I have only copied the pages of my dad's logbook for his trip overseas and his combat missions.
He started the trip to Corsica on April 28, 1944 from Savannah, Georgia in a B-25J with 647 being
the last three digits of the planes serial #.
These pages document my dad's arrival on Corsica on May 16, 1944. "Norman Moerbe was
our bombardier/ navigator. He was very fond of saying, "This is it!" whenever we saw any evidence of
the war as we flew over to Europe. We all knew what he meant when we got out after landing at Alesan
just three days after the big raid. That was the ultimate "This is it!" with all the wreckage spread
out before us." My dad's first combat mission on May 18, 1944 is also recorded.
The flight schedule, the operations order
and the daily operations report for his first combat mission were copied
by my father and I at the National Archives in College Park, MD on April, 12, 2001. Both the operation order and the daily operations report
indicate an escort of 12 Spitfires for the mission but they do not give the group. Most likely these Spitfires were from the
RAF No. 243 Squadron stationed at Poretta, Corsica since the logbook of a No. 243 Squadron Spitfire pilot named Payne, clearly
shows a mission to the same target on the same date, referring to the escort as "area cover to B-25s."