1st Air Landing Sqdn
My Darling Chotie,
Just a few lines to let you know I arrived back safely, though later than I had expected.
Firstly, I was under the impression I was going by Salisbury whereas of course I came from Andover. This actually made no difference however, as the ticket bloke said “Change at Romsey”, and it had Andover on my ticket. However, I had to wait over an hour at Romsey and the same again at Andover. But, as I got back in time, I can't grumble.
I would have written last night but was on guard, of course. (You always get stuck on guard immediately you return from leave). Andrew, the bloke like Doug, was also on so we stuck together.
There's no news of course - never is.
I got quite a good book. It's called “Hudson rejoins the Herd” and is by Claude Houghton*.
I hope you got back all right, Darling, complete with Horseshoe...What shall we call him? I'll leave it to you, Precious, as you seem to have a flair for naming things.
Well, there seems nothing else, Darling, except to thank you very much for a lovely time at Pagham and to tell you, I love you very much.
Bye, bye, my Darling
P.S. Please excuse pencil, Honey but I left my pen at Pagham.
*Said to have inspired Henry Miller’s ‘Tropic of Capricorn’.
© Chotie Darling
On Monday 22nd June 1942 an Airborne Section demonstration was inspected by the Deputy Brigade Commander. 1st Air Landing Squadron trained on the Bulford Grenade Range on 23rd June and was given a lecture on Russia on 24th June.
(From the WarDiary of 1st Air Landing Reconnaissance Squadron, National Archives, Kew)
23rd and 24th June 1942 – the Germans advance into Egypt as the British Eighth Army retreats although more than 6,000 prisoners from the Indian Division were taken by Rommel’s troops at Mersa Matruh on the Egyptian coast.
25th June 1942 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed to command US forces in the European Theatre. (From WW2-net Timelines )
25th June 1942 – 1st Air Landing Squadron tested for night vision and then marched to the compound. D.M.* used. (From the War Diary of 1st Air Landing Reconnaissance Squadron, National Archives, Kew)
*D.M. probably refers to Distance Measuring - a technique for night navigation.