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Catches up with news of family and friends. Mentions dairy farming in local area. Describes photo reconnaissance work and other flying activity. Talks of journey home on next leave. Writes of bad news on Libya and good news on RAF bombing raids.

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Writes of trip where pilot would not fly correct height and speed. Mentions flying hours achieved so far. Mentions upcoming reconnaissance and aerial photography flights. Says it is safe for him to fly as pilot. Catches up with friend news. Writes of…

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Writes that his bike has arrived and has a good ride and it is now locked it up. Hopes parts will not be stolen. Describes local countryside and type of local farming. Mentions flying to Western Isles and Ireland and had fun with Lysander used as…

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Thanks her for parcel with food. Complains about food and mentions passing of summer. Mentions doing night flying and sleeping all day and that he was allowed to fly on trip from Holyhead to Mull of Galloway, not as much fun as Tiger Moth. Says he is…

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Writes of weather and upcoming leave. Complains about his diet and visit for meal to Stanraer. Mentions exams and dental work. Describes navigation course flying after which he should get stripes and brevet. Describes Stranraer and hope bike will…

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Mentions that he was disappointed not to go overseas for training but that his mother would be pleased he is staying for home training. Writes of enjoying Eastbourne but is now at new completely different location at West Freugh. Mentions navigator…

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Writes he is happier with location and work will be interesting. Little chance of long leaves. Would like to get his bike up there, good local rides with farms. Mentions Stranraer (dismal) Writes he has flown in Botha but it is different to past…

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Describes new location in desolate Scotland and that it compares unfavourably with Eastbourne. Mentions Anson, Blackburn Botha, Defiants and Lysanders present. Describes journey to Scotland and few spare minutes in London. Disappointed at not going…

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Writes of changes to leave and describes daily duty activities. Says no air raids recently but saw Me 109 at high level and resulting anti aircraft fire. Notes poor sleeping accommodation due to bomb damage. Noted recent newspaper article where…

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Writes of measures after bombing attack for half course to go on leave and other, including his flight, to man gun post. Describes his very exposed gun post with Vickers machine gun and explains his duties. Mentions that they have fighter patrols…

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Writes that he is still alive despite Lord Haw Haw's broadcast of German bombing attacks on Eastbourne. Mentions damage to nearby buildings. Describes attack by Me 109s including machine gunning and dropping bombs on railway station and nearby hotel.…

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Writes about exams and passing. Mentions leave possibility and church parade. Speculates over embarkation and writes of being re-equipped. Writes of friends experience of air raid on Bath. Writes of witnessing a Me 109 attack on fishing boat and…

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Writes of upcoming leave and final examinations on course including medical. Mentions air raid warning but no activity apart from circling enemy aircraft, also writes of Spitfire sweeps and formations of Bostons. Writes of social activities and…

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Tells of meeting land girl on train while returning from leave. Writes of games afternoon, played golf. Writes of changes to plans for next leave. Notes very good weather.

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Writes of journey from home to Eastbourne. Mentions mid course exams coming up that week and end of course exams in 3 or 4 weeks time. Says it was good to be home.

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Describes difficulty of travel by train due to restrictions. Describes activities, and catches up with home news of family and friends..

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Thanks her for parcel including cheese-cake. Describes afternoon ground school activity practice plotting raid on Saarbrucken in Stirlings. Detailed description of activity. Notes there will be a stiff medical exam at the end of the course, Mentions…

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Complains of lack of letter from home. Writes that work now is harder than on previous pilots course and that they are currently struggling with sextant. Some of the work he had done before but it will get more advanced. Describes daily routine at…

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Is exited to have received good news from home. Writes he is now at Eastbourne where he will be working hard for the next 6 or 7 weeks. Might get leave after exams. Has had invitations from friend in Brighton and tells story of paratroops who got…

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He writes that he hasn’t received a letter from her for a while. He also writes that he is expecting to be posted to Eastbourne shortly with 120 others but this will mean he has to start work again. Writes about his social activities, the people he…

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Begins with catching up with news from home. Mentions not much chance of leave but that he has had photograph taken of himself. Writes that Brighton is change from previous locations and describes activities. Continues with news of training…

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Writes that he does not have much time to write letters. Mentions long walks on the downs, beach, cliffs and through local villages. Mentions allowance that should be sent home for mother. Exams next week and writes of doing plots of raid on Munster…

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Writes he has arrived in Brighton, but nobody knew what to do with them. They are hanging around waiting for posting and he wants one to A.O.N.S. Talks of meeting old pals and surprise at receiving a parcel from home.

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Describes his flying with his instructor and then final test with C.F.I. where he went to pieces. Now recommended for training as observer and awaiting posting. States he is interested in job and does not mind. He writes he is upset that mother will…

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Writes he is not going with grading course but staying at Theale for Elementary Flying Training School. Mentions he had a test with C.F.I. Writes he will now have to get down to work and there will be no leave. Writes of incident where student left…
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