Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey notes that they have been grounded for ten days and had received congratulations from Group Headquarters over the Peenemunde operation. He then describes an operation to Nürnberg when they were engaged by two fighters over Mannheim.




Three page handwritten letter


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R.A.F. Ludford Magna
Market Rasen.

[underlined] Friday. [/underlined]

Dear Unk etc.
On more than one occasion I have had cause to flay certain people for the laggard way in which my best literary efforts have been answered. Do not put me in the awkward position of having to take your trousers down again for the ignoring of my letters. Since the last vitriolic attack I launched for this elementary violation of the principles of human decency, I have increased my vocabulary somewhat and can now rend you in various horrible ways. Therefore, should you neglect your obvious duty, I am afraid you will be properly up shit creek without a paddle.

So far, the movement for the permanent

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grounding of all air-crew personnel is having an unbelievable run of luck. It is now about ten days since I was last airborne and with a modicum of luck should make it at least a fortnight. This is not exactly what the doctor ordered but it will do until something better turns up.

This morning we were informed in an official communication from Group. H.Q. that we were heroes, stout fella’s and the cutting edge of the chopper that is to lay Herr Schicklegruber [sic] in the dust. This belated recognition of an obvious fact is due to the last effort we made on Peenemünde. Evidently we put the fear of hell into certain sections of the German war community with this show. Had the aforesaid G.W.C. possessed second sight they would have seen a certain crew up above who were in a much

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uneasier [sic] state of mind than they were themselves.

Since the foregoing was inscribed the last button has come off and we have once more been hurled aloft. This time it was to the old world town of Nürnberg. [Nuremberg] At one time the place was famous for its [sic] wood-carvings but it will in future be more famous for its wood ash, as it was a real good show with the whole town alight from end to end. We went in at the start of the attack and as we turned away the place just blew wide open with fire. It was a piece of cake over the target itself but we had a bit of a battle over Manneim [sic] with two F.W.’s. It was short and sweet and the new R.G. knocked shit out of one of them.

So the labourer having earned his corn he is now going to kip. All the best.



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6546.

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