Letters from the Pacific # 59

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Letter # 59

June 16, 1945

Dear Mom,
I received your letters of June 3rd and June 5th and I also received two packages. One package contained reading material ( several small books, Look, American Magazine ) and the other package eatables ( 3 sardines, 1 tuna, 1 peanut butter and 1 roll of film ).

Yesterday I flew mission #35 which brings my hours to a total of 285:30 or 71.1 points. I finally broke the 70 point mark and am aiming for 80. I seems like it was only a short time ago when I joined the squadron and was wondering if I could get home before New Years. Things have certainly changed since then.

Some things strike me very funny when I look back on the years. I would never have thought that I'd fly over China. Several years ago that was the farthest thought from my mind and just the other day it was a reality. China was something that was on the other side of the world or in geography books. Now it's an entirely different train of thought. I've become become so destructive that I enjoy watching my bombs drop and blow up. There's a certain thrill and pleasure when I see the destruction I cause. It will take a lot of civilian life for me to lose that thrill and feeling. I'll have to convert the same as the war factories.

So you're getting the screens put up. That always gives me a case of nostalgia when I think of the times we used to struggle with the screens and summer rugs. That's something that is strictly home and nothing else. It always was and will be a part of my life. It's funny how little things like that make you homesick one day and the next day I go up with a full load of bombs and enjoy killing and doing damage. That's war for you.

That's about all I have to say for the present so I'll say s'long.

My regards to all

Love Avy

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