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Date: 1943
To
Family
From
Peter Biollo
Letter

Saturday 1943

Dear Mom, Dad & Family,

Well here I am again folks. You'll have to pardon the pencil because I forgot & took my pen "upstairs" & it burst due to cold & low air pressure, so it is getting repaired now. Thanks a million for the box of eats. Boy were they ever good to have. Those cookies you baked were luscious Mom, they made me remember a long while back when I used to swipe one or "two" before supper. They were sweet & lush yum-yum. Well how is my little wee sister coming along. I hope I see her before she grows much bigger. Howdy Ray did you get my letter okay? How about a letter from you, & give Barbara a big kiss for me & Mom & Dad & the girls & you too big boy.

I am pleased you got the extra money & check okay. That cleans that up. My pay is ok at this end too. I got a post card from Jack today. It was a lonely picture of Vic. Parliament buildings. Boy it brought back memories. I have been terribly busy lately flying all day, dropping bombs & firing machine guns. You know when I'm in my bombing hatch looking at the ground thru my bombsight & I feel in a new and different world. I look down & see farm houses & lakes & hay stacks & people & think - if they only could see me looking at them thru a bombsight at them - they look so helpless & far away. Our target is at the edge of a deserted lake & it is a triangle 30'x30'x30' - it looks like a pin head from 4500' feet. I have dropped plenty of eggs on it & only hit it once. When you do hit it, it is because you aimed wrong, try & figure that one out.

When the Americans say they drop eggs into a barrel from 20,000' they are calling themselves terrific liars & even degrading their marksmanship. Ask me I know - now! I froze my fingers bombing today & they are still sore. But you get used to it. It was 50° below up there & that ain't cool - its cold.

Yes I will get embarkation leave when I graduate, which should be in about 8-10 weeks. I don't know where I go from here, but I'll let you know. We should leave here in a week or two. I may even be posted to Edmonton A.O.S. so here's hoping.

Boy does that meal stir my appetite, Mom if you mention that food again I'll sent the C.O. after you so help me - ha - ha - ha.

Here is a sample of the talk we use here. We were dispatched upstairs to lay our lot, when we got to the plotting office we were giving our strip when got out to our kit we found it U/S, then the weather went U/S, so we didn't get off the deck, if we had have gone up our legs wouldn't have come down & we would have had to belly in, as it was one A/C hit the deck all folded up. Can you figure it out? I'll tell it to you sometime.

Well people's I am on first bombing detail in the morning at 0700 hrs so I'll fold up now & get some much needed shut-eye. Incidentally I have passed all my formal exams & have nothing to worry about. My average for all work was 82%, third highest in class. So rest easy. Bye now!

Love & kisses to all
Peter