it wasn't for Bill Bailey, neither the photos nor I would be here. I had a
camera too, and took a bunch of photos - but at the time pictures were not very important. Bill would seek
Jap artifacts, and I suppose he was trading these to the Air Corps for
film. He had an extensive collection of nose art, and many black &
white shots besides. About 1990, he sent me a series of colored
prints, which I hadn't known existed, and which tells the 503d PRCT story
eloquently, so I'll relate it to you. The black and white photos are mine, the
colour photos are Bill's.
other fellow is 1st Lt. Walter P. Massey, a good man.
He came to us on Noemfoor and was transferred to the 511th PIR at while we
jump. His arrival at
Noemfoor was late. He replaced Tom Clyde as Co. Exec. (rank). Nice fellow from
. Walter disappeared one
day, no one, even Bailey, had any idea of why the transfer to the 511th.