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  • Creator is exactly "William Akrill"

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Five cartoon caricature male figures standing in line in a room. Man on left is reading a newspaper, fourth man from left appears to be throwing a piece of paper into a burning fire in fireplace, In the background left an open door with clock on wall…

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Cartoon drawing of scene in a street in snow. On the left six girls are standing on the side of a road in front of a high wall watching three young men in long coats playing snowballs. Behind them a woman holds a sign saying beware of cattle. In the…

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Cartoon drawing with six caricature figures, five male and one female. On the left an older man with glasses carrying a coal scuttle and small shovel, smoking a pipe. To his right two men standing behind a woman in skirt and blouse running towards…

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Six figures and two dogs carrying out various activities at farm. Fence on left and hedge on right, sheep in field top left. Captioned "Wednesday night was drying ground night"

Added caption: 'The family gardening at Potter Hill, L to R, Irene,…

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Two adult figures - plus baby - all in uniform facing front on the left between two flag poles. Led by a dog, four other figures in uniform march past from the right with pitchforks shouldered.

Added caption: 'The family at Potter Hill, L to R,…

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Cartoon drawing with thirteen caricature figures including two women spread out in a line in a function room. Man on left smoking a pipe, third from left is behind a newspaper. All the others appear to be talking. Background left a clock on the wall.…

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Cartoon title 'Sergeants Stripes - Letters page 169'. Eight cartoon figures round a bunk bed in various stages of sewing on sergeant's stripes. Caption on bottom 'Getting some brevet-an-tape-stitching-on-hours in'.

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No addressee. Writes of possible posting notice of 132 observers but he is the only one of his crowd going. He is concerned that none of his friends will be on same posting.

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Thirteen cartoon figures standing in row of seven at top and six on the bottom. All are girls of various heights, some wearing school uniform like clothes. One has a tennis racket and some have hats. Captioned 'More Evacs by Aki'.

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Seven caricature figures, five men and two women standing in a room. Man on the left is carrying a book, next a woman smoking a cigarette, next a man with hands together. To his right a woman warming hands in front of fireplace then three men…

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Catches up with family news and discusses the christening of his nephew and whether he will be able to attend. Remarks that being a Christian has made being in the RAF 'such a grand enjoyment' rather than a 'misery'.

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Comments on photographs recently sent and catches up with family news.

Bill describes his mounting flying hours during air navigation training and the imminent start of bombing training. He can’t wait to be doing it for real on operations.…

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Bill relates how he has been showing Michael's photograph to everyone he meet, whether they are interested or not. Mentions how he has had a long day flying and has been invited to spend Christmas with friends living locally. Describes a visit to…

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Writes about how happy he was to receive lots of letters following the birth of her baby Michael. Looking forward to leave at the end of month so he can see him and (when he his a longer leave, even take him out in his pram). Writes about life on his…

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Writes he was pleased to receive a long letter from her catching up with family and friends news. Pleased to hear that his nephew Michael had a good birthday and is starting to stand.

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Writes from the Receiving Centre of his billet in a 'rather nice block of flats' near Regents Park and of walking round looking at bomb damage to some old haunts in London.

They go to the zoo for their meals ('lot of monkeys').

Will on be at…

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Bill still does not know what is happening to him. Weather has been terrible for flying but he had to go up with the Commanding Officer and it went badly (page missing from letter, so no end to story).

Complains again about the lack of food and…

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Writes from 'The Freugh, nr Stranraer'. Catches up with post and thanks for sending letters and parcels. Catches up with news of family and acquaintances, Writes of gardening and speculates about leave. He is disappointed that the RAF will not…

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Thanks her for parcel including half a cheese-cake. Describes in detail afternoon ground school activity practice plotting an attack on Saarbrucken in Stirlings. They are using the instructors actual logs to do the plots. Notes there will be a stiff…

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Bill writes about the hot weather which has caught him out. His diet could be more varied (Mary has mentioned tomatoes) and there could be more food. He queued for an hour to get a seat at the only cafe in Stranraer.

In answer to her questions,…

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Wishes her happy birthday, no news of next leave. Is now ready to leave West Freugh with its eternal training. - the Operational Training Unit must be better. Notes Scottish band passing by 'they are for ever making no end of a wild din dancing…

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Bill writes they are still waiting to find out what is happening to them. Catches up with friends news who went abroad for training. Discusses which crops have been successful this year and how good the tomatoes she sent were (although some were…

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Bill discusses a friend at home who has just gone into the RAF. Writes that he will have to go into the decompression chamber again, this time to see which men are able to crew a strato-bomber.

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Bill writes he is home again after just a week but has to return to West Freugh to pass out with 37 out of 40 students. Moans about the total confusion and having to return there unnecessarily. Found his bicycle at the station when he got back so…

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Bill catches up with family news, discusses the weather, his chances of getting a good billet and that he passed Mrs Roosevelt's car in Oxford.
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