|2nd Lt. William M. Daniel, 1944|
|Flight log entries, June 1944|
He flew out of England quite a while longer in that summer of 1944, and his squadron's history has an interesting story about a flight on Sept. 21, 1944:
"The weather is still pretty bad but it looks like we might have to run this mission with the Polish paratroopers as they are very badly needed ... in Holland. At 1310 hours 14 planes from our Squadron took off for Holland. ... The planes ran into very bad weather near the coast and after unsuccessfully trying to go above this front, the order was given to turn around and go back. One plane, piloted by Lt. DANIEL, in trying to go up through this front stalled out and he did a slow roll in recovering control of the plane. The jumpmaster on this plane must have thought that the time had come, so not wasting any time he hit the silk. The crew chief said that he would probably wipe out a small town before he found out he was still in England. All but two planes found their (way) back to base. ... The boys are going to try again tomorrow."
Thanks for your service, Dad. Rest in peace.
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