Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, January - February 1944 - Part 6 of 7

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Second World War, 1939–45
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Kelter 86 Monday W 24 Feb. Deares Sea Dow let aything I say in this lose worry you. Ihe wors part about leave is that I has so ed soones or later. young boc to any caup is bax enough but coning back here ast finding one or two shings Topry Turry is vorse. I guess I ll settle doen in a day or two a when thags have cored ensilos out I will have letters 84 ar 85 4 se start right flying again in earnest o way not be able to write tor often io I it poot be towrrou, 80 on Ded, an this or Thursday we got back to Abedien midday aday o fil in the affeoon we wey to the dogc we has sa luck. Three out of the four dogs I backed were beate by the rasowest magus. A was is as good as a will, they say. Just as well I didnt bet much, Osherwise Id have been taaking the cat and no kidden (alias say) On Saturday right Heith went out with his gist friend again so I went to the sin was nos cowded t on wednesday be it wasn't too oad. They let the see get sather wet consequently all the bosoms of my house lgs we sopping wel. O yesterday moning we slep in (as usual a vert to Keilh's git friends place for luch and the caught the bes bac here. Apparenly were getting too well krown rou& this caup. baryone we saw stopped to sells us we had been possed to the satilite 0e; ground staff 1 ad everyore seened to know about it except ow selves and the officers at the flight We west over to tell then off for not appreciating how our har worg but it was the fust thy had heard about it and now o they s as wild as we are. They thint there is sore nistake Cilly is out of hospital but has only had a couple of days off. badie storls have benn out today and we should see him to ow The hospial his is in res so cast go to see his bill dia atuday as soo as ere all complie again I guiss we ll have to get into
onr flying seiously Ishin the coory, the betse ee o pleasn ps abou coung back. The firs that thre were three teles from you waiding for me The secord, tather anexpectet, my pronotion to the distenguishex tant of Fligh gr. Saniy su c now is s and Agts. a good conbiration hs getting sathy late now and I want to sead you, letters again fefor 8 go to set to Gorsnigh for He would have liked to have gone to opa your cousins but the saip thre are bact would have made a big holl iy on fas days so I decided to wait un it we move close as we will in efort while C AIR LETTER Ms Year Ayse 13007 122 S Camonton alours lereas 25
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" eh Miso Jean Ayre 2 13007 123 St Edmonton Aeverta Canada Mes mi a smad THE RSL. WAR SERUCE FUND THE SAIVATON ARNY on THE V.MCA

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Letter 85   

Aberdeen

Tuesday 8th Feb.

Dearest Jean,

Tonight we've been to a

vaudeville show. It was pretty good but

I'm afraid we couldn't catch onto some

of the cracks as the're meant for Scotsmen.

Also, these Scotsmen can't speak English

properly and it's a bit hard to understand

them sometimes. This morning we slept in

very late. Waste of half a day! Maybe,

but we enjoyed it. The afternoon, we

spent wandering around the shops. Having 

found nothing worth buying, we saved our

money. I still have letter 84. Must post

it tomorrow. I'm off to bed now

Ron

Wednesday, 9th

I've just got back from the ice

rink.  Sam met a girl he's known since

he was here last so I had to go on

my lonesome. I had a pretty good time

but I wish you could have been there.

The rink is rather small but there

 

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weren't many on the ice and it wasn't

crowded. I must make sure that Bill

comes down here sometime. This

afternoon we went to a show - 

"Heaven can wait." Not bad! I guess

you've seen it.

Aberdeen is easily the best place

over here to spend leave. At least,

of those I've seen. It isn't overcrowded.

There aren't so many uniforms about.

You can get some good meals in the

restaurants and so on. Gee, but I

needed this break from camp life.

Maybe it doesn't sound so terribly

exciting to you but I'm enjoying

my stay here.

I don't write much do I? I'm

being as lazy as I possibly can.

Ron x x x

Friday 10th Feb

Edinburgh.

We came down here yesterday

afternoon. As soon as we arrived we

came on out here to my great aunt's

 

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place.  She was out so we left our

things at a neighbours' and went back

into town and saw a show "How 

proudly we hail"  She came back soon

after we did. My aunt's bro brother is

quite an authority on Edinburgh's history

and showed us all over the city today

He showed us Edinburgh Castle,

Hollyrood Castle, St Giles and lot' of

lots of old buildings of historical

import.  It's much more interesting to

know the historical significance of these

places though I'm afraid Sam didn't

think it made much difference.

Tonight, we went to a circus.  It was

great particularly a sea lion's act.  Gee,

he was almost human. I'm sure he

understood everything that was said.

Tomorrow morning we're going back

to Aberdeen for a until Sunday, then

back to camp. This leave has been a

great break but far too short. Must go

to bed now    Goodnight   Ron

 

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10 AM 16 FE 44

 

85

Miss Jean Ayre

13007 - 122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta     Canada     

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London Eng.

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Letter 86      Monday 14th Feb.

Dearest Jean,

Don't let anything I say in this

letter worry you.  The worst part about leave

is that it has to end sooner or later.  Going

back to any camp is bad enough but coming

back here and finding one or two things

Topsy Turvy is worse.  I guess I'll settle down

in a day or two and when things have

sorted themselves out.

I still have letters 84 and 85.  If

we start night flying again in earnest I

may not be able to write too often so I'll

post 84 tomorrow, 85 on Wed, and this on

Thursday.

We got back to Aberdeen midday

Saturday. To fill in the afternoon we went

to the dog races. Gee we had bad

luck. Three out of the four dogs I backed

were beaten by the narrowest margins. A

miss is as good as a mile, they say. Just

as well I didn't bet much. Otherwise I'd

have been kicking the cat and no kiddin'!

On Saturday night Keith (alias Sam) went out with his

girl friend again so I went to the rink.

It was more crowded than on Wednesday

but it wasn't too bad.  They let the ice

 

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get rather wet.  Consequently all the

bottoms of my trouser legs were sopping

wet.  O Yesterday morning we slept in (as

usual) and , went to Keith's girlfriend's

place for lunch and then caught the 'bus

back here.  Apparently we're getting too well

known 'round this camp.  Everyone we

saw stopped to tell us we had been

posted to the satelite 'drome ; ground

staff, SP's and everyone seemed to know

about it except ourselves and the officers

at the flight.  We went over to tell

them off for not appreciating how our

hard work but it was the first they had

heard about it and now w they're as wild

as we are.  They think there is some mistake.

Billy is out of hospital but has only had

a couple of days off.  Eddie should have

been out today and we should see him

tomorrow.  The hospital he's in is in

Inverness so we can't go and see him.  Bill did

on Saturday.  As soon as we're all complete

again I guess we'll have to get into

 

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our flying seriously.  I think the sooner, the

better.

There  were two g pleasant points about

coming back.  The first that there were three

letters from you waiting for me.  The second,

rather unexpected,  my promotion to the 

distinguished rank of Flight /Sgt. Sammy

is too.  Our crew now is 3 F/Sgt's and

3 Sgts. - a good combination.

It's getting rather late now and I want

to read your letters again before I go to

bed so - 

Goodnight

Ron

P.S.

I'm would have liked to have gone to

visit your cousins but the trip there and

back would have made a big hole in

our few days so I decided to wait

until we move closer as we will in

a short while

R.

 

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84 

Post stamped

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FORREST MORAYSHIRE 

 

Miss Jean Ayre

13007 - 122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta   Canada

 

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London   England

 

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Letter 87

Friday 18th Feb.

Dear Jean,

In my last letter I made

two prophesies - that things would sort

themselves out in a few days and that

we would be getting lots of flying. Both

were right. Things have sorted themselves

out but not exactly as we wanted them.

Eddie's ear trouble did not clear up as

soon as expected and we've been flying

with another W/Op. He has some

operational experience and is pretty good

but we have missed Eddie. He is back

today and tomorrow we mean to start

raising hell to get him back with us.

It's the only way to get anything

done in the R.A.F. They just kick you

around like rubbish if you let

them.

We've been very close to collecting

it several times during the last four

days. I don't mind admitting I'm still

a bit jittery. The Skipper and Sammy 

 

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are too. We've been taken off flying

for a few day and may be given some

more leave. I knew all along that

the Skipper could be relied on in an

emergency but after the way he and

the rest of the fellows got us out of

our sticky positions - well I just

don't want to fly with anyone else

except them. I know that if it had been

with some of the people I've flown

with at other stations I wouldn't be

writing this. I hope for the Skipper's

sake that we get this leave because,

as one of the screens says "He's

been shaken rigid" and needs a good

break away from it all. It may seem

strange seeing that we've only been

back from leave six days but that

leave was too short to be a good

break and in them six  those six

days tons has happened.

 

3.

I received your two parcels today.

Thanks ever so much for them. And please

thank mother too. I've tasted the cookies

already. They're good, no kiddin'. I'll

think of you extra hard each time I eat 

one.

I'm feeling pretty washed out so

I guess I'd better get to bed now. I hope 

I see you in my dreams               

Goodnight, my Sweetheart

Ron

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AIR LETTER

IF ANYTHING IS ENCLOSED

THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT

BY ORDINARY MAIL.

Post stamp FORREST MORAYSHIRE 

6D POSTAGE 6D

87

 

Miss Jean Ayre

13007 - 122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta     Canada
 

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Sender's name and address:-

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F/Sgt Etherton R. H.

RAAF P.O

London    Eng

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A.C.F.

AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND  

WITH WHICH IS AFFILIATED THE
R.S.L. War Service Fund, Y.M.C.A and Salvation Army

 

Aus 423088

F/Sgt Etherton R H

RAAF Base P.O

London  Eng.

20 Feb 44

Dearest Jean,

This is a rare occasion indeed.

I have nothing to do while we are flying

that is the reason for my writing being

so bad and for my using pencil. Usually

my logs are much neater than this but

it is bumpy here at 2000'. I'm not flying

with the crew. This is just a Ferry 

trip. The only others with me are a

screen pilot and a screen W/op.  It

isn't an extremely pleasant trip. The

temperature is 0° and the aircraft heating

has given out. Outside it's very dirty. 

Now and then I catch a glimpse of

the sea. In nine minutes we should

cross the coast.  It may be clear there.

 

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A.C.F.

AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND  

WITH WHICH IS AFFILIATED THE
R.S.L. War Service Fund, Y.M.C.A and Salvation Army

 

It often is even when it's murky over

the sea and the land. Here's hoping it

is today because I'm not too sure where

we are. The radio is pretty useless

when you're as low as this. I'd

better have a look soon. Sammy

usually acts as my eyes but I've got to

do both jobs today. Not that I've got

much to do. This is really a good loaf.

I wouldn't be writing this, otherwise.

Gee it's cold.

We crossed the coast O.K. Not 

exactly where I thought. I was a mile

or so out. That's pretty good. It'll be

dark when we get back to Base. I wonder

whether we'll be able to get a night

flying supper. And I hope Sammy has

the fire going well and the room nice

and warm.

By the way,  I'm writing this with

the pencil Pop gave me. I nearly lost it

 

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A.C.F.

AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND  

WITH WHICH IS AFFILIATED THE
R.S.L. War Service Fund, Y.M.C.A and Salvation Army
 

once.  A faulty flare went off in the

fuselage and in my haste to find a 

fire extinguisher I dropped the pencil.

When we landed I looked everywhere

in the aircraft for it and had nearly

given it up for lost when I found it.

It's an hour since I've been able to

write anything. I've been busy in that time.

I think I can sit back now until we get

home. I wish I had worn my flying boots.

My feet are nearly frozen. The ground is high

here so we've climbed above the clouds.

Sometimes this type of cloud looks like

snow on the ground but today it's ragged

because it's bumpy.

Another hour and a half has passed now.

Base is just ahead.  We saw it thru' a break

in the clouds a minute ago. Guess I'd

better close

Ron.

 

 

EXAMINER 7223 

S. & Co.  51-1524                                     

 

Feb 20 1944

 

Post stamped

FORREST MORAYSHIRE

2.30PM

1 MR

44

 

Miss Jean Ayre 

13004 - 122 St., 

Edmonton 

Alberta      Canada

 

With Which is Affiliated

THE R.S.L. WAR SERVICE FUND.

THE SALVATION ARMY and

THE Y.M.C.A. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  

 

 

 

   

 

                                        

 

 

               

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