|Title:||Anonymous World War II diary|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of an anonymous diary kept by a pilot while flying missions in Italy during a four month period in the early 1940s. (Possibly from the 57 Air Division?) Full and descriptive entries describe bombing raids on individual towns. Unbound, the first two pages are typed and the remainder of the diary is handwritten.|
The 57 Air Division was established as the 8th Pursuit Wing, it conducted training 1940-1941. As a paper unit, it moved to India and then to Egypt in Dec 1942, finally gained personnel and aircraft, and became operational in Mar 1944. Initially, the 57th flew close air support missions against enemy troops and gun emplacements in the vicinity of Anzio, Italy; later, it flew bombing missions against railway marshalling yards at Foligno, Littoria, and Terni, Italy. Between 19 Mar and 11 May 1944 the 57th took part in "Operation Strangle" to destroy Italian marshalling yards, railroad repair facilities and other rail targets such as bridges, tunnels, and viaducts. It continued to fly close air support and interdiction missions in Italy throughout the war, and supported the invasion of southern France on 15 Aug 1944. AF Historical Research Agency http://www.afhra.af.mil (Retrieved May 21, 2009)
Anonymous WW II diary, 1940s
Anonymous World War II diary, 1940s. MS 2296. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.