The Day of Armageddon, August 30, 1943
An air support and bombardment mission on August 25, 1943 was highly successful, with a loss of only 8 P-38's. The 1st Fighter Group earned a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation for their efforts, but the August 30 mission, for which they would earn a second citation, was not so easy.
See highlights about the Day of Armageddon in this exhibit. Review first hand accounts of what happened and see images of some of the pilots and planes that took part.
James survived this mission, but wouldn't be so lucky on September 9, 1943.
More documents and images with additional details are available in the full collection.
Be sure to browse through the entire exhibit as well which highlights the entire collection and includes dozens of letters, mission reports from 1943, personal accounts of air battles, the Dibble family's search for answers and so much more.
All content in this exhibit was donated to the Hastings Public Library by Jim Dibble, nephew of fighter pilot James P. Dibble. We are proud to display it for others to learn of James' sacrifice, the one so many men and women made in World War II.