Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, March - May 1944 - Part 1 of 8

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Second World War, 1939–45
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letter 25 Thusay Ena Mart Der Sear, This is my second letter wary. Ioe had time because F'oe been very ragy I should have been up early end to help clear the snow off the renway but instead, stayed in beg untal about nre I really didnt do it because Im lazy. In developing a hell of a cold 1o 9 out on the awfield shovelling snow wouldn't be the best way to great it, would it? Any how they were wasting then dent. A lot of the snow has selted duving the day and wrless more falls during the night, it it all be gone by morning. In to play rugges with the vistion tea on tat. The shippes tan and Ireie are in the leam 200. not bad your out of our crew, is it ? If this cols is as bad as I thiit its going to be I'll probasly have to wiss it. The Mlenea you sent is going to be very useful. Friday Dea March a lot of sow fell again last sight Ie was cold. 100. There was a strong wind blowing. Is barn our fixe out very soon and ouoon got as cold as an ice box. Duving the day, I has been still srowing The strorg wad nases it stick to your clothes. Wher you ve ben out in for a few mautes, you re snow from head to por. The snow meas during the day and is very stshy. Dive been wearing ou subber hall boots. with our Toases rucked i then we look like prates. If it wasn't so windy and the srow siant nett we could go tobogganing if we haa a ho boggan or sleigh ridng if se had a sleigh No, I would go for a sleigh sice because I want in fror to be with you. Oont forge? tha's a dare day, Iae got an the givl friend. A less Fee got her phots on the wall. He ppoto was in a newopape I got from hous, & aut i ow because she is so weet like you, partiautarly he figure. That is, in this pholo. He raye is Hansay Anes. the was in Ali
take and the Forty Hisves, though I diay see D. I shall bee ng eye open for his haw so I can see whether she really is yearly as good looking as you or a fetfe this photo flotses he, which is probably the case. Whe sor of doy shall we have? Ive always wasled a cocke spaill. Do you like eI like wsh setess bee but 1hoyse 100 lig and too hungry. lore people I kraw bought ore once. I ad my pat colureered to build his a Benzel - at a price, of cousse. we neaowed the dog, allowed a bit of headsoon an eldow soon for him and it was so big to we had to pall down the back fence to get it ino thei good. We had to hie a truck to ship it, 200. The people said they were going so nove ito the Gernlt aa let the dog have the house. This looks live like line to iay Goorrigh May S Hight here Nor m AIR LETTER ric Ms Jear Ayre 13007-122 S6 Eanenton Cllets Cat
Letter 26 Suay w2h Marh Dier Jear I have I very much to write but what I have is frightfully inportaye. Ore night say that I should not use this whole foom when much less space would suffice but what are wastine shortages when conpased with sonething so impostan. Mary batsles and ever was have been fought for this tro sonetting that sondine gives yen powers that are nomally for our of reach. What is it I I love you. Have I told you before? pray to God that I can ase those power for you. Does this sound cragy to you: I don'? feel cragy. I feel worderful. gid because & lore you. for
t tre Mt EX 1569 569 1569 TTE A INGBE Miss Sean ARE 13007-122S7 EDMONTON Aberto Con EXX
Lester 87 Monday 6th Marcs Dar Jean Fd ruch rather write tonigh but as I probably won'd have tie, Ill have to do so this noning. It was the Stippe o buthday yesterday. Tonigh were going into town for a little cilearation -suppe, the show and pehaps to dunt his health. Ii's not much, bu I guess itll have 1o so hass night we went to the ca show maid of hes Orleans Its old but I hadyt seen it before an enoyed re was a cartoon Googu Doogu Ougle Boy. Gee it was funry. I taughed and laughed just like little Audrey unless something delays us. we'll be possed from here in a fortnight's line with a leave whch should be about 14 days. Fve heard of a place in Aberdeen where I can have my pholo taken without having to sait too long for it. I have lots of photos of you but you have hadly any of ye Ioe acked band to send you a copy of one I had taken just before I left auswalia but she haan't neatiored anthing about it in her letter get. Foe nearly finished a roll of filn on which thee are a couple ofIe seyd then when they re presed In going to bnch now I wouse whot her there are any letters from you I hope. I hope. No telress! I was sure there would be guess I'll have to be patient intil ow your letters are well worth waiting for. Suce That s the trouble. Ihey's so nce that I cant help being unpatier This afternoon we re playing potball. Irs a nce day for it. There's quite a bet of coud about but the see has been shiring tots of the tiie. All the snow has retted ad endeed, it'o hard to in agine that it was snowing a couple of days ago I be a lovely day to go for a walk with you. I wish we could I arrived in Camonon just a year ago soday. It was early in the nourning In fact, I was asleep when the rai pulled in. Wo aidn't leave is until
about 6.30 AN To think that just five days before we had been getting wound in shorts ad shel and fere we were where everything was know covered. I had liked what I had seen of Canada up to then and expected & hat our stay there would be a worderful experience but I didnt reslise that in this city in which we had just arwed there could be soneoze you beautiful and more wonderful than anyone else in the whole world, Io was a long tane after then that I did yeet you but next sae I asswe in bamonton I hope: you tt be waiting for ye. Oh, hurry hurry, happy day! And pleese say gust as you are. I ean because that how I aream of you and how I sove you now Ron Lt a AIR LETTER 3 MIS JeON AYRE 18007- 122 ST. EDMONTON Atberta Canoug

Letter 93

Wed. 1st March '44

Dear Sweetheart,

It's been a long time since I've 

felt as happy as I do now. In fact, I've 

never felt as happy in the same way. It's 

a sort of contented, perhaps I should say, 

peaceful happiness. Often I've been as happy, 

I guess, but this is kinda different. I just 

want to dream. I'm not quite sure why I 

should be so happy. Not much! I received 

the two most wonderful letters that have 

ever been written. I wonder whether the 

post office people ever realise what precious 

documents they handle. Since I've read them 

I've been so happy I feel I could jump over 

the moon. I wouldn't but. I'd just jump from 

here to your doorstep. Oh Jean, dear! I don't 

think anyone has loved another as I love 

you. Though I did not think so before I met 

you, the future would seem very hollow if it 

were not our future. But, with you to share it, 

it cannot be anything but wonderful and happy. 

Without you, I do not know what I would do. 

I am very patient. I must be to bear not 

being with you as long as this / but by please, 

2.

God, let it not be much longer.

It has snowed heavily today. We've had 

some great snow ball fights. There's about 

six inches outside. I like it like this but 

it's going to be terribly messy when it starts 

to melt.

Seven years ago today I started work. Gee, it 

seems a long time ago. And one year ago 

we were at sea, a day out of 'Frisco. That 

seems just as long. ago

This is rather a coincidence. Last night I 

asked you whether your birthday was 12th July 

as I'd got mixed a bit. In one of the letters 

I received today, you mentioned that it was. 

My! That's a quick reply.

Do you mind if I lapse into silence. I want 

to think about you. I' m not going yet so I 

won't say Goodnight. Just let me kiss you?

Ron X 

 

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Miss Jean Ayre,

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Letter 94 

Thursday 2nd March '44

Hello Sweetheart,

Gee you look beautiful. How do I know?

Oh, you always do. When do you usually get my letters?

I guess that except on Wed and Sat it's when you come

home from work. That's just about the time I'd be meeting

or calling for you. It's a magic hour. 7 P.M in Edmonton is

1 A.M. the next morning here so when you're reading this

or any of my letters I'm more than likely in the

middle of a beautiful dream all about you. Maybe I'm

dreaming about meeting you. I do so often that when it's

really true, you'll have to pinch me or else I'll think

it's still a dream. I wonder when that will be. It cannot

be too soon because I love you so much

Ron

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Letter 95

Thursday 2nd March

Dear Jean,

This is my second letter today.

I've had time because I've been very lazy.

I should have been up early and to help

clear the snow off the runway but

instead, stayed in bed until about nine.

I really didn't do it / just because I'm lazy.

I'm developing a hell of a cold. To go

out on the airfield shovelling snow

wouldn't be the best way to treat it,

would it? Anyhow they were wasting

their time. A lot of the snow has

melted during the day and unless

more falls during the night, it'll all

be gone by morning.

I'm to play rugger with the

station team on Sat. The skipper, Sammy

and Freddie are in the team too. Not

bad - four out of our crew, is it? If this

cold is as bad as i think it's going to

be I'll probably have to miss it. The

Kleenex you sent is going to be very

useful.

2.

Friday 3rd March

A lot of snow fell again last night.

It was cold, too. There was a strong

wind blowing. It burnt our fire out very

soon and our room got as cold as an

ice box. During the day, it has been still

snowing. The strong wind makes it stick

to your clothes. When you've been out in

for a few minutes, you're snow from head

to foot. The snow melts during the day

and is very slushy. We've been wearing

our rubber knee boots, with our

trousers tucked in them we look like

pirates. If it wasn't so windy and the

snow didn't melt we could go tobogganing,

if we had a toboggan or sleigh riding

if we had a sleigh. No, I wouldn't go

for a sleigh ride because I want my

first to be with you. Don't forget! That's

a date.

Say, I've got another girl friend. At least,

I've got her photo on the wall. Her photo

was in a newspaper I got from home. I cut

it out because she is so much like you,

particularly her figure. That is, in the photo.

Her name is Ramsay Ames she was in "Ali

3.

Baba and the Forty Thieves," though I didn't

see it. I shall keep my eye open for her

name so I can see whether she really

is nearly as good looking as you or whether

this photo flatters her, which is probably

the case.

What sort of dog shall we have? I've

always wanted a cocker spaniel. Do you

like them? I like Irish setters better

but they're too big and too hungry.

Some people I know bought one once.

I and my pal volunteered to build

him a kennel - at a price, of course.

We measured the dog, allowed a bit

of headroom and elbow room for him

and it was so big H we had to pull

down the back fence to get it into their

yard. We had to hire a truck to shift

it, too. The people said they were

going to move into the kennel and

let the dog have the house.

This looks live like time to say

"Goodnight" may I? Right here

Ron

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Miss Jean Ayre

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Edmonton

Alberta Canada

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Letter 96

Saturday 4th March

Dearest Jean,

I haven't very much to write

but what I have is frightfully

important. One might say that I should

not use this whole form when much

less space would suffice but what are

wartime shortages when compared with

something so important. Many battles

and even wars have been fought

for this. It's something that sometimes

gives men powers that are normally

far out of reach. What is it? I love

you. Have I told you before? I

pray to God that I can use those

powers for you.

Does this sound crazy to you?

I don't feel crazy. I feel wonderful,

just because I love you.

Ron

 

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Letter 97

Monday 6th March,

Dear Jean,

I'd much rather write tonight

but as I probably won't have time. I'll

have to do so this morning. It was the

Skipper's birthday yesterday. Tonight we're

going into town for a little celebration

 - supper, the show and perhaps to drink

his health. It's not much, but I guess it'll

have to do.

Last night we went to the

camp show - "Maid of New Orleans". It's

old but I hadn't seen it before and

tho enjoyed it. There was a cartoon

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". Gee it was

funny. I laughed and laughed just

like little Audrey.

Unless something delays us,

we'll be posted from here in a fortnight's

time, with a leave which should be

about 14 days. I've heard of a place

in Aberdeen where I can have my

photo taken without having to wait too

long for it. I have lot's of photo's

of you but you have hardly any of me.

I've asked Edna to send you a copy of

2.

one I had taken just before I left

Australia but she hasn't mentioned

anything about it in her letters yet.

I've nearly finished a roll of film on

which there are a couple of me. I'll

send them when they're printed.

I'm going to lunch now. I wonder

whether there are any letters from you.

I hope, I hope.

No letters! I was sure there would be.

Guess I'll have to be patient until

tomorrow. Your letters are well worth

waiting for. Sure that's the trouble. They're

so nice that I can't help being impatient.

This afternoon we're playing football.

It's a nice day for it. There's quite a bit

of cloud about but the sun has been

shining quite lots of the time. All the

snow has melted and indeed, it's hard to

imagine that it was snowing' a couple of

days ago. It'll be a lovely day to go

for a walk with you. I wish we could.

I arrived in Edmonton just a year

ago today. It was early in the morning.

In fact, I was asleep when the train

pulled in. We didn't leave it until

 

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about 6.30 A.M.  To think that just five

days before we had been getting

around in shorts and shirts and here

we were where everything was snow

covered. I had liked what I had

seen of Canada up to then and

expected that our stay there would be

a wonderful experience but I didn't

realise that in this city in which

we had just arrived there could be

someone more beautiful and more

wonderful than anyone else in the

whole world. It was a long time

after then that I did meet you but 

next time I arrive in Edmonton I hope

you'll be waiting for me. Oh, hurry,

hurry, happy day! And please stay

just as you are, Jean because that's

how I dream of you and how I love 

you most

Ron

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Alberta Canada

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