Letter from Terry Ford to his family



Letter from Terry Ford to his family


A letter from Terry Ford to his family where he writes about social and domestic events, a desire to visit the States, an improvement in the weather, the loss of one of his friends on an operation and future flying.




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1585520 LAC Ford
72 Course E flt TA
41 S.F.T.S.
Weyburn Sask
6 – 4 – 43
Dear All
I’m writing this to go more fully into the A.G. I wrote to–day Glad you enjoy your job Mum What about the greyhounds? So the Fish has got a rabbit eh? Are you going to eat him? When will the exam results come out?
I’ll certainly get a watch, Dad. Pocket one I suppose. You did very well at the Dogs Dad, Very interested to hear Jack Matthews is out here. He has chosen a much better time, but I hope for his sake he doesn’t come out to the Prairie.
Jack L is certainly right on Ops now. I hope he get on O.K. He must be quite experienced by now
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It still seems ages before I shall really get onto Ops. I should like to get down to the States, sometime. Apparently the chaps down there have a wizard time
Life is much more pleasant now. The [deleted] y [/deleted] weather is quite warm now & the sun has melted all the snow. There are lakes everywhere. This weather means we can now get around much more & play tennis golf etc. So as I say life is very pleasant especially as exams are finished & passed, & we only fly half a day & night, as we are starting hat now.
We had a very pleasant time in Regina. John Stockbridge & I tried to go horse riding. We went to the Regina Riding Club, to get a ride However it is a private Club so we couldn’t hire one. They let us have an old Mountie horse which was used in the Coronation in England. There was a corporal in the Mounties there &
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he told us some very interesting stuff
I have received an AG from Mrs Lawrence It was bad luck about Barbara’s Raymond wasn’t it. He & Pete May seem to have gone for a Burton on their first trip. Old Jack seems to be carrying on O.K. They say if you don’t get it in the first 5 raids you are likely to be O.K.
As I said in the A.G. I have volunteered for the reconnaissance course. My instructor says I am the bomber type anyway, so I thought I might as well learn a lot about [deleted] it [/deleted] the subject & may be get onto Beaufighters or Mosquitoes or anything
Well that’s all for now folks. Remember me to everyone.
[underlined] Terry [/underlined]
P.S. I got Yvonne’s foot measurements O.K. We were invited home by the Vice President of the Regina Riding Club & given a Duck & green pea supper. Lovely!
P.P.S. over/
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We have had Income ac forms for April 6th 1942 – 43
I have only filled in my RAF pay, & under office pay have put Not Known. Also bank accounts So if they want to tax that as well they’ll probably contact the Company Incidentally I’ve just realized We get $2.25 per day here, which is 10/2 at home & I haven’t told the firm about the increase Still its not worth it now. I’ll write when I get my stripes
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Terry Ford, “Letter from Terry Ford to his family,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23813.

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