Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife



Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife


He writes of his first flight in a Wellington as a passenger and his journey back from Oxford to Turweston.




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[deleted] SILVERSTON, [/deleted] [inserted] Turweston, [/inserted]
[deleted] NR. TOWCESTER [/deleted] [inserted] Nr. Brackley [/inserted],
[Royal Air Force crest]
I’m feeling more nearly content tonight than I have done for 3 weeks. I’ve had my first trip in a Wellington, a five minute circuit & bump as passenger!
This morning was very dull – sitting in a crew room listening to various people reading the Flight Order Book. This afternoon I went down to see what was happening & while the sergeants on the course were told to do some gardening, I was given the honour of being passenger on a weather test! Better still, I was able to go back to the Mess after we’d landed.
It wasn’t much of a success as trips go, as we had to go round the circuit at 3 – 400 ft. & the vis. was very poor, the aerodrome being invisible most of the way round. Still, I think it was very valuable experience, as it gave me something of an idea of how the Wimpey works. Tomorrow we are on lectures, so I
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shall have to wait until Tuesday for further adventures
Getting back from Oxford yesterday wasn’t too good, as I didn’t think it safe to risk hitching back The best I could do was to get the 2.0 p.m. bus to Buckingham – 2 hours to do about 20 miles, as it went round all the villages! I then had a poor tea in a somewhat miserable café & had half an hour to wait for the train to Brackley. I decided to see about hitching, and was lucky enough to find a car which took me within [deleted] [indecipherable letter] [/deleted] a mile of the camp.
Much to my disgust, there was a Mess dance on when I got back, & so I couldn’t get any dinner. Fortunately one of the fellows in the hut had some chocolate & biscuits, so I ate those and stayed in my room until bed time
One of the big snags about moving from camp to camp, is that it’s such ages before I can hope for a letter from you. I don’t suppose you’ll get my new address until
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[deleted] Wednesday [/deleted] Monday, and even if by some piece of good luck, you are able to post one the same day, I can’t expect it until [deleted] Thurs [/deleted] Wednesday. Anyway, I’ll tell myself that I’ll not expect to hear from you until Thursday at the earliest, so that I shan’t be disappointed!
I’ve been thinking a good deal about the question of your movements, and I don’t seem to be able to come to any conclusions. As far as I’m concerned, the nicest thing would be to have you always near whichever aerodrome I happen to be at. On that basis, I should say “Come to Brackley for a fortnight, & then to Towcester or Northampton until I’m posted,” and so on.
The trouble is that this seems to me to be a very selfish attitude on my part. Your life would be lousy, stranded in strange places & I couldn’t even guarantee to be able to
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see you every day, as I have so much less control over my movements while I am a pupil.
There are one or two nice hotels in Brackley, and if you’d like to come up & see what it is like, no one will be more delighted than I. But I do want you to think of yourself a bit, darling. I think it would be much better if you could find somewhere permanent to stay, preferably, though it doesn’t matter much, somewhere between York & London.
I am very keen to know your latest ideas on all this.
All my love,



Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 23, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9209.

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