His first letter from Italy is dated 20 July 1944:
Everything is still OK. By the time you get this I will be a
2nd Lt. I may be a 1st Pilot too, but it is still in
doubt about the First Pilot business though. Our tail gunner is a little
Mexican boy and he is a very good tail gunner and he was sure glad to find out
that someone appreciates him.
I would liked to have seen the picture in the paper with you
in it. Don't you listen to those girls of yours they are sure to lead you
Someday I am going to get around to writing to all of them.
I'm glad Betty is feeling so much better and I was glad to hear from Doris in
your last letter. She seems to be very successful in her work.
I sure wish Dad luck with his advancement. I'm sure he will
do OK. Maybe he can save enough money to get his farm when the war is over if
he still wants that.
There are many things I would tell you that will have to
wait till I can get home.
My Navigator has 13 missions and I have only 6 so far. See,
we don't always fly together. They are short of navigators too; that is another
It is pretty hot here now and very dry. We are about as far
north as northern California or Southern Oregon but it seems much hotter.
I don't know whether it is possible or not but I sure would
like some pictures of the family. Anybody and everybody.
I guess that is about all for now.