ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION
January 29, 1941
Hope everyone is over the measles by now. How undignified for Jean? This pen is lousy so please excuse scratching. My fountain pen, which I did not lose for five years, was left behind in HM Aircraft Carrier Furious when last on board.
Cigarettes have not as yet arrived, but I am looking forward to them. They are terribly expensive here.
Please send pictures of the family next time you write.
As usual, I have little news to give you and can think of nothing to write about. Already I am champing at the bit and anxious to get back to first line fighting.
Had a letter from Ross the other day with congratulations. By the way, I sent a letter of thanks to Harold Thompson for their gift of cigarettes.
Even if I had more leave now I couldn't afford it. Before Christmas I had two fourteen-day leave periods in three months and I really got through the cash thinking each one was my last. In fact during November I got through £120.
Unfortunately I didn't know I was coming to this job near London, so now I am cooling my heels - very rightly! As I told you before, I was the last remaining member of our original squadron pilots. (Reason for a few white hairs!)
How is Ronny enjoying school? Does he still fly aeroplanes about the room? Too bad I'm not home to take Jean out to a few dances. Trust this jitter bug nonsense isn't in force. Very pleased to hear what a competent driver Jean is. We'll get along with the flying lessons when I get back!
P.S. Expect a postcard from Vancouver Dad