- Saturday, December 25, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group; Great Dunmow, England,
- English and the Continent weather permitted no operations on this day!
First Sergeant Lester H. McAlister of the 552nd Squadron, played Santa
Claus for 154 English war orphans. Their Christmas party was held in the
Group Aero Club. He told the children that he was the Santa Claus from the
South Pole - to explain his Texas drawl!
- Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer from the 552nd Squadron
entertained at a cocktail party for officers. The officers made a gift of
beer and wine to every enlisted menís hut. Turkey with all of the
traditional trimmings was served for dinner. 386th Group Commander,
Colonel Sanders along with the Squadron Commanders took dinner in the
enlisted menís combat crew mess, which was run by the cooks from the 552nd
Squadron. Later in the evening, Group Officers entertained for a dance
which was held at the Officerís Club on Christmas Night.
- Chester P. Klier
- Historian, 386th Bomb Group