Letter 33: July 24, 1941
P/O H.H. Pibus,
Still very much alive and doing fine though pretty tired. They certainly keep us working here, we literally do fly morning, noon and night. We’re still on training aircraft and will be for another week before we go outs our operational aircraft – Blenheims incidentally.
The air over here is certainly rough enough, you bounce around unmercifully all the time during day flying, the afternoon is the worst. Yesterday it got me, and I felt ghostly, if I could have gotten rid of it, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but I couldn’t. It was my first experience with either air-sickness or seasickness and I don’t want any more, thank you just the same. We were everywhere including straight up 200’ and down the same distance in a split second. My poor stomach felt very much like a cement mixer in action.
I had a letter from Robert the other day and another today. He was in 15 Canadian General Hospital, but is now on his way home or will be shortly. I can’t get off to get down there and of course he can’t get up here, so I guess we’re fated not to see each other over here, as he will probably be going back as soon as they can find a ship for him.
I received a letter from Phyl the other day, my first mail from home. Boy was I ever glad to get it!!! It was one of her last ones, but came Air Mail so only took about 14 days to get here.
England from the air is really beautiful, but extremely hard to pin-point yourself over, as there is such a mass of detail, with towns & villages only a short distance apart. We have to watch like blazes to keep from getting lost.
You might let me have Frank Rice’s address if you can get it. I might be able to get in touch with him while I’m here.
I must close now and go to bed so I’ll be able to get up at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow and keep my eyes open.
Very much love,
Give my love to the whole family please.
Incidentally coffee, chocolate or cigs are very much appreciated. You know the English coffee!
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