Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother



Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother


Bill writes describing his new living accommodation in Sulhamstead House, Theale, where his bedroom overlooks rose gardens, park land etc. All except the flying takes place here, whereas the airfield is a couple of miles away. Writes about the journey from Aberystwyth, which took over 12 hours.

Postscript: his been up in plane today and really enjoyed it. Food good.




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Three page handwritten letter


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No 1436220 LAC Aksill,
No 26 E.F.T.S.
[deleted] R.A.F. [/deleted]
Nr. Reading ; Berks.
Wednesday 31 Dec. 1941.
Dear Mum,
Am writing this from the sumptuous mansion of Sir Norman Watson, where we are billeted. Sulhampstead House is its name and its in a glorious park setting, and quite a fine example of modern architecture. I’m in a lovely bedroom overlooking the rose gardens, pergolas, wall gardens and park. Here we eat and sleep, do our drill, P.T, all lectures and link trainer – in fact all but the flying. The drome is two good English miles away and the station quite another so that’s one disadvantage though there is certain

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transport to the drome at times. Reading is about 15 mins journey from Theale and London less than an hour from Reading. I’m feeling dead tired as you can guess. We had to work to the very last minute in Aber. and marched off from the Lion at 5 o’clock to catch the 5.25, all looking very jaunty, waving goodbye to old friends with Sandy charging in front barking wildly. Our Officers and Brownie wished us farewell at the station and as we looked out for the last time on our old haunts we found we’d got Sandy in with us! We put him out at the first stop with instructions for taking him back. Well just 12 hours after starting we got into Reading and had to wait until 8.15 for a train to Theale. You can guess we were dead tired

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but we got no chance of a minutes rest or wash or any of the common neccessities [sic] of life until late tonight and then I found I had to do fire patrol at 7.0 and 11.0 so it will be late when I get to bed. [underlined] Never [/underlined] have I longed for sleep more. Today we’ve rushed up and down to the drone for parachute fittings, medicals, issuing of lockers for flying kit, lectures and interviews by various officers, filling in forms, issuing of kit and dorms and on top of all that I can’t get to bed until nearly midnight and I’m flying tomorrow. Thigs are certainly starting off in a rush and there looks like being a busy time ahead but we get Saturday off though this week we work on Sunday all day we have Sat and Sun off on alternate

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weeks but there’s no hope of both. We have some Turkish officers here who are training with us.
Well I haven’t the energy to write anything else. Will write and let you know how I get on later.
Got Mums letter. Glad to know you had a good time.
Love [underlined] Bill [/underlined]
[underlined] Wed. [/underlined] Been up today. Its [underlined great [/underlined] You’re to enjoy life!!! Will be at controls every five day now.
[deleted] Got [/deleted] For your peace of mind I have a very steady instructor a Flt/Lt of 15 years experience. Most are crazy Sg/Pilots. In Reading tonight food good.
Love Bill



William Akrill, “Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 18, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/18003.

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