Thursday, Apr. 8, 1943
Cheers for Flip Corkin’s P-40. In real life “Corkin” was Col. Philip G. Cohran whose tactics revolutionized air warfare. Cochran had known cartoonist Milt Caniff, creator of “Terry and The Pirates,” in college. The name of the cartoon character stuck to the person. On the Home Front, Chicago restaurants predicted they would have to go meatless one or two days a week unless the OPA increased supplies. At the same time, the OPA had approved higher prices to farmers for asparagus, peas, and beans. Balancing supply and demand was exhausting, thankless work. America was feeding the Allies and its own population virtually single-handed while also providing munitions and money for the war. Meanwhile, Bolivia finally declared war against the Axis. We tend to forget how pivotal South America was in first aiding and then opposing Hitler.
As for “Daniel,” Lois reported that “Daniel is a great little sprinter already. The other day I was making my way towards a bus when it appeared four blocks too soon. I forgot about my ‘condition’ and streaked for the bus with all the old muscles pumping away as tho they never heard of Daniel. When I was settled in the bus, Daniel tapped out another message ‘Nice going, Mom’ and turned over on his side..Incidentally, if Daniel is really Susie, you’re going to have your hands full when I leave her with you for the few months I promised.”