Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey writes about an operation to Turin and comments that he would rather do two trips there rather than ‘Happy Valley’ where some crews had been lost. He remarks that bad weather has curtailed operations.




Four page handwritten letter


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Sgt’s. Mess.
R.A.F. Ludford Magna
Market Rasen
[underlined] Lincolnshire. [/underlined]

Dear Unk and others.

You will note - if your perception has improved – that I am back at the old game of printing my epistles. This, I might remark, is not because I like doing it, but just in case anything I might put in my letters could be misread and held as evidence against me. Another reason is, that I take it some of the members still have to spell out words of more than four letters.

Life is getting harder as we go forward. Just as I had got used to visiting our German cousins they go

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and slap us at Italy. Not but that it was a pretty fair trip but I am a bit of a stook [sic] with the language, I can say “Here it comes” in German but I couldn’t say it at Turin. Still I think they knew when it arrived. They bummed the trip up enough but I would rather do two of them than one over Happy Valley. We had a decent journey ourselves but evidently some of the boys fell by the wayside.

Otherwise things are fair to fine, but the visits to the city in the vicinity are necessarily curtailed owing to an acute shortage of what it takes to get by. Two nights out and we spend the rest of our time playing cards on the cuff. Even this is not the game it was.

I hope everything is more or less

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under control. I cannot tell as the news from P.R. is conspicuous by its absence. The fount of inspiration has dried up somewhat these days and the things I can write about would hardly interest you. Thanks be to Allah, the weather has come over on the side of the air-crew [sic] and stuck the old elbow in at flying. This is a smashing bad summer we are having. If any of the Chapel should have a full weeks [sic] rain for their holiday, I can almost guarantee an illuminated address from the boys – and I don’t mean the kind we usually deliver.

The old chronometer has gone for a burton. If you spoke nicely to Bro. G. and didn’t mention my name do you think he could do anything with it – not hock it but get it to go some
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other way.

Remember me to everyone and lets [sic] be hearing. Love and kisses

[underlined] Pete. [/underlined]

P.S. Does L.A.C. Ransom still want this job?

P.P.S. He can still f------- well have it.



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 10, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6548.

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