Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother



Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother


Writes he is not going with grading course but staying at Theale for Elementary Flying Training School. Mentions he had a test with Chief Flying Instructor which didn't go too badly. Writes he will now have to get down to work and there will be no leave. Writes of incident where student left his undercarriage on a muck cart and aircraft ended up on its back. Fortunately no injuries but both student and instructor to be court martialled.




Temporal Coverage



Two page handwritten letter


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No 1436220 LAC Akrill
No 26 EFTS
Reading, Berks.
Sat. 7.2.42.
Dear Mum,
Definite “pukka gen” at last. I asked the C.F.A. myself & got to know from him what was happening to us today. No doubt you’ll be pleased to here [sic] [inserted] it [/inserted] & though I believe its definitely for the best I did feel disappointed to learn that we are not going with the Grading Course on Wednesday but are doing our E.F.T.S. Course at No 26 Theale!
I had a test with the C.F.I. today & thought it strange but it was apparently the solo test. I think I achieved something by going up with him & not be stormed at once. He only once swore when I nearly landed on some “bloody ice” which covers half the field. He told me I must wait for some nice fine weather & then see what I can do. He was extremely pleasant on the whole & I can’t imagine all the gruesome stories I’ve heard about him.
So now I suppose I’ll have to get down to
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work in good earnest & I’m afraid there’ll be no leave yet awhile so it’s a good job I snatched those few hours when I’d the chance. I shall have a crack at getting another like that when I feel [deleted] brown [/deleted] a bit browned off. My part-annual leave is due in just over another month [deleted] so [/deleted] but I can’t see either the C.F.I. or the C.O. condecending [sic] to let us have it.
Had an excitement the other day when one of the Seniors was doing Low Flying Practice & left his undercarriage on a muck cant. He circled the drome & everyone, ambulance fire tender M.O. ran out to the field as he came to land. He ended up on his back but neither he nor the instructor were hurt though they are to be Court Martialled [sic].
Thank Ros a pip for letters. Will answer later. Grub is [underlined] glorious [/underlined] & it was grand being home. Hope the snows gone at P.H.
[underlined] Bill [/underlined]
[inserted] It was a lovey [underlined] gusty [/underlined] day for a test



William Akrill, “Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 20, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/18009.

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