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December 2, 1941 

Looks worse every day. Col. George called us together and told us would be only a matter of a couple days. Have oxygen masks in planes, headsets, etc. already to go. Dyess has me weaving at hot spot at present.

Other sources suggested that the meeting of the pilots of the 17th and 21st Pursuit Squadrons with Colonel George occurred on the morning of December 6th, four days later. However, the date of Burns’ diary should be taken as authoritative, being the only contemporary source.