November 27, 1938
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I wish all of you could have enjoyed that week-end with me. I am invited to spend Christmas holidays there, so I think that is what I will do. Gosh! I don't remember - did I tell you all about this in my last letter? I can never keep track of my letters or what I have written.
Well, I must go to bed. I will finish this tomorrow. I have gained about 15 ponds in weight - too soft a life, I guess.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH
I got yours and Richard's letters today. Thanks for the photos. It seems as if John H. has both feet in it now. That's too bad - I would like to see him make good. I wish I could have stayed with him for a year or 2, probably I could have helped him out a little to get started.
Richard, if you can work under someone with experience at Campbell's Garage and get a fair wage it would be a good opportunity to learn. You know it's pretty hard to pick up all the work on every type of car now days. A year or 2 working under someone who knows the ropes would set you on your feet a little better.
I got a letter from Vernon today too, and he says W. Belous has been accepted and will be coming over with the next shipment. I haven't seen any 'hunks' in the Air Force over here yet. Vernon also said that Alice, Mrs. Lyons and Ida Zupko have bought fur coats ranging in price from $175 to $275. Boy! They must think they are living with 'Lizzie" in Buckingham Palace.
I also got a letter from Esther and she said she got her chicken and dressing but didn't know whether it was Nicodemus of Nicholi.
We didn't do any flying today. There have been a lot of low clouds and rain. It has cleared up a little so some of the boys are night-flying tonight. According to your letter you must have the map I sent as you said you followed my cross-country flight.
Saturday morning, the day I went to Wales, 5 of us went in Oxfords (solo on a cross-country to Farnboro, landed at Boscomdown, to Yeovil and back. We didn't fly formation but were within a few hundred yard of each other the whole trip.
We were going about 180- 190 m.p.h the whole way. a lot of the Staff Officers are leaving this station. They are being raised in rank and being posted to a squadron, so for our next term we will have some new officers here. I have about 25 hours solo and 20 hours dual flying here. So altogether with civil school I have around 100 hours flying.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
I guess I should finish this letter tonight or I'll never get it away.
Three of us went on a cross-country in formation with our instructors this morning to Stradishall (East of Duxford). We stayed there for dinner and came back here by 3:30 p.m. I didn't get any classes today.
I have been filling in a football pool tonight, to see if I can win any more money. I'll send you a blank next time. Nearly everyone in England puts their pennies on the football pools. You can get as much as 7 or 8 thousand pounds for a penny investment. Of course I would be satisfied with less.
I will try to write some more again on Sunday.
(Note: The next letter will be dated January 2, 1939 and will be published on January 2, 2014)