Appendix 1: Navigator’s Poem
by 2nd Lt. Maynard L. Jones (unedited)
I am a navigator;
I have drawn the big Mercator;
I’m a cross feed operator—
Yes I am!
Why I plot our new position
Under any old condition,
And work hard on every mission—
Now to be the big sensation
Of our little aggregation,
Take up D. R. Navigation—
It’s the thing!
They can’t get along without you;
There’s that certain thing about you;
In a pinch they dare not doubt you—
You’re the king!
Now the Pilot does the flying;
While the Bombardier is spying
And the Navigator’s crying,
“Where are we?”
Then he whips out his Weem’s Plotter
And he flips his lucky quarter,
Then looks down and sees the water—
“We’re at sea!”
You can’t be a fussy chooser;
If you are, you are the looser;
Use the E-6-B confusor
When in doubt.
It tells you where you’re goin’
Even if the weather’s snowin’;
If it’s wrong then start a-rowin’
If you’re stout.
When our plane begins a-roamin’
And the Pilot is a-foamin’,
Then we just start in a-homin’—
So we tune in on our station
Till we reach our destination,
Where we get the big inflation—
And now friends in conclusion,
You must pardon this intrusion;
There is really no confusion
In our ranks.
With the proper inspiration,
You can make your navigation
The just pride of our great nation—
WE THE YANKS!