[Letter addressed to Mrs. Harry V. C., c/o W., 20 Block Street, Dundee, Scotland. Return addressed to Sgt. Harry V. C., 33428766, 1408th A.A.F. Base Unit Sqdn 1, E.D.A.T.C. A.P.O. 741 c/o P.M., U.S. Army.]
Feb. 7, 1946
My Precious Darling Wife:
Just a couple lines tonight Mary Darling to let you know that I am well and getting along the same as ever. I miss you so awful much, Mary, and I love you so much. I can’t find words to tell you.
Well Mary Darling we are still working on the plane but we have it about finished now. The sheet metal men are the only ones that have much work.
Darling this place is a lot better than Orly. We get the best food here that I have seen since I have been in the Army, and I sure get my share of fresh milk. Mary Darling I drink about a quart every meal.
Dearest I believe that I will be gaining a little weight before very long. I only wish that you could be here with me. If you were Darling every thing would be just perfect. Mary Darling I miss your letters so awful much and Darling I know you are feeling the same way. Darling please try not to worry about me so much. I am taking very good care of my self for you. You mean every thing in the world to me Mary and you will for ever.
Well Darling I still haven’t found a way to mail my letters yet. I only hope that there is a plane going back to the base or something soon so I can mail this. I hear they mean a lot to you. I saw an order posted on the bulletin board here that said they are taking the first shipment of wives to the states the 5th of this month. Mary Darling I only hope that you can get to go over soon. It would be so wonderful if we could both get home at the same time. Mary please let me know as soon as you get any word about going. Will you send me a telegram or something Darling, for a letter takes so awful long to get to me. It has been so long since I heard from you. I only hope I had some way of getting my mail up here. I should have a lot of your precious letters back at the base now. The last one I received was the 13th one you wrote. I only hope that you have received more of my letters, and that none of them are missing.
Well Darling last night I went along to town with a fellow and we walked around the place a while. I took two cartons of cigarettes with me and the other fellow had a carton. Darling you should of seen us getting rid of them. I got 160 kroners for the ones I had. That is a little over 8 pounds, so Darling I guess I made a good day wages. I came up here with a hundred and now I have 418 kroners. We were standing in the street and the fellows kept coming up and asking if we had any cigarettes to sell. They only wanted to give 75 kroners a carton and I said 80 or I would keep them. Darling they kept coming up on their prices till I got what I wanted, but it took us till 10 or 10:30 before we sale all we had.
We went and bought a few things afterward. I got 3 little spoons with pictures of different buildings and the name of the town on them. Just wait till you see them Darling. They sure are nice. I want to get 3 more the next time I go in.
Well Darling after we got the spoons we were kind of hungry so we went in a place and had some cream cake. Mary I wish I could bring some of it to you. It is a cake about ½ in thick with a layer of whipped cream, then another layer of cake and then about 1 inch of more whipped cream and cherries. Boy but it is good. We were still hungry so we got some ice cream with whipped cream. Then after we finished eating we came back to the base.
Well Darling I guess that is all we done yesterday. Today I did not do much work for all the mechanics work is finished. There was a movie here in the day room this evening so I went. Darling I only wish you could of seen it. Laurel and Hardy played in one and the name of the other was “Keep your Powder dry.” It was a good show. It was about three girls joining the W.ACs. It was sure comic. The fellow that was sitting behind me was about doubled up laughing. There was supposed to have been 3 shows but they only showed two.
Darling while we are here we get liquor rations. I got a quart of whiskey or snapps for 5 kroners and if I take the bottle back I get 2 kroners back. I think I will take it back to Paris to the base and make a little on it for I don’t drink it, and Darling you don’t ever have to worry about me starting.
Well Darling I guess I will have to make this short letter and get ready for bed. I love you with all my hart Mary and Darling I pray every night that we are together very soon. I love you so awful much.
Your loving and very Lonely husband