“Navigators can’t daydream”

An illustration from the July 1944 Air Force article, “Navigators Can’t Daydream.”

 

As described in my previous posts, Jerry began his sorties as a B-17 navigator in July 1944. That month,  Air Force: The Official Service Journal of the US Army Air Forces (pp. 18-19) published a two-page article called “Navigators Can’t Daydream.”

Under this headline, was a clear message for Jerry and other navigators spelled out in bold type:

“The job of navigation is tough at best; don’t make it more difficult with over-confidence and laziness.”

The next two pages cataloged numerous cautionary tales about navigators who had not done their jobs correctly to the detriment of their squadrons and the overall war effort. The article ended with this reminder:

“Any man can err — the trick is to be aware of what might happen and take the proper precautions … You may not have a chance to make a second error.”

 

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