Letters from the Pacific # 9

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Letter # 9

January 11, 1945

Dear Mom,
Well, I have another mission tucked away under my belt. I now have three missions and 34 1/2 hours of combat time. I need 365 1/2 hours and I'm eligible to go home. They counted the first mission at New Guinea which I thought was only a training mission. 

We had quite a bit of rain the past few days but its cleared up beautifully. The air has been very clear and free from humidity all day yesterday and so far today. 

There's not much we can do in the line of recreation except go swimming whenever the weather permits or go to the show every night providing it doesn't rain. Some of the pictures are quite old but I go anyway because there's absolutely nothing else to do. 

The money situation is really funny around here. The only thing I've spent money on is air mail envelopes. There's nothing to buy and I don't feel like playing cards. 

After a while I'll be eligible for a leave in Sydney, Australia. I understand that you can have quite a good time down there. That's where you spend all the money. You're given twelve days in Sydney and your travel time doesn't count. I'm really getting around this small world. 

I hope you're receiving my mail regularly because I'm not getting any mail. When it finally does come thru I'll probably be kept reading and writing for a week. In the meantime keep writing. 

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

My regards to all

Love Avy

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