To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter from Harry Redgrave to Jessie. Harry writes about life in the RAF including returning from his leave to Doncaster and a simulated night attack on an oil refinery in Osnabruck.




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[RAF Crest]

Tues. 15. 10. 40

My Dear Jessie,

My journey back went off all right and I have not heard any more about not being back by 2359. When I got to the station to catch the 1216 I found that the 1015 had not got in then and when it arrived about 1210 I got on and arrived in Doncaster at 3.20. On arrival I went in the YMCA and had two cups of tea with Mrs Garton's jam turnover. Gee it was good. Bill Smith turned up about 4.30 and I had some bacon and tomatoes with him and at half past five had an hours [sic] sleep on the reading room floor. You can bet I did not feel very brisk on Monday and unfortunately had to work until half past eight in the evening when I came straight to my billet and went to bed.

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Today I have been in the Ally Alley and did a night raid on an oil refinery at Osnabruk. [sic] Every went [sic] off well and my navigation earned the praise of the Flight Sergeant Observer in charge. It’s a wonderful thing this crew trainer and simulates the whole thing. Tonight I have been to Donnie and seen [sic] The Westerner and as its [sic] now nearly midnight I must pack up. We must look forward now to the next time we are together and during that week we will recall our happy week-end. Goodnight darling love and kisses to you and Pam from
Your loving husband
Harry xxxx


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 7, 2022,

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