Service number 1605269 (indicates allocated in September 1941 Oxford)
Identity card 027036
Weight 170 lbs
Height 5’ 8 ½”
RCAF Dunnville, Ontario (No.6 Service Flying Training School)
RCAF London, Ontario (No.4 Air Observer School)
RAF Bishopscourt ( Northern Ireland)
RAF Abingdon (No. 10 Operational Training Unit)
RAF Stanton Harcourt, Oxford
Today I was spending my five days New Year’s leave with Mrs R. Turner in Toronto. Yesterday my first Canadian girl-friend gave me the brush off when she refused a bracelet I had bought her for Christmas. However I left the same with her. I had a pretty dull time today going to a couple of shows. I phoned her today when she told me all the gen about another fellow in the air force who had returned.
Had a splendid turkey dinner at Mrs Turner’s. The rest of the day passed quite uneventfully.
Little worth recording happened today. I went into town (Toronto I presume – DW Sept 1944) writing a stupid little letter to the little woman.
Returned to camp today very cheesed after a boring leave.
I, with another RAF fellow, being the only RAF boys left in the pool did very little work as usual today. Bracelet received today with letter of apology etc. from Toronto.
Managed to scrounge a 48 for this weekend. Card decided the “pool” needed one.
We were put in the drill hall today to sweep it. Card having no money to go on a 48 himself refused to issue 48’s until 5 o’clock. Caught the 6.35 staying at YMCA Jarvis Street.
I had but one meal today. Went to a show in Toronto. I went to see Mrs Browning this evening with her two daughters and niece!
Getting up rather late today I had a chicken dinner. I went to the YMCA in the afternoon and had a wizard swim. I played table-tennis for the remaining time of the afternoon. I caught the 6.05 back to Dunnville.
Card successfully put us to work in the drill hall sweeping same. Very cold.
Nothing worth recording occurred today. Stott & Higgins returned from New York.
Visited Mrs Root in the evening. Throughout the week consistent rumours of impending postings before the end of the month have been circulating.
Arising at 10.30 (unusual, usually 11.30) Heeley informed us we were to report to drill hall for work. Card had been giving us a line as usual. Managed to extract a 48 from Card again.
After doing nothing in the morning we left (Ken and I) early in the afternoon to Toronto. Had a lift to St Catharines then on to Toronto. Bunking at the YMCA went to the Palais Royale dance.
Arising about 10 proceeded to active service canteen in the morning. Swam in the YMCA in the afternoon. Went to the Royal York dance in the evening having first seen Betty Grable etc. in Springtime in the Rockies again. Saw it before a long while back in England.
Today was rather cheesing having little to do. Ken and I set out for Dunnville by bus. Arrived in Hamilton at 4 spending 7 hours in the same until bus at 11.15. Visited Centenary church where band of No. 1 Training Command played.
Rudely awaked at 08.30 hrs by Sergeant Card we rushed off to Signals. Were informed in the afternoon that kitchen was our destination. Afterthoughts Boy how I hate Card and the RCAF and wish I were on course (see note Tuesday 14th November).
2 RCAF guys killed in a crack-up at noon today.
Nothing extra to report today except that I am now in the cook house commencing at 07.00 this morning. Boy what a life. Cook house again. Went to Dunnville in the afternoon. Saw Mrs Root again – collected laundry. Navigation lecture this evening. Weather warm.
Cook house again. Remained in this afternoon. No mail. Thawing still.
Having done the usual shift in the kitchen, I rushed back to the barracks to change for 48. Ken & I were kept waiting from 2.45 until 3.30 by the messing officer. Had a lift to Dunnville turned back to catch train. Arrived Buffalo 9.15 attempted to hitch up to Rochester N.Y. Turned back after walking 6 miles. Arrived Rochester 4.00am slept in Hotel Claridge.
Arising at 11.00 proceeded straight to U.S.O. obtained bed etc. Went into town had lunch proceeded to look over talent in Rochester. Went to two shows at reduce rate. Afterthoughts. Either the women of Rochester have been warned by previous RAF – or we were too slow – we had no luck.
Spent a poor night in Rochester U.S.O. Had breakfast left Rochester by 2.20 hrs. Arrived Buffalo 5.35 rushed straight to station to catch train 6.00pm. Arrived Dunnville 8.30 had first meal of day. Afterthoughts This was a poor 48 – take a dim view of hospitality in New York State.
Rumours of postings confirmed! 13 to go me included (so far) managed to swap with Russel who declined to go. Afterthoughts. Boy am I glad to get out of Dunnville after exactly 3 months since I washed out!
Still in the kitchen, posting however is definite. Finish in the cook house tonight. Received 1 letter from Toronto from Ron.
Received 3 from home (letters). Clearing done today on leave until Sunday. Came into town for the last evening.
In drizzling rain I left Dunnville forever (I hope) today around 2.00pm. (See note on Tuesday November 14th). Sent kit bags off from station. Caught 3.30 Toronto arrived around 6.15 I went straight to Mrs Turner. Went out to supper with Ron and Nancy (his girlfriend).
Arose around 9. Had lunch after buying 2 records. Went to show at the Uptown. Saw Louis Armstrong at the Queensway Club in the evening.
Rather boring day. I got up very late and went down-town with Ron. Saw Guadalcanal Diary at the Imperial. After met Ramsden in the active service canteen. Arranged to meet him again in the evening. Met Williams however and went to Knights of Columbus dance.
Arising around 11.00 hrs I ate a late breakfast and caught the 13.35 train from Toronto. Arrived in London 17.00 and at 4 A.O.S. at 18.00. Afterthoughts. Looks ok at first sight however we have yet to experience bullshit etc.
No. 4 AOS London Ontario Canada.
Today we got cracking very promptly being allocated courses my number being 94 B.N. We started work early. This evening we had homework most annoying. Had a haircut. Wrote letters to mum, U.S.N.A.S. and K. Stott.
Today was rather a full day. We had 3 hrs Navigation, 1 hr Recognition. Wrote letters, airgraph N.B.B. etc. Went to show Target for Tonight & Swamp Water. Observed moon for the first time through a telescope.
Watch 8.33 fast 2 ½ mins. Tough day again. P.T. rather a shock. No mail. Snow still here. Saw Captain William Armitage in Dickens and Queer People. Watch reset 19.50 by chronometer.
Watch slow 30 seconds 10.27. Tough day. Station dance held – very poor. Airgraph received from Brenda Wallace of all people addressed to U.S.N.A.S Grosse, she sent 14th January – she is engaged at 17!!
08.20 watch slow 0 minutes. Little of importance occurred. Letter dated January 24th received from mum. Had first computer test. Rapid thaw.
Watch slow 1 ½ mins. Reset 17.25. Letter from mum dated 17th January. Usual tough day owing to voluntary work in afternoon. Went into London – quite impressive “in the dark”.
Result of computer test 34 out of 47.
Church parade today. No compulsory work today. Letters written to Mrs Root and Donald posting them tomorrow. Nothing of importance occurred.
10.30 watch slow 35 seconds. Nothing to report. No mail received.
08.20 slow 1 minute. Watch reset 15.23. No mail. Nothing of importance. Hardest day yet experienced in work & P.T.
13.57 watch 30 seconds slow. No mail again! Having been “joed” for a wings parade we had a rehearsal today. Letter sent to Royce Watch & Co Rockefeller Centre New York. Skating party held in roaring blizzard.
Watch slow. 2 minutes slow. Worked hard today as usual. Joed for wings parade today most impressive. Left London at 23.00 in Blizzard for Detroit.
After a 2 hr journey we arrived at Windsor – met by Mrs Simpson Jock’s friend. We got to bed around 4 am. We arose around 11 went down town in the afternoon. Saw Skating Varieties at the Olympia a really good show. Got to bed around 2am.
Arose around 11.30 had breakfast, had dinner around 3.30 left for the station and caught the 5.00pm train. Stott and Higgins arrived today from Dunnville with the rest of the boys. By the way we got back in London at 7.15.
Christmas card from Watts! Had been to Grosse station – Pensacola – Moncton – Toronto – Dunnville 4 A.O.S. A lot of snow today.
Today began the third week with a monster plot and C.S.B.S. & drift for instruction. Afterthought. Once more today I realised how I have yet to work.
Watch slow 2 ½ minutes 08.20. Hard work again. Messed up a map-reading exercise. The whole course went to Smallman & Ingram (tailors) then dinner. Went to Eastern Star dance got back in camp about 0140.
Quite an eventful day. Naturally we had loads of work. Letter received from mum dated January 23rd. In the evening I went ice skating – the first time in my life! I didn’t do so bad either having got roller skate experience.
No mail. Big thaw but snow again in the evening. Plotted – viewed Anson. Snow again in the evening. Map reading exercise tonight.
3rd week exam this morning. I wonder how I’ve done if neatness counts any I’m OK!!! Little else of importance occurred. No mail. Stayed in as usual working.
Well we worked as usual this morning. In the afternoon we swam, we saw a show and then Ted Wainwright and myself went to the London arena. Quite good show on the whole just as I was getting organised we left to get the bus. No mail.
Arising around 09.45 I rushed off to breakfast. Stayed around the rest of the morning writing letters to mum and Aunt Emily. Did a little skating in the evening but skates being too big hurt me badly. Saw show in station theatre.
Today was quite eventful. I received 83% being 4th in exams. Mail received from Derek and one from mum containing photos. Received parachute harness. Bags of work in the evening.
No mail received. We were to fly this afternoon but it was cancelled because of the warm front with bad weather. Went to the show in the recreation hall in the evening. The Falcon and the Co-eds.
No mail again today. We had our first bout in the SDRT this afternoon 3 hrs. Rather hard work but at the moment interesting. This evening Woody, Ted and I had a little work out in the gym.
Today was a beautiful spring like day with sunshine etc. Scheduled to fly again but again cancelled the aircraft being suffering from compass deviation. Letter from Ted Barlow dated February 8th. Nothing else happened of importance. Another test computer, mental, DR etc.
No mail. 4th week comprehensive test today rather surprising. Joed for Wings Parade Co 86. Weather changed to warm front. Played badminton and football in the recreation hall in the evening. Result of yesterday’s test.
Today was both uneventful and boring. Flying originally scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled. We went into town and London arena show. Very P.P.P (piss poor performance). No mail.
Scheduled to fly this morning, raked out of bed at 07.00 hung around until 09.50, when it was cancelled without flying. Beautiful plot this afternoon. Went to station theatre this evening.
This morning compass test – I made rather a mess. This afternoon we went into SDRT rather a bind. This evening we had some more compass problems. No mail, weather cold again.
No mail. At last we got our first flip. Boy the ground looks a lot different in winter than it did when flying as a u/t pilot in September. ND2 Pilot Forel BH. Time 1.32. Station theatre show was awful.
No mail. Very good weather. We flew for 3.40 hours. Wizard show flying above Stratocumulus. Map reading exercise ND3, ND1.
Airgraph received from mum dated February 16th. Well this evening was held the station dance. I took a girl called Muriel Hunter whom I met at the other dance I went into town. She was really swell and taught me a lot.
Letter from home dated Feb 20th. Gazettes 5th & 12th Feb. Flying cancelled. Went into town but nothing of importance to report. 48 began – felt pretty bad.
Arose around 10.30. Felt pretty rough with severe cold. Went into town in the afternoon and evening. Little doing. No mail.
Superb weather. Arose around 9.00. Felt rough still. Did practically nothing in the morning. Felt rather rough in the evening again.
Pretty tough day still feeling ill. Letter from N.B.B. Feb 16th Gazette Jan 24th.
Letter from London Miss Muriel Hunter. Feeling much better today. Work in plenty this evening. Scheduled to fly this afternoon.
Airgraph dated March 1st. Scheduled to fly – cancelled. SDRT this afternoon. Weather windy. Ted informs that Muriel thinks a lot of me. Yippee.
Weather windy and snowy. No mail. We all went into town this evening seeing a show. Scheduled to fly but cancelled again.
No mail. Sent letter to Muriel Hunter in London & mum. Joed on duty watch but managed but managed to get into town went to the London arena pretty poor won’t go again.
Church parade 10.30. Detailed to fly – washed out. Slept most of the afternoon and went to station theatre in evening.
No mail. Nothing to report.
Managed to get a test for the station band as a drummer and was accepted. No mail. 7th week exam.
Letter from Mrs Root of Dunnville. Results of 7th week exams 11th with 76%. Poor – a letdown of seven places. Went into London to see Muriel.
Letter received from mum, dad, Buck Ramsay. Supposed to play drums in station band but original drummer was there – played in four numbers.
No mail. SDRT D/F Loop pilot. Slight soreness to nose. Went to station theatre seeing Oklahoma Kid.
Face was rather swollen around the nose and eyes due to cold. Went into London again. No mail. Flying cancelled again. Sent parcel home to mum.
Letters sent to mum, Buck. Reported sick with swollen face. Retained freedom however face was pretty swollen. Posted mail to mum.
Reported sick again and detained in hospital. Felt OK but face was very sore under the eyes. No mail. Mail sent to Muriel Hunter.
Came out of hospital at midday. Flew this afternoon on ND5 as 2nd navigator 3 ½ hrs. No mail. Went station theatre.
Flew again as 1st navigator ND6 we reached destinations ok 3 ¼ hrs. No mail. Right eye slightly swollen.
No mail. SDRT loop homing. Nothing else of importance.
Pretty dull time spent at Jock’s girl friend’s house. Went to a show etc. No mail.
Went to Mrs Turner in the afternoon. Left Toronto by 6.05 train. Pretty piss poor time.
Letters received from mum, Don, Norman and Eaton’s. Letter sent to NB arrived 7 March sent Feb 1st. Scheduled to fly but washed out. Nothing else of importance. Letters sent N.B.B. and home.
Scheduled to fly this morning on ND8 3hrs 2nd navigator. No mail. Nothing else to report. Parachute harness missing.
Scheduled to fly ND9 washed again. No mail. Parachute harness No 786 missing still!!
No mail. Pay parade. Scheduled to fly ND9 this morning. Reached aircraft but was washed again. Night flying scheduled washed before briefing. Station hop popped in – not bad.
No mail. Nothing exceptional to report. No flying today.
SDRT this morning CII navigator – night flying tonight. Take off 03.00 Sunday 1st navigator. No mail.
Landed around 6.30 get to bed 07.30 arose around 12.30 had lunch took a few shots in the afternoon. Station show in the evening.
We flew today on ND9. Last night I had a violent attack of the shits. Whilst on the third leg of the flight we had to land at Brantford to let me shit! More fun. No mail.
No flying today until the night. NN3 recalled. Supposed to get 15 sextant shots get three on the moon. No mail.
Nothing of importance. No mail. Plenty of work as usual. Afterthoughts. I wonder why Muriel doesn’t write.
We flew ND10 today me being 1st navigator. I didn’t do too badly although I didn’t have a lot of time on the 2nd leg. Saw Grosse from 7000’. No mail.
Letters sent to mum and Muriel. Spent the day on camp. Taking around 20 sun shots. Station theatre. No mail.
Work in morning. On camp in afternoon. Went down town in noon show, dinner. I wish I had not sent that letter to Muriel what a chump.
On camp today. Church in morning. GIS afternoon working out planet shots. Results of 10th week comprehensive 16/40 28th in class.
Navigation lecture this morning P.T and briefing. Flying on ND11 today 2 hrs 20 mins 2nd navigator. No mail received.
Gazette received from home March 29th. No flying today. Slipped into town tonight to collect some photos and saw Benny Goodman and his band in “The Gang’s All Here”.
No mail, little to report
Nasty letter and rude letter from London thankfully destroyed. Nothing else of interest to report.
Started hitch-hiking for Niagara Falls with woody and Bob around 5pm. Reached Bob’s house about 11. We flew this morning on ND13. 3 hrs 10 mins.
This morning or late morning we went to see the Falls – what a sight! In the evening Woody and his wife, Bob and I and a blonde went over the river to Niagara NY.
Still in Niagara Falls with Bob. Went to Church in the morning and out in the car in the afternoon to the Whirlpool Rapids and Aero Car. Hitched back from 5 -1am Monday!!!
Work began quickly today with flying this afternoon on ND14 me being 2nd navigator.
No flying today thank goodness. But tonight we did NN4 me being 1st navigator 2.40. Letters from pop and mum.
Letter from mum again today! No flying at all. Little else to report.
Today was an extremely eventful day in that we had the eleventh week exam and the results as well. I came 3rd with 129/175 or 73%. No mail.
No flying today. Mrs Williams of Niagara Falls sent my bank pass book other than this I had no mail.
Very poor weather. Flying scheduled for this afternoon was washed. We went into London again seeing a show eating a wizard steak supper. No mail.
Rain all day. Wrote letters to pop, Derek and Mrs Turner. Craftily managed to evade 6th victory loan parade. Remained on camp.
Letter received from mum dated April 2nd. Very dull weather. Flying scrubbed. Nothing else to report.
Airgraph from N.B.B. Very dull. No flying. Airgraph sent to N.B.B.
Letter from mum dated April 16th. 12th week comprehensive. Guess how many 8/40 = 20%. No mail.
No mail. No flying. Nothing to report. Station hop. Star shots with MK4.
Flew this morning on ND15 low level exercise 3.20. Flew again tonight NN5 2.40. No mail. Nothing else to report.
We went into town this afternoon show in the evening two dances YWCA and Central Collegiate. No mail.
We flew this morning on ND18 as 2nd navigator 3.20. Had a sleep this afternoon. Station show etc.
We flew this morning on ND19 square search etc. 2.50. No mail. Flying tonight washed Hooray!!!
No mail. Nothing of importance to report. We flew tonight on NN6 4 hours BBA 2nd navigator.
No mail. Nothing to report. We flew tonight on NN6 3 hrs 2nd navigator.
We flew again tonight on NN7 washed for low cloud but flew NN4 again 1st navigator. No mail.
Hitch-hiking to Niagara with Bob!! What a bind arrived about midnight!! Rain, rain, rain.
Arose around noon! Still raining in Niagara Falls. This evening I had a pleasant time going to a show & getting lost.
Once again I stayed in bed until noon. Went cycling with Williams & his pal Jimmy Tyndal a future flight engineer. Returned by train and hitching.
Arrived in camp 01.30 this morning. We flew ND20 this morning 45 – 1st 40 – 2nd. No mail. Went to town this evening with Bobby.
15th week exam 65% not very good. Went to London again.
No mail. Nothing to report.
No mail. Nothing to report.
No mail. Nothing to report. 13 guys washed out. Wainwright, Monkman, Treleawen.
We went into town tonight. Saw a show etc. No mail.
We went down GIS this morning. We went down to the Thames River this afternoon very nice.
CNT this morning 9-12. No mail from home. Letter from Bach Camera Supplies Co. We that is Bob & I went down to the Thames again.
No mail. Nothing to report still binding for finals. No flying owing to thunderstorms etc.
I flew tonight on NN7 1st navigator 2.35 hrs not a bad flip. No mail. Nothing else to report.
No mail. We flew tonight on NN8. Nothing else to report.
No mail. No flying tonight washed out. Went to station show when I should have been binding.
We went into town this afternoon buying a little VP camera for $6. No mail. We flew NN9 tonight – very clear and fine for stars.
Slept all morning down to the Thames in the afternoon damming up a stream. Went to the station show in the evening.
No mail. Nothing to report except final navigation theory not bad.
No mail. Nothing to report. Plenty of geography.
No mail. Nothing to report. Went into town with Bob. Broadway Rhytham.
It’s getting much hotter rapidly. No mail. Working pretty hard.
Purchase sports coat, flannel trousers, 2 shirts, three pairs cotton pants and swimming trunks – I bought these tomorrow.
I went into town tonight I mean this morning withdrawing $40 from my account. What heat. I practically walked back from London with the load above – was I mad?
Remained on camp all day sleeping until midday. I went to the Thames in the afternoon getting sunburnt again.
We flew tonight on NN9 pretty good. No mail however. Very hot indeed.
Letters from mum, Derek and Norman. Very hot – aircraft recognition & arms exam. Nothing else to report.
No mail. Sent letter to mum. Harvard Step Test for the first time. What a bind.
No mail. Met exam this morning not too bad. We went into town this evening saw the film “Up in Mabel’s Room” very good.
Flying washed. A little late slept in to 10.30. Flew this afternoon very bumpy ND22 2.20 hrs 1st navigator easily the worst trip I have done. Felt sick.
Slept in late again. Had lunch in cafeteria went down to recreation hall with Jock where we played records. Wizard. We went down to Thames river – took a few pictures of Bob, Jock etc.
Final navigation elements. Very grim. I haven’t any idea how I came through but it was tough. No mail. Nothing else to report.
Nothing today. Binding aircraft recognition for resit. What a life. Letter from mum & Maureen. Not much chance of a commission.
We flew today ND16 came back for faulty compass. Went into London posted parcels home. Aircraft recognition resit not bad. Party at F/L Fletcher’s.
No mail. Signals exams. Pretty easy lamp tricky though. Nothing else to report.
No mail. Nothing else to report. Exams are now all over. This life is very grim with no commission forthcoming.
Not much to report today. Some of the boys were flying. Weather was very dull.
Well we lay in bed as usual today. Went down to the Thames again taking more photos of giant dam we built. What a life.
Working on log books etc. It looks as if Bob has a commission I wish I had worked harder.
Went into town tonight with jock – later with Vic. Worked on recognition and signals books all day. Letter from Mrs Turner.
Letter from mum. Did very little today. Went into London for Flight Party what a booze up. Took Jock home pissed as hell.
Today we heard that Eric Woodley & Neale were the two commissions in our course. I was next in line but that’s no good. Letter from Root of Dunnville.
Graduation date!!! I graduated in the hot sun with no commission. Very cheesed. Left for Montreal on the 7.20 from London.
Arrived in Montreal around 9 o’clock. Got a room & had a meal. Bought some more civvies. Went to Belmont Park Montreal.
Still in civvies weather not so hot. Went out to the swimming bath couldn’t get a swim unfortunately.
Still in Montreal. What an expensive place to eat in. Saw a few shows and went up Mount Royal what a view.
Moncton N.B. Canada. Arrived at Moncton 4 o’clock today. What a grim place. Raining – lumped in quarters again as A.C.2. Saw the show on camp.
The boys all drafted home today except me. What a name I have. Letter from Freddy Poach. Still very dull & grim.
Letter sent home 7 Dutch Laundry London. Weather much warmer. Went into Moncton town in the evening. What an awful hole.
No mail. Weather warm. Boys still preparing to leave. Put on fire picket of all things – a sergeant too.
The boys left this morning for home. What a terrible effort this air force is. (See August 28th 1944). Didn’t do much else today. Saw the station show.
Turning hot today. Donned American khaki at lunch time. No news from Dutch Laundry the sods!!!
Did absolutely nothing except sweep the room. It’s terribly hot and there is no swimming pool either. Boy how I wish I could have a swim.
Just imagine this, a letter received from Nor Edwards of Toronto “very welcome surprise” she writes!!! We did nothing as usual. Boy it’s hot.
Letter sent to Dee R at London. No mail received. Didn’t do anything. Went outside the camp for breakfast.
No mail today. Sun bathing etc. Breakfast through the hole in the fence.
Joed for orderly sergeant today. Couldn’t do a darn thing. No mail today. Weather very warm.
Not much doing today in the morning. Went down to Pointe-du-Chêne today. Very nice took a picture of us in the swim suits (Flt Sgt Rogers).
Postcard of Niagara Falls received from N. Edwards. Letter sent to Mrs Turner containing $6. Posted parcel with shoes home.
Nothing to report.
Letter sent to N. Edwards of Toronto. Still hot sunbathing etc. Nothing else spectacular. No mail.
Very hot. No mail. Remained on camp. Nothing to report.
We learnt today we were on draft for England. Extremely hot. No news of greatcoat. Letter sent to Mrs Browning of Toronto.
Very hot remained on camp all day sunbathing, packing etc. No mail received.
Very hot. Sunbathing around camp. Absolutely broke! Thunderstorm this evening. Camera exposed 3 mins to lightening.
Paid $37 today & £3. Spent remaining time in Moncton with huge steak, ice cream etc. Too bad we’re leaving.
Reveille at 05.00. Breakfast 6am. Left Moncton on special train at 08.15 arrived Halifax at 4pm. Embarked on ship practically immediately.
The boat. Left Halifax at 12 noon today on the Empress of Scotland nee Empress of Japan. Crowded out to capacity, canteen opened today.
Reveille 06.00. Breakfast 07.45. Weather foggy, water smooth. Walked around most of the day. Canteen opened bags of cigarettes & chocolate for sale etc. Course ESE.
Reveille 05.30!! still at sea. Very dull. Nothing to do except walk around. Watch advanced 1 hr Course SE.
Church services held today at 11. Very cold and wet. North East heading today. Watches advanced 1 hour.
Very dull. Got up at 7.10. Breakfast 7.45. Nothing to do. Ship concert held. Watch advanced 1 hr. Course NEE afternoon.
Sighted land at 11.0. Boy what a welcome sight. Greenock 7pm. Canadians left tonight, we’re leaving tomorrow.
Left Greenock at 9.30am had a cup of Scottish tea passing through Edinburgh & Berwick on the Scottish border. We arrived at Harrogate on ETA at 5.30.
Harrogate. Today we filled in forms medical & inspection etc. Went into Harrogate. Boy how dull everything looks in England now. It’s very cold too.
It’s still cold. PT & swim tests. Kit inspection. Stayed in camp tonight. Attempt to assassinate Hitler today – it failed.
Stayed in all morning being issued with flying kit. Went for a short walk in the evening & had a drink. Returned to Pannal Ash to have supper. Sun was seen tonight for the first time here.
Very cheesed with little to do. Remained on the station. Food is still OK here.
Stores have lost my 664B so to hell with them they can figure it out themselves I’m going on leave regardless.
Arose at 4. Breakfast 5. Left Harrogate 10.30 London (King’s cross) at 5.15pm. Home 7pm.
For the next 14 days I shall be on leave and I consider it unnecessary to make any entries whilst at home.
Leave. Swimming pool will be my haunt from now on.
Saturday 29th – Monday 31st
Leave. Saw Derek Parmiter in London for the first time.
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th
Leave. Saw the cricket match at Brentwood cricket ground between Essex NFS & Camb, Beds & Herts NFS
Returning to Harrogate. What a bind! Caught the 5.50 train from King’s Cross arrived Harrogate around 12.10am.
Letters sent to RBC & mum. Did nothing this morning or afternoon. Received a letter from Canada sent by mum there on June 10th. Went into town this evening to Odeon. Pretty cheesed off.
Letter sent to N. Edwards Toronto. Did absolutely nothing today. Went out to the local fair in the evening, not too good.
Went to Knaresborough near Harrogate. Bags of boating on the river – had afternoon tea.
Paid today £4. Flying kit drawn. Let out early. Went to Royal Hall Harrogate. Saw “Young Ideas” not too bad.
RAF Llandwrog. Arose after persuasion at 9. Finally reached station orderly room at 10. Allocated class room etc this afternoon. Commencing work tomorrow. Swimming tonight in sea OK.
Week’s pay from here. Drew navigation equipment etc. Watch is going badly losing. Went bathing tonight. Letters to NBB, Derek, mum.
Fairly busy today in classroom. Letters sent to mum, N. Edwards Toronto, Mrs Root, Ron Turner Toronto. Posting them tomorrow.
Our first day off. Went into Caernarvon via Penygroes arrived around noon. Had lunch went to dance in town, pretty good.
Flying this morning – had to get up at 5. Pretty good trip. Sealed orders. Felt pretty tired at the end of the effort.
Letter from Canadian Immigration. Flew this morning dead reckoning trip this afternoon, map reading . bed very early this evening.
A week in this joint. We fly all day today and tomorrow morning too. No mail.
Nothing to report rather fed up with the continual flying especially as they don’t appreciate any effort you make.
No flying this morning but this afternoon. No mail. Went to Caernarvon tonight.
Day off today. Went to Caernarvon last night. Had a wizard time at YMCA party. Very little to do today.
Returned to camp last night. Up at 5 for flying. Bally Q Point – Omagh – Cookstown – Bally Q – Base. Not a bad trip in my estimation but the powers be didn’t think so. I haven’t received any mail again. Nobody gives a damn.
Spent a day in the classroom binding at signals & navigation. The weather has turned very dark and stormy, thank goodness and all flying tonight has been cancelled.
On looking back through the diary today I note that I wished I was back in Canada the moment I left it. That feeling can be even more emphasized now I have been in England 7 weeks. We flew tonight on the third detail. Forced down in Northern Ireland at Bishopscourt. Port engine stopped.
Slept up to 12pm. Popped into class at 4pm. Flew both details tonight. Weather not too good.
Slept in until 3. Rapid was back at class at 4. Letter from mum. Day off is Saturday but owing to lack of transport we cannot come back from Bangor on Sunday morning therefore we don’t go home. Walked into Llandwrog village tonight. Pub closed walked up to farm for supper.
All flying today was scrubbed. However w still worked. I didn’t receive any mail.
Dental 11.30 this morning – a very good dentist. We had a pay parade at 3pm & received £7-14. The rest of the afternoon was D.R.I. what a bind.
Day off today. We were going home but there are no trains from Bangor to Caernarvon on Sunday mornings. However we left the camp last night stayed at a bed & breakfast joint (cost 8/6 each). Went to the guildhall theatre in the afternoon and the Necaco Club dance.
Back to the grindstone today. Not much doing however. Telegram from home querying arrival of watch here. Flying cancelled, airgraph sent by mum to Canada July 12th received.
Weather cold & rainy owing to polar air forming cold front flying cancelled. No mail. Little else to report of interest. Gazettes still arriving from Canada.
Weather the same. No mail. Getting rather cheesed with the place. War news is good. Another war declared Russia v. Bulgaria.
Still a cold front. Met people boobed as usual keeping us up until 12.01 still we had till Thursday midday free and a good pre-flight supper for free.
Slept in until 12 noon. Had a test and learnt that the boys were to be posted to O.T.U. not me however. My flying marks are nothing to write home about.
Slept in until 12 however I went into Caernarvon walking – a pleasant walk but was too late for show.
Went into intelligence library with signals wallah. Other guys who were posted flew last night and so were not in. Left Bangor station for London at 08.50.
Arrived Euston at 04.30 walked from Euston to Liverpool St. Arrived home at 07.30. Walked into town bought a couple of records. Saw Jack Lagden an Air Gunner at dance. Learnt that Kevin Motley had bought it and John Naunton had done six ops before he bought it. Donald says RAF refused him and is now a u/t paratrooper.
Left home at 9.06 last night & caught 10.50 from Euston arrived Crewe at 02.00. Left Crewe at 02.30 arrived Bangor at 05.15. Arrived Caernarvon at 06.40 back in camp for breakfast. The two courses have been merged to one. We are flying tonight. Weather is very good so it looks as if we shall. Bank statement received from home Royal Bank of Canada.
At last – slept until 04.00 working done in class – letter from Buck Ramsey. Weather warm & hazy. Received parcel from home.
Watch 40 seconds slow at 07.00 DBST. Well it looks as if I’ve got to really please them here to get on to O.T.U. My average night is 66% – I need 78% and therefore I have another week. I don’t think I’m as dim as all that – the other guys must cook anyway I am going to try it.
5 mins 15 slow 16.39 DBST. Weather extremely bad today. This afternoon was free in commemoration of Battle of Britain. Went down to Caernarvon. Letter sent home registered letter with £1 enclosed & parcel.
5 mins 15 slow 16.39 DBST. No mail at all. Weather bad in morning cleared up later. I was going out changed my mind however.
8 mins 52 slow at 14.21 BST. We didn’t do a great deal today. All the bods posted except 6 of us. It seems my night average is 66% without Gabbins two duff marks it would be 70% or more.
Day off today . In the morning went to Carmel – a Welsh slate mining village. In the afternoon to Caernarvon again seeing two shows. N.B. photo taken from hills.
We stooged around in the morning but had the afternoon free again. I went into Caernarvon again passing the afternoon reading in the YMCA. Went to the Guildhall theatre in the in the evening & returned on 9.0 bus.
Registered parcel from home letter inside has date 18.9.44. Stooged around all day in SDRT this afternoon. Still no mail from Canada.
We flew again this morning. Very hazy but I thought I did a good trip. Compass swing etc. this afternoon. Letter from mum. Went into Caernarvon this evening.
Day off! Stooged into Caernarvon. Rain again today. Not much to do and no mail again. I wonder where my Canadian mail is??!!
Back to class today. We didn’t do a lot however. This instructor is better than Weasley or Gabbins. Went to Caernarvon again. No mail again.
Little done today. Scheduled to fly tonight – I flew both details pretty good trips in pilot’s and my estimations. I hope the log marker thinks so.
Naturally stayed in bed until 2.30pm. Went up to communications site. Met Jock & went into Caernarvon. Went to Majestic. No mail again. It’s really getting to be a bad show this mail business.
No mail again!!! Little done today. We flew tonight. 1st detail OK. 2nd detail recalled bad weather.
Naturally we slept all day. Went into town this evening. I withdrew 10/- stony broke. No mail again. Correction letter from mum.
Well today at 3.30pm I had what has been coming to me. Suspended as a navigator. I’m not worried except for the loss of cash. Letter from Western St.
We had an interview with the station adjutant today. Not suspended yet pending instructors report & marks. Sent registered parcel. N.B. yesterday mailed $16 RBC.
Letter from N.B.B. Day off. Went to Caernarvon. Rain late evening. Little to do.
Interview with Squadron Leader Tee quote “these logs are not bad I’ll look them over” unquote. We didn’t do anything else and I stayed in the rest of the day.
Tee informed me that he will fly with me tomorrow. Did nothing else today. Went into Caernarvon. Saw This Happy Breed by Noel Coward. Piss poor.
Speed test this morning. I know I had two questions wrong. Tee flew with me this afternoon. Parcel sent 25th from home. Letter from MP & mother.
Went to see the Chief Navigation Instructor again today – he hinted we are going to O.T.U. after all quote “though you’re not up to standard” unquote.
Stooged around the classroom until about11. Saunders rushed in and said you blokes are going on leave McCall and I. Cleared and paid in 3 hours. Left Bangor at 08.51.
Arrived home 08.00 today. Saw Gail for the first time in 2 years. Sent wire to NBB and Derek. After collected bike enquired photos.
Met Bob Baker of RAF ex ATC went around with him in the morning. Went to Herongate in afternoon. Saw Odeon show tonight.
Leave Pictures etc.
Ditto. Went up to town this evening with Derek ice skating at Queen’s club.
Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th
Ditto. Wire from RAF Llandwrog extending leave to 23rd.
Pictures tonight. Afterwards took a babe called Nora for a walk no idea who she was.
Nothing to report
Saw Home in Indiana at the Havana – very good. Stayed home this evening.
Not much doing today. Went out with Bob Baker again tonight.
Letter from Mrs Turner Toronto taken from July 7th – 104 days.
Norman Bore came over in the morning we played records all the time. Went to Capitol saw Christmas Holiday – piss poor. Went to senior school dance – piss poor.
Telegram from 9(D) AFU report to 10 BTY before 16.00 24th . Tonight me and the boys went to the Odeon then went to Artichoke getting extremely happy. Saw Bob Baker home. Then Jack Penoor, Tom Silver & I went to a party. What a party until 3 in the morning.
NB came over this morning. Left home by 11.14 – 15 minutes late missed 12.30 from Paddington. Caught 1.45 arrived 10 OUT Abingdon at 4.40pm.
10 OTU RAF Abingdon Bucks. Class work all day – a terrible bind after such a wonderful ending to my leave. Went to the Ritz Abingdon seeing Oklahoma Kid. Campus Rhythm club.
Work again all day much more intensive with P.T. etc. Stayed in the mess tonight with nothing special to do.
Working as usual very hard. No mail as yet. Two letters from Canada sent on received one in May the other July 7th.
Letter from Mrs R. Turner & from home. Went into Oxford this evening to the Electric Cinema.
Back to the grindstone plotting etc. afternoon. Not much else doing. Stayed in the mess this evening.
Plotted all morning 1st speed test. Went into Abingdon took wrong turning on the way back and got lost wasting 45 minutes finally got in around 11.45pm.
Two speed test. No mail. Games this afternoon had physical fitness test. Still after some shoes to wear managed to arrange new issue.
Letters from home & Canada. Parcel from mum. Two speed tests today. Nothing much else to report.
Last speed test. Parcel from home with towel & tobacco. Letter sent to Mrs Turner. Parcel sent home. Went to Abingdon Ritz cinema.
Letter from pop received. Letter sent to NBB. Little else to report. I still wonder why Nora hasn’t written I think I’ve had it.
After a Bomber Command speed test this morning had ½ day off. Managed to get 12.0 from Abingdon arrived home 5.00. got back 1am.
Navigation theory test after plotting test. Poured with rain so prevented going down town.
GEE test. Duff lectures all day. Letter to Bob Baker & parcel of tobacco to pop via home. Learnt day off Wednesday.
General talks all day by various bods including CGI. Left on 24 at 5pm caught 5.50 Oxford arrived Paddington at 8 o’clock. Home at 9.18pm.
Arose around 8.30 sent bike off. Wrote to Walton & Southend Chemists Services. Pictures in the afternoon. Left by 6.34 to catch 7.40 at Paddington. Missed it by 10 minutes. Arrived camp at 1am.
Reported at the aircrew assembly room this morning on D.R.I. all day, not very inspiring. Naturally no mail. Stayed in all night.
Had one or two lectures today. Skipper is still doing circuits & bumps. Went into Oxford tonight – not very inspiring again.
GEE lectures most of the morning with dingy drill thrown in. Duff lectures all afternoon. Went to station dance tonight – a bit ropey. Received parcel from home sent by Nora!!!
Received airgraphs sent by NBB on July 12th & by mum of July 18th. We had GEE lectures most of today and general lectures in the afternoon. I went into town.
GEE lectures again this morning but plotting all afternoon. Went to camp cinema to see Melody. No mail today. Phoned station about my bike.
Looking back I see I was cheesed with Dunnville but to get back there and do nothing but what I was, would be heaven, especially as things are in Toronto now. D.R.I. most of the day. No mail & nothing extraordinary to report.
D.R.I. all day today. Parcel from home with washing. Richardson the W/O disciplinarian left a nasty note in my room today telling me to get out as it was dirty. Went into Abingdon.
We haven’t moved out yet. Donald reports to Alexandria Scotland today. No mail except parcel which was supposed to contain my watch. My bike arrived from home at last.
Letter from NBB. Rained all day. Apparently we had a day off from 10 o’clock I didn’t know until midday unable to go home. Went to Slough, Bucks.
Lectures all day. Went into Oxford this evening & couldn’t get in a show returned early. No mail from home still. Rained all day again.
Still raining, nothing done until 11, lectures the remaining of the day. Walked into town in the evening with Don Forster one of the gunners.
Went into town. Not much doing today anywhere. No mail. Crew drill & instructions etc.
Scheduled to fly today but kite was u/s & it was scrubbed. Letter from mum at last. Went Red Lion Abingdon.
Flew for the first time at Abingdon up 17,000’ pretty cold. No mail today, went to station show.
Sent off Christmas cards to Canada. Letter from mum. Weather prevented me flying 5 hr cross country.
Flying washed again bad weather. Parcel with apples and laundry from home. Mother informs records arrived safely from Canada.
Flew today with Sgt Wood & crew. 4.00 hrs. Took off 11.40. Went to station theatre. No mail. Sent letters to Lawrence Sede & Co & to NBB.
Flew a bombing detail today but weather prevented actual bombing.
Flew 1st solo cross country. Weather very good, trip not bad, but rather shaky on GEE operation. No mail.
No flying, no mail. Went into Abingdon & got rather intoxicated, spent a very hectic night. No mail again.
Quiet day – did nothing of mentionable worth. No mail. Went to station theatre to see “The Lodger” very good.
Did practically nothing today. Managed to finish D.R.I. 4 before we move to Stanton. Went into Abingdon to local dance – a shambles. No mail.
Lost the day off today again to move to the satellite aerodrome Stanton Harcourt – naturally I was mad. No mail as usual.
Flew all day on bombing exercises. Not too bad. Rather cold at 11,000 feet however. Went to local with crew then to local barn dance what a shambles.
D.R.I. all day. Little else doing. No mail.
4 hour cross country with crew. No mail not much else doing. Stanton Harcourt gives me the willies.
Lectures all day. Left Stanton by bike at 4.50 reached Eynsham caught bus & 5.50 from Oxford to Paddington. No mail.
Had a day off at last today. Went home not much today to do except play new records. Letter from Derek P. & Nora Edwards of Toronto.
Flew today on 5 cross country. Pretty good show. No mail.
For my cross country yesterday I got 8 the highest mark “C” flight have had for some considerable time.
A most uneventful day. Nothing to report.
Flew my 1st “2nd Dicky” trip tonight under night conditions. It was a bull’s-eye or London – I didn’t see a bloody thing. 5 hrs 10.
Slept in until midday. Went to Oxford for wet dinghy drill with Skipper & Sam. Stayed in to see George Elrick’s band at Review theatre.
Nothing much to do this morning. Was on my way to briefing when it was scrubbed & day off until 4 tomorrow. Left for Oxford on Don’s bike. Home 10.18.
Very foggy all day. At home this morning. Left at 11 in case I was flying tonight. Letter from Freddy Pouch.
Thoroughly expected to be chewed up after yesterday effort. Nothing said however. 2nd navigation trip again cancelled . Stayed in mess this evening.
Compass drill with the skipper & bomb aimer. Went to briefing for 2nd navigation trip – cancelled. Went to Eynsham dance saw wizard wench but got a bag.
Did nothing in the morning as is usual here but went to 3 o’clock briefing for 2nd navigation trip. We got out to the aircraft but it was cancelled. Went to Eynsham dance.
Sunday 17th – Tuesday 19th
Fog all day prevented all flying. Nothing special to do. Went down to Eynsham with crew & got thoroughly sozzled.
Fog again prevented all flying. Bicycle was borrowed without permission today but recovered it from mess.
Airgraph from Roots. Christmas card from Watts. My cycle was stolen from outside of the hut on Fox Site a thoroughly bad show. Fog prevented all flying.
Day off today. Went to Oxford in the afternoon & went to show in the evening at a theatre outside of town. Flying scrubbed again.
Was all set to go home at midday when it was announced we were to fly tonight and off we went bombing. Well we bombed & failed. I lost my Christmas at home. Fog came in about 9.00pm in ten minutes.
Yesterday letters from Roots, mum & card from Watts. We arose around 9.30am & went to the officer’s mess for a drink. Had Christmas dinner & went back to billet. Got extremely drunk this evening and went to station hop – it was very poor.
Slept in until 11 – boy did I feel sick most of the day. Walked to Eynsham until we couldn’t get bus to oxford returned & remained in billet. No mail.
Off duty until midday. This afternoon we cleaned up the camp at the CI’s order. No mail – tonight stayed in!!
Foggy all day. No flying. Christmas is now all finished and forgotten. No letters. Went Oxford by myself seeing a show – Costie Williams band.
All flying scrubbed again today. Went to Oxford tonight by liberty bus. Letters from Mrs Turner & Christmas card from Derek.
Fog prevented flying today. We had briefing today and got out to aircraft when flying was cancelled. Went to bed early. No mail.