By Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston
AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE: basic HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD'S international warfare II DIARIES, quantity 2
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Wednesday, September 1, 1943 [Gander, Newfoundland, to Prestwick, Scotland and London, England] Plane C-54: gross weight 63,000 pounds; gasoline, 35,000; mail 3,800; crew and passengers, 3,600; cargo____; plane, net 41,000. Made good speed during night, landfall Ireland at 7:30, low clouds and showers. Held in air by [arriving] B-17s and bad weather, cruised in circles over lake with its airport. Control sent us to an airport nobody ever heard of. Decided to go to Prestwick, over Prestwick in 11 hours, should have landed in 9:30.
118 Final talk in garden with Harris: 39 AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE peaches, plums, figs, geese, chickens, mushrooms in barn. Reached Oxford at 10:00, met at General Hospital, by Hawley and staff,119 visited several wards and talked to about 150 AF patients, most of them battle casualties, far too many in for frostbite, fingers and toes lost due to intense cold. 1/2 minute without oxygen and a man is dead at 30,000 feet. When oxygen fails, off come gloves to get new mask or make repairs, and then fingers on hand are frozen.
In the interim, two additional important CCS meetings with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were held but circumstances prevented Hap from being present at the first and from providing an extant diary from the second. Hap’s opportunities to cover in detail the problems he encountered in his six-week January–February journey were limited since he had barely settled back into his Pentagon office when he was stricken with the first of four heart attacks he was to experience during the war.
American Air Power Comes of Age: General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World War II Diaries, Vol. 2 by Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston