Well, here we go again!
The next two pieces are a bit of back and forth as far as trying to determine whose journal this was…
The first one is untitled:
When you sailed away with a smile
My heart went with you, every mile
it’s coming home with you too, to me,
and when that day comes, “Glory Be!”
So if I choose to settle on the default setting of the time period…. This would most certainly be Morena. Obviously lamenting the loss in communication with someone. Which, though happened frequently, would make anyone anxious during war-time.
The next one could be either male or female…
And since I’ve learned that Morena worked in a factory making planes for the war effort..this could definitely be from her knowledge about planes…
Lightning in the Sky
Oh, Hedy Lamar is a beautiful gal
and Madeline Carroll is too,
and you’ll find, if you query,
a different theory
amongst any bomber crew.
For the loveliest thing of which one could sing
This side of the “Heavenly Gates”
is no blonde or brunette of the hollywood set
But an escort of p-38s
Yes in days that have passed
When the tables were massed
with glasses of scotch and champagne
It’s quite true that the sight
was a thing to delight
Us, intent upon feeling no pain
But no longer the same
now are days in this game
when we head north from Messina Straits,
take sparkling wine — every time make mine..
an escort of p-38s
Byron, Shelby and Keats
ran a dozen dead heats
describing the view from the hills
Of the valleys in may when the
winds gently sway
an army of bright daffodils
take the daffodils Byron, the
Yours is the Myrtle, friend Keats
Just reserve me those cuties,
An Escort of p-38s
Sure we’re braver than hell
on the ground all is well
in the air it’s a different story
We sweat out the track
through fighters and flak
We’re willing to split up the glory
Well they wouldn’t reject us
heaven protect us
and until all this shooting abates
Give us courage to fight ’em, and
one other item
an escort of p-38s
So, some things we need to know about this one:
First, my favorites:
I’ll stop my pulse a minute with
Whew….alright now…what else did I need to talk about….
The p-38 Lightning was an American made fighter escort for bomber squadrons during world war 2.
The lightning was a fast interceptor and was able to catch enemy fighter squadrons off-guard and down them quickly, to protect the bombers they were sent to escort.
I would absolutely agree with the speaker of the poem..i would feel much better with a squadron of these babies on my wing!!
The poem also talks about Messina Straits. This was were the allies eventually invaded Italy to stop the german and italian forces there.
So, I really feel like this was written by Morena.
While she certainly wasn’t in the European theater during WW2…she absolutely has the knowledge of the P-38, and what they were used for, enough to write this one!
Stay tuned…next week well get to a very long one about night-time bombing raids…and I swear I believe it is referencing the german raids on britian.
Thanks for being here!!