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Date: August 15th 1940
To
Mother and Father
From
John Balfour Gray
Letter

“C” Flight.
No. I.T.S., R.C.A.F
1107 Ave. Rd. Tor.
Aug. 15, 1940

My dear Mother and Dad.

Sorry it has been so long since I wrote but we have been in the thick of exams for the past week but they are all over now. I did fairly well I think and tomorrow we learn whether we are to be observers, Pilots, or Wireless Gunners. I have no real idea but think I will be a Wireless man. My marks so far have been – Maths – 100, 68; Administration 82, 98: Accounts ? Armaments ? Sanitatation ? The Math is the most important but the really deciding factor is your interview with the officer. I don’t know what he thought but he commented on my age – that is the reason I don’t think I will be an observer or pilot – that is enough of this business for now.

I hope the money will clear up a few of my bills around, Dad, and trust you will look after it for me.

Today I got in touch with John Herych[?] and had a nice chat with him learning a little of the town news. I haven’t been able to see them and won’t till Monday as we are on duty watch over the week-end. It is sure great to hear from somebody from home.

I spent last week-end up in Tillsonburg and had a really nice time. I expect you got a lot of the news from Uncle Russ in his letter. I had the best sleep I have had since leaving home as I went to bed about 12 and got up the next noon. First time I have slept in that late for quite a long while and no fooling it was great. Aunt Christie and all were really good to me and I hope to get up there again soon. I met Albert and Elliott S. and wives & children. They are going out west soon but I don’t think they will be able to get up to see you but would like to. On Tuesday I was down to Jack McK. for dinner and Aunt Mary and Alec (?) were there too – it was nice to meet them again after 18 years. I hope to get up to Guelph and London soon – I also hope to go to Montreal and Niagara one of these times – might as well see the country while I am here.

Received your letter of August 11th, Dad, and will explain the tube which should have been a picture but as it didn’t arrive we will forget it – it was no good. There is another one here which I will send soon.

That was a nice picture of Anne – No 1. business woman – great stuff. Thanks for the papers - they are great. I see they had a couple of tough softball games – too bad I wasn’t there to referee them. Yesterday I umped a good game here and both teams thought I was good. I really put on the dog with all the professional antics.

Must mail this now and hope you enjoy the pictures especially of my first airplane! Write soon Love to all

Jack

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