“Sept 7 – Another raid, no damage”
“Sept 7 – Another raid, no damage”
“Sept 2 – Got first issue of beer, sure was tasty.”
Alright so I am not very good at reading cursive, so after staring at this for about ten minutes, I am fairly certain it says “Got first issue of beer, sure was tasty.” If I am wrong I apologize, but that is what it looks like to me. If I am incorrect feel free to comment below and I will update this accordingly.
So to me this seemed interesting, that troops were issued beer. Now I know that alcohol and war has gone hand in hand since the ancient times, to take the troops minds off of the horror, and let them relax a little. But I had no idea it was actually issued to to troops, so I decided to research this. Below will be information on beer during WWII, so if you are not interested in that, I would suggest to stop reading here.
So as you can see, in the picture up above, those do not look like typical cans of beer. They are painted an olive drab color, which was done on purpose. This was actually done to camouflage them from enemy air crafts.
During this time the United States Department of Agriculture forced 15% of all beer production within the United States to be set aside for the troops. Currently the U.S. produces around 196 million barrels of beer per year, during the 1940’s it was most likely half this number, so 15% of that was still a pretty large amount. The beer given to troops was also much stronger than normal beer, and much stronger than the beer of the other allied forces.
“July 7 – 2 alerts” (The black scribble on the image is digital only)
Alright so, since there is not much to say about this entry, I am going to start of by clearing some things up about how often I will be posting. So first and foremost, I am sorry I have not posted for over a week now. I have classes during the day then go to work at night so I don’t have a whole lot of time to sit down and post something on here. But after this week my classes are over and I will just have work, meaning I will have a lot more time to post entries on here and keep the website updated. So over the summer months expect me to be a lot more active on my website.
“July 6 – Had two raids, they hit strip and also camp area causing several casualties. Night fighter P-61 shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.”
Alright so first off I would liked to apologize that I have not been posting as often as I should be. This month for me is going to be very busy, so if I don’t post for several days at a time, I apologize. I will try and keep up with it to the best of my ability. Let’s get into it.
I imagine this day was very hard for him because of the “several casualties” caused. I’d imagine he saw the dead bodies and destruction.
Alright so let’s talk about the part where he said “Night fighter P-61 shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.” So night fighters are air crafts designed to be used during the night or times where visibility is poor (rain, fog, etc). The one he mentioned, the “P-61” is more formally known as the Northrop P-61 Black Widow. This was the first U.S. plane designed to be a night fighter and the first one to utilize radar. It’s crew was comprised of three people, and it’s first flight was in May of 1942. Only two years prior to when my grandpa joined.
The part where he says “shot down a Jap, sure was a pretty night.” This is interesting because when my grandfather was alive he seemed like someone who was against killing, as he was very religious. But this part leads me to believe that while in the war he had the typical mentality of a young person serving during that time. To me it’s interesting at least (I’m not saying it’s wrong or right in any way, just talking about what he wrote).
Here is what a Northrop P-61 Black Widow looks like:
Some of them are green and some of them are black, but this is what the base design looked like. Also please note that we do not own this image, here is the source for it, you can also go to this link for more information about this plane:
“Numfor invaded. Is 90 miles from us”
First off, I would like to sincerely apologize that this entry has not been posted sooner. I have been very busy the last few days and have not had time. I will try and make sure this does not occur again.
So “Numfor” was mentioned in the previous entry and other information along with it. So if you would like to know more about it you can check that out. This invasion was part of the Battle of Noemfoor.
(The black scribble is digital only, meant to cover up the next entry.)
“July 2 – While watching movie we had 6 alerts but no raid. Ran to slit trench and show was on till 11:30.”
Alright so the part where he says “show was on till 11:30” we think he means that the alerts / movie was playing until 11:30, most likely p.m. If it means something entirely different I sincerely apologize, feel free to correct me by commenting down below.
” July 1 – Invasion force passed us, they were on the way to Neumfoor.”
An “invasion force” is a unit in the military that does just what the title says. They invade into enemy territory, basically infantry but they are the first people to go in.
“Neumfoor” more commonly known as Numfoor is another island in the Biak group of islands, in Papua New Guinea (which has been mentioned in previous entries), where a battle called the Battle of Noemfoor occurred. The Battle of Noemfoor occurred between July 2nd and August 31st of 1944. It was when United States and Australian forces attacked the island to capture bases controlled by the Japanese. The “invasion force” my grandfather passed were on their way to this battle that was about to start in one day.
Here is where Numfoor Island is located in comparison to the other Biak Islands:
(Please note we do not own this image, here is the source for it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numfor)
Here is more information about the Battle of Noemfoor if you’re interested: