Letter 42

Letter 42: October 8, 1941


Oct. 8th 1941

Dear Mother,

I shall send this along air-mail with the hope that it will get there somewhat quicker since I am late in writing. I did manage to get a cable off but that was the best I could do at the time, do to force of circumstances.

We have been doing some very hectic training during the past short while, and since rising time came at 4.45 in the morning, and the days would hardly qualify as a rest-cure, when night came along we rolled into bed as fast as we could.

Then on Monday we had to parade for the King and Queen who were visiting the station. All the flying crews were presented to them and got a handshake and several words from each. Thanks to the ‘Canada’ tabs on my shoulders I got a very nice little chat with the Queen and a few extra words from the King. She asked what part I came from and had quite a bit to say about Montreal and the reception they were given there two years ago. That smile certainly has something in it and I don’t mean maybe! For[?] a wonder I remembered to say Ma’am, as per instructions, how I did it I don’t know, as I was very close to being badly rattled. It was easy enough with the King, since he is addressed as any other Service Officer of the RAF would be, and it comes quite naturally, just a plain ‘Sir’.

One of the lads I know best & liked best in our class, and who was at the same school over here [part cut out]. It was Fred Brown, a Toronto boy and darned fine chap. They were doing low [part cut out].

Yes we have to pay postage on all our letters. We too were under the impression that they went free, but have been disillusioned. It may work in the C.A.S.F. but it certainly doesn’t with us.

I had an answer from Bobby Miller and will probably be seeing him on my next leave. I haven’t heard from Frank Price or Jack Kattray[?] yet, but [part cut out] time now.

I apologize for this paper but it is all that I’ve been able to [part cut out] thank her for me and tell her that I’ll be writing to-morrow or next day, to thank her myself. They were mailed on August the sixth, so there was evidently considerable delay somewhere along the line.

I must close now and get to sleep as we are rising at 5 in the morning and will probably have some delivering to do. I’ll put your name on one also your best wishes.

Very much love,


P.S. Correction – they’ve just landed me a letter from Jack it got mixed with somebody else’s mail this a.m. and he just remembered it.

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