Monday, March 10, 2014

World War II Letters Home - March 6, 1939 - Estelles Wickenkamp

                                                                                                     No. 2 Flying Training School
                                                                                                     Royal Air Force
                                                                                                     Brize Norton,
                                                                                                     Canterton, Oxford
                                                                                                     March 6, 1939
Dear Esther:

I was just going to hop into bed but I thought that I had better write a few lines to you.  I hope by now that you are back to work again, as I can imagine how tiresome it gets lying in bed for so long.  I haven't any pictures to send this time and I am afraid i haven't any news either.

This week we are getting ready to go to Armament Practice Camp.  I will be flying down.  Those that aren't going by car or plane have to go on the train. It is about 200 miles from here.  I think I told you is near Hull.  We won't be there quite 4 weeks; we leave here on the 13th and return on the 8th of April.  Then I get 9 or 10 days leave (I hope) before we go to Manston.

Oh yes, about this Selzgerber fellow - I looked in the air force list which has every R.A.F Officer's name in it, and I can't even find his name. Either he was kicked out or else he is just an Airman.  He is definitely not an officer at present or his name and date of commission would be there.  Find out from her where he is, and I'll look it up again.  I have had a few letters from Emery Fennell, Canora.  he is in Yorkshire in a Heavy Bomber Squadron.

I went to a dance in Cheltenham last Wednesday and had a most wonderful time.  Twelve of us hired a bus to take us up there; it cost us 2-5-0.  It's about 30 miles away.  the dance hall is a huge place with a balcony and all kinds of heavy curtains around the floor,  where they dance there is a sort of cafe, lounge rooms, etc. and also a large bar which stays open until 2:00 a.m.  We are all feeling pretty good and going strong so we picked out some swell "bits of fluff" - (as girls are known here).  We got home about 3:00 a.m. and gosh was I tired the next day.  but still we are thinking of going up there this coming Wednesday again.  I think Cheltenham is a much better place than Oxford!

the Junior Term are night flying tonight, so about every 5 or 10 minutes a plane roars overhead as they take off.

This isn't much of a letter but it's the best I can do tonight.

                                                                                                  Best Wishes and Love

                                                                                                  Your brother,  Estelles
P.S. Send my mail here. I'll have it forwarded to me. Oh yes - will you save Canadian stamps of different denominations for me.  One of the doctors, wing commander wants them.

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