so I highly recommend reading it.

http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/

So during his time in WW2, he was originally only supposed to be going over as a civilian technical representative, but ended up being a fighter pilot, flying 35 combat missions in the Pacific.  He also gave pilots advice and techniques on how to survive, preserve more fuel, and take out enemy fighter pilots easier. He was a major help in the Pacific even though he was not officially in any military branch. I am not going to explain any more because it would be plagiarism so below you will find an amazing website talking about how he helped the 5th Air Force during July of 1944 in New Guinea, exactly where and when Mike was stationed there, hence how he met him.

http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/lindbergh.htm

*I do not own any of the images used in this post, below are the links to the websites where I found them: 

Image #1 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh

Image #2 – http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/lindbergh.htm 

 

 

Entry #38

“July 19 – Were on alert, thought Japs would pattern bomb. They didn’t come.” 

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Alright so when he says “Japs” he is referring to the Japanese, it is a term used to describe anyone of Japanese, mainly used during WW2 by allied force’s media (newspapers, etc.) when talking about Japan and eventually used by allied troops as slang for Japanese troops. I am not going to say if it is racist or not because that is up for you to decide.

The next part that interested me about this entry is when he mentioned that the “Japs would pattern bomb”. I realized not everyone necessarily knows what pattern bombing is. It is essentially where military forces drop bombs from air crafts in pre – determined areas, known as patterns. It is typically done in areas of high enemy forces concentration or areas of value. It is the opposite of carpet bombing, which is where a lot of bombs are dropped on anything and everything on the main part of a land mass, the goal for that is to destroy anything in it’s path. This was commonly done during the Battle of Britain on several cities. While pattern bombing was mainly used in more rural smaller areas such as islands where Mike was.

Below you will find a link to this website showing an interactive map of all the bombs dropped by Nazis in London during WW2. If you are interested in how the bombings worked and how much of London was actually targeted and destroyed I highly recommend clicking on the link. It was made with the help of the National Archives so it is very accurate.

http://bombsight.org/#15/51.5050/-0.0900

 


Hello again, it is me the owner / creator of this website. One quick thing, in the next 2 weeks I have a big announcement coming about this website , it involves a camera. So stay tuned for that, thanks!

〜 Michael

Thank you

Hello again, it is me the owner / creator of this website. As you can see from the title of the post I would like to thank you all for something. Today, August 24th 2017, this website has officially achieved over 1,000 total views.

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From the very bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every individual who has taken any amount of time out of their life to visit my website. It truly means a lot to me, more than I can explain through the internet at least. The actual size of this number, the amount of views does not matter to me, what matters is that over 1,000 people may have been educated in one way or another by viewing the posts on this website. As I mentioned in a previous post one of the main reasons I created this website is to educate people about what it was actually like to serve in this war, as the journal is a first hand account of it. Which in my opinion does much more than any textbook or novel ever will. So again thank you so much for any and all support given to me and this website thus far!

From here on out the website should surpass 1,100 total views very soon, which thank you in advance for that. Hopefully from there on out it will be onward and upward!

Also, just a slight reminder, encase you’ve never been to the “About” section of this website. This website is 100% Non – Profit meaning I can not gain any money from it , as I did not even purchase the website plan that would allow me to do so.


〜 Michael

Update

Hello everyone it is me, the owner / creator of this website. Before I get into everything I would like to warn you that this is going to be a very long post. So before I explain what’s been going on with me and this website I would like to talk about why I started it in the first place.

So let me start by explaining how I even started it in the first place. A week prior to starting it I visited my grandmother at her house. Her husband was Mike, the person this website is about. While at her house she pulled out my grandfather’s uniform, Purple Heart and journal from WWII along with some photographs. I always knew she had all of this and the journal but like most of my other family members I never bothered to get around to reading it. So right before I left I asked her if I could take it home and read it. As my grandfather passed away before I was born so I never really knew too much about him and his service during WWII, I figured this would be very interesting. The more I read of it the more I realized how incredible this is. That in my hands is an intact, legible journal from the Second World War, making it about seventy – four years old. On top of that I realized how descriptive it actually is. Once I realized this I talked with some other family members and friends of mine about it and came to the conclusion that this is something other people should get a chance to see. That’s when I came up with the idea to create a website, as I figured out that would be the only realistic way of sharing this sort of thing with the world.  So I went online, purchased a website and spent a whole day creating it. Then I made my first post on March 14th, 2017 , a little over five months ago. Since then the website has grown a lot more than I expected, when I created it I had no idea I would actually post on it more than once and I didn’t even know if it was something I would like doing. But I realized after the first few entries what this really means to me and that I didn’t mind doing it. Since then 961 people have viewed the website. Now that is just a number, I don’t care about how big it is, that is not the reason I did this. So thank you to anyone who has taken time to visit this website and to anyone who has shared it with others. Thank you to my family members who have supported and helped me with it, and thank you grandma for allowing me to borrow the journal in the first place. Going back to earlier, where I said I realized what this website means to me. On a deeper more personal level, to me this is carrying on my grandfather’s legacy, which is hard for me to explain what that actually means to me by typing on keyboard, but just know it means a lot to me. On a greater level, the main reason I wanted to share this with other family members and the world is for the educational aspect. There is not a lot of legible, intact journals from WWII around, so since something like this is so rare I feel like it is something that should be shared to anyone who is interested or could benefit from it. Another reason is encase this journal would be lost one day, my family and I would basically have a backup version of it. So again thank you to everyone who has supported this so far!

Alright now I would like to explain where I have been and why I have not posted on the website in about three months. But before that I would like to apologize, that I have not posted on it for so long, if I have disappointed or let anyone down. The reason being is because the summer season is the busiest time for the place I work at, and I am also joining the military so I just really have not had a lot of free time. When I do I just never felt like posting on the website to be completely honest. So again I am very sorry for this.

This is the final part don’t worry. I would like to say that I am back and I will really try and post on it frequently, like I used to when I first started it. I do not want to let this die out, I am going to try and commit to finishing what I started. That being said, you will hopefully see a new journal post in the next few days and many more from there on out. Maybe some more pictures and other stuff. Again thank you for any support you have given and to anyone who actually read this far.


〜  Michael