Letter from Ron Witty to his mother, father and siblings

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Letter from Ron Witty to his mother, father and siblings

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Reports arrival of latest mail. Makes comment on war's progress. Now in third week of course and lots to learn. Comments on his third trip and suggest that Norman does not become a navigator as they have to do all the work while pilots sits in comfort. Makes some remarks about navigating in general. Closes with mention of season back home and that season was opposite in South Africa.

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1943-04-13

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One page handwritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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EWittyARWitty[Fam]430413

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MR. & MRS. H.A. WITTY,
63 FARNDALE AVENUE,
SOUTHCOATES LANE,
HULL, YORKS.,
ENGLAND.
651745
Sender’s Name and Address: 1520694 L.A.C. WITTY A.R.,
12 A.N. COURSE, 41 AIR SCHOOL,
COLLONDALE, EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA.
Date: 13/4/43
Dear Mum, Dad, Hazel & Norman,
I received 2 more airgraphs today, one from Dad and one from Mother & Hazel dated 19th March respectively. I notice you are managing to get more lines on now. I’m pleased to hear that the two letters from S. America arrived safely. They’ll make good souvenirs when this war has finished. If the 8th Army has much to say in the matter it won’t last very long.
I’m in the middle of my 3rd week at 41 Air School now and finding there’s a terrific amount to learn. I’ve had my 3rd air trip now. This time it lasted 3 hours and was quite a comfortable journey though of course we also have to work furiously against time. Tell Norman not to become a navigator or observer. We have all the work to do, while the pilot just sits there as comfortable as you please. Still, I should imagine they quite often feel browned off with their bus-driving with “sprog” navigators. I’m sure I would. I shoud [sic] enjoy the trips immensely if it wasn’t for the amount of work that goes with the job. As it is I can only say I wouldn’t like to love this job for worlds. It is certainly very interesting and tremendously instructive.
You’ll be well into Spring now whereas we’re just approaching winter out here. However, as a S. African winter is about as warm as the English summer I don’t [sic] we’ll be bothered much. Very sorry to hear of Mr. Kirst being ill. Hope he is better now. Good-bye for now & God bless you all.
Ron. XXXXXX

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A R Witty, “Letter from Ron Witty to his mother, father and siblings,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 28, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/32403.

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