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November 22 , 2008

WWII Diary: Stories by the Airmen of the 22nd Bomb Squadron in World War II


David K. Hayward, a B-25 medium bomber pilot during World War II, provides the reader with 94 stories written by 13 storytellers of his 22nd Bomb Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. The stories are illustrated by 240 caricatures drawn by pilot-artist John A. Johns of the squadron. These stories bring out the personal side of what it was like to serve in the 22nd Bomb Squadron, at the tail end of the supply line stretching halfway around the world. They bring out the reality of events, the sense of duty, determination, fear, boredom, and fun at times. You will experience the excitement of combat missions, primitive living among poisonous snakes and malarial-bearing mosquitoes, and the cultural oddities of India, fun and games at the poker table, the tragic loss of friends in combat, finding religion, and praying a lot. David collected these stories after the war while serving the 22nd Bomb Squadron Association as secretary- treasurer and newsletter publisher. In 2002 he combined them into a booklet entitled WWII DIARY, distributed primarily to members of the Association. The general public can now be told of the dedication and sacrifices of these men who served their country in World War II. Readers will be rewarded additionally by the graphic artistry of squadron pilot John A. Johns, who provided the Association with hundreds of caricature images for its publications. He joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Press as a graphic artist and was President of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
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