Letter from David Boldy to his mother

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Letter from David Boldy to his mother

Description

Letter from David Boldy to his mother thanking her for the good time he had during his recent leave. He speaks about a bombing raid that had happened at a nearby station and mentions that he is enjoying his social life and finds his current training very interesting.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1940-08-21

Contributor

Joy Reynard

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Format

Two page handwritten letter

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Identifier

EBoldyDABoldyLM400821

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[deleted] 923995 LAC BOLDY D.A.
D Flight, No 3 Squadron,
No 5, I.T.W.
R.A.F. Torquay,
21st August 1940. [/deleted]

[inserted] from
Boldy
59, Bathurst Mews
Lancaster Gate,
London, W.2. [/inserted]

Mum darling,

Just in case my last letter did not reach you as someone else posted it, thanks very much again for the awfully good Time I had during my leave. [inserted] (The last letter reached me but the paper is [indecipherable word]). [/inserted]

I am glad I phoned you both from the fact I had not felt so well on Saturday & then also about the bombing of a S.W. Town you must have read about. It happened a couple of stations away. One of our chaps was on a bridge when a bomb fell a few yards away and he was blown clean off his feet though quite unhurt. The ramparts of the bridge saved him. He was also machin [sic] gunned.

After two really quiet days the old [deleted] dog [/deleted] D Flight spirit came back with a vengeance to-day. We had a real lark about to-day. The Flight Sergeant drilled us to-day & went through practically everything we had done. He was very pleased with

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the results.

I thouroughly [sic] enjoyed navigation today. We had some stuff about intercepting enemy planes & after I understood it, it was very interesting.

This evening I had some very enjoyable Tennis with some rather good players. After it an old gentleman took us into his hotel and gave us coffee and buscuits. [sic] Some of us had very short pants especially one chap & some of the people at the hotel looked quite shocked. I may have my racket restrung for a pound. I can just about afford it on my present pay.

Incidentally we had a three minute air-raid warning these [sic] morning. We thought we'd miss some work but were disappointed.

No more to-day. God bless you.

[underlined] Love Dave. [/underlined]

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Citation

David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 7, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/682.

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