U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES
Dear Mom & Dad,
Was unable to write the last couple of nites, so while I have a few spare moments this afternoon, had better drop a line.
Flew for 4 hrs. & 20 min. yesterday morning & then put in 2 hrs. & 50 min. last nite. Finished up for the day, at 1 A.M. this morning. It was too foggy today or else we would have finished up our last inst. x-country. Still have 2 hrs. of nite flying to go yet & will likely finish that Thurs. nite.
You see on this instrument x-countries, 2 of us cadets team up & the guy in the front seat, takes off & lands the plane & the guy in the back is supposed to fly the rest of the time on instrument. The ship they gave us for our x-country yesterday, didn’t have any instruments in it (Those you need for inst. flying) so we just fooled around the countryside. We went up to Perryville on one trip, illegally of course. Looked over McBride, Chester to of course.
Man was it ever dark flying around last nite. It was a good thing I had instruments in the ship or else I’d have probably flown with one wing down all of the time. You couldn’t pick out a horizon to save your soul. That’s a funny thing around flying instruments. You make a turn & then roll out & you’ll swear your were still turning. That’s one time you have to depend on your instruments & not on the seat of your pants, so to speak.
Still haven’t found out where I’m going but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was twin-engine instead of single. A lot of the boys by one means or another have found out where they’re going & a heck of a lot of them that asked for single got twin. I’m praying they don’t play the same thing on me.
You seem to have had a pretty good time on your trip. I’ll bet Chuck is having a swell time for himself.
Darn, now it’s me that can’t remember when I was going to call you. Anyway, it will likely be Fri. nite. Whatever I said before, unless it was the same, will be out. Fri. nite, somewhere between 7:30 & 10:00. Roger
I’m beginning to have hopes now that I might be able to fly someday. It just dawned on me, that ordinarily a guy doesn’t get this far unless he can maneuver that plane around somewhat.
Did I tell you about that forced stage we shot? Boy that’s fun. You feel pretty good when you can set that ship down in a space about 50 ft. wide & 200 ft. long, when you had to cut your throttle wherever you were at the time he called you. We had more space to land than mentioned above that is as far as length is concerned but to be right, that was where the ship was to land.
There doesn’t seem to be any more news for now, so I’ll close this & will try to tell you more Fri. nite.
Worlds of love,
Excerpt from Richard Warren’s Autobiography
We had between 30 and 40 percent of the class “washed out”–too much plane to handle– couldn’t fly formation–instruments or at nite–or what have you. In addition, three others were killed in crashes! This was also where they decided if you had the ability to fly fighter planes or would be sent to Twin-engine Advance–to eventually fly Bombers—–I was being sent to Moultrie, Ga., to fly the AT-6 (Single engine) and exactly what I wanted!!!! That’s the good news!
Operation Cockpit: A multinational Allied attack of the Japanese occupied port of Sabang.