Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey writes about taking his final exams in a few weeks and that he was successful in his air test last week. He noted that most aboard a Dominie trainer were ill and that he has applied for night fighters.




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Envelope and three page handwritten letter


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Dated 18 June 1941.

12:30 PM

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Mr. W. Gunton.
“Machine Room”
Waterlow and Sons Ltd.
Twyford Abbey Road.
Park Royal.
London. N.W

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Reverse of envelope

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1384595. A.C.2. Lamprey.
Hut. Z.31. 3. Wing. B. Sqdn.
Nr. [underlined] Calne Wilts [/underlined]

2nd day of prayer
(and you had better start)

Dear Bill and other nuts.
Thanks for the parcel, you should not have bother collecting the other ribs from the chapel after I come to see you all next time as I will shake them all loose myself for you. You will realise that my training has given me great intuition when I can recognise [inserted] the [/inserted] [deleted] than [/deleted] hand of the ginger cat and his friend in the contents. The score is mounting my friends, and the roof will be somewhat cramped for both spotters and myself on some near future date.
This letter is going to be somewhat shorter than the previous ones as little fresh has happened to record. We shall manage to keep the old nut in front on the various test boards and when we

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take our final in a few weeks time we expect to go by, having supreme confidence in our capabilities to twist the book on every and any occasion.
You might, or might not, be glad to hear that I am in the best of health now and have no breaks, aches or pains, despite the wishes.
The rifle party job has been a bit of cake this week. Being fair weather soldiers or airman we have been paraded in the hut and never had a job. We took our air tests last week and I have got through O.K. The first trip was a two hour flight in a “Dominie” trainer and on the descent it looked like a casualty clearing station, out of 15 airmen in the crate only two, the regular pilot and navigator were not sick. Talk about wheel out your dead when we landed still only three boys failed on the second flight and we are not one of the. I have applied for night-fighter

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service and have my eye test Tuesday. This is a snip if I get by as you only use R.T. on the “Havocs” and “BPs” and can forget you are supposed to be a WOP. Nothing else of note has happened, so there the news must rest until something breaks. I can’t hope for it to be the sergeant’s neck as he still has some money left and we have designs on it I shall write again shortly and hope in the meantime all you wish me happens to you. Remember me to everyone and thank for their letters etc.
Best of luck.

[underlined] Pete [/underlined]

P.S. You don’t say what rusty had died of.



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 14, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6576.

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