21st May 1942 – The Airborne Division was visited by their Majesties the King and Queen at Bulford (Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire) followed by demonstrations by various units of the Division. 1st Air Landing Squadron was inspected and the Commanding Officer presented to the King.
(From the War Diary of 1st Air Landing Reconnaissance Squadron, National Archives, Kew)
22nd May 1942 – Mexico declared war on Germany, Italy and Japan.
5731671 Tpr Williams R
1st Air Landing Sqdn
My Darling Chotie,
Hope you will excuse my writing in pencil but expect you are used to it by now...
Many thanks for letter - as welcome as ever.
Glad to see you managed to get a swim in - which is more than I've been able to - not that I've got the inclination - seem to have lost all interest in that direction, which is probably a good thing as I always tended to overdo it. I rather think Brinner has also lost interest. If ever I get out of this show alive I'm all for a life of ease – swimming’s far too strenuous.
So Margaret has made it up with Ted to quote your own words. Well, well...On ne sait jamais*..
Had quite a thrill on Thursday - when we were inspected by the King & Queen and a score of Generals. It was a demonstration of Paratroops & Gliders etc.
I hope Johnny knows what he's letting himself in for. At any rate he'll find out sooner or later.
Did you hear the “Barber**” this afternoon (Saturday)? Unfortunately I was working and missed it. I cursed my ill-luck bitterly.
Flying all the morning - cold & cloudy.
Lucky Diller - wish I was going down, or rather we were.
Books: “Portrait of a Village” Francis Brett Young**, “Blood & Sand” Ibanez - though rather dull gives quite a true appreciation of the life of a Torero.
Brinner may have moved by now - probably has. Near Winchester I believe - couldn't be worse than Oakmere Farm - I was horror struck when I saw it last Saturday.
Raining hard at the moment - very miserable - the weather I mean - I'm reasonably cheerful.
Well, Precious no news as per usual.
Incidentally will you get in touch with Eric and get him to send me a GROUNDSHEET. MOST IMPORTANT!!! I'm about to be charged 18/- for one! Will you send it, Darling? (please...) - and I'll give you a big kiss...(Hope that will do the trick).
Well, bye, bye for now, Darling.
PS. I now drive a 15 cwt truck. It was called ‘ Evelyn’ but is now ‘Chotie’ - I painted it in Gothic’s.
all for you!
*French for “You never can tell”.
**Presumably the ‘Barber of Seville’, an Italian comic opera by Rossini.
***A mystery story set in the Black Mountains of Wales.
****A famous tale about bullfighting in Spain.
© Chotie Darling
23rd May 1942 – the British Commander-in-Chief of the Home Forces orders an end to ‘blood-lust inculcation’ in battle training.
( From WW2-net Timelines. )