Letter from Ron Witty to Norman

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Letter from Ron Witty to Norman

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Notes it is quite a while since he received an airgram form him and wondered if he had started his courses or was still waiting which unfortunately was common at that time. However he said that Norman had done the right thing re-mustering as navigator. Follows with some anecdotes from members of his navigators course.

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1943-07-02

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One page handwritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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EWittyARWittyN430702

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The Address must be written in LARGE BLOCK LETTERS wholly within the panel alongside.

1622275 A.C.2. WITTY N.,
63 FARNDALE AVENUE,
SOUTHCOATES LANE,
HULL,
YORKS.,
ENGLAND.

Sender's Name and Address: 1520694 L.A.C. WITTY A.R., 12A.N. C OURSE, 41 AIR SCHOOL, COLLONDALE, EAST LOND, S. AFRICA.

2/7/43

Dear Norman, It's quite a while since I had an airgraph from you and I'm anxious to know how you're getting on. I'm afraid the above opening won't cheer you much if you're still in the ranks of the waiting. If you are, you will probably be feeling considerably “cheesed”. This is quite a prevalent state of affairs these days. One gets absolutely “cheesed” waiting to take a course and when you are eventually put on a course, the concentrated “bending” makes one “cheesed” once more. There seems to be no limit to the state of “cheesedness” a human being can withstand. The only thing to do is to make the best of it, although things may seem deadly monotonous.

You've done a nice thing for yourself, my lad, re-mustering as our navigator. Here are a few comments from member of 12 A.N. Course. (1) “Any air-crew job is N.B.G.” (2) “When I joined air-crew I hadn't a grey hair in my head” (The blokes half bald now). (3) “There's one born every minute!”. (4) “Remuster back to pilot as soon as possible.” (5) “Poor devil!” (6) “Good heavens!” (7) “ What a ------!” You'll certainly have plenty of work to keep you occupied. Whatever you do, however, you have my sincere wishes for your success. Cheerio, now, Norman all the very best of luck to you. I wonder if you've started your course yet? Your affectionate brother. Ron.

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A R Witty, “Letter from Ron Witty to Norman,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 2, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/32439.

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