To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter from Harry Redgrave in RAF Upwood to his wife Jessie. Harry writes that he is in C Squadron and has started flying seven days a week and attending lectures. He is now using wireless for navigation and using the Link Trainer and the Air Ministry Laboratory bombing teacher.




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Sgt. [Sergeant] Redgrave H.C. 743047
Sergeants Mess
R.A.F. Station

Dear Jessie

Sorry I missed writing to you yesterday but as things have turned out I have been too busy. I dont [sic] know whether you have written yet but up to today Friday I have not received anything yet. I posted a letter to you on Monday evening and in case you did not get it and are waiting for an address use the one above.

As I told you before we were to do a fortnight in the Pool before flying but on Tuesday all of us from Dumfries were placed in C Squadron and started flying Wednesday. Well we fly every day Saturday and Sunday included as well as lectures each day. The exercises last about three hours and this morning I had to get up at five to be over the other side of the drome [sic] by six. I got down about nine and have got the rest of the morning off and will start lectures after dinner. Last night I landed about half past eight in the evening so you can see we are kept well on the move. The flights are very interesting and for the first time I am using wireless as an aid to navigation. When you are above cloud for an hour at a stretch this is a great help and once I get used to

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it I shall be getting well ahead with this advanced navigation. Later on we do a lot of night flying and target locating and practice stick bombing. The course is much more interesting than anything I have yet done and is so much more practical. We must do an hour a week at least on the Link Trainer and [deleted] hrs [/deleted] eight hours on the A.M.L. The Link Trainer is a piloting arrangement whereby flying is reproduced on the ground and the idea is to enable us to learn piloting just as a side line. The A.M.L. is a bombing teacher but I did quite a bit of that at Warmwell. By the way this ten hours a week is out of our “spare” time. Its [sic] all good practice though and I am beginning to feel a real observer by now.

Will you ask your Mum if, when you send her the key to the bungalow [deleted] I [/deleted] she would take it to Ticketts and get them to collect my byke [sic] as I have written to the Taxation Office and they will provide petrol coupons for me to bring it up here.

Well thats [sic] all for now and I do hope there is something in the post for me.

Lots of love darling and hoping to see you soon
Your loving Husband
Harry XXXX


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 22, 2024,

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