Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, March-May 1944 - Part 6 of 8

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Second World War, 1939–45
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airgraphs of course) so that they can be
returned without being opened
2. If you're sending me anything
you wouldn't want anyone else to
have, send it in a separate parcel, if
necessary, but in any case mak  &
mark the outside  "If undeliverable
return to sender - Miss J. A - - etc"
3. If you don't mind you might
mark any other parcels "If undeliverable
send to Red Cross"
I hope that noone ever has to comply
with these instructions but one never
knows. For the same reason, I'm
going to arrange for you to be 
informed in the event of any mishap.
But for Pete's sake don't letter
every cable I send you scare you
out of your wits. Only the good
die young but, of course, you don't
know how bad I really am. Maybe
I should have just told you I come
from a long living family. They're
all bad.
All my love

Ron.

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Miss Jean Ayre

13007 - 122 St.,

Edmonton

Alberta  Canada

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Dear Jean,

I'm writing this from the Canadian Legion Club

in Aberdeen.  It's rather an appropriate place from which

to write to Canada.  Everything around us is Canadian

-the flag on the wall, the magazines. - We're even

having coffee and doughnuts.  The coffee isn't bad but

the doughnuts! XX.  C'est la guerre!  The only item

missing is Canadians.  The place is nearly deserted.

Actually, we've practically no competition in most of

the towns nowadays.  Aircrew are the only ones getting

leave and I think it's only operational aircrew at that.

Too bad there's no Jean Ayre here!

I went skating last night and met a girl to

whom  I spoke to a few times when we were last

here.  Her name is Kitty Macdonald.  Very Scotch!

So is she.  She's engaged to an English airman who

is stationed in The Azores and is very much in love

with him.  I saw her home but that's all.  I didn't

even try to kiss her goodnight.  Not that it would

have been much good trying.  Guess I'll have to wait

until the day.  I'll make up for it then.  All my love Ron

 

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Dear Jean,

I'm afraid I've forgotten what number this

should be but I'll work it out later.  I think it's

119.  The weather is very considerate and staying

fine for us, though it is quite a bit cooler here

than in Aberde Yorkshire.  I think I can say that

we are both enjoying our leave and growing fat

and lazy in the process.  I might even say that
we're being overfed.  There aren't many places

over here where you can manage that.  Aberdeen

is a pretty good place all round.  There are a

lot of nice cafes.  In those we go to we're getting

to be known and, though the menus are quite good

we nearly always get something better that's not

on the menu.

Scotland is far nicer in winter summer than

winter.  Just now everything is so freshly green.

Aberdeen's wide avenues look fine with their rows

of trees and there are lots of bright colours in

the gardens.  Must so close now  

Love Ron

 

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Letter 120

14th May '44

Dear Jean,

Edna has spoken of Bill,

the chap she was going with, in

her letters to you.  She has asked

me to pass onto you bad news

of him - that he has been

posted missing from a mine

laying detail in Danzig Harbor.

I received her letter the day we

went on leave but didn't mention

it before because I didn't want

to think of it while we were on

leave.

Edna is hopeful that he is

safe.  I'll be very glad for her sake

if he does turn up.  I hardly knew

Bill.  In fact, I only saw him once.

I had a letter from him while we

were up north.  He was on an

Australian Lancaster Squadron

which has a wonderful name.

2.

despite the fact that it gets all

the dirty jobs.

There is another chap I went to

school with and worked with in the

same office who went missing about

the same time.  He was on that

Squadron, too.  Remember I told you

that he, I and a pal of his

joined up together.  The pal and 

I flew together at home until he

was killed in a crash. and The 

chap I worked with went to Canada

soon after he went into the Air

Force.  We wrote quite a bit but

I'd never been able to see him.

My brother Ern is going to 

join the navy.  He has more

sense that I gave him credit for.

I thought he'd want to join the

Air Force  but I'm glad he didn't.

He's not eighteen yet but he's

 

3.

a grand kid.  He lost his job as

dental mechanic because he had an

argument with his boss over paying

for some teeth (artificial ones) he

broke.  That was why he got the

job at the swimming baths

while he was waiting to turn 18

to join up.

For once I've had lot's to write

about  but I'm afraid I'll have

to cut this short.  The whole

crew is in the one big room and

they're all wanting to get to sleep

so I guess its

Goodnight, Sweetheart

Ron

XXX

 

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Miss Jean Ayre

13007 - 122 St.,

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Letter 120

16 May '44

 

Dear Jean,

I'm afraid I'm not going to have much

chance to write letters while we're here. We've

been doing quite a bit flying. Most of the rest

of the time we waste hanging around waiting

but have no time to ourselves. We took a risk

yesterday afternoon and went into York. We went

to a show - James Cagney in "Johnny Vagabond"

and came back to camp early as we thought

we might be wanted. We weren't but I didn't

want to stay out particularly. The Skipper's wife

was going to come up last night to stay in the

village for a week but was too ill to travel and

put it off for a few days. I don't know why

she's bothering to come up here because Bob

will be too busy to see much of her. There

were three letters from you waiting for me on

Saturday so coming back to camp wasn't as

terrible as it might have been. 

Love Ron

 

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Letter 1218

 

Dear Jean,

I'm afraid I'm not being punctual with my

letters.  I just can't settle down to write.  We are

doing lots of flying but most of it is monotonous

circuits and bumps - taking off, round the 'drome,

landing, taking off, around again and so on.  It's

monotonous for everyone except Skipper.  Halifaxes

are hard to land.  That is why he has to get so

much practice.  My job during this procedure is to just

sit and do nothing unless the weather closes in and

he gets lost.  Then I have to get him home.

You asked how many trips we've done.  None

that count towards being layed off.  I don't know

when we'll start but it shouldn't be long.  We

should finish here in about two weeks.  Then we'll

go to a squadron which won't be far away.  I hope

we get another leave there before we start operating.

We should be able to say we're settled there for a

few months at least.  Here's hoping that it's a good

station.  This looks like the end of the page Love Ron

 

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