Dailies of the 323rd Squadron
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Daily Reports from the 323rd Bomb Squadron
From our viewpoint today, the Second World War was a black-and-white pageant of men and machines battling across or above a grainy, forgotten landscape. War is a narrative voiced by calm, analytical announcers who examine the past from an academic distance. Often forgotten is the work of tens of thousands of non-combatant clerks and record keepers whose jobs were to capture on paper the administrative minutia of the process of war. Their efforts, while doubtless tedious at the time, provide an outstanding backdrop against which the war plays out in practical terms. It is the "how" behind the "when" and "where".
The Daily Reports from the 323rd Bomb Squadron is part of that vast store of administrative detail. They are the actual day-to-day records of the squadrons missions and movements from the inception of the group through the end of the war.
This record is a valuable resource in many ways. For veterans, they can augment memories with hard facts. For researchers they provide solid dates around which to base further investigation. Children and grandchildren of the 323rd veterans will be able to pinpoint where their family members were at any given time. (Richard Williamson)
Many thanks to ;
Nancy Perri, who transcribed this information for the 91st Bomb Group Website.
April 1942 - The Beginning Dailies of the 323rd Squadron
Transcribed by Nancy Perri (4-20-03)
1943 Dailies of the 323rd Squadron
Transcribed by Nancy Perri (2-25-04)
1944 Dailies of the 323rd Squadron
Transcribed by Nancy Perri (11-2-04)
1945 Dailies of the 323rd Squadron
Transcribed by Nancy Perri (12-27-04)
Squadron Commanding Officers 323rd:
Major Paul D. Brown, became the 1st C.O. May 16, 1942 at Mc Dill Field, Tampa, Florida.
April 21, 1943 he was transferred to the 94th Bomb Group as Executive Officer.
May 25, 1943, Captain John C. Bishop was made C.O. On June 29, he was promoted to Major. On January 22, 1944 he was replaced by Major James F. Berry.
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