Roussy, John Edward (Leading Aircraftman, b.1914-d.1944)

Accession Number PR04173
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Roussy, John Edward
Place made Australia
Date made 1943 - c.1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Collection relating to the Second World War service of 66606 Leading Aircraftman John Edward “Jack” Roussy, No. 5 Mobile Works Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Australia, 1943-c.1944.

Collection consists of two handwritten letters from Leading Aircraftman Roussy to his sister Vi. Leading Aircraftman Roussy served with the RAAF in North Queensland and New Guinea.

In his first letter, dated 4 December 1943, Roussy shares that he is home on leave. He describes his trip from Far North Queensland to Victoria, and shares his experience of seeing his sweetheart and family members again. Roussy also expresses his excitement about becoming an uncle, and says that he has enough leave to spend Christmas at home with their parents.

Roussy’s second letter to his sister was written from Townsville, Queensland, [date unknown]. In it, he writes that he is duty steward for the day, and is doing odd jobs while waiting for a more permanent posting. Roussy shares that there are many pretty places where he is, and that he is considering travelling back there for his honeymoon. He mentions that he has lots of friends wherever he goes, that he has received some mail from home, that the mosquitos are bad, and that he wishes his sweetheart could be with him.

While he was serving with the 5 Mobile Works Squadron in New Guinea, Leading Aircraftman Roussy died as the result of a ground accident on 27 August 1944.