Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from sergeant David Boldy about his continued training as air gunner on bombers. Finds the new posting to be boring compared with South Africa.




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Two page handwritten letter


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923995 Sgt. D.A. Boldy.
Write Home Adress [sic]
31st July 1941.

My darling Dad,

Just a line to let you know how I am getting on. Came back to the camp after our leave & got cracking on work right away. We are doing further training for a couple of months – It is called operational training. – It is really most interesting. I am enjoying it thoroughly. We got lots of shooting practice & playing around in turrets. Great fun. We start flying in a couple of days. The planes we are on are bombers. Beautiful planes. Gave me quite a thrill looking over it. They are colossal things. Our work so far has been on the ground. Firing practice, & lectures on various subjects all most interesting.

The town near this place isn’t up to much. Especially after S. Africa it is awfully boring. Still I feel like doing a spot of work. When we got back from leave we went out the next day to a flick it was lousy. After the show it rained like fury. It took us three hours to get back to our billet. After two & a half hours searching & standing around we managed to locate a taxi. That was quite enough for us. Tonight is the third night in succession that we have stayed in Quite enjoyed it in fact. Alongside our billet we have a canteen where we can get tea, rolls & beer. So we are quite well off. We miss the hectic life

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we had in S.Africa. Sorry I spent all that money Dad, but going back to 2/6 a day was pretty awful Also one is only young once & in these days that applies more so than ever.

I hope to manage a week-end up to London sometime if we are not flying. Our flying clothing is absolutely terrific. Will try & send you some snap [sic] soon. Also some of the latest ones I took in S.Africa. Photography was the chief cause of my extravagance. Everybody is very impressed with my photograph album. It certainly looks damn good.

No more to-day Dad will write again soon.
God bless you. Lots of love
Your loving son



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 27, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/516.

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