Dailies of the 401st Squadron
Transcribed by Merle Choffel
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Daily Reports from the 401st 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 401st 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 401st veterans will be able to pinpoint where their family members were at any given time.
Many thanks to Merle Choffel who transcribed this information for the 91st Bomb Group Website.
April 1942 - The Beginning Dailies of the 401st Squadron
Transcribed by Merle Choffel (2-11-05)
1943 Dailies of the 401st Squadron
Transcribed by Merle Choffel (7-7-05)
1944 Dailies of the 401st Squadron
Transcribed by Merle Choffel (10-6-05)
1945 Dailies of the 401st Squadron
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