|TO: THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 22nd BOMBARDMENT GROUP.
This book is dedicated to our comrades who were with us until their
last flight. It is to give to their families, wives and sweethearts
some tangible picture of their experiences both pleasant and unpleasant
while carrying out their various duties with this Group for their country.
Those men shared the grueling work and dangers which helped their Group
contribute much to halting the Japanese advance in the Pacific and to the
subsequent mounting tide of victories leading to peace.
The 22nd Group has a remarkable and somewhat astonishing history as is
shown by our accomplishments. Realizing that each man must carry out his
assigned duties regardless of personal choice in order to have a
successful organization, I would express here my highest esteem of every
man who is new in the Group and to those who were with us while making our
mark in the winning of the war.
My contribution has been rather small. When we speak of the past the
credit must go to the men who were trained and led by Major Mark Lewis,
Colonel Millard Haskin, Colonel Dwight Divine, Lt.-Colonel George
Anderson, and Lt.-Colonel Roger Phelan, all of whom I am proud to have
We have many new members in our organization now and they will soon be the
ones who will be carrying out the work so excellently started in our new
role of Heavy Bombardment. My desire is that this Group will continue to
be the most outstanding organization in the South-West Pacific.
Richard W. Robinson