15- Andrews Field formally transferred from the RAF to the USAAF.
17- First stab at German defenses made in diversionary raid off coast of France.
26- Capt. Frank Taylor transferred to group operations. Lt. Leslie Tenold took over as squadron operations officer.
31- First bombing attack on German targets by 451st is highly successful. Fighters and flak damaged our aircraft but none were lost.
7- Enlisted men and officers celebrated first anniversary of activation of squadron on 7th and 8th, respectively. Parties held at ARC Club.
9- ARC closed for repairs!
3- First attack on Beauvais/Tille airdrome. (Our future base.)
3- First of three attacks on heavily defended Amsterdam /Schipol airdrome. All aircraft return despite heavy flak and fighter attacks.
4- John C. Duda appointed 1st Sgt. to replace Charlie Doss who has become a "toggolier."
15- 322nd forms bomber counterpart of newly arrived 9th Air Force.
24- First fatal combat casualty in squadron. S /Sgt. Alson D. Moser died en route back to base as result of flak wound in leg.
12- S /Sgt. Lewis K. Nichols, first man in squadron to receive Purple Heart, en route to States via hospital.
27- Initial performance of Base musical show, "Fools and Footlights." Men from 451st participating in show included Sgts. John Loyzelle, Henry Medina, Allen Poyfair, and Al Coombs; Cpl. Jose Morante; Pfc. Melvin Holtz.
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