Letter from Jimmy Doughty to his sister Winnie



Letter from Jimmy Doughty to his sister Winnie


Writes of some of his activities and the antics of his companions during initial training.


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Four page handwritten letter


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1386802 A.C.2. Doughty
Flight 4/94
C Squadron
R.A.F. Station
Regents Park

Dear Win,

Well I’m now a Plonk again, square bashing, cleaning rooms, and at the moment I’m at the start of a 24 hrs guard, so I shant [sic] get home until Sunday evening.

We got a real crazy bunch here, one guy tried to throw himself off the top of the roof because he din’t [sic] like the fit of his uniform,

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he’s now in the nut house, [deleted] am [/deleted] a nother [sic] guy who’s re-mustered from ground staff arrived at about 11.30 one night, with no collar or tie on, and when the [sic] asked him where his kit was, he said he came through 18 stations and not knowing his way, left some kit at each station.

They gave him a room, and he ran up and down the corridor shouting he wouldn’t sleep on his own, any how a chap promised to sleep with him, and went to get his blankets.

The moment he’d gone this

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bloke started running in the rooms trying to get into bed with other blokes.

Still they got him back in his room, and he started to try and pull the corprals [sic] hair out, so the [sic] stuck him in the detention room, where for the rest of the night he entertained us (?) with cat howls, and all sorts of noises.

One good thing here, the food darn good, get plenty and its first class, sugar in the tea even.

We parade here at 6.10 am. and they have to pull me out of bed every morning

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Well Im [sic] now I’m now going to bathe my ruined feet, so ill [sic] close now,

Cheerio Win
Best of Luck
[underlined] Jim [/underlined]


J C Doughty, “Letter from Jimmy Doughty to his sister Winnie,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 17, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/38980.

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