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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - October 1, 1943, Indianapolis, IndianaMore circulation than any other Anglo jewish publication in Indiana the jewish Posta journal for Indiana jewry entered As second class matter at the Post office it Indianapolis under the act of March a 1st�.october 1,1943 volume 11. No. 14wounded Pilot writes of air Battle shrapnel punctures capt. Adlers face shoulders Chest and legs Quot Well they finally got me. In a in the a Hospital and in be been Here since last saturday aug. 21. I got shot up a bit but in a recuperating in Good shape and should be out of Here by the time you receive this letter. A a Here a the Story. We went on a raid last saturday and Over the target we ran into so Many zeros they looked like flies on Honey. Bruce was in the plane just ahead of me and he got it first. His plane caught fire and exploded in mid air. I Only saw two men bail out so in a afraid Bruce is lost. About 30 seconds after he went Down i was hit. About five shells exploded in the cockpit and i was hit in the legs Chest arms and face. The other Pilot took Over and they Laid me Back on the flight deck and gave me morphine and a Little first Aid. Three hours later we landed at an auxiliary Airport where they have an Advance Hospital. They gave me three transfusions and fixed me up the Best Way they could. Wednesday three Days later they flew me Back to the base Here where they have a Good Hospital and facilities and Here i am. A now done to worry. I am going to be perfectly All right a few scars and a Little excess Lead in me they left most of it in Mea few weeks in this Hospital and then out again Good As new. I can really thank god that in a still Here. Losing Bruce was a great Shock to me and the first few Days i get it off my mind. He was a wonderful fellow and extremely Well liked. A i received the purple heart which is a medal Given to anyone suffering injuries due to enemy action. It was one medal i never cared about getting but now that in be got it in a proud of it. A i have to lie on my Back All the time. I have three holes in my legs the upper part which Are All flesh wounds As none of them touched any Bones. I also have about fifteen shrapnel holes in my legs varying in size from a Penny to a Quarter. My right Arm the one which i am writing with has one fairly Large shrapnel Hole in it. My neck shoulders and upper part of my Chest Are full of shrapnel but none of them seemed to have hit any vital spots. I have a Hole in the left Side of my face about the size of a Quarter which they say will leave a scar. They Are leaving All this Lead in me As it is better than trying to take it out. I ought to make a Good barometer when i get Home. A i lost a great Deal of blood and every time they gave me some i thought that it was surely some Good Boone county blood which my Mother had worked so hard to get. I have lasted Long without it so you can see what a wonderful thing it really is. A this is All for now. I Don t need a thing and i have plenty of company coming to see me. Please done to worry because everything is going to be Okey. Give my love to a a this letter which was written on August 29, certainly needs no elaboration but readers will want to know who the writer capt. Phil Adler is. He is the Twenty seven year old son of or. And mrs. Mark Adler of Lebanon the Only jewish family in that Community about Twenty Miles from Indianapolis on the Road to Lafayette. Six feet tall and weighing 190 pounds capt Adler is the Story Type hero having made letters in football and basketball at Wabash College Crawfordsville ind. His father said he never took up Golf seriously playing Only about Twenty five or fifty times but at the Ulen country club at Lebanon the caddies still Tell golfers of the 305-Yard seventh Hole Hole in one made by Phil several years Back. In october three years ago that was Back in 1940, after Germany had marched through the Low countries and conquered France but still Over a year before Pearl Harbor Phil who was an executive in the Adler department store Quot of fief the family have operated for fifty five years enlisted in the air corps. At one time he was an instructor at Mather Field Sacremento calif., then about a year ago he was shipped out or rather flown out. His destination was China and his Home Field is at Kunming which is near chunking the provisional capital of China. The raid capt. Adler describes is Over Japan held China. He has taken part in countless raids against the japs but As you read this was his first injury. The Bruce he tells about was his close Friend major Bruce who was in charge of the 318th bomber Squadron of the 14th air corps. The 14th is the famous China air command under Gen. Claire l. Chenault. Capt. Adler was the operations officer of the 318th, and flies a Liberator. Since having received the above letter or. And mrs. Adler have been notified by the War department that their son has been awarded the distinguished flying Cross for his exploits in the raid he describes. He is the Holder also of the air medal which was pinned on him three or four months ago. Capt. Adler has been moved from the Hospital he describes in his letter to a base Hospital in India he has since written Home. Of special interest at this time with the b Nai by Rith lodges of the state concentrating on october As the blood Bank month is the part of the letter which tells about the blood transfusions he mentions three at one Hospital and his mothers work for the blood Bank. Although no Mother Ever wants to have her work brought Home to her in such a manner still there is poetic Justice in the fact that mrs. Adler has been chairman of the Boone county blood Bank Ever since its organization some years ago. Asked if capt. Adler has a sweetheart his father said that if he did he did no to know about year edition
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