Prior to a distinguished career that saw him referred to as the dean of American railroad artists, Captain Howard Fogg kept a diary during his World War II combat tour in England. He flew 76 missions with the 359th Fighter Group in bomber escort and ground attack roles.
From his backstage encounter in a London theater with Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, to the pre-dawn chaplain's benediction on June 6, 1944, to a B-17 escort mission in the snow capped French Alps to drop supplies to French freedom fighters, Fogg in the Cockpit offers a first hand look at his fascinating and often unexpected story.
The diary is augmented with a wealth of additional material, including a biography, period photographs, examples of Howard's art from before and during his career, excerpts from 1943-44 reports filed by both the Fighter Group’s Historian and Chaplain, and supplementary details which enhance many of the terms and events referenced in the diary.
Ultimately, Fogg in the Cockpit is more than just the story of one man's service. It presents the reader with a unique perspective during a pivotal moment in world history, as the Allies gained momentum for their final push to victory.
Friday, December 31, 1944: Wretham
What a mission! Colonel led first, Major second. I led Yellow Flight with Hunter, Kib, and Hagan (Kib out, Hawk in #4 slot). To Paris, support into, at, and out of target area, at 27,000 feet! Bombers in good form. Major did a wonderful job of essing the whole time. I gave good support. We were hot!
Encountered terrific flak over Paris. My wing went thru the smoke from one burst. Paris was clear, saw the Eiffel Tower, and boy did those bombs blast the smoke! Bogeys everywhere! We could have jumped four bandit decoys (three o’clock low) each, but escorting the bombers came first. Colonel took a crack at four, but they beat it. A swell, exciting mission. We really protected those bombers!