Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother



Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother


Describes preparation for leaving course but cancelled at last minute and no idea when will be posted. Very cheesed off as could have been passed out and sent on leave, but are just hanging around. Plan to go to pictures in Stranraer. Misses bike which he has sent home already.




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The Freugh.
Sat 3.10.42.
Dear Mum,
You will see that I’m still here. And when I tell you what’s [deleted] h [/deleted] happened you’ll feel a bit cheezed. After spending 2 days doing nothing and absolutely fed up with doing it we got all ready for passing out yesterday afternoon. We handed in all our equipment, added up flying hours; filled in certificates of passing out, qualification & all that ready for the Wingco to sign cleaned & cleared our classroom & brought in chairs & sat there waiting for the C.O. to come along with speech, tapes & brevy’s to pass us out. The brevy’s & tapes were waiting ready – our kit bags packed & at 5.30. a scared instructor crept in & said he’d been looking for the Wing Commander, discovered he was playing squash & that there was just no question of our
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being posted this week-end. Maybe next – maybe the week after nobody knows. Well you can guess what we felt like. That instructor needed some courage to tell us!! I wouldn’t have liked his job. So I suppose we just carry on killing time. Why on earth they can’t pass us out & send us on leave to await posting I don’t know. We’re certainly kicking for it but I’ve not the slightest doubt that we’ll not get it. Some silly twerps failed in exams & are down in flying so they’ve that to square up & we’ll have to hang on till they do. But to recall us & then have to get bored stiff killing time is the limit! I could [deleted] have [/deleted] easily have had 14 days. Don’t mind missing leave if [deleted] it’s [/deleted] there’s good reason but I hate wasting time. Courses have had to wait long enough & had things postponed & cancelled
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times enough but I think we take the biscuit [deleted] for [/deleted] by sitting with tapes & brevy’s all ready, waiting for passing out & then being told nobody knows if or when we’re going.
Well think I’ll catch the bus to Stranraer [deleted] to [/deleted] and go to the pictures. Things are pretty bad when I catch a but to the pictures but it’ll be a change. I miss my bike which I posted home on Thursday. Felt real sorry at parting from poor old Liz. She’s been a good friend to me here Don’t know what I’d have done without her. Pouring with rain as per usual.
Love to Harry & Ros. Hope Michael’s alright. Has Mary gone to Mansfield? If you write here early in the week I shall get it O.K. Not go ‘til next week-end any way.
[underlined] Bill [/underlined



William Akrill, “Letter from Bill Akrill to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/18064.

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