Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father about being on a new station. Describes the prospect of attending a gunnery leaders’ course. Enjoys working with his new crew. Misses South Africa and mentions two girl he met whilst there, Shirley (Cape Town) and Babe (East London).




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Two page handwritten letter


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[underlined] R.A.F. [/underlined]


My own darling Dad,

Am getting on very well. Have done several trips and feel quite operational – we moved from our last station & came to a new aerodrome. Its miles from anywhere & full of water and mud, also the new commanding officer of the squadron is an [deleted] abs [/deleted] absolute nit wit. We are all browned off with him. Psychologically I should say he has a weak link somewhere. One of the towns near us is very nice & full of life & we have a good time there.

Ajan my Pal and I have been on all our raids together. The crew is 100 %. We all had an evening out together the other day thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Met quite a pretty girl at a dance hall she is married – platonic friendship.

Went home for a 48 hours ten days ago & had a very pleasant time.

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Both Ajan & myself have been recommended for a gunnery leader’s course. If we do really well it means a commission. I don’t mind either way as I am quite happy as a sergeant though I shall try hard. Gunnery Leader’s course consists of fire control i.e. directing the fire of a formation of aircraft also giving lectures to other gunner’s etc.

We missed S. Africa terribly at first. It’s not so bad now. Still I think I’ll go there after the war& marry Babe if she is still in the market. Shirley is the girl friend whom I met in Cape Town & and was so decent. Babe is the girl I fell in love with in East London.

After a long spell of not going [indecipherable word] much, I have had a real hectic spell lately. Am feeling so tired that I decided to stay into-day. No more to-day.

God bless you Daddy. Lots of love [underlined] Dave. [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 16, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/419.

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