In Italy, the proceedure was different in my Squadron.
We were requried to check the Bulletin Board in the Operations Office each
evening , for a mission for our crew.
I think the operations in the 8th AF were quite different
from the rest of the Bomb Groups in other Theaters, to include the CBI and
Pacific Theaters as well as the Mediteranean.
Our living conditions were to say the least...very primitive in comparison,
including our runways (PSP-Marston Matting), no hangers for maintenance, we
lived in tents, (Officers and Enlisted),and had a lot of mud in Italy to
I am not complaining, however, the movie gives a somewhat false impression
of what the rest of the war was like as to other theaters.It is a good
99 BG 348 BS.. B17
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Tooley"
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 1:34 PM
Subject: [HeavyBombers] Announcement of next mission
> Hi all,
> In the movie "12 o'clock High", a large mug with a pirate's face on it was
> used to announce that a mission was scheduled for the next day. I also
> somewhere that one base used a board painted green on one side and red on
> the other. Red meant no mission. So I am curious, how where you informed
> that a mission was scheduled for the next day? What time of day/night did
> that usually occur? Did you always know a mission was scheduled before
> went to bed?
> PS: I know the mug was Hollywood hype, so don't chew me up on that one.
> Dave Tooley