"No. 5, Initial Training Wing
Royal Air Force
I received a very cheerful letter from you today Dearie. Doug had called in on you and you were looking forward to Elspeth coming also another visit from Doug and Anita.
It is my turn for duty again tonight. Hence the "buckshee" paper. Everything is quiet, most of the troops are asleep and I'm sitting here in a comfortable wicker chair before a very cheerful open fire. I want [you] here right now. You no doubt, are just settling down for a quiet evening after a busy day. I see you running about doing the chores, washing, cleaning, cooking and then wishing that you were here. My how those hours must be long for you. They are mighty long for me. I know they must be longer for you. You are a mighty brave and wonderful girl Honey.
I thought the snaps of myself were terrible Dearie. In fact I destroyed the negatives of all that I appeared in much to Betty's horror. She sent the prints on to you--I certainly wouldn't have [the] courage to do so. I do think the pictures of Olive, Betty and Arnold are very good. I always did take a queer looking picture that is why I don't cherish the idea of having my picture taken. I have become even more sensitive about it in recent years. In fact is really causes me pain. Queer isn't it? I'se born funny Honey.
Olive & Betty are home at Chippenham. They have invited me to go to Chip for Easter. I'm not moving from here until .......... send you a cheque and until my work is much more advanced. I'm not doing too badly. I have armaments off; signals test will be Friday; Law, navigation and several other subjects are at various stages along the way. Perhaps by another two months I shall have completed my work here. I then hope to be posted to a flying school, if I'm lucky.
You seem to [be] receiving my letters with a bit more regularity recently Sweetheart. I'm very glad that you are. Also I'm very pleased that you didn't obligate yourself an further to Doug. I know how much you need to help. It was more than generous of you. I certainly shall not keep you waiting very much longer. I shall hear from the Royal Bank most any day.
The weather is steadily improving. One sees beautiful daffodils, primroses, aubelia and dozens of other early flowers in whatever direction he looks. The green grass and the general beauty of this part of Devon is a treat [to] behold.
During the early part of this evening, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Allan (the adjutant's wife) and Mrs. Glover (the Squadron Leader's wife- were here in the mess. They and their husbands and a few of the other officers chatted away for several hours. It helped to pass the long hours. I am going upstairs to bed as soon as I finish this letter. Come along and keep me company.
Tomorrow evening we have a swimming gala on at the Spa Baths. I'm in the officers' relay race. We had a try out this afternoon. I wasn't quite the slowest but very nearly. I'm never a speed artist it seems--wish I were. But I didn't fall out.
I gather that Doug is not in uniform after all. [I think this refers to Doug his brother.]. What is he doing Dearie?
I hear from Helen quite often. I'm so glad to know that Cecil is doing so well. [I think this refers to Cecil his brother.]
Do you know Elspeth's husband's address.
Heaps of love Dearie and a great big hug and kiss to keep you warm.
Here's the next one.
"Sat. Apr 12th/41
This has been somewhat of a hectic week. [Must have been. He's forgetting to number the letters.] I have been on duty of one kind or another every other night throughout the week. I take time out this beautiful sunny, warm afternoon to chat with you. It would not require very much imagination to know what we would be up to if you were here. I'm sure the beautiful cliffs would find two very affable and extremely amorous people among its visitors. Then we would have a game of tennis, tea at the Queens Hotel, a show at the Palace Pier and then a dance at one of the many halls or hotels, then to bed. [War doesn't seem to have touched Torquay very seriously.] What a weekend we would have. Church tomorrow morning, more tennis, a glorious walk along the sea line. This is the spirit of spring and the beauty of this part of England is just unequaled. From my window I hear the song sparrows as we would sit in the car and listen to them at 45LSD. The entire countryside is a picture of freshness and wondrous beauty.
Our duties have been unusually heavy all week long. There is no prospect of a let up, which I don't mind a bit. It is great to be busy and I hop I shall be able to keep up with my own training in accordance with my schedule.
Owing to Good Friday and Easter Monday which are national holidays here, I don't expect any more mail until about Tuesday. It has been quite a long wait indeed this time for a letter from you. The last one that I received was No. 78. This morning I received a wire from them with the following message.
"Chin up" B(Betty) O (Olive) what it means I don't know. It's too good to hope that they might come this way in the near future. They are along with their mother, as Mim I understand is having a rest at Newbury, while the girls are home. However one never knows what Olive will be up to. I wouldn't be surprised to see them come in tomorrow. I have asked Phillips to stand by for a game of tennis at Squadron Headquarters should they come along.
Our Squadron kept the cup for water sports when we competed the other night with Nos. 1, 3 & 4 Squadrons. I swam in the officers relay race and as usual, came in last. It was good fun though. Interest in swimming in water sports. I wish I could swim well. Some of the chaps are excellent. Two or three fellows are from the Bahamas. It is a national pastime with them to swim and dive. There is also the odd fellow from U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand, Africa. All in all they are a splendid lot. And all as keen as mustard to get a chance at Jerry.
I received a letter from Helen's friend Miss Margaret McKirdey. She is a school teacher, at present somewhere in the London area. She has relatives in the Blackheath district, we shall soon know everyone in Blackheath at the rate we're going.
The sun has just disappeared behind a cloud and how suddenly cool it has become. Summer is not here quite yet. Still it is a delightful day.
Heaps of love this Easter day. And do justice to that chicken, send mine to me all made up in love. I love you more than ever if that is possible. A great big hug and kiss.