Diary of Vincent Perrone

22 October 1944

As usual at 0500, a couple of enemy planes appeared. One was shot down and the other driven off. At 1830 they returned again. One came across our superstructure but we did not fire. We have been making smoke every time planes appear and everyone on board seem to be mad at the idea as it hinders the gunners from seeing a plane until it is right on top of the ship. The smoke screen is not effective at all in my opinion. The Captain also dislikes the idea but has to carry out orders from the SOP who is on the USS BLUE RIDGE.