Letters from the Pacific # 30

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Letter # 30

March 6, 1945 Tuesday

Dear Mom,
I have your letters of Feb. 12th, 14th, 18th and 22nd and have decided to answer all four of them with this one letter. The first two of them are V-mail letters and are not nearly as good as the other two which are three and four pages long.

In regards to the plane and crew there isn't much to say. The enlisted men fly together but the officers don't. Because of a shortage of bombardiers and navigators, the navigator and myself fly more often that anyone else in the crew. He has approximately 175 hours in the same length of time that I accumulated my 116:20. The pilot and co-pilot are transferred from this squadron to another squadron. That is very agreeable to me.

I've heard quite a bit from quite a few people about the heavy snowfall this winter back east. Bennett wrote me a letter telling me about his shoveling the sidewalk. He says that he is using my old drafting equipment so let him take all of it.

You don't have to worry about my taking my atabrine regularly. I've taken plenty and my skin has a yellow pallor to it. After a while your blood is saturated with it and you only need to keep yourself at the saturation point. Everything beyond that point is excreted from your body.

The only reaction I get from bombing is a cold blooded satisfaction in watching the destruction I cause. If you recall I was always of a destructive nature and this is right up my alley. I like to watch the fires burn and that's another favorite of mine which I haven't outgrown. By the way, I still like to play with matches, remember when?

I'm glad to hear that you visited Ellen O'Rourke. I still think she's a wonderful person. You can imagine how much fun we had back at Carlsbad with her dense of humor. So far I haven't received any of her letters but I wrote her a few days ago.

There's nothing new since my last letter so I'll say s'long.

My regards to all

Love Avy

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