Archive for April, 2013

We Watched the Sky

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

by Stephen Overturf

Several planes fly over Cambria at two o’clock in the morning in early January of 1942. A man, sitting in his heavy overcoat outside of his home, puts binoculars to his eyes, but cannot make out much about the planes through the gray mist. Still, it is clear from the pitch of their engines that there is more than one, and that they are heading east. He immediately calls Frances Smith, up at the Cambria Pines Lodge, a local inn, and reports. She — somewhat alarmed but telling herself to remain calm — issues a “flash message” directly to the Army headquarters at Riverside. They will know what to do. (more…)