Today we went on a 24 hr. alert. Available at all times. Moving within three days. All planes fully loaded and charged at all times. Looks like they mean business. Called to field at 9:00 p. Practice.
Maj. Gen. Brereton had issued an order putting the FEAF on a “readiness” alert. The pursuit pilots including the 21st and the 17th at Nichols Field–were put on one hour’s notice to take off in their combat-loaded P-40Es and intercept in the event of a Japanese attack.