22 October 1944

Walt gets to go on a dive bomber mission and blow up a Japanese village—probably means Japanese military, but I don’t know. He doesn’t explain how pilots in a reconnaissance squadron would have opportunities to fly on such missions.

A transcript follows the letter images.

Transcript:

Oct 22, ’44

Hello Honey

I wrote the salutation and then quit for almost ten minutes trying to think of something to say

I flew a Dive Bomber mission this morning—Helped blow up a nice village and Japs I hope.

Here I am again—Since I stopped writing I’ve showered, shaved, powdered and combed my hair—also ate dinner or supper—whatever you want to call it—So I am ready for your inspection.—How do I look?

I went swiming this afternoon felt pretty good.

I see the’re going to have either Protestant service or Mass in the mess tent tonight—I haven’t been to church since I’ve been here except for funeral services for one of our boys who “went in”—Believe I forgot to tell you about that.—I may go over tonight.—On the other hand I see they’ve already started so don’t believe I’ll intrude.

—Well—I finally did go—The idea was allright but I didn’t care much for the speakers method.

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You are very beautiful tonight Honey—I don’t believe you’ll ever have a better picture taken.—I liked the first one also—It shows you in a different way—If you should get a good picture I’d appreciate one.

what are you doing now Honey—Anything in particular—Wish I could see you even for a second.

Well—Honey—Think I’ll go get in a B.S. session tonight—So—

‘Til tomorrow

Goodnight Sweetheart

I Love You

more and more

each day

Walt.

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