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March 2, 1946: Have to Have 42 Months Active Service


March 2, 1946 EnvelopeMarch 2, 1946

Mellaha Fld., Tripoli

Dear Mom & Dad,

Another nice day & seeing as theres nothing scheduled guess I’ll drop you another line. The way your letters have been coming through lately, I’ve gotten way behind again even though I’ve been writing regularly. Got those of yours of the 18th & 20th of Feb yesterday.

I still have this darn cold in my nose. It doesn’t seem to get any better or any worse. All I seem to be accomplishing with it, is in using beaucoup handkerchiefs.

As you’ve already noticed, theres no $50 money order in this letter. This darn post office only seems to be open when they get good & ready. It’ll probably be three or four days before I get the other $50 off to you.March 2, 1946 Page 1 Continue reading

Feb. 28, 1946: Arnie’s Death


February 28, 1946 EnvelopeFeb. 28, 1946

Mellaha Fld. , Tripoli

Dear Mom & Dad,

Have a couple three more letters of yours to answer so best I get one written. Got one here yesterday that  had been missent to another apo (Feb. 7th) & then two in the afternoon from Lechfeld, old ones 14th & 23rd of Jan. Just got two more a few minutes ago (12th & 15th of Feb.).

It really a warm day out. Very much like an early summer one. Same way yesterday. It’s really too hot for these greens & pinks we have to wear. Don’t imagine they’ll allow us to wear sun tans till around the middle of April.Just got paid a few hrs. ago. If I remember it, will enclose a $50 money order in this letter. Will send 50 more in the next letter. It really costs quite a bit more to live around here than it did in Germany. I’d guess I spend about $45 a month for food alone. Fact is, I can’t figure out just where the money does go. Don’t reckon I should worry as long as I save $200 a month.

Nobody flew today. First time thats happened for about a week. I flew both yesterday & the day before taking pictures. You can imagine about what a job it is trying to find out whether you’re on course on these flight lines on the desert. Thank goodness I only do the flying. Knowing whether we’re on course or not on the flight lines is up to the bombardier.February 28, 1946 Page 1 Continue reading

Feb. 26, 1946: Thinking About Going to College


February 26, 1946 EnvelopeFeb. 26, 1946

Mellaha, Tripoli

Dear Mom & Dad,

Think I’ll see if I can get a short line off to you before supper. For a change, I don’t have one of your letters to answer. That hasn’t happened for quite a while.

Flew for a while again today. Just a little over 4 hrs. Taking pictures of course. Thats the first I’ve been up since I came back from Cairo. I imagine we’ll soon be flying more & more, for this weather is starting to turn for the better.

I have practically a new crew now. Only one camera man that came down with me, is still flying with me. Thats Phillips one of my own boys. Have Jim Middledorf for co-pilot now & H.K. Smith & Schrader for navigator. Have a p.f.c. for radio operater, a new boy O.S. as you can tell by his rank. As you know, Jim was back at Gulfport with me & so was H.K. Smith. I wanted Jim to fly with me because the 1st pilot he has had, hasn’t been giving him much time at the controls. I was surprised myself about how little he knew about flying one of these stripped down B-17’s.February 26, 1946 Page 1

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Feb. 23, 1946: Riot in Cairo


February 23, 1946 EnvelopeFeb. 23, 1946

Mellaha, Tripoli

Dear Mom & Dad,

I’ve been away for a couple of days again & of course didn’t write while I was gone, so best I get at getting another note sent your way.

Went over to Cairo day before yesterday. Flew there in 5 hrs. even, pretty good time for a B-17. I flew over for & with Major Cook. In case I’ve never mentioned his name before thats our Sqdn C.O. Got in there around 3:30 in the afternoon.

Couldn’t get into Cairo itself for there was a riot going on. In fact we had a hard time even getting off of the field to go to another camp a mile away. Guess the Arabs were shooting it out with the British in town. Continue reading

Feb. 18, 1946: Beaucoup Rubles


February 18, 1946 EnvelopeFeb 18, 1945


Dear Mom & Dad,

Will start this week out right by dropping you a letter this morning. It’s a nice sunny day, so imagine we’ll play softball again this afternoon. We played two games yesterday afternoon, winning both. Got 6 for 8, not a bad day at bat.

I rather imagined that Bank would take up an attitude like that when he returned. He’ll just have to learn the hard way. I guess.

Just got another letter from Sis, mailed the 11th of Feb. Pretty darn good service on that one. Hope they keep coming through like that. Continue reading