October 6, 1942
Dearest Mother & Father:
404th Bomb Sqdn.
APO 942 % Postmaster
Surely hope you haven't worried if you haven't heard from me lately.
Believe I mentioned that there are times & places that mail service is not so good.
Suppose I might mention that I'm away from my first location at
present getting an idea about the medical setup in this particular place. It is
quite a change from the other place . We live in tents scattered around,
stand in line for chow, etc. However, I have an army cot, with rubber air mattress
& fancy warm sleeping bag. I've been sleeping well. The food is good & plentiful too. '
Wish you could see the happy domestic scene here.
I'm writing by light of a candle which is mounted on the end of a stake,
with a tin can improvised as a reflector. The other fellows are sitting
around on their bunks reading or writing. We learn to get by without many
things here, though we have all the essentials. Our clothing
& equipment are OK. One of the fellows has a radio which gets the west
coast short wave stations OK.
Did I tell you that my radio has been doing fine? Reception is not consistent,
but I've gotten New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Tokyo, & Moscow.
Not bad, eh?
We have a swell bunch of fliers in the squadron.
I'm Just getting to know them a little better.
Well, it finally came thru after so long a time.
You can now address me as Captain Eubank. I was notified by radiogram today.
Notify the papers(!!) & spread the news around. In another couple of years I may be a major.
That's about all the news for now. This candle light is
none too good. Should get back to my other place tomorrow & probably will
find some letters to answer.
Hope that you're all doing OK. My dearest love to each.
x x x x Will
I'm back at my starting point but have lots of work so
will hurry. W.