Up at Flight Quarters at 0450. No flying for F4Us until 1130. The other four pilots were catapulted then. I stayed for as much of the church service as I could but had to leave just as the sermon started when flight quarters sounded again. All four launchings OK. The boys went over…
to the Intrepid task force to show Swede’s outfit that we still had 4 planes in commission. They found two in the air – Taylor in #9 and someone else, probably Swede leading. Swede seemed rather uninterested in seeing our bunch. Landings at 1445. Our group put on a lousy show of poor air discipline. Broke up too soon and scattered all over before ship was ready to take them. Brunson made only good landing, Holden, Rowlen and von Sprecken all blew tires due to bad bounces. Gave them all a lecture and let it go. Nothing was of interest today.
#9 on USS Intrepid (16 February 1944)
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Tomorrow, January 24, 1944…