“(NADZAB) April 4 – Assigned to Hq. 8th Fighter Group, APO713 Unit I as Dental Ass’t. Group con – sists of 35, 36 and 80 squadrons and use P – 38’s. Is a hot and dry place. Very quiet, no raids. Cap’t Miller was Dental Officer but was replaced by Cap’t. McCracken.” So before I get into this I would like to sincerely apologize that I did not post this sooner, I did not have time. I will try my best to make sure this does not occur again.
Alright so “NADZAB” is the place that was mentioned in the previous entry, the “8th Fighter Group” is the group he is going to be with for the rest of his time serving in the war. “APO713” stands for Army Post Office #713 (at least we think it does, if it does not feel free to correct us by leaving a comment below). He was assigned into the first unit as a dental assistant(please be aware that this does not mean he will not be in combat, he still has to do normal soldier duties such as combat , but can also assist with dental work if need be). A “P – 38” was a WWII Era fighter aircraft, more formally known as a Lockheed P – 38 Lightning. The squadrons he mentioned used these aircraft’s at the time. The part of this entry that says “no raids” refers to times when Japanese troops would fly over head dropping bombs on the people down below, but keep in mind there were times when they did not shoot or drop bombs and just flew over head, which would still be referred to as a raid. I tried to find information about the Captains he mentions but I could not, so sorry about that (if you can feel free to leave a comment below).
*The black bar is only digital, I did that to cover up the next entry*
Here is what a Lockheed P – 38 Lightning looks like:
*We do not own this image, here is the source for it: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/100years/stories/p-38.html *
If you would like to read more information about the 8th Fighter Group you can do so by going to this website: http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/8th_Fighter_Group.html