In England, Verne writes in his diary . . . .
Received two letters from Aileen and a box containing cheese, small piece of fruit cake, and Aileen’s camera.1 Ate some cheese tonight and it sure was good. Nothing doing today, but loafed around camp. Recovering a little from the pass. Had two shillings left over from pay. New order out that makes everyone stay here three months after finishing. Not worried about it because we have a long way to go yet.
Notes & Commentary
1 His wife has sent him her camera to record what he is seeing.
Would she really want to know?
Yes. When Verne went on a pass to London, he was a tourist and went around to see the sights. There were other photographs to be taken of his crew mates, of the planes they flew and of the countryside and towns around Station 153.
I need to clarify. Yes, of course, then, the American in England pictures and his mates and the planes. I was thinking about Wayne, I guess, he seems to have experienced more the horrors of war.
Are there photos of the base at all? Be nice to some of these and of course his trips out.
I have no photographs of Station 153; however, I recommend the following two publications:
For the 390th Bombardment Group (H) in particular, see United States and Albert E. Milliken, The story of the 390th Bombardment Group (H), [New York]: Priv. Print., 1947.
For USAAF bases in England, I especially recommend Philip Kaplan and Rex Alan Smith’s, One Last Look, New York: Abbeville Press, 1983. This book is especially recommended.
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Thats a shame, but many thanks for the recommendations, much appreciated.