May 31, 1942 (Sunday)

Pearl Harbor

Things are getting more tense. About half of our planes are up at Midway, along with everything else the Navy can spare. A squadron of TBFs took off for there this afternoon; they were asking for volunteer navigators — would have had to use a type of navigation that I haven’t had any practice with since leaving Pensacola, so I didn’t feel like taking a chance on losing a whole section of torpedo planes, despite the fact I’d have given my shirt to be with them on an attack.

If things continue as they been going the last few days, when the other half of our squadron returns from the states with the PBY-5Bs (new) they’ll find the hanger deserted with a note on the door saying, “Have gone west — return soon — we hope.”

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