Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife



Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife


He writes of his flying training and domestic arrangements.




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Five handwritten sheets


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[deleted] SILVERSTONE [/deleted] [inserted] Turweston [/inserted],
[deleted] NR. TOWCESTER [/deleted] [inserted] Nr. Brackley [/inserted],
[Royal Air Force crest]
I’m beginning this letter tonight, but I’ll not finish it until after I’ve been to Brackley tomorrow.
I’ve just looked up the trains from Marylebone to Brackley, & they are as follows:
London: 1.50 3.30 4.54 4.45 6.0 8.30
Brackley: 4.8 5.6 6.48 7.17 8.22 10.55.
You may not find this route any better, but you’ll be able to decide from these times.
I did another dual trip today – high level bombing at 10,000 ft. The temperature was -20oC, & I had an icicle dangling from my oxygen mask.
Sunday 7.30 p.m.
I had to give up writing at this point last night, because the other members of the hut kept talking, but I’ll try & cope tonight.
I felt as miserable as sin at tea time today. I borrowed a
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cycle & went to Brackley after lunch – 20 – 25 minutes ride.
After a bit of a search I found the temperance hotel but the place looked so lousy I didn’t try it. Then I went to the Red Lion & thought it looked too much of a pub. The Crown looked O.K., but they simply laughed at the idea of a room for next week-end. Then I tried the other two & several more places without success, & came away feeling very gloomy about the whole business.
As a last resort I rang up the Crown just before dinner, and asked them if they’d got a double room on Monday March 13, and to my surprise they said yes. So the position is that you can come tomorrow week, but before that there’s no room.
I don’t know if I have told you that there’s a spare bomb
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aimer on this course. He’s waiting for a crew that’s short of a bomb aimer, & for the time being is acting as my bomb aimer. It’s very lucky for me, as the main thing we do here is bombing, apart from circuits & bumps. So it means that I shan’t have to hunt around for a bomb – aimer when I want to fly.
He was saying yesterday that he’s arranged a 48 for next week-end. Frankly I don’t believe he’ll get it, but if he does there seems to me no reason why I shouldn’t get one too.
This is all very much in the air at the moment, but if it does come off, I propose that we spend it in London. Then you could wait there until Monday (perhaps buy yourself a costume?) and come to Brackley then.
All this is just to prepare you in case the unexpected comes off. Of course I’ll ring you
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up if anything like that should happen, but personally I don’t expect it.
Another matter you need to consider is this. The system at this place is to pay little attention to the junior course, & concentrate on getting the senior course finished. That is why I’ve had very little to do this week, but by the time you arrive I may be having more flying than I want. It’s nothing for them to start you off at 7.30 a.m., keep you going till, say, 2.0 p.m., & then put you on night flying the same night. In addition, you may be on several nights running. A lot, of course, depends on the weather we get, but it’s been very good this week.
Anyway, I’m getting cheesed with the R.A.F., because
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I want to see you again! It’s only an existence, not living, when I’m not with you. Every day I keep wishing the war was over so that I can live with you in our own house (if that’s ever possible! I doubt it sometimes).
I suppose you’ve heard nothing of our utility furniture, have you?
All my love,
I can employ all your energies agreeably. With any egg [deleted] stick [/deleted] stir your essence, beating well by your muffin.
The above was meant to be a cookery recipe (imaginary) but it didn’t work out well at the end. Still, see if you can decipher it!
[inserted] I AM LONGING TO SEE YOU [/inserted]



Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 7, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9216.

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