Saturday, February 21, 2009

Letter Home 06-22-1944

Thursday 1900

Hi Honey:

I started to go to the show tonight, but while we were sitting out there waiting for the show to start it commenced to rain. Not very hard. In fact it was not even a good shower. I kind of thought that it would soon be raining harder though, so I came back. I can enjoy talking to you much better. The rest of the boys are still out there, so it looks as if they think it won’t rain harder.
I was supposed to fly this morning, but when we got ready to go the weather was bad, so it was called off. The weather was good this afternoon, but no one said anything about flying. I believe they wanted to give the ground crews the afternoon to work on the planes.
A few of us took our laundry over to a spot we found today. With good weather it gets done in one day. If it rains we simply have to wait till the sun comes out to dry the clothes. It beats doing it ourselves, even if it is not a good job. It couldn’t be worse than we could do.
Some of the older boys were telling me about a time when they had some of the local natives doing their laundry. They pounded it on the rocks, and stomped on it, ect. and usually it came back dirtier than it was when they sent it. Some fun eh?
While we were seeing about our laundry we stopped to get any mail we might have. I did not get any myself, but a few of the boys did. What I wanted to tell you though was what the guy told us about packages. He said we might get them in 5 or 6 months if we were lucky. Especially since we only have this temporary APO#, and are moving from one outfit to another.
I thought of that the other night when you told me in one of your letters to send you requests for things, so you could send me a package. Perhaps it would be better to wait till we are permanently assigned and I would have a better chance of getting them. Also the man said to tell the folks back home to wrap packages especially well, and sturdily. Most of them arrive over here in terrible shape otherwise. Anyway I better wait a while to start asking for things.
I had a couple of V mail letters from Mary (my sister) yesterday. One could not photographed for some reason, so it was sent regular air mail. The other one was written quite a bit later but they both arrived together.
That is most of all the news of the day darling. Except the big news flash – I love you. That is real headline I mean! O love you – but definitely.

Love George.


Anonymous said...

my husband served with your grandfather in the 341st----he was CO of 341st association for 10 years.

Anonymous said...

My husband was also the historian as well as Assoc CO and we have lots of pictures and probably a roster.
I know some of the people mentioned in your grandpas letter, and are still in touch.

Anonymous said...

PS my husband designed the memorial plaque at Wright Patterson-------

Brian said...
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Brian said...

Wow! I'm so glad you found your way here. I would love to hear more from you and wold also love any help you could offer. A roster is something that I would definitley be interested in; so many of the letters have names that are limited to first or last only and it would be great to figure out who is actually who. You can contact me at (I will leave this up until I hear from you as I do not want a lot of junk mail) Hope to hear from you soon.

Liz said...

My grandfather served with the
341st in the Pacific. He was a Sgt, worked as an armor for Samuel Blair. Thanks for posting these, it's really fascinating.

dab said...

My father, William "Bill" Brill, was a Staff Sergeant with the 341st FS / 348th Fighter Group. We're working to complete his brief memoir of his service in WWII. Please feel free to contact me, I will be happy to share the text draft.

Dale A. Brill