Letters from the Pacific

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I wrote these letters home from the Pacific during World War II where I served as a bombardier in the 33rd Bomb Squadron which was part of the 22nd Bomb Group known as the "Red Raiders".
Avy
A few of my actual letters can be seen here

Avy with Mom Berman
Avy with Mom

Letters

Date Content
Letter # 1 Dec 01, 1944 Im now in New Guinea
Letter # 2 Dec 15, 1944 were now attending classes
Letter # 3 Dec 18, 1944 we went coconut hunting
Letter # 4 Dec 21, 1944 points needed to go home
Letter # 5 Dec 24, 1944 send peanut butter
Letter # 6 Dec 26, 1944 we gave the Japs a Christmas present
Letter # 7 Jan 01, 1945 drinking and flying don't mix
Letter # 8 Jan 04, 1945 my first combat mission yesterday
Letter # 9 Jan 11, 1945 3 missions & 34-1/2 hours of combat time
Letter # 10 Jan 13, 1945 started the invasion of Luzon

Letters

Date Content
Letter # 11 Jan 17, 1945 nickname of the group is Red Raiders
Letter # 12 Jan 19, 1945 the muddiest place I've been stationed
Letter # 13 Jan 25, 1945 I now have completed six missions
Letter # 14 Jan 27, 1945 Japanese invasion money as a souvenir
Letter # 15 Jan 28, 1945 guerilla money that the Filipinos use
Letter # 16 Jan 30, 1945 rain water to wash and shave
Letter # 17 Jan 31, 1945 still loafing around
Letter # 18 Feb 01, 1945 today is my 25th birthday
Letter # 19 Feb 02, 1945 now have seven missions total 61 hours
Letter # 20 Feb 05, 1945 would really appreciate a little winter
Letter # 21 Feb 07, 1945 up to eight missions total 63:55 hours
Letter # 22 Feb 09, 1945 Manila is completely in our hands Berlin should fall to the Russians shortly
Letter # 23 Feb 11, 1945 purchased a monkey from the natives
Letter # 24 Feb 14, 1945 won't be long before hitting a lot nearer Japan
Letter # 25 Feb 18, 1945 saw anti-aircraft fire for the third time
Letter # 26 Feb 20, 1945 Jewish holidays mean nothing until home
Letter # 27 Feb 23, 1945 Air Medal for every one hundred hours
Letter # 28 Mar 02, 1945 I can't tell where our targets have been
Letter # 29 Mar 04, 1945 my two brothers the poorest letter writers
Letter # 30 Mar 06, 1945 like to watch the fires burn
Letter # 31 Mar 09, 1945 first time I'm actually stumped for words
Letter # 32 Mar 11, 1945 I put all my bombs in the target area
Letter # 33 Mar 16, 1945 natives are building us a mess hall and officer's club
Letter # 34 Mar 20, 1945 my savings account will increase by $350
Letter # 35 Mar 24, 1945 dust is starting to get a little annoying
Letter # 36 Mar 27, 1945 Japanese map and coins
Letter # 37 Mar 28, 1945 the "Liberator" and has two tails and four engines
Letter # 38 April 02, 1945 I use bombs while others use guns
Letter # 39 April 06, 1945 a set of silver bars
Letter # 40 April 08, 1945 CBI shoulder patches
Letter # 41 April 11, 1945 miss sponge cakes and fried matzoh
Letter # 42 April 14, 1945 I can only hope to fly five times a month
Letter # 43 April 16, 1945 we have Filipinos waiting on us
Letter # 44 April 18, 1945 need some Vaseline hair tonic
Letter # 45 April 23, 1945 Red Raider stamp on my stationery
Letter # 46 April 26, 1945 Roosevelt's death was a great shock to me
Letter # 47 May 01, 1945 looking forward to the day when I walk in the front door
Letter # 48 May 07, 1945 since we bomb China we are authorized to wear the CBI shoulder patch.
Letter # 49 May 11, 1945 I'm going to be a lead bombardier
Letter # 50 May 14, 1945 all I do is fly and play ball
Letter # 51 May 16, 1945 plenty of air power needed for our coming offensives
Letter # 52 May 19, 1945 flew a practice bombing mission yesterday
Letter # 53 May 27, 1945 don't believe any Air Corps personnel now flying in war zones will be permitted to go home until they finish combat
Letter # 54 May 30, 1945 flew mission #29 total hours to 229:25
Letter # 55 June 01, 1945 big item in the dinner was the STEAK
Letter # 56 June 05, 1945 B-29 bombers are raising hell in Tokyo
Letter # 57 June 10, 1945 my promotion finally came through
Letter # 58 June 14, 1945 I celebrated your birthday last night by getting drunk
Letter # 59 June 16, 1945 a certain thrill and pleasure when I see the destruction I cause
Letter # 60 June 21, 1945 a chance that I may stay over for my captaincy
Letter # 61 July 03, 1945 I expect four medals and quite a few battle stars
Letter # 62 July 09, 1945 have to wait for my replacement to come in before I can go home
Letter # 63 July 14, 1945 most of that money comes from my winnings at the dice table
Letter # 64 July 29, 1945 back in the Philippines again and not in Okinawa
Letter # 65 Aug 06, 1945 missing material fed one rat for a week
Letter # 66 Aug 11, 1945 star shells and flares lit up the sky in a beautiful fireworks display
Letter # 67 Aug 17, 1945 now that the war is over there are a lot of rumors floating around
Letter # 68 Aug 22, 1945 bombardiers are virtually useless
Letter # 69 Aug 26, 1945 while flying up to Okinawa
Letter # 70 Aug 31, 1945 pair of pinks (light gray pants)
Letter # 71 Sept 03, 1945 going to move up to Tokyo
Letter # 72 Sept 08, 1945 P.S. Keep those home fires burning.
Letter # 73 Sept 13, 1945 won't go crazy from inactivity.
Letter # 74 Sept 29, 1045 at a replacement depot in Manila awaiting transportation to the states

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