There are only 37 letters for all of 1944, with a big gap in the middle of the year, and as I’ve said before, no letters for 1943. Thirty-seven doesn’t seem like very many for a whole year, even considering that it was wartime, for someone who had previously written almost every day and sometimes twice a day.
In the first letter for 1944, written on 23 January, Walt apologizes for not having time to write recently (suggesting I am missing letters), and also states that he has been wherever he is for 7 months, which would go back to the summer of 1943. He also talks about “making ‘First'”—first Lieutenant?—adding that he’s “been in since the 1st of Nov.” You might recall that the little diary in a recent post ended in March 1943, when he and Ruth left for Cimarron Field in Oklahoma, but I don’t know what happened after that up to the first letter in 1944.
Maybe I’ll find something else that suggests where he did his flight training and where and when he was deployed overseas, but I may just have to guess when Ruth had to return to Youngstown. Still, if she returned any time in 1943, why are there no letters? And why the big gap in the middle of 1944? I don’t think I’ll be able to answer these questions.
When I think about it, though, it’s a wonder that the hundreds of letters I have made it this far.