Well here it is Wednesday night and I have just come in from the show and thought I would write my mid week letter even though I have not got very much news to say.
The bubble had burst over here anyway as far as repatriation for the R.C.A.F is concerned. I guess you have read in the papers about 1500 airmen striking at one of our stations. They have been feeding the public a lot of guff in the papers about all the Occupation force for the R.C.A.F being volunteers. They claim they needed so many and if you were unlucky to be required you were one. They say we all should be home by summer I am certainly sympathetic with the boys who have been over here a long time and are striking. I only hope that Ottawa will change their policy and get us home sooner or they will have a lot more trouble I would imagine. I will send you a copy of our paper with all the news in it and also a copy of the course I might take if I ever get home in time.
In your last letter dear you asked about a parcel, yes you can send one with soap, razor blades, Mennen shaving cream lotion, Ingrams shaving cream (2) and you could send a small bottle of whiskey as well dear, if you do not mind, thanks darling.
They told me that I will be able to take my leave on the 14th of the month. I do not know where I am going yet but I think it will be up north somewhere. As soon as I get there I will make sure that I send you a post card so you know where I am at.
Well I have been to 2 shows this week anyway, they were both pretty fair shows. So our little girl is saying “Hi Dad”, gosh I am looking forward to seeing her again but no more than I am looking forward to seeing you dear. I am still thinking that we can go to Buffalo for a week end and than perhaps go to Philadelphia for a day or 2 to stay with my relatives as they want us to but then I am not very fussy about staying with anybody for a while after I get home, if you know what I mean.
Well one of my pals has just come in from a dance and he says that it was one of the grimiest “dos” he has ever been to. I never have any fun at any dances over here, but I will have to go to one in Scotland when I am there see if it is true about what you tell me about the swell dances there.
I guess that is about all for now dearest and as always all my love to you and Donna.
Well here it is Sunday night and I have just come back from seeing “Double Indemnity” and another picture and it was very good. I went by myself as all the boys wanted to see “Congo Women” but I had already seen it. I am sitting in my room now listening to the radio, it is the Lux program and they are playing with Jimmy Stewart. Gosh but I feel lonely tonight dear, I certainly miss you more every day.
Well let me see what I have been doing. Last night I went to a dance with 3 of the boys but the band was really corny and altogether it was a pretty grim show. So we left early and went down to the mess for a late supper. We had eggs, green peas and sausages. I have really got an enormous appetite right now but do not think that I have put on much weight and darling, when you are cooking for |Donna and I I am going to eat more than ever and with you sitting across from me I am going to be the most contented man in the world.
Well they are using Bournemouth to house the G.I. brides. I saw 8 bus loads leave for Southampton on Saturday to go on board the Queen Mary and I thought just how many really do love their husbands to go over seas and leave everything they know and love behind. I think of you and how lucky I am to be loved as much as I am.
The more I think about that trip to Buffalo the better I like it. We will go by train and might even stay another day or so if we like it, and with you by my side I know that I will want to stay more than a weekend darling.
Oh by the way, you wanted me to get Donna a tartan shirt didn’t you? So let me know what tartan you wanted and her measurements and I will see what I can do when I go on leave to Aberdeen.
I have you Valentines in front of me dear and they are just swell. The best Valentine you could give me is to have you all here with me, but I guess that will not be for a little while longer.
Gosh it will be almost a year since I received my embarkation leave, it was the 21st of |February that I came home. I just dreaded telling you and it was certainly hard to leave you darling. I love you more than anything else in the whole wide world.
I was wondering when Raymond Kinkaid was coming home. I guess Uncle Louie will have a big party for him. Have you heard anymore about whether he is going to marry that girl he is engaged to? How is Ted making out about getting in the Fire department? I guess he does not like going way out to the west end to got to work, well he will just have to stick it out.
Well so long again for now dear, and as always,
All my love,
Well here it is Sunday night and I am on night duty so I thought it would be a good time to write you and let you know the latest. I have just said goodbye to 3 more of the boys from the office, they are leaving on the Aquitannia tomorrow morning. Gosh I am so fed up seeing all the other guys go home and still no news about me.
I received your last letter yesterday and I was glad to hear all of you back home are well. I think it would be a swell idea for the three of us to go to Buffalo, but by the looks of things do not expect to be going to at least June or July by the time I get home. But then 3 or 4 months more will go by fast and we will have nice summer weather for our 2 months together.
I am looking forward to being with you so much dear, and what a time we are going to have, we are going to have the biggest splurge of our lives.
Well let me see what I have been doing. I have got a room to myself now and it is really swell. I am afraid I will not be here very long to enjoy it very much. I saw 4 pictures last week isn’t that awful. But it is a cheaper way of spending time than sitting in a pub. After all, the beer here is not at all as strong as our Canadian beer, so I would rather just be at the show.
Friday night I stayed in and played cards and listened to records and then slipped down to the mess for some later supper. I would rather spend an evening doing that then anything else. I am rather looking forward to getting on a station again as you can do so much more than you can in a town like this. You can’t get anything to read here at all. So do not forget to send me some newspapers to read and let me know if you have found that slip for the books dear.
So our little girl got quite a kick out of you loosing your hat during that windstorm. We are certainly going to have some good times together aren’t we darling. If she is as easy to get along with and as half as pretty as you are we will do just fine.
Well so long for now dearest, and as always,
All my love
Well I received your last 2 letters yesterday and darling you do not miss me one bit more than I miss you. It is so very hard being separated from one another when we love each other so much dearest.
I guess Percy will be home by now that lucky guy. The trouble is that they do not tell us a thing as to when we will be going home, the only thing you can count on is what you read in the papers and then you cannot really even rely on that.
The Minister for Air was here on |Tuesday and told us definitely that the Army of Occupation would be out of here by the end of June and then I read in the paper that they were debating about getting us out by the end of March, so as I said before I do not know what to believe. I made my big mistake when I cam into the Air Force as a clerk, if I had been any other trade I would be out by now. But darling, I do not mind waiting another couple of months, as long as I know that you and Donna are comfortable and the weather will be nicer for our second honeymoon.
I just wish that you were here today darling, the weather is just like summer, I have not worn my hat or gloves yet today. Some girls were running up and down the beach in their bare feet. I have not seen a y snow yet so far. We could really have a swell time together.
They are playing the record machine right now and it is making me very sentimental, listening to some of the old records that being memories of you back to me.
Well dearest, I am glad that you all had a nice New Years, and that next years will be the best yet. By the way dear have you sent away for my books yet? You have not said anything about them lately and I am really looking forward to getting them soon. I wish I knew how you felt about living in the country dear, but that too seems to be something that you never write about. Another thing dear, have you received my latest $50 war bond yet?
Well I am seeing more shows then I have ever seen in my life before. I saw 4 last week and they are usually newer then the ones being shown in the town so that is where I have been going lately.
All my love darling as always,
Your ever loving husband and Pop