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  • Contributor is exactly "Sue Smith"

At top holly and Royal Air Force eagle badge and photograph of an officer wearing peaked cap and pilot's brevet. From the commanding officer and senior NCOs wishing all a Happy X-mas. Followed by menu. Christmas 1941. On the reverse some signatures.

A newspaper cutting describing air supply of equipment and munitions of patriots in several countries.

Request that addressee send him uniform, shirts, shoes and socks as well as photographs. Also mentions other items of clothing, financial matters and instructions to redirect mail. Asks them to keep personal belongings and send the odd Rhodesian…

A technical document describing the theory of pressure pattern flying. It contains formulae, diagrams, tables and text describing the techniques to be used. The last page is annotated 'Pressure Pattern Flying for Air Ministry orders.'


Captioned 'Increased dispersal due to consistent bombing'. Two photographs, of Valence and Montelimar show satellite airfields to enable wider dispersal of German Air Force aircraft due to the airfield bombing policy.

Message is a copy of Headquarters Bomber Command signal congratulating crews that their attacks on Le Havre and Boulogne succeeded in virtually destroying German naval assets in those harbours.

On the front a woodland scene with track and small bridge. On the reverse a short note written during shopping expedition with his wife and daughter,

Nell writes to Mrs Wareing telling her that Wilf will call on her any time if needed.

Writes enquiring if her husband had got safely back home as she had heard that he had returned to England with some other boys. She felt sure that he would remember her as she was with him when he was taken prisoner.

Front has b/w photograph of Scarborough open air theatre and north side amusement park with boating lake and grandstand. Text says author having a nice time in Scarborough.

Envelope with postcard and strip of photographs. Postcard artwork shows girl at wishing well at LLandrindod Wells. Text to Joan from Grandma about time in Wales. Srip of 11 photographs showing buildings and countryside.

Writes that in case she had not heard that there was a message for her from 86325 R Wareing over the German radio - am well recovering from burns - write Stalag Luft 1.

Number 176-33. Reports having injections or tetanus. Stocks of tobacco and cigarettes running out. camp facilities improving but reports Army mail much quicker than Air Force mail.

Number 37. Notes received parcel from mother and asks her to send thanks as he has no spare cards. Reports other parcel arriving and thanks her for organising foreign contributions. Red Cross Christmas parcels as well. Notes camp choir and orchestra…

Number 38. Mentions Christmas food and activities but still problems tasting anything. Didn't enjoy himself. Asks after daughter and requests news as only one letter from her received that month. Hoping for big things in 1943.

Number 59. Mentions receiving tobacco and cigarettes from his father. Misses seeing daughter develop. Caught cold by practising violin in unheated lavatory annex. Photographs she sent give him great pleasure. Concludes with sending birthday greetings…

Number 7. Reports no mail. Writes of rumour of move for which he would be sorry as they are well treated there, weather is good and a lot of work has been dome organising. Try another violin instructor.

Number 15. Reports her letter 51 arrived. Urges her not to buy house due to their limited capital and potential disaster in farming investment. Suggest she rents if finds something suitable and speculates over future employment.

Number 19. Large quantities of Red Cross food were arriving at the camp. He suggested that Ursula and Frances could live, and help, on a farm until he gets home.

Number 28. Reports new arrivals and still rumours of move. He wishes that Ursula’s letters would arrive more regularly as they seem to come in a surge about once a month. News of war is encouraging but progress slow.

Writes saying that he had absolute trust in her loyalty. He wrote that they would definitely be moving shortly.

Number 57-1145. Cheered to have recent letter. Thanked her for the music but says short of strings. Loved her description of Frances’ progress but much of this letter had been censored.

Number 79-136. Writes that mail is falling off and comments on weather, allotment of hut for theatre and four rooms for classes. No hope of place to practise violin. Looking forward to more photographs of her and daughter. Asks will 1944 see then…

Number 169-26. Expresses concern over her safety from new weapon and suggest that she moves if in range. Notes they have only been there a couple of weeks he writes he will not be sorry to leave as camp lacks comforts and conveniences they are used…

Writes that he is trying to send mail via the Red Cross in Geneva and via Tangiers and suggests they reply through the American consul in Tunis. Suggest they enquire about air mail and cables. Reports he is keeping well.
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