“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.”
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.
This is an actual picture of one dropping bombs.
This is diagram of one so you can get an idea of what it was actually like to be in it.
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.
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.