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

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Second World War, 1939–45
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Lebe 88 Morday not Les Dear Saehear Foe received such nice weas fror you hvely that fir tuaing expayed of my our poor efforte. Touigh I aort wan to tall above argone or anything except us fid you ard yo. I fell is lave with you again whe I saw 0 He phote's of you is the sraw. I gond y again I yean I fell nore in love with you. Will you we gow lived of my telling you I love you? I love you nore ane nole each day. I hope it is ye possible too love ayore too nch. Thats silly. I just couldnt love you too wuck and I want so go or loving you nose an nore. I will too boy if you aid return in love it would be just tho sae. but you ao love ne so that is all the belses, I can help ysadoto lite big casy about you because you re just the sort of peson I oe always varted to be cagy about only you is nice. I like to write and tell you how much I thirl of you a Low much nuer it would be if you were is my ans and I could tell you in soft whisping how beautiful how worderful, haw swell you are Yee I hope no one steale you while Im away. I know that plenty will by to would I so I can blame then. Just as well I know I can trust you elso I would be Pessibly worried. I an a bi s bet who woulded be will when you meen to t4lh I wish I could nake a record of uy thoughts and seed that to you in stead of letter. It would be much better and I could make tote of records for every letter because every sentere I write my though to wardy off and it's always at leas! quite a ferenates before I bring nyself a to ean to e letter what a I think about 8 O4 10ts of things but you se the cndse of them all your litters and the rill things you write -wordering what you & doing now and what it would be like if I were with you - the tice will bee togthe and moot of all, what it it be like when came back f offen worder whether & eiher of us will appear to the other to
have changed I dont mean much Iav0 very unlikely. Mayde jual in little ways I hope tn not stationed too wl in place like this. No findin, it's not good for ae olikely to becom tos stodgy. Ii afraid it's the few places here that are any different. Ii bay to say as bright as can of ties too I word whethes be able to always hold your love I guess t'll have to be pretly nat to do so but I'll say we so haid Do you thint you could juage haw much I hove you by the way o hes goet of I could kisg you yow In sure you'a have to gould Gon $4 amus AIR LETTER rarrnseni MISUTEN ocouan Miss Jear Alye 13007 122 S Canonton Alents Cnte
bee 89 Furday es. Des Sir The lest line I told you of our srials and Inibulations of thirt the shippy has been said off for a few days and that we may get ano the spft of lease. Well, they dill havent given us the leave and havent let bry of the ca fly except me. Appeently I put on too bole a frort and looked as though I wated to fly as theyse har ferying averaft the leigth are breaath of the rish les seeing a lot of this part of the world and building my howse o t go0 201 wach 20 do Io faet of Turday I wrots you a litte in the is Lis sery an I'll sed it by way rail, badie is out of hospital and I thing wi'll be getting him back - expecislly as he a has be sent to hosptal for a rest ave. Oa aso is giving to be will son or the station. The gyls in the ress often give us a plessant suprise by siving us with souething special. Ho all the dong of The shippe and Freasie ou hid lpper georer. Everyore likes the shipper. I pe with us if we slep in, or are late or nich off early when thees nothing doing. I thit ever oar carky the Slight Consender has a of ept for the sipper. He ought to ayhow accause. The ve never had any trouble with us. Ihat is, that we could hve avoided. In Dudy haw lonigee hig a boring sob. I really shouband have to do it now. Anyla, I can write while F doing A. Jast at pree having a good chaw on sone of the budgre gue you sn n Fraid I can't think of anything else is wi just a present so Grrdie -and s my love Ron &
AIR LETTER WFANVTHIN 1S ENCH MMSICteRN orr Miss Gean Ayre 13007-122 St Edmonton Allens Conat
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herter Friday 25th Feb 64 Dear Socetfeart Tae just an how to write before se go to the capp thre. Ls Dobly conebody's bard tonight. I hope ds good for a change. (feet like tone extetag me. He have sone for any the gew bet except for tht on bordon is perarly washed or our faces. Hayle I dwill 200 much on that I knnd to nai erson why be so bord is that fis you so braly la to the happiest peoso on this cash if I could call a for you to go vetting a yohee. I woule make ay differece. Ia ceefully put if with the ropoes even. It soel ever natte if we ard ealt. We could just wall or aoy hand in hard - yos its be wordeful. I poobally will be qpeeekless for sone tine when I fist next you again sughaw. Will at ot I don thit t0 Thee an to of tines when speech is eorly anecessary. That will be such a tire sd well ooth underdard wh the othe would tle to by wort so. Ths happee to us before the last la's I sas you- 20 day I left banoston But it was quite a bit diffice then I wish I has told you what I fell I shall tell you properly, not by letter sons day, tl is the atl I as say is t4 saye hre yo for
AIR LETTER PANVTHINIS ENCLOSE or oromner rar. Miss Tean ATRE 13007 122 St SOMONTON Alberta Canadg
hersy 2 Tunday 28st Fib v Ders fear sly sery t this ts fi wse six Iriasy whing. e only bee be head about 14 hows from the intil today. That vas or bessay ryft, bedway and last night, the for hours slip I has was nary very siles for Se lie y e bdly to al He ws place. Ioe flaws by five differest aseft and bee on six diffeed tayang fields, one of the aftert. Io has been etersting, good expeezee and go wuh sost bu goot te tind I do Hirt Ill has any you of this vock the shype art everyors else has be Ofa to fly to rate thigs a lit casie for the fst fea haps were going to sait atit the nou prisd befote as stast again. We should have be out of five a least a fortright ago but expect at least athe e suls Hhee has bee a lot of mo fall tee Hhe last po doys. On turday weing weythen was s coured. The sty was sautifully cleas te a wa been. It all randed no (a bit too met to rete ye happy) of Carage I was sue that see te soss te fo you wading for se today bud o not a shig hs rly a sel wll I received an Gee but s ehope th sone cons lonsto. all 145 b slen i ariely io the feet that bill wease that thee has no bee sulf rait I all for car tiy feer you sullay is 15th July in 371 cas fixt th shicl of you letters goo tols ye probily core wvoss it on of these sighs of te reading through then. He tbe ofe you sols o a oas your beithday is a coupts of days o, a least, you aunt let it slif ou, ae I cshed you faw obd you were, I did thing you are older, but as I tol you the I now arlaily diart thing hes of joy. Or the corray, I thought eve letter of you beause you lold as the suth allough you thought I would not be pleased Really, I da that you could ee my or do aghhing that did not safe re las you nose. Ths the vay its sey ee sice tae from you - will everything you did a said duing those cordeful sie weeks - ho pacefelly you walker, has happily goe miled. Ise reve so proud as ahe I was with yo or as I a you to shee ayou you pholes. Our tydis heare weo telfing to blipe lady ey that e soo
couter half one feing ten (hol pigs has ag ) e h es that Ireai had su to say and the ipp s0 be gouse you had his going or his favourits topie I was very carious to hraw what tope rear but I sudderly remenbes I was eevesdropping ad so sent downstays. This afteron the has Lease was paping yo & dis aboud Carade so I guess the sipe hit the rail on the head and e weld tior raned Jean Iet & well I soit taps thei gokes and fidding as miously Sy S1 ao yee, I hope, I hope, ther's a terre fror you honorow. Hs bed nough nt to be able to geet i you really be sfe I dont i received a visit from you by wail we too m I don'e btand you & know you cotent losturs me. If you did. Ia will love you Yor wn i AIR LETTER tn Miss Tean AVRE 13007- 123 St. EDMONTON Alberro Caradg

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FORREST MORAYSHIRE

2.30PM

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44

Feb 20 1944

Miss Jean Ayre

13007-122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta Canada

 

With Which is Affiliated

THE R.S.L WAR SERVICE FUND

THE SALVATION ARMY and

THE Y.M.C.A

 

From Aus 423088

F/Sgt Etherton R H

RAAF Base P.O

London

P.C.80

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Letter 88

Monday 21st Feb.

Dear Sweetheart,

I've received such nice

letters from you lately that I'm becoming

ashamed of my own poor efforts. Tonight I

don't want to talk about anyone or anything

except us - just you and me. I fell in love 

with you again when I saw x the photo's

of you in the snow. I don't mean "again" I

mean I fell more in love with you. Will

you ever grow tired of my telling you I love

you? I love you more and more each day.

I hope it isn't possible too love anyone too

much. That's silly. I just couldn't love you too

much and I want to go on loving you more and

more. I will too. Even if you didn't return my

love it would be just the same. But you did

love me so that is all the better. I can't

help myself and I don't want to. I like being

crazy about you because you're just the

sort of person I've always wanted to be

crazy about only you're nicer. I like to

write and tell you how much I think of

you but how much nicer it would be if

you were in my arms and I could whisper  

 

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tell you in soft whispers how beautiful,

how wonderful, how sweet you are.

Yet I hope no-one steals you while I'm

away. I know that plenty will try. So

would I so I can't blame them. Just as

well I know I can trust you else I would

be terribly worried. I am a bit scared

but who wouldn't be with when you mean so

much.

I wish I could make a record of my

thoughts and send that to you instead of

a letter. It would be much better and

I could make lots of records for every

letter because every sentence I write my

thoughts wander off and it's always at least 

quite a few minutes before I bring myself

back to earth and to the letter. What do

I think about? Oh lots of things but

you're the centre of them all - your

letters and the nice things you write

-wondering what you're doing now and

what it would be like if I were with

you - the times we've been together

-and most of all, what it'll be like when

I come back. I often wonder whether 

either of us will appear to the other to

 

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have changed. I don't mean much. That's

very unlikely. Maybe just in little ways.

I hope I'm not stationed too much long in places

like this. No kiddin', it's not good for

anyone.  You're I'm likely to become too

stodgy. I'm afraid it's the few places here

that are any different. I'll try to stay as bright 

as I can. Lots of time too I wonder whether

I'll be able to always hold your love. I

guess I'll have to be pretty smart to do so

but I'll try ever so hard.

Do you think you could judge how much 

I love you by the way I kiss you? If I 

could kiss you now I'm sure you'd have

no doubts

Ron

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FORREST MORAYSHIRE

10AM

26 FE

44

Miss Jean Ayre

1300-122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta Canada

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F/Sgt Etherton R H

RAAF Base P.O

London England

 

Letter 89

Tuesday 22nd Feb. '44

Dear Jean,

The last time I told you of our trials

and tribulations I think the Skipper had been

laid off for a few days and that we may

get another spot of leave. Well, they still

haven't given us the leave and haven't let

any of the crew fly except me. Apparently I

put on too bold a front and looked as

though I wanted to fly as they've had me

ferrying aircraft the length and breadth of

the British Isles. I'm seeing a lot of this

part of the world and building my hours

up. It's not a bad job - not much to do.

In fact on Sunday I wrote you a letter in

the air. It's screwy but I'll sent it by 

ordinary mail.

Eddie is out of hospital and I think

we'll be getting him back - especially as

the new W/Of couldn't take it and has been

sent to hospital for a rest cure.

Our crew is getting to be well known

on the station. The girls in the mess often

give us a pleasant surprise by serving us

with something special. It's all the doing of

the Skipper and Freddie our mid upper

gunner. Everyone likes the Skipper. It

makes things a lot easier. No-one interferes

 

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with us if we sleep in, or are late or nick

off early when there's nothing doing. I think

even our cranky op old Flight Commander has a

soft spot for the Skipper. He ought to

anyhow because they've never had any

trouble with us. That is , that, we could

have avoided.

I'm Duty Nav tonight. It's a boring job.

I really shouldn't have to do it now. Anyhow,

I can write while I'm doing it. Just at present

I'm having a good chew on some of the

Dentyne gum you sent me.

 "Fraid I can't think of anything else to write

just at present so-

Goodnight

- and ALL my love

Ron 

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44

Miss Jean Ayre

13007-122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta Canada

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To:- Miss Jean AYRE,

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EDMONTON

Alberta Canada 

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Letter 90  Thursday 24th Feb.,

Dearest Jean, 

Maybe this should be #89. I'm not sure. I've

had a very lazy day again today. Yesterday was our day

off and I slept in but I seem perpetually tired. Yesterday

we went to the show in Elgin "By Hook or By Crook". I

could laugh all day at Red Skelton. This morning I did

a couple of hours' work but this afternoon I "scrounged"

as they say. I borrowed a bike and rode into Forres to

pick up my laundry. It wasn't very cold and I would have

enjoyed the ride had it not been for the bike. It

rattled and squeaked and was hard to pedal.

Pardon on the long pause. I've just been looking at

the last photo's. I didn't know it was possible but I think

you're getting in even more beautiful. Gee, you look swell

in your ski slacks (That's what they are, isn't it?) I wish I 

could have sneaked along while you were kneeling in the

snow with Tony. I'd snowball you just so you would yell

for help. Then I could say I was sorry and we could make

up and kiss. Gee you're in for a rough time, jo just so's

we can make up.   All my love,

 Ron

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Letter 91

Friday 25th Feb '44

Dear Sweetheart,

I've just an hour to write

before we go to the camp show. It's Bobby

somebody's band tonight. I hope it's good for

a change. I feel like some entertainment. We

have some fun among the crew by except for

that our boredom is permanently marked on

our faces. Maybe I dwell too much on that.

I think the main reason why I'm so bored

is that I miss you so badly. I'd be the

happiest person on this earth if I could call

or for you to go walking - anywhere - It wouldn't

make any difference. I'd cheerfully put up with 

the mosquitoes even. It wouldn't even matter

if we didn't talk. We could just walk on and on,

hand in hand - Gee it'd be wonderful. I

probably will be speechless for some time

when I first meet you again anyhow. Will

that matter? I don't think so. There are lots

of times when speech is entirely unnecessary.

That will be such a time and we'll both

 

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understand what the other would like to say,

won't we. That's happened to us before. The

last time I saw you, the day I left Edmonton.

But it was quite a bit different then. I wish I

had told you what I felt. I shall tell you

-properly, not by letter - some day. Until then

all I can say is

I'll always love you

Ron

 

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91

Miss Jean AYRE

13007 - 122 St.,

EDMONTON

Alberta Canada

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Letter 92     Tuesday 29th Feb '44

Dear Jean,

I'm terribly sorry that this is my first 

letter since Friday evening. I've only been back

here about 12 hours from then until today. That 

was on Sunday night. Saturday and last night, the

few hours sleep I had was many, many miles from

here. Since Friday I've hardly had two meals in

the same place, I've flown in five different aircraft

and been on six different landing field, one of

them afloat. It has been interesting, good experience

and not much work but gosh, I'm tired. I don't

think I'll have any more of this work. The Skipper

and everyone else has been Ok'd to fly. To make

things a bit easier for the first few trips we're

going to wait until the moon period before we 

start again. We should have been out of here at

least a fortnight ago but expect at least another

three weeks.

There has been a lot of snow fallen here

in the last few days. On Sunday evening everything

was snow covered. The sky was beautifully clear

and the air was keen. It all reminded me (or

(a bit too much to make me happy) of Canada.

I was sure that there be some letters from

you waiting for me today but no, not a thing.

It's nearly a week since I received any. Gee but I miss

 

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them. I hope that some come tomorrow. All that has

relieved my anxiety is the fact that Bill tells me

that there has not been much mail at all from

Canada lately.

Jean, your birthday is 12th July, isn't it? I

can't find in the which of your letters you told me. I'll

probably come across it one of these nights when I'm

reading through them. Remember when you told me it

was your birthday in a couple of days or, at least,

your aunt let it slip out, and I asked you how

old you were. I did think you were older but

as I told you then, I most certainly didn't think less

of you for that. On the contrary, I thought even better of you

because you told me the truth although you

thought I would not be pleased. Really, I don't

think you could ever say or do anything that did

not make me love you more. That's the way it's

been ever since I've known you - with everything

you did and said during those wonderful six

weeks - how gracefully you walked, how happily you

smiled. I've never been so proud as when I was with you,

or as I am now to show anyone your photo's. Our

navigation Leader was talking to Skipper today.

They didn't know that I was in the next room and

 

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couldn't help over hearing them. (Little pigs have big

ears.) The Nav. Leader remarked that I never sai

had much to say and the Skipper said "No, but

you're never had him going on his favourite topic"

I was very curious to know what Skipper meant

but I suddenly remembered I was eavesdropping

and so went downstairs. This afternoon the Nav

Leader was pumping me a bit about Canada so 

I guess the Skipper hit the nail on the head

and answered "Someone named Jean" Just as well

I don't take their jokes and kidding as seriously

as they think I do.

Gee, I hope, I hope, there's a letter from 

you tomorrow. It's bad enough not to be able

to meet wxx you really but when I don't even

received a visit from you by mail it's too much

I don't blame you. I know you wouldn't

torture me. If you did, I'd still love you

Ron

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Miss Jean AYRE

13007 - 122 St.,

EDMONTON

Alberta Canada

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