Today there was no mission. Again weather has been the great fly in the ointment. A practice formation was flown. One airplane, piloted by Major Tope, took a run up to Naples to photograph Mt. Vesuvius which has been displaying considerable activity. Big event of the day was the presentation of awards and decorations, mostly Air Medals, to flying personnel of the 716th and 718th squadrons. Even then the weather man would not give us a break but gave us a shower in the midst of the ceremonies. Col. Rush, Wing C. O., did the honors aided and abetted by Lt. Col. Gent.

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