Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Glad that he received his parcel with compass birthday present. Writes of other activities and her hair standing on end with story of their forced landing with a landmine on board. Continues with news of other activities and encourages him to make her happy by ringing up as much as possible.



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No. 12 Lido 16 April
My darling, I'm so glad that the birthday parcel arrived safely & was appreciated. I hope that compass is a good one, it was rather expensive but I thought I might just as well get a reliable one or none at all. However, Ba insisted in paying for it all tho' we nearly came to blows over it! I got the cigarette case from that same Rothmans in Baker Street where we tried for Ba’s. I saw it as I went past in the bus,& leapt out at once. I'm glad the cake was approved of too. I'd willingly make one more often, but the fat ration is the difficulty. However let me know when that one
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is gone.
It made my hair stand on end to hear of your forced landing with a land mine on board – that must have been good work on Floyd's part. They certainly do work you hard, making you go over every other night! They're making the best of the weather. Vera writes that Tim Collins was over Essen on Friday & had a sticky passage, 2 of the crew were wounded. Also Jack Connolly is missing – do you know him?
I've had a busy day, Ba started her 24 hours duty at 9 am. & I've washed the dining room curtains & got them dry & hung up again; & put a first coat of paint over the nursery window frame. Ba painted the chair, clothes basket & sponge tray from the bathroom yesterday & after the nursery is finished we're going to do the paint in there. I did the meals & shopping this afternoon too. If you want to make me happy, Johnnie, ring me up as often as you can. Ba is on duty tonight & alternate nights & you seem to be off on those nights, so it would be specially lovely if you could ring up when I'm alone. All my love Ursula




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