Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, March-May 1944 - Part 7 of 8

Conflict:
Second World War, 1939–45
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  • Love Letters
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TO:- Miss Jean AYRE

13007-122 St.,

EDMONTON

Alberta  Canada

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29 May 1944

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20th May '44

Dear Jean,

I posted your birthday present today. I'm very

early, I know, but at least I'm sure it'll be there on

time. Don't open it before the 12th, will you? I had 

to state the contents on the outside so please ask

your Mother to tear the labels off when she

receives it. It's not exactly as I wanted it but

they're unprocurable here and I had to get it from

Canada so couldn't make the choice myself. Use it 

often. That should give you a clue as to what it 

is. I'll keep you guessing beyond that. 

Sam and I went into York this afternoon, 

went to the show and saw "Dixie" for the second 

time. Remember the first time I saw it was in New 

York. Today has been such a nice day that we 

should not have spent any of it indoors but I'm 

afraid we would both have gone to sleep on 

our feet had we gone for even a short stroll.

I'm yawning heartily now.

Goodnight - Love Ron

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Letter 123     22nd May '44

Dear Jean,

The mails must be terribly mixed up. It's

about ten days since I had any letters from you. 

Even local letters are being delayed up to a week so 

I guess my letters to you are arriving just anyhow.  Not

that there have been many. I sit down almost every 

day to write you and more often than not give it 

up as useless. There's something on my mind that I 

want to tell you but don't know how to start. I'll 

make a determined effort as soon as I get sufficient 

time. I'm not going to tell you I don't love you any 

more. I love you more than ever. Oh, I'll tell you 

soon. In the meantime, don't worry. Just remember that 

I'll always love you no matter what happens

The weather here is very changeable. Some days 

are beautiful, others terrible. Sometimes the sun is shining 

brightly one minute but the next it's raining. It's not 

bad here having a bike. We can ride into one of 

the nearby villages for a meal without much effort 

it'd be fine if you lived nearby.  All my love  Ron

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26th May 1944

Dear Jean,

Remember in one of your first

letters you wrote that if I would come back

to Edmonton you would wait for me if I 

wanted it that way? I've never been able 

to fathom out whether or not you meant 

by that that you would not come to 

Australia although I've known all along 

that you don't want to leave Edmonton. 

For a long time I thought that if I came 

to Edmonton it would solve everything. 

I've always hoped that things would be 

made easier by my being posted back

to Canada before the war ended but

that's most improbable now as I'm almost 

sure to be sent back home or to the 

Far East when I've finished a tour and 

a period of instruction. Then there is 

the bogey of finding and keeping a job

in a place where I don't know many 

people and, more important still, very few

people know me. Also, there is the fact 

that I would be starting as almost 

inexperienced. My education and experience 

count for some at home but in Canada

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hardly at all. And again, after the war 

there will be lots of Canadians in the 

same shoes as myself not knowing where 

to start but with lots of advantages 

on their side.

You may be starting to think that

I must have known this all along and 

should have told you. I did know it 

as you probably have too but I've

thought and hoped that I would not

be deterred by these obstacles. For 

some time now I've realised that by

the time the war ends I'll not be in a 

fit state nor have the desire to start 

afresh. My fault lies in that I should 

have realised this at the outset but 

then I had not been away from home 

for so long nor known flying as it has

been for these last months and will be

for the rest of my flying days. Perhaps I 

am scared - want to crawl into my shell. 

Whatever it is, this is how I'll be at 

the end of the war.

Will you come to Australia and will

your parents let you? You'd like Australia 

 

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and Australia would like you. You like

the warm weather in Edmonton. Sydney

is never much hotter and it's never so 

cold as to be keep you from getting

about. You'd love the beaches and the 

swimming and surfing. We'd be financially 

secure, could build a nice home, send 

our son (or sons) to my old school

and take a full part in the future 

of a fine country. Australia has

great future. During the war it has 

advanced in leaps and bounds and 

will be even more progressive 

afterwards. Please say you will, Jean. 

I've felt very strangely about writing 

this letter. I've hesitated because I 

thought you may say "no" or even 

misunderstand that I want and need you 

just as much as ever. I've thought 

that my outlook may change but it 

hasn't and lately I've found it so 

near impossible to write to you that 

I simply had to get this off my mind. 

Now it's done and my future is in 

your hands.

Ron.

 

 

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Letter 125                 

28th May 1944

Dear Jean

Do you keep up Whitsunday in Canada? No, of

course not. I was there this time last year. We used 

to read about Whitsun holiday in English books and 

comics at home. Anyhow, today is Whitsunday and 

tomorrow is a public holiday. It is beautiful weather 

for holidays. This is the hottest day I've experienced here. 

The moist atmosphere makes it rather uncomfortable I

wish we were allowed to wear our shorts. But then

it'll probably turn cold soon.

We set out to do a navigation exercise this

afternoon. We had to wait an hour while the ground 

staff changed the tyres. All wrapped up for a high trip 

we were nearly evaporating until we got a bit of height.

At 18,000 it was just nice with the cabin heat on but 

we had to turn back after an hour because Skipper 

developed a severe pain in the head. I guess it's sinus 

trouble. He has had a head cold the last few days 

but the M.O pronounced him fit to fly yesterday. It was

lucky we did come back. One of the tyres was leaking 

and we nearly crashed as it was. If we had been   (cont.)

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flying much longer it might have been completely

deflated in which case we'd have run all over the

'drome when we landed. Great fun! I don't think!

Sam and I are going for a bike ride soon.  I'll

tell you about it when we come back.

We rode into Wetherby which is about five

miles from here. There's a nice boating place on the

river there. Eddie and I had a row there  the other 

evening but I suppose there'll be a lot of people 

around today so we just rode through the town 

and sat by the river further downstream for a 

while. When we were coming back a breeze had 

sprung up, fortunately a tail wind. Nevertheless I'm 

feeling very tired and sleepy so I guess I'd better 

say "Goodnight and Sweet Dreams"

Ron

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