I can’t guess what the expensive birthday gift is. Seems Walt is hoping for a kind of a gift himself—P-51 Mustangs, a popular aircraft in WWII and Korea.
A transcript follows the letter images.
Sept. 30, ’44.
Hello Sweetheart, I Love You.
How are you and yours getting along? Well yours is O.K. and thinking you are also.—So I guess that answers that.
Yesterday, last night and so far today have been very pleasant—Because of the change of seasons (I think) There has been a steady, strong breeze blowing continually—Just like a spring day back home. It is coming summer here—if you can imagine summer approx. at the Equator.—You can’t tell any difference in that here—just in storm formations wind and etc.
I suppose the weather is getting rather crisp back there—I certainly would like to be there when the snow is flying
I haven’t been for a long time—But—guess there will be plenty of time for that—eh what?
I’ve been cutting down on my reading lately—saving my eyes.—Besides one can read too much.
The new boys we got seem to be pretty good Pilots—If we keep getting new blood I think we’ll get a fairly hot Sqd. I hope.
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Well Honey—I must get “into the blue” for awhile—I’ll finish this letter sometime this afternoon.
I Love You
Oct. 2, ’44
Good Morning to you
How are you this morning?
I was to lazy to get at this letter before—but feel more energetic this morning.
I managed to get a birthday present for you last night—Quite by surprise too—It will be a surprise to you also—Ha.
I don’t know what in the world you’ll do with it, but it is a souvenir and a novelty besides being pretty.—And you wouldn’t realize it but it costs more then any other birthday present you’ve had—You would probably kick my —— if you know how much. I didn’t tell you that for credit—Just so you won’t give it away—which I know you won’t—Ha—And anyway money is cheap.—I can see you and Twila with it now. I say birthday present—you will be lucky if you get it for Christmas
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We didn’t fly yesterday—so I went swiming in the blue Pacific—First time in a couple months—The wind was blowing strong and there were heavy waves—it was fun.—
Helped my tan out also. I haven’t been out in the sun as much lately as I did when I first come over.
There is still a rumor that we will get P-51’s—I sure hope so.
Mom knows where I am at now—Guess she found out from somebody else. Funny how news gets around—
Well honey—Be good—
I’m flying in a hour—
I Love You
Just returned from the privy, feel much better