To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter and envelope from Harry to his wife Jessie. He writes about his trepidation about starting to fly in Ansons and a visit from Air Chief Marshall Sir John Steel over whether their air navigation training was thorough enough.




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Mrs. H. C. Redgrave
Oaken Grange Drive

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Prestwick Ayrshire
Wed. 13.3.40

My dear Jessie,
I am sorry I missed writing to you yesterday but yesterday it rained and snowed all day and we had had a gruelling days [sic] plotting and so I went to the pictures. I had also hoped to able to tell you about Easter but we still dont [sic] know anything. Our corporal had it from the W.O. that we shall know tomorrow.

Tomorrow weather permitting I start flying in Ansons and to tell you the truth I’ve got the wind up a bit. Navigation here is very different to the old Rochford days and its [sic] not sufficient that you get to where you set off for but your log is marked and you have [inserted] to [/inserted] make weather reports and reconnaissance forms have to be completed and its [sic] one long rush from when you enter the plane until you land. There has been a rare to do about the Fokker training owing to the failures in our exam complaining [deleted] of [/deleted] about the air training and in consequence we have had Air Chief Marshal Sir John Steel down here and this afternoon we had to answer to questions on a form asking whether we felt we had had a thorough groundwork in air navigation and if we felt confident to

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navigate Ansons. I put yes down to both questions and am hoping for the best.

The film I saw last night was “Dodge City” and it was a story of early America with plenty of guns fights and killings and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and I must say it made a welcome break.
Have you [deleted] rembe [/deleted] remembered what the 5/- is for now. [sic] In case you haven’t its [sic] for the cones that will be so necessary I hope and how about sleeping accommodation for me with all the folks being home. I don’t want to sleep in the bath on my own. Can you fix up so that we can have our room completely to ourselves? Dont [sic] forget the timetable and then I may be able to let you know if you can meet me at the station. I shant [sic] be able to see you to [sic] soon darling.

All the chaps are discussing tomorrows Anson flying so I must close now and prepare for my trip.
Goodnight my love and give my love to all.
Always your fondest

Harry xxxx

P.S. Thank Owen for writing Pams [sic] letter. Have not seen strip-tease.


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 5, 2023,

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