Category Archives: Chester, Illinois/ McBride, Missouri

Feb. 11, 1944: Moving On

February 11, 1944 EnvelopeFeb. 11, 1944

74TH A.A.A.F.F.FT.D.

CHESTER FIELD

McBRIDE, MISSOURI

Dear Mom & Dad,

Another short line tonite, the last from this place. We’re moving on to basic the first thing tomorrow.

Thanks for that swell Valentine, I’m certainly sorry now I didn’t get one for you. I thought of it many times but never when I was where I could do any good about it.

I did get to St. Louis. Spent Wed. nite & Thurs. there. They should give that place back to the Indians, I didn’t like it. I & another guy hitch-hiked up both ways. I wrote that on the magazine I sent you today.

I sent you both the 44-F & 44-E Flight line magazine. My diploma for finishing primary is in the 44-E one. I hope it made them a little more interesting by my putting remarks in them. I thought it would help to clear up certain things.

No, I haven’t gotten myself an album. I doubt if I ever catch up to Pete again & I haven’t heard a word from him. I’ve even lost track of Dick Cogswell again.

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Feb. 9, 1944: Passed 60 hr. Check

February 9, 1944Feb. 9, 1944

74TH A.A.A.F.F.FT.D.

CHESTER FIELD

McBRIDE, MISSOURI

Dear Mom & Dad,

I’ll have to tell you that you can breathe easily for another week or two anyway. I passed my 60 hr. check this morning. I’m all through with primary now, both in flying & in ground school courses. We took our final test in navigation yesterday. Continue reading

Feb. 7, 1944: Too Tired

February 7, 1944Feb.7, 1944

74TH A.A.A.F.F.FT.D.

CHESTER FIELD

McBRIDE, MISSOURI

Dear Mom & Dad,

Another, short note tonite. I seem to be able to write only one letter each nite, besides the one to you. After that I’m too tired & can’t concentrate on what I’m trying to say.

Cut the kidding will you. It isn’t all of that bad to keep your fingers crossed for me. You don’t have to, so there. I can get along without it. I hope.February 7, 1944 Page 1

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Feb. 6, 1944: Last Week Primary

February 6, 1944 Envelope

Feb. 6, 1944

 

 

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

Well this should mark my last week at primary. As usual we flew today. It was cool but nice otherwise.

February 6, 1944 Page 1

Your finger crossing did me no good Mon. but you should have continued it till Tue. Whether you did it or not, I was o.k. Now your going to have to cross them again for I’ll get my 60 hr. Army check either tomorrow or the next day.

We didn’t have an instructor today so we flew about 2 1/2 hrs. solo. Now have 61 hrs. in, so only have 4 left. Had a lot of fun today with the aerobatics. In fact I did everything. I even did a loop in a snow storm. Ran into some snow clouds, so looped the plane around in them. My bunk mate & I flew together today, that is each solo, but stuck together while in the air. We checked on each other’s maneuvers, to see how they looked. I really did a good job of flying today. It makes me feel good as heck when I give myself a good ride.

I’m sending a few more negatives of snapshots of me. Some are pretty good & some aren’t so hot.

Will finish our ground school tomorrow with a final in navigation. Haven’t the slightest idea how tough it’s going to be for we have a very poor teacher.

Do you know what I’d like right now? A nice home cooked steak. Man. we haven’t had any steak at all, in a month.

I’m going to lose Arnie after all. He doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to be held over another month. I don’t particularly like that, but I guess there is nothing I can do about it. You see he failed in Army check again the other day. Must close for tonite.

Love,

Dick

Feb. 3, 1944: Open Post

February 3, 1944 Envelope

Feb. 3, 1944

 

 

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

February 1, 1944 Page 1

Didn’t get a chance to drop a note last nite because of open post so am doing so tonite.

It was rainy yesterday, so no flying. Cleared up this afternoon so I got in another 3 hrs. 54 now, leaving 112. It was windy as heck, man oh man it was hard to do things right.

They are sure clamping down. Out of 8 army check rides today only 2 passed. Fine thing. They seem to have a certain quota of washouts to make & they’re out to get them. As we understand it, at least 25% of our class is supposed to wash. They have better than 20 now, so I’m hoping they’re satisfied pretty soon. Out of 8 in our room only 2 of us have passed all of our checks, the rest have failed at least one. Oh well, time will tell.

This one Lt. hasn’t passed a guy in so long; I don’t think he knows how. If I get a check with him. I think I’ll just tell him to make out my papers, why waste both his & my time. At the rate he’s going, he’s going to end up in the morgue some nite with a busted skull. You just don’t have a chance.

Miracles do happen. They let us go on open post at 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Don’t ask me why, we still don’t believe it.

I’m not going to renew the “Yank”; we can always buy them separately if we want them. As for your getting the subscription, I don’t know.

You see, since we have been in primary our insurance is free. That’s the only thing I can figure out about that new policy. The other one may (probably) be canceled. You can bet it isn’t an additional one.

Have to close for tonite,

Love,

Dick

Margin note: P.S. Your guess is as good as mine, as to why we solo those ships from the back. I think the visibility is better.

P.S.S. Got Grandmas letter today but will write a separate letter to her & Lennie.